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Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Christopher L. Bennett
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25. März 2014 Star Trek: Enterprise
The United Federation of Planets has weathered its first major crisis, but its growing pains are just beginning. Admiral Jonathan Archer hopes to bring the diverse inhabitants of the powerful and prosperous Rigel system into the Federation, jump-starting the young nation’s growth and stabilizing a key sector of space. Archer and the Federation’s top diplomats journey to the planetoid Babel to debate Rigel’s admission . . . but a looming presidential race heats up the ideological divide within the young nation, jeopardizing the talks and threatening to undo the fragile unity Archer has worked so hard to preserve.

Meanwhile, the sinister Orion Syndicate recruits new allies of its own, seeking to beat the Federation at its own game. Determined to keep Rigel out of the union, they help a hostile Rigelian faction capture sensitive state secrets along with Starfleet hostages, including a young officer with a vital destiny. Captain Malcolm Reed, Captain T’Pol, and their courageous crews must now brave the wonders and dangers of Rigel’s many worlds to track down the captives before the system is plunged into all-out war.

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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (25. März 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1476749647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749648
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 10,4 x 3 cm
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Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures and Tower of Babel, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines. More information and annotations can be found at, and the author’s blog can be found at

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Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel


February 12, 2164

Verex III, Orion-Klingon Borderland

“. . . SO WE CAN ALL SEE the benefits to such an alliance,” intoned the burly Orion at the head of the meeting table, his gaze taking in each of his two guests in turn. “Working alone, the Vulcans were powerful enough to drive both of your organizations into retreat. Now they are part of a larger, even stronger Federation whose Starfleet patrols increasingly interfere with your efforts to stay in business. What better revenge,” the green-skinned man went on in a polished baritone, “than to form a partnership of our own to stand against them?”

“The benefits of allying with your . . . employers are self-evident, Harrad-Sar,” replied the Mazarite representative, Eldi Zankor. But then she sneered, the expression subtly stretching the scalloped flaps of skin that extended from her cheekbones to her ears. “But what can Jofirek here provide us? The Vulcans drove his syndicate from Agaron while I was still learning to walk, and he’s been struggling for relevance ever since!” Despite the white hair of her temples and eyebrows, a typical trait of her species, Zankor was in the prime of her life, her ambition and ruthlessness—and the government purge of her predecessors some years before—allowing her to rise to the head of Mazar’s crime syndicate at a precocious age.

The same could not be said for the wizened, silver-maned Agaron who sat across from her, the characteristic vertical ridge that bisected his people’s foreheads almost lost amid a sea of wrinkles. “How dare you!” he wheezed. “My smuggling and narcotics connections span two sectors!”

“Two or three systems in each sector, at best. Why would you even want this fossil in our alliance, Harrad-Sar? He’d just be a drag on us.”

“I’ve had forty years to rebuild my organization! Your group is still trying to pick up the pieces after the purge!”

Harrad-Sar spread his hands. “Please, please, my friends,” he said. “The Federation’s strength comes from its unity—its ability to set aside its members’ differences in pursuit of their mutual interests. Our respective syndicates will be better able to stand against them if we learn from their example. This joint venture can benefit from Jofirek’s experience, the connections and markers he’s accumulated over the decades, as well as from the fervor and resources of the Mazarite cartel.”

Watching through a pane of one-way glass from the next room, Navaar smiled at her slave’s performance. “He’s doing well,” the merchant princess purred, absently twirling a lock of her luxuriant black hair around a slender green finger.

“He always was a quick study,” replied her sister D’Nesh as a muscular male slave—bigger and younger than Harrad-Sar, with fewer and less elaborate metal adornments piercing his bare scalp—brushed her curly hair for her. “I guess you were right not to kill him after all.”

“I knew he had it in him to redeem himself for his failure.” In her private thoughts, Navaar admitted the truth: the failure to capture Jonathan Archer all those years ago, in retaliation for his disruption of the Orion Syndicate’s slave market on this very planet, had rested as much with herself and her sisters as with their chief slave. Not only had Archer’s officers somehow managed to overcome the Three Sisters’ powerful pheromonal control, but Earth and its allies had learned the truth about Orion women: that they, or at least their most pheromonally potent elite lineages, were the actual rulers of Orion civilization rather than the slaves they pretended to be. On top of everything else, the Starfleet crew had crippled the warp drive of Harrad-Sar’s ship and forced him and the Sisters to limp home at sublight; it had been nearly a year before their distress signals had reached another Orion ship, and the Sisters had spent much of that year punishing Harrad-Sar for his failure. D’Nesh had wanted to tear out all his piercings and keep tearing until there was nothing left but a pile of bones and organs. Maras would have been happy to watch and join in; the youngest Sister was a woman of simple pleasures.

But Navaar had recognized the truth: that they had simply been making Harrad-Sar the scapegoat for their own failure, driven by their fear of the consequences when they finally returned in disgrace. She had convinced her siblings that they would need to stick together more closely than ever to survive, to draw on their slaves’ loyalty to the fullest rather than discarding them and trying to start fresh. Harrad-Sar had recognized in turn—with a little persuasion from his owners—that his own best chances of survival had come from helping the Sisters survive, and if anything, it had been the bonds the four had formed during that long trek home that had enabled them to weather their disgrace, emerge stronger, and eventually rise to their current leadership roles in the Syndicate.

“Your arguments are all well and good,” Jofirek was saying to Harrad-Sar, “but I’m too important to deal with middlemen. When do I get to meet your employers?”

Zankor scoffed. “Restrain your lust, old man. Just the sight of them would probably give you a heart attack.”

Navaar smiled, both at the compliment and the irony. While the Sisters’ existence and importance were known to the higher-ups in other syndicates, few knew them on sight. Thus, Zankor and Jofirek were unaware that Maras was in the room with them, posing as one of the junior attendants who played a menial and generally decorative role in the proceedings—while a massive, nearly nude male slave tended to Zankor’s needs. Although Maras’s skills, to put it kindly, were far more in the physical sphere than the mental, she knew enough to avoid getting too close to Zankor, aware that pheromones as potent as the Sisters’ could have an irritant effect on humanoid females. Zankor was confrontational enough without such a hormonal boost. But Maras sat near enough to Jofirek to make him aroused and suggestible, ensuring that he would do whatever Harrad-Sar asked in the Sisters’ name.

Right now, Sar was assuring the old man that he was fully empowered to speak for the Syndicate. But Navaar was distracted by a grunt of displeasure from the being who stood to her left, also watching through the mirror. “Something troubles you, Garos?” she asked.

Dular Garos turned his broad, gray-scaled face to hers. “I share Zankor’s skepticism about Jofirek’s usefulness,” the Malurian intoned in his deep, resonant voice. “In fact, negotiating with either is a waste of time. Both their organizations are in ruins, struggling for relevance. What can they possibly provide you that the Raldul alignment cannot?”

Behind them, D’Nesh laughed. “You’re just jealous.”

“I’m surprised at you, Garos,” Navaar said with a gentler smile. “You understand our long-term objectives as well as anyone. To beat the Federation at their own game, we need to enlarge our alliance, draw on every resource we can. We need to be able to strike at them from all sides.”

“Right,” D’Nesh added. “And it can’t hurt to have a couple of sacrificial beasts to throw their way if we need to.”


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Wir erinnern uns: Im ersten Roman des zweiten Enterprise-Relaunch-Aktes (Rise of the Federation) mit dem bedeutungsvollen Titel A Choice of Futures erlebten wir, dass die Ausrichtung und das Selbstverständnis der Föderation - trotz der allgemeinen verfassungsmäßigen Prinzipien, auf denen sie fußt - unmittelbar nach ihrer Gründung noch nichts Feststehendes sind. Die gerade geborene Interspeziesallianz muss sich erst finden - und sie muss sich entscheiden, wer sie selbst sein möchte.

In A Choice of Futures stand die Föderation angesichts ihrer Bedrohung durch die ,Mutes` vor einer solchen Entscheidung und gab schließlich statt einer militärischen einer diplomatischen Lösung den Vorzug. Damit bestand sie ihre erste große Bewährungsprobe und durchkreuzte die dunklen Pläne derer, die sie zu Fall zu bringen versuchten. Auch in Tower of Babel, dem nächsten Werk aus der Feder von Christopher L. Bennett, geht die Selbstfindungsreise des blutjungen Völkerbundes weiter, sowohl in außen- als auch innenpolitischer Hinsicht. Und wieder gibt es diejenigen, die ihm nach dem Leben trachten.


Das Jahr 2164 bricht an. Zwei Jahre nach ihrer Gründung schreitet die Festigung der Föderation langsam, aber sicher voran. Es bestehen gewisse Aussichten, dass schon bald ein paar neue Mitglieder hinzukommen könnten.
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Wem "A Choice of Futures" vom selben Autor gefallen hat, kann hier beherzt zugreifen. Ich freue mich schon auf die angekündigten Teile 3 und 4.
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This book has a lot of characters and tells the story from various perspectives so it jumps around a lot and introduces a ton of new characters, making it hard to follow exactly what's going on. You kind of have to power through it. Ultimately, though, it's not that exciting or interesting. I guess the most I can say is "Meh".
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Space Democrats vs. Space Tea Party (with some minor other plot points) 3. August 2014
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Bennett continues to show that he's a good author structurally, but not in many other ways. This novel suffers from what has become a trend in recent Star Trek novels, and that is the attempt to stay relevant to what it feels its current readers believe in. With the Typhon Pact novels it was Kamemor's two dimensional poorly written same sex attraction (as compared to the heart wrenching and amazingly well done arc of Keru recovering and debating dating again after his husband's death), but with Rise of the Federation it's political.

It's campaign season in the nascent Federation (Spoilers beyond this point.) We have two primary parties, one is the Federalists and the other is the Planetarists. In theory, these are the Federalist and Anti-Federalists of the early American republic and the rhetoric, at least at first, borrows from the works released by both of these real world groups. However, it swiftly devolves into Space Democrats/Federalists and Space Tea Party/Planetarists, and straw men on both sides. These groups were so made of straw that a single spark could have burned down the entire Federation political system. Eventually Space Tea Party candidate reveals that he, like a certain senator in the real world whose name rhymes with McRain, is making his rhetoric more extreme to try and get the extremists on board, while he personally wants a moderate approach upon possible election. Then Space Koch...I mean a wealthy trio of Orion sisters, is revealed to be backing the supposed grassroots Space Tea Party with big cash (in a cashless society). Eventually, the Planetarist candidate resigns from the race, giving an author insert monologue about the evils of money in politics, appealing to extremes, and the evils of money co-opting the democratic process (none of which I disagreed with, but all of which annoyed me in my 'escape from reality' reading).

There's also, in theory, a plot about the Rigelian First Families and some separatists trying to stop Rigel from entering the Federation. But even with almost half the book dedicated to it, it seems almost like an afterthought to what was supposed to be an author's political manifesto in science fiction form. Actually, I was giving this three stars, but downgrading to two, because the politics were so thinly veiled and poorly written. When science fiction is used, as it has been throughout its history, to address societal issues, it has to be done with a deft hand, not a hamfisted approach.
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I liked how the Author has managed to tie all the bits (and sometimes contradictory) of information we have heard about Rigellans ever since TOS and build them into a reasonably coherent civilisation.

I do continue to enjoy the ongoing tales of Archer and his former crew. However I did find this a little slow in getting into - the second half of the book seemed to flow much better than the first half.

Anyway I do hope the series continues :)
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Wow, you need a score card to keep track of all the bad guys in this story. Too many complex details to keep track of. I had to make up a scorecard on paper to keep track of all the players in this story.!! I actually got confused somewhere in the middle, and this lowered my interest. I liked learning the details about the Andorian people, but that was the best part of this story, and the interaction between T'Pol and Trip. Sorry Christopher, usually I enjoy your books.
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Tower of Babel had so many characters and locations that it seemed chaotic and unfocused. The writing was also very "preachy". Hope the next offering in the series is better.
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