Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures Paperback – February 6, 2018
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, and the Star Trek novels Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Elusive Salvation, Armageddon’s Arrow, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Phew! I made it through. That felt more like required reading, but I think it is skippable.
Drastic Measures is barely a Discovery book. Yeah, a couple of the main protagonists are characters in Discovery, but the occurrences in the book are not essential or not compelling enough to develop their backstories.
This story somewhat expands a TOS on-screen story and tries to tie Discovery to the bigger Star Trek universe but doesn’t do it in a substantial, impactful or holistic way.
It is very inconsistent throughout in pace and storytelling style. Some very well written and dramatic action scenes but the very long and somewhat dull preamble feels like it takes up most of the book.
Audible version - Voice performance was pretty good - 4 stars.
This is only the 2nd Trek book I’ve read, and while I enjoyed Desperate Hours, Drastic Measures was a letdown. I'm interested in reading other works by this author in the Trek universe to see how they compare since I think the "Discovery" part of things might have tripped him up here.
***Spoilers - for book and show***
If you’ve watched one of the best TOS episodes, The Conscience of the King, you will already be familiar with the story of Kodos the Executioner and the drastic measures he has taken on Tarsus IV.
You would already know the gist of the story and, more importantly, how the story ends. That’s quite a handicap for the premise. The real scoop of what happened on Tarsus IV was not very satisfying - this story did not scale well. The TOS episode dealt with the balance of justice vs. revenge; the struggle of staying loyal to duty while overcoming personal feelings. It also included an element of mystery with a nice twist and a reveal at the climax. The show aired about 20 years after the end of WWII - timely with a holocaust connection and parallels to hunting Nazi war criminals and the implications of such endeavors.
The book tries to pursue similar issues with, then Commander, Gabriel Lorca taking the place of Kirk as the main protagonist.
But this isn't the MU Lorca we've seen on screen - this is prime universe Lorca and the way the story unfolds he's shaping up to be more like his MU version in character. Is this novel setting us up for a prime Lorca that is similar in personality to the MU Lorca we've learned to love/hate on the show? The question kept gnawing at me as his character was fleshed out in the story. As for Georgiou, another dead prime-character, I don't think this story add enough of or interesting enough background to build her character and her use seems to be mostly a safer way to go than introducing a brand new character.
If you make it through most of the book, you will encounter cameos by Kirk and Leighton - from the get-go I was waiting for these and when they finally came it seemed like an afterthought - a missed opportunity.
The first quarter or so of the novel had so much tension, I literally had to give myself breaks every few chapters to catch my breath. I loved it! The remainder of the book was just as engaging, with all the skirmishes and conflict you expect from good Trek. I powered through the majority of the book in a weekend. The story is less about that major conflict than the characters' reactions to it--how they handle it and themselves--and I do love a good character-driven story. It mostly switches between two perspectives, but a few other characters get scenes as well, and sprinkled between the chapters are excerpts from a written documentary of sorts. The novel would stand alone without the excerpts, but they provide extra insight from characters who played some role or another in the events, and I found it a fascinating combination, particularly when it all comes together at the end of the book. I was a very happy Trekker.
Without giving any spoilers, one thing I absolutely loved was a nod to canon trek. It snuck up on me at first, and then I suspected something. But when I fully realized it, I'm quite sure I absolutely squeed with excitement. It was really very well executed.
All that said, from someone who was content watching The Orville and Netflixing DS9, I've now decided I need to spring for a subscription to watch Discovery, and the first Discovery tie-in is now on my TBR list.
Sadly, I didn’t get a book that lived up to my expectations. Part of that is because I know the bad guy gets away. The characters don’t. (Also don’t judge me for giving out a spoiler for a 50 year old TOS episode. If you don’t know Kodos escapes and lived until he died on the Enterprise, you’re probably reading the wrong books.)
The entire slaughter of the innocent colonists on Tarsus IV has been done before and I realize it’s an important part of Kirk’s past, but I don’t understand the need to make it part of Lorca’s or Georgiou’s.
Surely the Powers That Be could have allowed Ward to write an original event to bring the captains of DISCO together? This book was a waste of potential. It could have been so much more.
Note to Simon & Schuster and the Powers That Be: NOT every DISCO novel needs to involve TOS characters to be interesting. Skip the crossovers and give us better stories with these new characters to make them matter to us.
Most recent customer reviews
Great prequel to TOS episode "The Conscience of the King" and Gabriel Lorca character from Discovery.Read more