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Star Trek: The Original Series: From History's Shadow

Star Trek: The Original Series: From History's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Dayton Ward
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An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Original Series!

2268: Following the encounter with the mysterious Gary Seven in the twentieth century, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is startled by two intruders who have transported through space and time from Earth circa 1968. Incredibly, one of the infiltrators is a Vulcan, who asserts that he’s lived among Earth's population for over a decade. The otherrepresents a little-known race, and reveals to Captain James T. Kirk that she has spent that last twenty years working to bring about humanity’s destruction. It is then that Gary Seven’s young protégé, Roberta Lincoln, arrives seeking Kirk’s help...

1947: In the wake of the infamous “Roswell Incident” involving a crashed alien craft and beings from another world, Captain James Wainwright finds himself recruited as one of the first members of Majestic 12, a secret organization with two goals: Collect evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth, and develop strategies to combat alien invaders. And it is this very mission that will consume Wainwright’s life for the next two decades, driven by the knowledge that the danger is as real as the aliens living among us...

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Über den Autor

Dayton Ward served for eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps before discovering the private sector and the piles of cash to be made there as a software engineer. He got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of Pocket Books’s first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with co-author Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series The 4400. Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Visit his website at


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 401 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B00BJRNLPO
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (30. Juli 2013)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A28J9DO
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Man in Black in Star Trek 14. September 2013
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In Verbindung mit den Ideen aus "Assignment Earth" und anderen Zeitreisegeschichten der alten ENTERPRISE, "Little Green Men" und dem Kalten Zeitkrieg entwickelt Dyton ward hier eine Geschichte, die viele der Verschwörungstheorien um Majestic, Blue Book und Roswell mit einbezieht und so eine der fruchtbarsten Quellen für SF-Literatur und Mystery-Serien eng mit Star Trek verbindet.

Es entsteht so eine überaus gelungene Konstruktion, in der wir unter anderem Gary Seven und seiner mutigen Sekretärin wieder begegnen. Nicht nur für ST-Fans eine empfehlenswerte Leseanschaffung.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ambien 1. September 2013
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I had high hopes for this book; sadly...

According to this book Earth is like the (supposed) Yogi Berra quote: Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded. We've got aliens all over the place. Some may like being introduced to new species, but I have to have a reason to be interested in all these folks.

Trek is totally character driven. The plots, in the series, movies and books are derivative and just so so, but the characters!!! That is what makes Trek outstanding. In this book the Original Series characters are just shown as being professionals doing their jobs. I don't have a problem with that. There are a whole bunch of new characters being introduced and, frankly, I couldn't tell them apart and didn't care.

For example: Wainright's wife leaves him, taking their child. Wainright says he is very upset about this but he goes on with nary a glace back. I think the divorce was introduced to make us see what sacrifices the man makes to do his job, but since he doesn't seem to care, it doesn't make me think he's that much of a hero. At one point he gets a new companion, but even that seems to come about and go along with no emotion at all.

There's a Vulcan who is here for no good reason. There are new to us aliens who are here to destroy Earth, and the question has to be asked: Why weren't they sent with the weapons to do just that? There's another bunch of aliens in Original Series time who wants to destroy everyone for no reason I could understand. Or rather I understood the reason but it was just silly.

Things go round and round and we end up where we think we should end up with no insight about anything whatsoever.

The writing is clear, but this book is just boring and I would not recommend this to anyone,
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Bored? Confused? Some of both, I think. 2. August 2013
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When I came across the description of this book in my Kindle recommendations, I thought, "Oh! Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln? That was a great, fun episode, and I'd love to read more about them."

Unfortunately, the author of "From History's Shadow" gives us very little of the intriguing Seven-Lincoln duo, choosing instead to focus on an endless roster of original characters, none of whom are developed in enough depth to make them interesting. The author's habit of "telling" rather than "showing" leads to pages upon pages of exposition - what's happened to the character in question during the preceding months, weeks, or years; the history of Project Blue Book and the American space program; the Temporal Cold War, you name it. Protagonists Wainwright and Marshall (and the enormous supporting cast) are moved from place to place like cardboard cutouts, and I found myself unable to care about what any of them were doing or why they were doing it, at any point during the proceedings. The one original character I did like was unceremoniously killed about 2/3 of the way through, then to be mourned by no one.

About a quarter of the book takes place aboard the Enterprise, and those scenes play much more successfully, with a good deal of drama arising between our familiar crew and some belligerent aliens. I found myself wishing during every Enterprise scene that the author had chosen to spend much more time there, and to cut way back on the tedious run of "he did this, and she did that, then he did this" scenes taking place in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s Earth.

I gave up trying to keep up with the flood of Trek novels back in the early 1990s, and since then have only picked one up occasionally, eager to spend a little time revisiting the universe I loved so much "back in the day." I wish this experience had turned out better, and that I could recommend the book to other fans. Sorry, Mr. Ward - you started with an interesting premise, but it didn't succeed, at least not for this particular reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Star Trek: TOS: From History's Shadow 30. Juli 2013
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ST: TOS: From History's Shadow - by Dayton Ward

Historian's Note:

"This story begins approximately one week after the return of the U.S.S. Enterprise from its time travel mission to 1968 Earth and its encounter with Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln in the original Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth.'"

This is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel, but the main focus is not on Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew, oh, they play a supporting part, but the main focus is Captain James Wainwright (introduced in DS9: "Little Green Men") of the U.S. Air Force and his involvement with the Majestic 12 and later Project Blue Book and his partner Staff Sergeant Allison Marshall. As Wainwright and Marshall investigate UFO phenomena throughout the U.S. they soon discover that there are aliens that have been interested in Earth for far longer than their involvement with their various investigations. Now, what are the alien's intentions and how can Earth be ready if an extraterrestrial disaster is at hand.

The investigations of the UFO phenomena go much further than what you would be led to believe and this team of intrepid investigators find hard evidence of extraterrestrial visitations, as the ramifications of this evidence are being evaluated and concealed from the general public, a sense of government double speak and betrayal emerge. But with the sensitivity of their work, things are beginning to weigh heavily on Captain James Wainwright and his partner. The investigations are beginning to take on a life of their own, as Wainwright's real life begins to fall apart and he becomes more and more dependent on his partner as they begin to realize - who can they really trust.

Good aliens, bad aliens, an intrepid reporter with a well-placed informant, begins to put the pieces together, the Department of Temporal Investigations, Aegis, and the U.S.S. Enterprise all play a role in this reality, real or false, just like a friend that you don't remember. "Curiouser and curiouser!" Cried Alice. "Oh, dear! What nonsense I'm talking!" ... go ask Dayton!

You'll feel like "Alice in Wonderland" as things start to unravel, but soon things will again focus and your perceptions will be re-aligned to the author as he skillfully takes you from time point to time point on the magic carpet of this adventure.

There are many aspects in this story that draw from various Star Trek books and TV episodes that have preceded this publication. This story dovetails extremely well and the continuity and flow of events fits into what has already been seen and read. This is a read that will take you down memory lane with a bit of "continuity departure" in spots, but then this wouldn't be a Dayton Ward novel if we didn't have his twist to the Star Trek lore, now would it. So get comfortable, have a good beverage at hand, and get in front of your "Way-Back" machine (Beta-5), with your silver pen servo firmly in place, it's time for some action spanning some 300 years.

From the "Roswell Incident" in 1947 to the current Star Trek timeline this book has a scope that involves aspects of Christopher L. Bennett's Department of Temporal Investigations, "Forgotten History," to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 anthology where the story "Mestral" by Ben Guilfoy can be found, (a supporting character.) As the chapters are time stamped, hold on to your seat folks you're in for an adventure, mystery, intrigue spiced with events from reality and those of a vivid imagination only Dayton Ward could pull together. Your ticket has been punched, you are about to experience a magic carpet ride involving a well-crafted convoluted space-time adventure.

Just as the song says:

"I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine. On a cloud of sound I drift in the night any place it goes is right. Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here.

Well, you don't know what we can find. Why don't you come with me little girl. On a magic carpet ride. You don't know what we can see. Why don't you tell your dreams to me. Fantasy will set you free. Close your eyes girl, look inside girl. Let the sound take you away."


This is a very, very interesting well-written adventure that has some charming pulp-fiction rooted parts that are woven into the story as you read on. Gary Seven and his protégée Roberta Lincoln are written into this story and what you think you know is not quiet what you thought you knew - and where Mr. Seven goes, so does the ethereal Isis.

There are Vulcans and Certoss investigating Earth for different reasons. A message sent 300 years in the past has the U.S.S. Enterprise in the middle of battle it shouldn't be fighting. There is uncertainty stemming from odd elements throughout the story all culminating in a whopper of a tale - that had all converged at this, rather peculiar, point in time, as only time can tell.

This is an excellent story told with a moving prose that can be thought-provoking at times, with real-life situations, and will keep ones interest until the end. I highly recommend reading this book. Definitely 5 stars.

Thank you, Dayton for the ride through the temporal world of Star Trek: The Original Series, as only you could conceive - that the danger is as real as the aliens living among us. . . Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call.

Readers Note:

Those wanting to read or view some of the foundations that his book has been based upon should follow this guide. "From History's Shadow" encompasses a wide variety of both the written and episodic TV, drawing from the past, here is a listing of books and episodic TV that will be of help in understanding the scope of this book.

The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh - Greg Cox
Forgotten History - Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 anthology - Mestral - Ben Guilfoy
Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space - Coral E. Lorenzen
The Case for the UFO - M.K. Jessup
Project Blue Book - Brad Steiger
Star Trek: "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," - D.C. Fontana
Star Trek: "Assignment Earth," - Gene Roddenberry and Art Wallace
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Little Green Men," - Toni Mayberry and Jack Trevino
Star Trek: Voyager "Future's End, Parts 1 and 2" - Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
Star Trek: Enterprise "Detained," - Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Side Note:

Author Greg Cox has included Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln in three of his Star Trek novels, "Assignment: Eternity" and the two-part novel, "The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh." In the latter two novels Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln go on to eventually stop Khan Noonien Singh and his fellow genetically engineered humans from taking over the planet. These novels also include many humorous references and inside jokes alluding to TOS, TNG, DS9 episodes, and the TOS movies, as well as references to some popular 1960s and 1970s television series not related to Star Trek (for example, meeting Jaime Sommers from The Bionic Woman.) At one point, Roberta even uses the alias "Veronica Neary" a reference to Teri Garr's role in the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

"Assignment: Eternity," Roberta Lincoln tells Spock that he reminds her of an extraterrestrial from the science fiction film "The Brain Eaters." This is a reference to a real life 1958 film in which Leonard Nimoy made a brief appearance. However, he did not play an alien in the film but a human character named Professor Cole. Gary Seven is the name used by Supervisor 194 of the mysterious alien group known as the Aegis. He is a human male, born on a cloaked planet in System Zeta Gamma 537 in 1932, the descendant of humans captured by the Aegis circa 4000 BC, in order to train them as agents to aid in the development and survival of humanity.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen slow, drags 17. Oktober 2013
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The book is very slow. The plot involves many characters unique to the book rather than our long remembered friends.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Problem with the anti-matter flow regulator.... 26. März 2014
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Don't get me wrong. I will continue to read ST and likely even read another Dayton Ward book if I see one and it looks interesting. This review is not some total hatchet job or rant. I love Star Trek and have read probably a hundred ST novels from all the series'.

I see what the author wanted to do here. It just really sorta jumps around a bit too much and new characters appearing out of nowhere almost. Although, I was happy to see Mestral again :)

For a better treatment of jumping from Star Trek epoch to epoch, I would recommend the magisterial "FEDERATION" by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.
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