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The Starship Trap (Star Trek, Book 64) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1993

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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En route to an important diplomatic reception, the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM suddenly is set upon by a Klingon warship. This unprovoked assault, Kirk discovers,is in response to what the Klingon ship's captain claims are recent Federation attacks on several Klingon vessels which have disappeared.

Managing to secure a truce, Captain Kirk reaches the reception only to find out it is not just Klingon ships that are disappearing, but Federation and Romulan vessels, and ships from almost every known race are vanishing without a trace.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must determine the fate of the missing ships before the entire known galaxy is drawn into a deadly conflict.

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: The Original Series (Book 64)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671793241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671793241
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some of the usual PC overkill but expected for the era. An exciting and often amusing story follows. I thoroughly enjoyed it.In response to the fan who said it was a slow starter, (or boring), I remind of the "eye of the beholder" thing... all a matter of perspective. I found the beginning very intriguing. It doesn't take long to grasp the curiosity of the reader as to just what the heck is going on in that region of space where ships are disappearing. I do concur that Dr. Oman was among the most interesting characters in the book, but equally I found Payton to be very interesting. Rather than include a spoiler, suffice it to say, one truly doesn't know this enigmatic woman fully till much farther into the book. It does slow a little while you're anxious to get to the space area where the ships (Klingon, Federation et. al) are vanishing and what a shocker when you find out who's behind it. I found it hard to put down at that point and would read myself literally to sleep at night. If you love Star Trek TOS, (and I do) then you'll like this novel.
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One of the more enjoyable Trek novels out there, The Starship Trap features some decent Spock/McCoy banter and a story that starts out slowly but picks up to a satisfying conclusion. The highlight of the novel, however, is Kirk's struggle with his own libido as he finds himself trying to charm a woman he dislikes solely because she's a "hottie."
Otherwise, The Starship Trap is typical Trek. There is a brief moment, when the Enterprise finds herself trapped in a universe with different physical laws than our own, for some real science to inject itself, but that opportunity is squandered as Spock solves all problems off-camera. What remains is the usual mindless, harmless entertainment.
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The only reason I give this book four stars is because the beginning(up to pg. 80)is rather boring.I realize that the author was trying to develop the characters(which he did quite well,if I may add),but it's a little slow.Dr. Oman is a very belivable character,the best in the book(besides Kirk,of course)a genius with an almost impossible vision and an impossible way to acieve it.The Aleph,oh,how should I describe it?It's fabulous!The auther describes a "shifting,shining,ethereal diamond".The description is wholly perfect.This book is one of the richest "Trek" books in detail!
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Great TOS novel. Reminds me of all the old ST books before it. Back when they made great original series books each mkonth and the book stores were filled with them. A grand adventure for Kirk and crew.
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Geez....where to start...This book reads like it was written by an eighth grader. A plethora of misspelled words, dialogue that doesn't fit the well-established personalities of the main characters, inappropriate use of descriptives (such as "Kirk cried" instead of something more appropriate such as "With conviction and authority, Kirk said." Also, some actions attributed to the main characters came across as if the author really has NO FEEL for the personalities of the main characters. Too bad, because the plot was a good one.
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Starships are disappearing and Federation, Klingon and Romulan tensions are running high. Can the crew of the USS Enterprise solve this mystery before war breaks out? That is the question that faces Captain Kirk. But matters turn for the worse as the Enterprise herself becomes one of the missing ships. Kirk and crew battle the unknown, along with altered races and a mad man with enhanced weapons while stymied by Federation politics.
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A solid Star trek novel, and I find those to be few and far between. It feels like an episode of the old series. It is fairly low-key and straightforward, but I mean that in a good way. The main characters feel like their tv counterparts, and it's the kind of story the original series might have told, or the proposed Star Trek Phase II series of the late '70s would have told. There aren't a lot of whistles and bells to the story, but there also aren't a lot of unnecessary histrionics or melodramatics, either.
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Pretty standard Star Trek fare; not as much action as we sometimes see, but a bit of moderately good drama, some alternate dimensions, Spock and Scotty's technical know-how is what separates the Enterprise from all the rest, a crackpot villain with good intentions who's sadly misguided, some annoying civilian politicos, and some Klingon bluster. Most of the usual elements of a Star Trek story, mixed together in a slightly new set of proportions. Nothing really exciting.
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