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Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, the Star Trek novels The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.
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Star Trek: The Original Series: From History’s Shadow
Earth Year 2268 (ACE)
“General quarters! Intruder alert, Deck 8!”
James Kirk emerged from the turbolift to find Spock waiting for him. Standing behind the first officer was a four-person security team—three junior officers led by the Enterprise’s veteran chief of security, Lieutenant Commander Barry Giotto. Beyond the small group, two more security officers with phasers drawn stood outside the doors at the end of the short corridor.
“They’re still in there?” Kirk asked, nodding toward the doors leading to the cargo bay on this deck.
Spock nodded. “Affirmative. Two life-forms. Our internal sensors detected an attempt to access our communications systems.”
“We’ve secured all access points, sir,” Giotto added, offering a formal nod that was fitting for his stern expression, which in turn seemed to complement his gray hair, itself a rarity among security officers. “Nobody’s getting in or out of there without our knowing about it.”
“They managed to sneak in there, well enough,” Kirk said. “Any idea how they got aboard in the first place? Have they been here since we left Starbase 9?” The Enterprise had been on course for its next assignment since departing the starbase nearly a week earlier. There had been no stops or contacts with other vessels during that time, and—to the best of Kirk’s knowledge—the only incoming or outgoing communications were of the usual authorized and expected variety.
Though his expression remained fixed, Spock’s eyes narrowed. “Lieutenant Uhura has already dispatched a message to Starbase 9 with a request to inquire into that possibility. A reply should be forthcoming.”
“Then I guess we’re on our own for the time being.” Any discussion about a possible security breach, and whether the intruders hiding within the cargo bay were the only results of that infringement, would have to wait until their uninvited guests were in custody. “What do we know about them?” Kirk asked, gesturing toward the door.
Spock held up his tricorder. “According to my scans, one of the life-forms appears to be female; a native of Certoss Ajahlan.”
His brow furrowing, Kirk asked, “That name rings a bell. The Taurus Reach?”
“Correct, sir,” replied the first officer. “According to our data banks, the U.S.S. Endeavour visited the system during their surveys of the region last year. Prior to that, contact was limited to unmanned probes and a first-contact team when Federation colonization and exploration efforts moved into the Taurus Reach. By all accounts, the Certoss people are peaceful, bordering on pacifistic, and their culture revolves around an ardent devotion to the arts.”
“So how does a peaceful Certoss native turn up uninvited in one of our cargo bays?” the captain asked.
Spock’s right eyebrow rose. “I am at a loss to answer that, just as I cannot explain why the other intruder is a Vulcan.”
That caught Kirk by surprise. “You’re sure? Any chance it could be a Romulan?”
“A thorough examination by Doctor McCoy should remove any doubts,” Spock said, “but my tricorder readings indicate Vulcan physiology.” As though anticipating Kirk’s next remark, he added, “The fact that both intruders represent pacifist civilizations is not lost on me, Captain.”
“I never thought it was,” Kirk said, suppressing a smile before returning his full attention to the very serious matter at hand. “What about their trying to get into the comm system? Do we know who they might be trying to contact?”
Shaking his head, Spock replied, “No, sir. I submit that such questions might best be answered by our guests.”
“Agreed. Did you scan any weapons in there?”
“Affirmative.” Spock looked at his tricorder again before adding, “It appears to be a rudimentary particle beam weapon.”
Pointing to one of Giotto’s junior security officers, Kirk indicated for the young crewman to hand over his weapon. He took the Type II phaser and verified its power setting. “Phasers on stun, Mister Giotto. I’ll lead the way.”
To his credit, the security chief maintained his professional bearing. “Captain, with all due respect, my team and I can secure the room first.”
With a small grin, Kirk reached out and clapped the older man on his left shoulder. “You never stop trying to keep me out of trouble, do you, Barry?”
“Mister Spock keeps telling me it’s a lost cause, sir,” Giotto replied, his expression never wavering.
“Probably true,” Kirk said as he began moving toward the cargo bay. He nodded to the pair of security guards still standing watch near the door. Ensigns Nick Minecci and Pasqua Hawthorne both nodded at his approach. Eyeing both junior officers with what he hoped was a look of confidence, Kirk said, “Ready to say hello?”
Minecci nodded, holding up his phaser. “Yes, sir.”
“Right behind you, Captain,” Hawthorne added.
To Kirk’s right, Spock stepped to the nearby comm panel and pressed its activation control. “Spock to bridge. Deactivate the security lock on Cargo Bay 1.”
A moment later, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu’s voice replied, “Aye, aye, Mister Spock. Lock deactivated.”
Kirk moved to stand to the left of the door, with Giotto mimicking him on the entrance’s opposite side. “Alternate entry,” he said to the security team. “If you detect a threat, don’t hesitate to fire.”
The doors parted with their characteristic high-pitched pneumatic hiss, and Kirk got his first look at the chamber beyond. Containers of varying size and shape occupied the space along the far bulkhead, either stacked atop one another on the deck or else stored on shelving units rising three stories to the ceiling. A large expanse of floor right inside the entrance was empty. He scanned the shelves, seeing nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing appeared to be moving among the crates. Once past the doorway, he sidestepped to his left and saw Giotto mirroring his movements as the security chief stepped to his right. At the door, Spock activated his tricorder, and the device’s warbling tone echoed through the cavernous bay as the science officer conducted his scans.
“Ten meters in front of us,” the Vulcan said, pointing toward the center of the room. “Both life-forms are stationary.”
“Whoever you are,” Kirk called out, raising his voice, “there’s nowhere for you to go. I’m Captain James Kirk, in command of this vessel. If you surrender peacefully, I promise you will not be harmed.” When no answer came, Kirk frowned. “Okay,” he said, looking to Giotto, “let’s go.”
Following Spock’s direction, Kirk moved toward the center of the room, his phaser leading the way. As he approached the set of stacked cargo containers separating him from their still-unidentified guests, he motioned for Giotto to make his way around the far side of the storage units. Even without Spock’s tricorder, Kirk now was able to sense the intruder’s presence. He heard breathing and the rustling of clothing. Muscles tensing in anticipation of a confrontation...
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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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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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Ambien1. 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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Self-references and endless talking10. September 2013
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I must say, I really wanted to like this book. Before I say why I did not like it all that much, I'll give the positives. The author is extremely good at writing dialogue, which is very rare in a "Star Trek" book. The author also does a good job of setting up the potential for a really good story. I was really hoping for a genre-bender here, given the cover and description of the book--something between Original "Trek" and "The X-Files." Instead, the book is filled with self-referencing "Star Trek" trivia that span far more than the Original Series. There's some "Enterprise," some "Deep Space Nine," and some "Voyager." Not what I would call Original "Trek." Instead of all this self-referencing there could have been a really cool and original story about the crew of the Enterprise encountering Gray aliens, Men in Black, and flying saucers. Spock could have been abducted and given an implant. Chekov could have received an anal probe, which would have allowed for his trademark scream. Seriously, this could have been a really great book mixing the "Star Trek" and ufology mythologies. But no, just self-referencing. And talking in place of action, telling instead of showing, for hundreds of pages. I can write a better "Star Trek" novel and someday I intend to prove it.
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Star Trek: TOS: From History's Shadow30. Juli 2013
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ST: TOS: From History's Shadow - by Dayton Ward
"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."
STEPPENWOLF - MAGIC CARPET RIDE LYRICS
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.
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
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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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.