- Series: Star Trek: Voyager - String Theory (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; mass market edition (June 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743457188
- ISBN-13: 978-0743457187
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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String Theory, Book 1: Cohesion (Star Trek: Voyager - String Theory) (Bk. 1) Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, June 28, 2005
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Jeffrey Lang launched his Star Trek career with a contribution to the LIVES OF DAX anthology, and is co-author of the Deep Space Nine volume ABYSS in the phenomenally successful Section 31 quartet.
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I sometimes will pick up a Star Trek book when I'm in the mood for some new Star Trek but there is nothing new on video. I usually go into it knowing that I will like it as a Star Trek story, and that it's just something to tide me over, but that it may be a good Star Trek story it might not be the greatest book. This book did not suffer from that.
The best part about it is that the author NAILED the characters. He didn't redevelop them to suit his tastes. This is the way the characters acted and spoke on Voyager. It could be dialogue written for an episode. The characters stayed in character. It was a great story, with what I thought a great new alien species.
The added bonus for me was that I've always loved the love/hate/respect relationship between Seven and Torres. I was treated to this being a large chunk of the book. I won't give it away but the part of the story these two were in was extremely clever.
Just bought #2 and I can't wait to get into it. I hope to see much more of Voyager from this author. If you are a fan and looking for something to tide you over or to add to the Voyager timeline this is a must.
This book focuses on the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager on its journey home from the Delta Quadrant. This series takes place between the end of fourth season and the beginning fifth season of the television series. When the crew of Voyager has discovered an anomalous sensor reading, Captain Janeway orders them to investigate. In doing so they are ensnared within a mystery which could be there last.
The book is well written and uses interesting settings and characters to keep the readers interest. However, this book contains the same fatal flaw of the Star Trek: Voyager television series, the characters. As within in the TV series, with very few exceptions, the characters are one-dimensional and, since the crew is cutoff from Starfleet and cannot replenish any losses, it is difficult for an author to develop a true sense of tension and mystery as to the outcome. This is compounded by the fact that this book takes place within an already established continuity which has progressed beyond this point within the time line. The saving graces of this book, as well as the `Star Trek: Voyager - String Theory' series in general, is that it focuses on the most interesting of the available characters, in this case B'Elanna Torres and Seven of Nine, and the Monorhans are very well developed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the `Star Trek Voyager' TV series and books. I would only recommend this book, and `Star Trek: Voyager - String Theory' series, to readers of other `Star Trek' books if the reader is looking for an interesting story which has neither impact on the `Star Trek: Voyager' continuity, nor any other setting within the `Star Trek' universe.
A Note to Readers new to Star Trek: Like most shared settings, especially those stemming from gaming or other media types, the `Star Trek' books are written with the assumption that the reader has some familiarity with the `Star Trek' setting. Since Star Trek has been around and part of the world culture for over 40 years, most readers interested in a book set within the `Star Trek' universe will have some familiarity with the setting. It is important to note that the books set within the `Star Trek' universe do tend to be a bit grittier then the TV series or movies. As a reader reads more books in the `Star Trek' setting, they will become more familiar with the world and its inhabitants, making the experience more pleasant.
After reading the book I came to write a review and see what some others said. I agree with JensTenebrea's review and they gave great examples of things that were said that didn't sound like the Voyager crew. There are many more throughout the book but that gives you a good idea.
I think it's still a good read but if you use to watch Voyager and know the characters, be prepared to be thrown off a little by what's said.