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27. April 2010 Star Trek (Unnumbered Paperback)
A distress call goes out from a Federation outpost near the Klingon border. The U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, responds. Starbase 18 lies in ruin. There are no survivors. And there is no clue as to who is responsible for the attack, until Captain Pike’s brilliant science officer discovers a means of retrieving parts of the station’s log.

Lieutenant Spock has detected signs of a unique energy signature, one that he believes is Klingon. There are unsubstantiated reports that the Klingon Empire has made a technological leap forward and created a cloaking device—code-named Black Snow Seven—that can shield their ships from even the most advanced sensors. The destruction of the base and the unique energy signature that remains prove that the Empire has succeeded.

For generations the Orions have been known as pirates,operating at the margins, outside of legal conventions. A proud and powerful race, the Orions were once a major force in the sector, and they have been using the tension between the Klingon Empire and the Federation to rebuild their power. Captain Pike is charged with trying to foster cooperation between the Orions and the Federation. A distress call from an Orion vessel offers him the perfect opportunity. But the Orion ship lies in disputed space long claimed by the Klingon Empire, and crossing it could be the spark that sets off an interstellar war.

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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: 1 (27. April 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1439158991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439158999
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,7 x 10,2 x 17,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 226.628 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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DAVE STERN has written/edited/collaborated on multiple previous works of Star Trek fiction, as well as the New York Times-bestselling biography Crosley. He lives in a creepy old house on a hill in Massachusetts, kept company by his family and a lawn of immense and ever-growing size.

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Pike was the last one in. As he entered the briefing room, the others all stood.

“As you were,” the captain said, and took a seat at the head of the table. “Thank you for coming. Number One?”

He nodded toward his second-in-command, seated to his right; she leaned forward.

“We’ve recovered part of the station log,” she said. “A small portion—about a minute’s worth—from the day of the attack. The images are heavily compressed; artifacts abound, both auditory and visual. The audio, in fact, disappears entirely less than halfway through the recording. But even so—”

“Hang on.” Commander Tuval leaned forward. “Part of the station log? Where did that come from?”

A fair question, Pike thought, considering that the base itself—Starbase 18, the Federation’s farthest outpost in this sector of the galaxy—was pretty much space junk at this point. A fact Tuval knew better than anyone else in the room. Two days ago, the commander— Enterprise ’s security chief—had almost died exploring its remains. The skin on the right side of his face was still pink, and he had half-healed burns over most of the right side of his body. His lungs were functioning at sixty percent capacity; according to Dr. Boyce, they’d never reach a hundred percent again. All in all, though, Tuval was lucky.

The other three members of the landing party were dead.

“You can thank our science officer,” Pike said, nodding toward Spock, who sat to the captain’s right, at the far end of the table. There were seven of them in the room; Chief Engineer Pitcairn, Commander Tuval, and Communications Specialist Garrison on one side of the table, Number One, Boyce, and Spock on the other. “He can explain it to you.”

Pike gestured to the Vulcan to go ahead.

“Starfleet’s communications infrastructure in this sector is a patchwork affair,” Spock said. “You are no doubt aware of this, Commander.”

“Of course. The trouble we’ve had getting through to Starfleet Command …”

“This is because some of the subspace amplifiers in this region date back to the early years of exploration; to link these early models with current Starfleet equipment requires the use of multiple communications protocols as well as additional processing modules. It occurred to me that stored within some of those processing modules—”

“You talking about the RECs, Mr. Spock?” That from Chief Engineer Pitcairn.

“The REC-twos, Chief.”

“Model twos. Not sure I remember those.” Pitcairn frowned—or maybe it was a small smile. On the chief’s craggy features, it was hard for Pike to tell the difference.

Three months into his five-year mission with the crew, the captain was still learning their little personality traits. And quirks. And likes and dislikes and how they got along with one another. Which members of which department worked well together and which were like oil and water. In that regard, he’d expected to have some problems with Spock. There were a lot of people who still held a grudge against the Vulcans for the way they’d treated humanity in those early, post–First Contact years. Holding back key technologies, refusing Earthers an equal voice among the quadrant’s space-faring races. Most of that seemed to be in the past now, but occasionally, a bit of that xenophobia still popped up. Pike had prepared himself to have to deal with some of that among his crew; he’d suspected he might have a problem with Pitcairn in that regard. Glenn was old-line Starfleet, senior member of the crew, and the longest-serving non-flag officer in the fleet. But the chief and Spock got along like gangbusters.

Would that the rest of his crew mixed half that well.

“The model twos were identical to the original RECs,” Spock continued. “Except that they were housed in significantly larger storage frames to allow for a wide range of potential expansion requirements.”

Pitcairn was still frowning. “Well … they couldn’t be completely identical, then, could they? Larger mass, they’d need a larger stabilization unit to make sure they didn’t drift off position. Am I right?”

Spock considered the point. “You may be correct, Chief. I only glanced at the construction specifications briefly. I cannot recall the exact increase in mass of the REC-two relative to the original. Perhaps later we can—”

“They might’ve changed the composition of the beacon, too,” Pitcairn said. “They did that a lot, back in those days. Experimented with different materials. I knew a guy who actually worked at Bozeman—”

“Chief. Mr. Spock.” Pike leaned forward. Get those two talking about old Fleet technology, they’d be there for hours. And they didn’t have hours. “Let’s stay on track.”

“Exactly,” said Boyce, who looked annoyed. And impatient. An improvement over his mood earlier that morning, at least. “Captain, I would appreciate it if we could hurry things along. Dr. Tambor is still in regen, you know. A critical stage of it, in fact. And I want—”

“I know,” Pike interrupted. “You want to be there. We’ll wrap this up as quickly as we can.”

The doctor nodded, stone-faced, just as angry as he’d been before, when Pike had pulled Tuval out of regen therapy. “He’s got another day to go,” Boyce had said. “You risk permanently compromising his lung function; you risk all sorts of complications. Why do it? He’s not going to be much good in a fight. I won’t certify him for any sort of exploratory mission, either.” Pike understood his doctor’s warnings but didn’t feel he had a choice at the moment. He needed Tuval’s experience right now; therapy had to wait.

If Conn was alive, it would be a different matter. But Conn was dead, and Tuval’s new second was a kid, and he was not going to trust a kid’s judgment in these matters.

“To answer your question, Commander,” Spock said. “Standard Starfleet protocol automates mirroring of all base logs at Starfleet Archives via subspace transmission. For Starbase Eighteen, this mirroring takes place via the amplifier designated Echo one-one-nine, one of the old REC-two amplifiers. It occurred to me that those messages might have needed processing within the unit before being passed along. A corollary of that assumption was that portions of the messages might remain as fragmentary information within—”

“Oh. Automated backup,” Tuval interrupted. “Why didn’t you say so?”

Spock frowned. “I believe I just did.”

Chief Pitcairn laughed. He was the only one.

“What?” he said. “That’s funny.”

Maybe it was. But Pike didn’t have time for humor right now.

“All right. Now that we all understand how we got this information”—the captain looked around the table and got a series of nods in response—“let’s take a look at it.”

Number One leaned forward and waved a hand over one of the table sensors. The briefing room lights dimmed. The wall opposite Pike doubled as a monitor screen; it filled now with video static. The speakers hissed an audio version of the same. Then both cleared, and the screen came to life.

Pike and his officers were looking at the interior of Starbase 18’s flight tower, a circular room with floor-to-ceiling windows. A man in a Starfleet uniform stood with his...

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Zugreifen! 21. September 2010
Von Amber
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"Children of Kings" ist eindeutig einer der besten Star Trek-Romane, die ich je gelesen habe.
Interessant wird er schon alleine dadurch, dass er sich Captain Pike widmet, einer kaum ausgearbeiteten Figur des Franchises und nicht zuletzt durch den neuen Kinofilm wieder ziemlich aktuell. Der Autor widmet sich auf erfrischende Weise der Beziehung zwischen ihm und der Crew untereinander: Spock, Nummer Eins, Doktor Boyce, Yeoman Colt, alle bekannt aus dem ersten Pilotfilm, und erfindet noch ein paar Charaktere dazu, die die Crew komplett machen.

Der Stil ist locker und schlicht, dem Genre angemessen. Die Story ist sehr spannend und originell gemacht. Am Anfang wirkt sie wie eine Kreuzung aus der TOS-Folge "Ballance of Terror" und der Enterprise-Folge "Bound". Dass sich dabei die älteste und die jüngste Serie des Franchise die Hand geben, und das in einer Story, die sich ausgerechnet um Pike dreht, der doch eigentlich in keiner so richtig zu Hause ist, ist eine tolle Sache und so geschickt und reibungslos gemacht, dass man darüber hinwegsieht, dass zunächst alles ziemlich vorhersehbar scheint. Nachdem der Einstieg dann erst einmal gefunden ist, nimmt die Story an Tempo und Einfallsreichtum zu, und man kann das Buch kaum noch aus der Hand legen. Schießereien, Verschwörung, zwischenmenschliche Reiberein, hier stimmt die Balance.
Störend fand ich höchstens, dass der Captain während des gesamten Mittelteils "verschwindet" und erst später wieder das Ruder übernimmt. Autoren tun das oft, wenn sie andere, von ihnen bevorzugte oder selbstentworfene Charaktere in den Vordergrund stellen möchten, und es ärgert mich immer wieder.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Interesting Spock-Pike-Adventure 11. Mai 2010
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Following the new movie, Cpt. Christopher Pike, the former commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise has become more important in the awareness of some fans. This novel takes this into account and describes one adventure that Spock and Pike had shortly after the latter took unwillingly command of the Enterprise.

While patrolling the new border to the Klingon Empire the crew of the Enterprise receives a mayday from a nearby starbase which they then find totally destroyed. Log-data suggests an attack by Klingon forces employing a new kind of cloaking-device. Spock however is a bit unsure about this conclusion, but before he can act on this another mayday calls the Enterprise to an Orion ship in need. But in need of what exactly?

A complex and fast story about espionage, history - personal and for the whole quadrant -, tactics and politics. A very good ST-novel with mostly unknown personnel, which gives this quite a fresh taste.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Great potential but a disapointment 5. Mai 2010
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I was looking forward to a classic untold Captain Pike adventure and Children of Kings started out promising. The story takes a turn and becomes rather boring, focusing on Dr. Boyce rather than Pike. But what really brought me out of it was Stern's reference to the Ferengi Alliance as a source of information for Starfleet. I know, I's a geek point, but let's face it: you're a Trek geek if you're interested in reading this book. And we Trek geeks know that the Ferengi were unknown as a race and identity to the Federation until Picard encounters them in Season one. It's a point that a casual reader wouldn't even notice,and I'll admit that it didn't even affect the story, but it took me out of the story and made me wonder what else the author wasn't aware of. Considering that it's hard to get a shot at writing a Star Trek title, it should be a prerequisite that the author knows his canon or stay away from certain topics.

But, if you're interested in Boyce this book is well written enough that it is worth a try if you don't mind the errors.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't waste your money 10. Mai 2010
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This is such a bad mish mash.

The TOS characters we know best, Spock, Number 1, Pike, all act out of character: Spock and Number 1 take off to explore a destroyed space station against orders, apparently without thinking much about it. Pike shows up with the cloaking device and seems surprised to discover that he's been replaced.

And the characters we don't know: The replacement captain just bursting into Number 1's cabin yelling about catching her and Spock together. (and Number 1 and Spock forgetting a formal diner) The engineering Chief (I think he was) getting drunk and telling the captain insulting jokes. Spock being this guys best friend.

what a mess. I can't tell you anything about the plot because I barely understood the parts I read, and didn't bother finishing.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing, but shouldn't have been 11. Juni 2010
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I very nearly did not buy this book because of the poor reviews here- all 3 of them- but bought it anyway when I had some time to kill. The sad thing is that the story starts out pretty good with an interesting dilemma facing the Enterprise crew, and I'm thinking 'what were these guys complaining about?' Halfway through, I found out.

Now, I don't expect much from Star Trek novels. Give me characters true to their characters, good dialog, and a story that isn't silly or plot-less, and I'm fairly happy. I have over a hundred TOS novels on my shelf and I've read many of them several times, even some less notable ones, because they are, if nothing else, FUN. There might be lots of Spock, humor, interesting character interaction, a clever plot, good use of Scotty/Bones/Uhura, etc, as their redeeming quality. The Children of Kings was not fun in any way, shape, or form. I can't see myself wanting to read this again.

As I said, the story is an interesting on to begin with, but halfway through it takes a drastic turn. Boyce is stuck on the Orion ship with Hoto, who sounds exactly like Spock. My thoughts were that the author originally had Spock and Boyce captive together and did not want to rewrite the part of Spock for someone else when he changed the plot.

Boyce is essentially an earlier Bones McCoy and spends his time between flashbacks freely wandering the halls of the Orion ship he's held captive on, looking into various rooms and finding things that shock him. Pike is lost and presumed dead, but we know he's not, so there's not a scrap of tension there. A new guy takes over the Enterprise, but he has an appalling Russian accent that is more distracting than anything else. While Scotty's brogue adds immensely to a story, this does not. Number One is a dull character and Spock isn't very interesting, either.

Number One and Spock sneak off the ship to investigate the destroyed starbase and there's an attempt at excitement and tension...but it falls flat; as time runs out before they must return, the two spend pages discussing if she owes someone an apology and Spock's sprained leg. Once Pike makes his dramatic return, it gets worse: a scene with him trying to take a bath, but crew keep interrupting. It goes on for pages and is nothing but silly.

In the end, all is wrapped up and explained, at least, so there's no head-shaking over what the book had been about. Boyce has the spotlight, with Pike second, so don't expect Spock to play a very large role, despite his picture on the cover.

There are worse Trek books out there, but there are also many that are better, and let's face it: everyone has their own personal tastes when it comes to Star Trek. I can forgive a lot in novels about my beloved Star Trek, but I just didn't find much interesting in this one. But, The Children of Kings does have a decent plot, so you might find that there's enough there to make it worthwhile, if you are forgiving enough.
4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable and well-crafted read. 2. Februar 2014
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There are some possible discrepancies between background details in this book and the established Trek universe, which there is some attempt to gloss over by claiming that the book is set in the timeline of the new movies, rather than the original series. In any case, those potential discrepancies have little to no effect on the story, and the characters and plot are handled well. I dock it a star only because we see no indication of there being any fallout from Pike firing on and destroying his own shuttle to prevent Starfleet Intelligence from gaining access to material that he had given his word they would not be allowed access to. More exlanation that that would be an unforgivable spoiler; I feel I'm pushing the envelope to have said that much. But surely, either that little detail had to be left out of everyone's reports, or he would have gotten a talking-to by some higher-up, at the very least, even if they ultimately accepted his decision. The fact that nothing of the sort is even mentioned in the epilogue is just impossible.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Almost to the End 19. November 2013
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I mostly enjoyed The Children of Kings by David Stern. This novel is based, not on Classic Trek, but on the reboot of Classic Trek, hence some of the points that may seem like continuity errors such as the mention of the Ferengi Alliance as an intelligence source. Overall, it was fun to read a novel about Captain Christopher Pike's Enterprise, and about Doctor Boyce, Number One and an early rendition of Spock. One of the fun things about the Star Trek novels is the ability to learn more about characters that don't necessarily get as much play in the TV shows and movies.

This book has a fairly complex storyline about the Orions and the Klingons. When the Enterprise responds to a distress call from Starbase 18, they find the starbase in ruins, and since it is near the Klingon border, the assumption is that the Klingons destroyed it. While investigating the destruction of the starbase, they receive a distress call from an Orion ship. In order to respond, they will have to cross through Klingon space and risk setting off an interstellar war.

My main quibble with the book is that the ending happens much too quickly. After almost dragging the story through a couple of hundred pages, suddenly the book is over, leaving me with several unanswered questions about the resolution. However, up until about page 300, I was thoroughly enjoying the novel. Casual fans of the series will enjoy this book much more than hardcore fans who don't approve of the reboot. I'm a pretty hardcore fan, but I do like the reboot, so I enjoyed this novel.
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