- Series: Star Trek (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501115804
- ISBN-13: 978-1501115806
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Trek: The Jackal's Trick (Star Trek: Prey Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2016
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From the Author
Since seeing Star Trek III and VI -- and the later Klingon Empire episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation -- I had always longed to tell a story that laced the two eras together, showing how much the relationship between the Klingons and theFederation had changed. I also wanted to craft a political thriller,interlaced with heavy doses of action and a look at parts of Klingonsociety we rarely saw on screen.
After nearly two years' work, Star Trek: Prey is the result -- a trilogy releasing monthly as...
- Book 1: Hell's Heart
- Book 2: The Jackal's Trick
- Book 3: The Hall of Heroes
About the Author
John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi; Star Wars: Knight Errant; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith—The Collected Stories; and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.
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For those who haven’t read book 1, Hell’s Heart, stop now as you won’t want this series spoiled for you. It’s suffice to say book 2 is just as good as the first and definitely worth your time and investment to check out. There’s great characters, a deeply intricate and rewarding plot, action and surprise. The Klingons get tons of attention as the story is set in Klingon space, visits several Klingon worlds, and stars several prominent Klingon characters. But it’s the details that really make the story interesting, and that’s where the spoilers come into play. Last warning, as now we’re going to dig in deeper.
In Hell’s Heart, we discovered who Korgh was and who he is striving to be. In The Jackal’s Trick, we find out more about Korgh’s past, his plans, and his ultimate end game. Yet at the end of the first book, we were introduced to another character deeply involved in Korgh’s plot. Buxtus Cross, the Betazoid trickster, plays a major role in book two as we learn how he came to be involved in this whole mess. We get to see his interactions with his crew, his plan for Kahless, and the motivations that drive him. This in turn introduces us to Shift, his apprentice, and the crew of Object Thirteen aka Blackstone and the mechanisms that make their magic possible.
Like the previous book, there are some flashbacks in this story, however the focus is very much on The Next Generation. We get a glimpse of Cross’ past, another look back for Korgh, and a little adventure that Tuvok was involved in many years ago that ties into the story. In fact Tuvok pops up a lot in this book as his past run-ins play into the hunt for the Unsung and Object Thirteen’s mysterious technology. There’s even a cameo by Sulo. Aside from them, a lot of the focus remains on the villains, Worf, Riker, Geordi and various members of Titan. Picard and the Enterprise are in the book, but they don’t get a lot of page time. Instead the attention stays on the others and it works out well.
With all the great characters and elements running rampant through this story, the real heart of the book is the balance between all the story threads. On one hand you have Cross being fully developed as a character. On the other, you have Korgh who has already been developed, and who is now running full steam with the scheme he has unleashed. Then there’s Tuvok and Geordi who are trying to find a way to track cloaked ships with advanced technology while also finding a way to counter their enemy’s advantages. Riker is up against the wall trying to salvage a peace treaty while fighting the Unsung threat, and Worf is on a mission to restore honor to a fallen comrade which leads him once again behind enemy lines. Valandris is still struggling with her own desires, and this time around we find out about Zokar who gets his own little subplot. There are others, some of them pleasant surprises, and some of them big twists. They all come together seamlessly, building upon each other, weaving in and out, and forming one cohesive story that continually builds interest without ever losing steam. It’s an impressive feat.
With one more book to go, The Jackal’s Trick sets up the trilogy for a grand finale. What will happen to Korgh’s grand Klingon scheme? How will the other players in the story contribute and complicate the machinations of this grizzled protege of Lord Kruge? What will become of Worf and the Unsung? In fact, how will the entire Klingon Empire come out of this mess? There’s a lot of great questions, and so far the trilogy has made it a blast seeing the plotlines and characters clash against each other. For keeping the pace going full throttle with even more surprises and rewards, I give The Jackal’s Trick a five out of five.
Awesome books...was sad to see it end
If you're a fan of Klingons, and of interesting story arcs involving them, this is most assuredly the novel for you.
where Riker is an Admiral, and Picard is married to Beverly!
A little drawn out in sections, but well written,with a good story line
crossing Federation, Klingon, Orion and Breen cultures.
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