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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours (1) Paperback – September 26, 2017
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- Publisher : Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501164570
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501164576
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #562,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The colony on Sirsa III was finding its way to becoming so much more. 360,000+ were living on the beautiful planet, rich in resources and a bright future. And, while the planet itself was a part of Federation territory, the citizens of this new treasure declared themselves to be independent from UFP oversight with all the benefits and limitations that choice would accrue.
But, things are buried beneath the beauty of the planet. Things that care neither for the freedom of the colony or the might of the UFP. Now, those things are awake...and the hopes and dreams of a new world may soon become simply ash upon the wind and their last resort being what they had fled from originally.
This is the very first STAR TREK: DISCOVERY book and its direct tie-in to the then, new TV series bring Star Trek back to the screen. And who's better hands to have that placed into then one of the current masters of all things Star Trek adventure novels, David Mack. Mack has been creating and adding to, new stories and journeys set in the Trek Universe since the turn of the new millennium with well over 35+ books and counting. He has contributed stories and novels to every different iteration of Trek as well as those such as S.C.E, Section 31, and The Seekers, and was chosen to craft and delivery this first to kick-off the new line of books. Mack is knowledgeable and proficient in all things Star Trek and this book is only reinforces that as he gives readers a wonderful first introduction to the crew...as well as an amazing crossover that is prophetic in its inclusion. He gives us real insight into the such characters as Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, Lt Saru and all the others that grace our TV screens and other electronic devices.
New readers to Star Trek...while there is rich legacy of so many stories in the past that will entertain and amaze you for years, this story truly captures the heart and feel of Star Trek.
Will tell nothing about the plot, and that says everything about it.
On the other hand, all Shenzhou's crew is fun, we've got a lot of ditails about everyone, Saru is as snarky and moving as ever, and captain Georgiou is as perfect, as any 24th century captain could be.
But the brightest spot in this book for me is character of Michael Burnham, and her relationship and chemestry with young Spock. Mack really nailed it, and I liked every word.
I think it promotes the score to 4, so 4 it is.
Can't wait for another DCS novel, but maybe not a prequel? At least without Pike, ok?
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When a massive alien spaceship is discovered and then attacks a human colony, Starfleet sends in the crew of the Shenzhou to investigate and save the day. This sets up a meeting with the ORIGINAL crew of the Enterprise, lots of cool stuff and some very clever explanations of the visual differences between TOS and DSC.
It's a cracking read and the intertwining stories all build to an exciting and riveting climax.
I really do recommend this one, especially if you've seen the start of DSC.
The novel possesses prequal type qualities in that it provides some backgrounds for a few characters, however. By featuring both the Shenzhou and the Enterprise it allows the story to concentrate on more than just a couple of characters from ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. Therefore, there are early portrayals of Spock and Pike before their original appearance in The Original Series Pilot as well as Captain Georgiou before the start of ‘Discovery’, which fleshes her out quite substantially.
Of course, Michael Burnham, although not necessarily the main character of this particular novel, probably receives the most attention and is probably the main interest for most readers coming to this. This story covers her first mission after she has risen to the rank of First Officer. In doing so it also covers the origins of some of the animosity between her and Saru; who is also a major character of this novel. Michael is also teamed up with Spock for a considerable portion of the action so there is opportunity to look more into the relationship between them as adoptive siblings and the relationship of each with the demanding Sarek.
The story involves an encounter with a prodigious, millennia old battle cruiser which threatens the existence of a human colony world. In doing so it taps into concepts more familiar in other genres and transposes them into a science fiction setting. Thus, it includes the idea of a gargantuan beast rising from the depths of the ocean as well as incorporating the vague formula of adventurers/archaeologists overcoming a series of trails and traps as they attempt to infiltrate and learn the secrets of an ancient temple/tomb.
A good start to Discovery novels that will presumably follow this and a worthwhile extra to the programme.
Adding to this tedium was a whole heap of psychobabble ‘character development’ between two main characters intertwined. In the end the writer got the balance badly wrong between action and trying to flesh out various characters that didn’t need it. At least to that extent.
This needed a lot more story, a more interesting story and way less Agony Aunting.
It didn’t help that one half of the main action was too long, lacked variety and crippled by psychodrama.
After a few pages, I was "engaged" and fully "energised" into the Discovery era tale. Serving as a prequel to the series, the book successfully keeps you interested, whilst providing a great insight into the characters we have grown to love - Captain Georgou with Saru and Burnham on the USS Shenzhou AND even Captain Pike, Number One and Spock on Starfleet's newest flagship, the USS Enterprise!
The story is original and feels well placed within the Star Trek universe, serving as a believable backstory for our characters. An equally exciting mix of action, problem solving, exploration and character development. The writing style is easy to follow and even introduced me to a few new words to broaden my vocabulary.
Would certainly recommend to fans of Star Trek Discovery! Well worth the purchase, very happy!