- Publisher: Pocket Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1415611750
- ISBN-13: 978-1415611753
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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The Red King (Star Trek) Hardcover
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One problem, as described in other reviews, is the extensive list of characters. Who can keep up with all of them? It's not as if the last book came out a month or so ago so if you were to pick this one up, you may find yourself struggling to remember this or that unique character. What makes it so bad is that a lot of these characters are secondary or fill-ins. We haven't been given the chance to focus on the main group. I hardly can pin-point who the main characters are because everyone who appears is given equal importance. The crew is diverse, one of the most diverse in Starfleet history. We get it! It makes the book terribly hard to get through when you vaguely can recall or keep up with the two dozen or so characters that appear.
Second, there is no "gay agenda" going on. There's a gay character, so be it. Yet, I do feel that these authors, who do tend to include non-heterosexual characters in their works, are putting a bit too much emphasis on the character of Keru. What's the big deal about him? He appeared in "Rogue Agent" and wasn't exactly a ground-breaking character. He appears in the "Worlds of DS9." He appears in the Riker-Troi honeymoon story in "The Captain's Table" anthology. Yet, he's not terribly interesting. Yet, he's given the most attention perhaps out of any of the "new characters" and it gets annoying. We barely get to know anything more about Dr.Read more ›
There is a conflict between Tuvok and the admiral that doesn't really make a lot of sense. How can a Vulcan have a decades-old feud? The feud also brings up some kind of advanced mental prowess that the admiral and his race apparently possess. Basically, the whole storyline feels like it's reaching too far, a few hundred thousand light years too far.
The Red King doesn't make for a good story because the Red King isn't really a character or a villian. The conflict is strained. The characters just aren't compelling. The first and second Titan books spend far too more time describing wildly non-humanoid races than telling a story. Skip and go directly to Orion's Hounds.
The storyline of this book is pretty straight forward, with the crew of Titan and some Romulan ships stranded in the Small Magellanic Cloud (a dwarf galaxy near our own). Due to the events of Star Trek Nemesis a portal between Romulan space and this other galaxy has formed and is threatening to destroy the entire region. The storyline is primarily a man versus nature premise, with most of the drama spent on the characters reactions to this force of nature as they desperately try to stop the destruction and save as many lives as possible.
The second plotline is from the perspective of the Romulan Commander Donatra, who has to retrieve her lost fleet while dealing with an unruly co-equal Commander who has different ideas on how their fleet should proceed. This storyline felt anticlimactic however, as every time the tension ratcheted up it was quickly diffused in some quick and convenient manner.
There is also a minor racism subplot where some of Titans alien crew members discuss whether Riker has a bias towards humans over aliens.Read more ›
I love Next Generation and I love the characters.
The characters in this book are a little too bizarre to picture in my mind.
All in all, a good story line.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book but I have seen better in the star track and over all I have read the game of throne books so when You have read the best others need to catching upPublished 15 days ago by Marjan Kaykavoosi
I'm a big Trek nerd so love most of the books but sometimes I feel like in some of the books they go a bit off the deep end with the Technobabble which is what I saw a lot in this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua
It's an ok book. It lacked the page turning tension in its story.Published 6 months ago by Timothy Flynn
Good read although it felt that the author was trying to hard to to make the crew as diverse as possible. To me it cluttered the story, but then again what do I know? Read morePublished 11 months ago by DL Wilson
Just a pointless story wrapping up a two part pilot of the series where the plot doesn't matter at all hey look another new alien and their life story.Published 12 months ago by Wayne Schroeder
Ample story line for any ST fan. Tuvok/Akaar back story was good but I could not totally buy into a decades-long grudge, however.Published 13 months ago by Col Worf
I liked it. Kept me turning pages for several hours. Good read. Just read book 1 of the titan series first.Published 15 months ago by Michael Dell