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Dayton Ward
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28. Februar 2012 Star Trek
An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Original Series!

The Xondaii system—located in an area of non-aligned space near Federation and Romulan territory—is home to a unique stellar phenomenon: a spatial rift which opens every 2.7 Earth years, remains open for a period of approximately twenty-one Earth days, and allows access to a small planetoid that orbits in proximity to the system’s fourth planet. During this brief window, the people of Xondaii undertake a massive interplanetary operation: mineral ore is ferried from the mining operation while supplies, crew replacements, and so on are transported from the planet. Also, communications with the mining colony on the planetoid are possible only when the rift is open. 
 
Science vessel U.S.S. Robert Ballard is severely damaged during its mission to the system, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to investigate and render assistance. But Kirk, Spock, and Sulu also collect the data about the rift, and the evidence they’ve gathered regarding its artificial nature is compelling. How has this not been discovered by anyone from Xondaii, especially when considering the extensive mining operations that have been in place for decades? And what can prevent enemies of the Federation from exploiting this newfound power?

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: Original (28. Februar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 145165068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650686
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,8 x 10,8 x 2,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 113.813 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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 as a software engineer. He got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of the first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with coauthor Kevin Dilmore.

Still reeling from the knowledge that Star Trek was a live-action series before it was a Saturday-morning cartoon, Kevin Dilmore is continually grateful for his professional involvement on the fiction and the nonfiction sides of the Star Trek universe for nearly a decade. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer to Star Trek Communicator, penning news stories and personality profiles for the bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club.

™, ®, & © 2012 CBS Studios, Inc. Star Trek and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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ONE

As a former science officer and now the captain of a science vessel, Ronald Arens had encountered his share of interesting stellar phenomena. There had been the odd black hole or quasar, stars in the midst of going nova, and the occasional nebula here and there. He even had spent two weeks studying a rogue pulsar. Nothing Arens had seen with his own eyes or read about in reports submitted by those observing even stranger examples of spatial oddities compared to the image now displayed on the main viewscreen of the U.S.S. Huang Zhong’s bridge.

“Okay,” Arens said, rising from his command chair and moving closer to the screen, “I think this qualifies as an impressive welcome to the Kondaii system, especially considering how we nearly blew out our engines trying to get here.” Built for speed, the Huang Zhong, an Archer-class scout ship configured to hold an enhanced suite of sensor arrays and other science-related information-gathering equipment, had proceeded here at maximum speed after its abrupt reassignment from patrol duty. Despite his comment, the dependable little craft had handled with ease the exertion of traveling at high warp for nearly a week. As for why they had been dispatched, the captain had been told that the ship originally assigned to be here, the U.S.S. Lexington, had been deployed elsewhere on a task of greater priority. Though his ship’s science equipment would do in a pinch, Arens knew it could not substitute for a Constitution-class vessel. To that end, the Enterprise was being redirected to the Kondaii system to take on the brunt of the survey and research tasks. Until then, it was the Huang Zhong’s show.

Fine by me, Arens mused as he contemplated the anomaly on the viewscreen. To him, it appeared to be something of a cross between a plasma storm and a matter-antimatter explosion. It was an amorphous mass of energy, shifting and undulating in space, all while staying confined within what Arens already had been told was more or less a spherical area less than five hundred kilometers in diameter. Within that region was chaos, in the form of a kaleidoscopic maelstrom of light and color that seemed to fold back on itself, only to surge forth anew moments later. At the center of the field was a dark area, roughly circular in shape, which seemed to beckon to him. It took Arens an extra minute to realize that he had become all but mesmerized by the imagery.

“Captain?” a voice said from behind him, and Arens blinked as he turned to see Lieutenant Samuel Boma, a slightly-built man of African descent wearing a blue uniform tunic and regarding him with an expression that indicated the younger man had been waiting for his commanding officer with both patience and amusement.

Clearing his throat, Arens smiled. “I was daydreaming again, wasn’t I?”

The Huang Zhong’s science officer’s features remained fixed as he shook his head in melodramatic fashion. “I’m not qualified to speculate on that topic, sir. At all.”

“Damned right, you’re not.” Arens’s smile grew wider. Their easy banter, something the captain had missed, was a product of his and Boma’s service together years earlier. Arens at the time was the science officer on the Constellation, while Boma had been a fresh-faced junior-grade lieutenant fresh out of Starfleet Academy’s advanced astrophysics school. The friendship begun during that joint tour of duty continued even after both men went their separate ways to different assignments. Boma had joined the Huang Zhong’s crew less than six months earlier, transferring from a ground posting at Starbase 12 following a less than stellar performance while serving aboard the Enterprise. After Boma had run into trouble stemming from insubordination charges that resulted in a permanent notation in his service record, he had requested a transfer to any ship or station. When Arens found out that his friend was available, he had petitioned Starfleet Command to have Boma join his crew. Starfleet granted the request, allowing Arens to make sure that Boma was afforded a chance to redeem himself.

Gesturing toward the viewscreen, Arens said, “All right, let’s get down to business. What can you tell me about this thing?”

Boma replied, “Not much; at least, not yet. As the initial reports indicated, it’s about eight hundred thousand kilometers from the system’s fourth planet. According to my calculations, it maintains a consistent elliptical orbit with a duration of seventeen point six days.” He paused, pointing to the screen and indicating the dark area at the center of the energy field. “Most of the time, it’s impassable, but the rift we’re seeing appears at intervals that compute out to be approximately two point seven Earth years, give or take as much as two months. The rift stays open for a period of about thirty-eight days, again plus or minus a day or three, though it doesn’t just close; it shrinks over a period of several days before fading altogether. From the reports we’ve received, once the rift’s closed, that’s it until the next time it opens. No way in or out.” He gestured toward the screen. “The locals have a name for it that translates more or less as ‘the Pass.’ Seems appropriate enough for me.”

“Damnedest thing I’ve ever heard of,” Arens said, reaching up to rub the back of his bald head. Since being given the assignment to observe this phenomenon, he had familiarized himself with whatever information he could find on the Kondaii system, or System 965, as it had been catalogued after initial surveys by unmanned Starfleet reconnaissance probes more than a decade earlier. From the reports he had read, such as those provided by Federation first-contact teams that had visited the Kondaii system more than a year earlier as well as the most recent accounts submitted by continuing contact specialists and diplomatic envoys, the people who called the fourth planet, Dolysia, their home had always been aware of the phenomenon. Like their sun or the pair of moons orbiting their planet or even the other seven worlds occupying the Kondaii system, the mysterious anomaly had always been a part of the Dolysian people’s history.

“What about its interior?” Arens asked. “Anything on the moon or planetoid or whatever it is hiding in there?”

The science officer shook his head. “Not much, really. The locals call it ‘Gralafi,’ which in their language translates to something like ‘playful child,’ no doubt owing to the way it plays hide-and-seek from within the anomaly. It has a Class-M environment like the Dolysians’ own planet, so I suppose that’s a huge plus.” He shrugged. “By all accounts, it may be a dwarf planet, but there’s no way to know if it originally was part of this system and became trapped within that region, or if it’s from somewhere else. We won’t know anything until we get a closer look at it, run some scans, and see if it shares any properties with the planets here.”

“Regardless of where it came from,” Arens said, “or where it might belong, the Dolysians have certainly made the best of it.” The revelation that a spatial body had been discovered inside the rift residing within a form of pocket or other compartmentalized region of space had come as a surprise to him. Even more astonishing was learning that the Dolysians had explored and even settled upon it, having found a means of working with the rift’s sporadic if mostly...

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The ENTERPRISE - shortly after the discovery of the Romulan cloaking device - getscalled into neutral space to bring a diplomat to a planet which might be added to the Federation. On a neighborplanet a precious mineral is mined which is brought over every few years, when the enrgy-field obsuring the planet opens. Into this openeing time ENTERPRISE arrives and the crew learns, that the field doesn't react well to warp-engines - which another StaarFleet-Ship learned a short time before.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen ST-TOS: That Which Divides 1. März 2012
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ST-TOS: That Which Divides: By Dayton Ward

This is an interesting book as you read the promo material that has been provided by Amazon for the release of this book. This novel and its story events take place in the fourth year of James Kirk's five-year mission as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, where all of the characters in TOS are still fully vibrant and in peak form. The writing is very indicative of how the characters interacted in TOS.

The book starts with the U.S.S. Huang Zhong, captained by Ronald Arens, as it explores an interstellar phenomena(rift) located in the Kondaii system, a section of non-aligned space close to the border with the Romulan Empire. The U.S.S. Huang Zhong is on a scientific mission to catalog the rift and to find out what makes it tick, the cycle of the rift opening and closing has piqued the interest of the Federation. Soon to be followed by the U.S.S. Enterprise to help complete the mission and to bring an ambassador to negotiate a protectorate. There is an indigenous pre-warp population on the fourth planet called the Dolysians who have been in and out of the rift for years after discovering a planetoid residing just inside the rift called Gralafi, where they have a mining operation. The mining operation supplies Dolysia with a major portion of energy from an ore called erinadium.

The U.S.S. Huang Zhong begins its traverse of the rift when things go horribly wrong. There is more to the rift and the planetoid than what first meets the eye. Having crash-landed on Gralafi there are but a few that survive and Mister Bomo and the Engineer Rideout are involved with the story's progression. As the U.S.S. Enterprise is now dispatched sooner and the mission has been changed to a rescue and recovery. The Romulans, ever wary of the Federation, become interested as to why there is so much interest close to its border, send a ship to investigate. Not being satisfied just to spy on the situation, the Romulan ship makes a clandestine traverse of the rift and meets an ill-fated trip and barely makes it to Gralafi. Again, the Romulans are not satisfied with just making repairs to their ship, investigate why there are shuttlecraft from the U.S.S. Enterprise on Gralafi.

This is where the bulk of the well-written story is told in a form very familiar to those that follow "The Original Series." Having landed on Gralafi earlier, Captain James T. Kirk is following up on what Commander Spock and Uhura and Mister Bomo have found. Also, Dr. McCoy was sent to tend the wounded from the U.S.S. Huang Zhong. As salvage of the U.S.S. Huang Zhong continues, the rift is found not to be formed from a natural occurrence, but artificial and is being generated and Spock has found the reason for this. As the investigation by Spock continues, an underground complex has been found.

It seems that an ancient civilization has preceded everyone and has built a repository of all of its accumulated knowledge and Gralafi is the location. The computer system left to protect this repository, being of robust construction, is having problems after thousands of years of continuous operation. As Spock, Uhura and Mister Bomo try to access the computer they make a startling discovery. This ancient artifact is the construct of the Kalandans. Those that follow TOS will remember Losira from the television episode "That Which Survives." Well, this computer is thousands of years older and its mission is to protect the knowledge stores and we get a holographic computer image similar to Losira called Meyeliri, but the mission is to protect, not destroy.

The confrontation between the Romulans and Kirk and company ensues. The computer has now been activated and is trying to protect, as Spock, Uhura and Mister Bomo find out that the escalated conflict has now triggered a count down for total destruction to protect the knowledge. Reading this book the main focus is not death and destruction but more on a passive nature. Yes, there is conflict, action-adventure, intrigue, and a well-told story that will captivate the reader. As I finished reading this story in just a few hours, I was struck by how little death was incorporated in this story and when it was that it wasn't gratuitous.

My hat's off to the author. You completed an adventure that was enjoyable to read, well-constructed, descriptive and true to characterizations of "The Original Series." This is the best one and done book about the "The Original Series " that I've read in a long time. I gave it 5 stars for a well-conceived story written about characters that are icons in this genre. If you like ST-TOS this book will evoke some memories of episodes past.

I've left out large sections of conflict between the Romulans and the Federation. Also, the internal struggle of the Dolysians as they get used to having interstellar neighbors, as they try to resolve the revelation that they are no longer alone in the galaxy. This was done on purpose, even though they are integral parts of this story, the heart and soul, this story hinges on these linchpin story vectors for the pro-offered peaceful resolutions of these problems, as the story marches forward. Other relevant details are well written though-out the book that add to the color and tenor of the story which is interesting, intriguing and fills in the gaps for continuity. But they also make for good story telling and serve a purpose. The author, I believe, made a conscious effort to reduce the violence and put in its place thought based problem solving.

If you want to read a story set in the time frame of "Star Trek: The Original Series," this is one of the best reads in a long time.
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While studying a spatial rift in the Kondaii system, the science vessel U.S.S. Huang Zhong is caught in a tractor beam and crashes on a planet inside the rift. The Enterprise has come to aid in rescue and diplomatic liaison with the system's local inhabitants. Meanwhile, the Romulans have heard about the Federation's interest in the rift which appears to be artificial, and much too advanced for the local population's knowledge. The Romulans want their hands on any advanced technology, and will stop at nothing to make sure the Federation doesn't lay claim to it first.

Taking place 4 years into their 5-year mission, the Enterprise crew has an easy camaraderie. And the ambassador on board is a welcome addition, more easy going and jovial than most in her position. The Kondaii system local people are not discussed in detail, other than that they haven't yet discovered warp drive. And the spatial rift is the main reason the Federation decided to ignore the Prime Directive in this case. Though, it seems Picard's time period upheld the directive more than Kirk's earlier time for the most part anyway.

With plenty of twists and surprises along the way, That Which Divides is fast-paced and full of adventure. Fans of the original show will enjoy seeing a familiar face return. Reading like an actual Star Trek episode, this latest original novel is incredibly enjoyable and another fantastic installment in the series.
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Dayton Ward has managed to spin a fascinating sequel to an Original Series episode (That Which Survives) that is a page turner from the start. His character development of the TOS crew is absolutely spot on. A very, very enjoyable read, and an excellent addition to the Star Trek Universe.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A stand-alone Original Series treat! 14. Mai 2012
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In the early days of Star Trek literature, particularly during the era of the Original Series film franchise, many of the novels co-existed in a semi-shared universe. There was a lot of time and effort spent between various authors and editorial to use the same set of minor characters, cross-reference, and follow roughly the same timeline. (Something far from established, in terms of the period between the first and second films.) In some cases, the novels also managed to tie into episodes from the Original Series, or base themselves in references from the episodes. But above all, the novels were self-contained, so prior knowledge of those other novels wasn't necessary. It just added another layer to the mix.

I mention this because this novel feels like an intentional throwback to those days, and in all the right ways. Elements are derived from the details of the Original Series episode "That Which Survives", in terms of the technology of the Kalandans, and "The Galileo Seven", in terms of the character of Boma. The general premise is a Federation vessel that has crashed after passing through a mysterious rift in space, which is also vital to a planet's ability to gain critical resources when the rift intermittently opens.

The crash leaves few survivors, and they rely upon the good graces of the Dolysians, who had not been exposed to visitors from other worlds prior to this incident. A good amount of the book is devoted to the crew of the Enterprise helping with the recovery of Starfleet assets while working with the Dolysians, in classic Trek fashion. And of course, digging into the reason why there was a crash in the first place.

Things are complicated by the arrival of some Romulans, at which point the novel also becomes a bit of a follow-up to the events of "The Enterprise Incident". Since the events of the novel are supposed to take place in the fourth year of the original five-year mission, the tensions from the theft of the cloaking device a year previously are still present. The author spends considerable time on each side of the rift, and on each side of the inevitable conflict, before things erupt at the worst possible time.

The author clearly knows his Original Series Trek, and not just in terms of the continuity elements. The characterizations are spot-on, and one can easily imagine this adventure taking place in a theoretical fourth season of the Original Series. Given how few novels are coming out each year, and the sheer number of ongoing series to juggle and keep up with, it's nice to be able to sit back with a stand-alone tale that doesn't require a familiarity with years worth of previous novel continuity.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dry and predictable. 27. Mai 2012
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"Star Trek: That Which Divides" provides a wonderful setup in the early stages. Unfortunately the rest of the book fails to follow through in a satisfying or exciting way, and is plagued with other crucial problems.

The individual characterizations of the Enterprise crew, while not wholly unbelievable, are mostly bland. Secondary arcs are underdeveloped and wholly interchangeable, which has the inverse effect of rendering characters more lifeless even as more is said about them.

The juxtaposition of the Starfleet crew against their adversaries (in this case, Romulans) provides no real insight and simply grinds the narrative to a halt.

Internal asides by the characters are generic and awkwardly rhetorical, e.g. "Let's not try that, OK?" and "It didn't help you with this kind of thing, did it?"

Put it all together and you have a story that fails to build any momentum or generate any real tension.

The real shame of this novel is not that it is boring, but that it fails to live up to its potential despite being very well-conceived. Dayton Ward has obviously done his homework on the original Star Trek series, and has a natural feel for that fictional universe. The action, when it finally happens, is fluid and clearly presented.

Unfortunately "ST:That Which Divides" has far too many elements which conspire to bog down the pace of the plot, and ultimately waste the potential of what could otherwise have been an excellent and exciting foray into the Star Trek universe.
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