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Star Trek: Typhon Pact #2: Seize the Fire
 
 

Star Trek: Typhon Pact #2: Seize the Fire [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Martin
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SEIZE THE FIRE

Shortly after revealing its union with the Federation’s newest adversary—a coalition of galactic powers known as the Typhon Pact—the Gorn Hegemony suffers an ecological disaster that destroys the hatchery world of their critically important warrior caste. Fortunately, the Gorn had already been investigating traces of an ancient but powerful “quick terraforming” technology left behind by a long-vanished civilization. This technology, should it prove controllable, promises to restore their delicate biological and social status quo. But when a Gorn soldier prepares to use the technology to reshape the planet Hranrar into a new warrior-caste spawning ground, threatening to extinguish the native Hranrarii, he draws the unwanted attention of a mad Gorn trooper determined to bring the military caste into dominance.

Meanwhile, as the U.S.S. Titan embarks upon a search for this potent technology in the hope of using it to heal the wounds the Federation sustained during the recent Borg crisis, Captain Riker must balance his responsibility for his crew’s safety against the welfare of the Hranrarii and his duty to the Prime Directive. With a menacing Typhon Pact fleet nipping at his heels, Riker must not only stop the Gorn warriors but also plumb the secrets of an ancient terraforming artifact. But of everyone serving aboard Titan, Commander Tuvok may be the only one who understands how dangerous such planet-altering technology can be, even when used with the best of intentions. . . .

Ãœber den Autor

Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the Prophecy and Change, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table anthologies; and three novels based on the Roswell television series. His most recent novels include Enterprise: The Romulan War and Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many.

His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in Portland, Oregon.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (30. November 2010)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003V1WSPU
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Zu viel gewollt, zu wenig geschafft 12. August 2013
Von Hemeraner VINE-PRODUKTTESTER
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Nein, was war Destiny aufregend und hat das komplette Star Trek Universum ins Chaos gestürzt. Folge des Borg/Caeliar-Debakels war eine am Boden liegende Infrastruktur der großen Machtblöcke und Bildung einer Antiföderation, des Typhon Paktes mit den Schurken"staaten" des Star Trek Universums: Breen, Romulaner, Gorn, Tzenkethi, Tholianer. Also so ziemlich alle Antagonisten, die fies und gemein waren.

Aber richtiges Star Trek wäre nicht richtiges Star Trek, wenn ein Fiesewicht auch nicht ne andere Seite hätte (was das Abrams Popcornverse so ziemlich alt aussehen lässt). Andererseits kommt man dann nicht umhin, eigentlich aufregendes und neues unbekanntes in ein anderes Licht darzustellen und es gewöhnlich werden zu lassen. So wurden die Borg in Voyager regelrecht verheizt. Und auch den Breen im ersten Typhon Pakt erging es nicht anders. Der Autor bekam die Charakterisierung aber ganz gut hin.

Nun erhält auch die Crew der TITAN ein TP Abenteuer. Die Gorn verlieren ihren Brutplaneten für die Kriegerkaste. Einige wenige dieser facettenäugigen Kumpanen überleben das Desaster schwer gestört. Sie übernehmen die S'alath und waren zunächst ein Jahr lang von der Bildfläche verschwunden. Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Brutwelt für die Kriegerkaste, die nicht überall gedeihen kann gerät man einen bewohnten Planeten und auf eine uralte Terraformingtechnologie. Beides zusammen geht nicht immer gut.

Die TITAN Besatzung steht vor schier unlösbaren Aufgaben. Wie rettet man einen Planeten und dessen Bevölkerung wenn man sich an die erste Direktive zu halten hat.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsamer "Titan"-Roman 11. März 2012
Von Backgenie
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Die USS Titan trifft auf die Gorn und eine unbekannte Rasse. Nachdem die Gorn durch eine Katastrophe einen ihrer Brutplaneten verloren haben, beabsichtigen sie den Planeten der unbekannten Rasse für ihre eigenen Bedürfnisse mit einem uralten Satelliten zu terraformen. Für Riker stellt sich die Lage so dar, im Grunde möchte er das Volk der unbekannten Rasse vor deren Untergang bewahren, darf aufgrund der 1. Direktive jedoch keinen Kontakt zu ihnen aufnehmen. Des Weiteren wäre der Satellit sehr interessant, um von den Borg verwüstete Planeten wieder bewohnbar zu machen. Das alles könnte nicht schwierig sein, wären die Gorn der Titan nicht zahlenmäßig überlegen...

1. Der Bezug zu anderen Typhon-Pact Büchern - nada. Nicht im GERINGSTEN!

2. Die Handlung ist relativ spannend (besonders der Wahnsinn ist Wahnsinn!), das anfängliche, sogenannte "Technobabbel" lässt nach einigen Seiten ebenfalls nach, wodurch der Lesefluss zunimmt.

3. Die Gorn. Vorher war mir das Volk lediglich aus dem legendären TOS-Arena und einer knappen Szene aus Enterprise bekannt. Hier wird es recht ausführlich beschrieben - demographisch, politisch und hinsichtlich der Motivationen der handelnden Personen.

Das beste Buch der ersten vier Typhon Pact Reihe, auch wenn - abgesehen von der Zechnung des Gorn - Volkes - keinen Bezug dazu hat.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Najaaa... 3. September 2011
Von D. Mor
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Ich habe es jetzt fast durchgelesen und muß sagen: Martin schreibt etwas verkrampft, als würde er sich zu sehr anstrengen, sich von anderen Star Trek-Autoren abzuheben. Etwas lahmer Humor und zeitweise zu langatmig. Naja, vielleicht bekommt er ja das Finish noch gut hin!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another - now interesting - First-Directive-Problem 28. November 2010
Von K. Beck-Ewerhardy TOP 1000 REZENSENT
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The First Directive is again and again an important - and sometimes a bit annoying - plot-part in ST-novels. Here it works quite well again, when the Gorn lose their wwarrior-hatchery and decide to use ancient ecosculting-technology to change a planet to a place for a new one. The problem is, that there are already people living on this planet and the crew of the TITAN - ountnumbered and outgunned by six Gorn-vessels with more on the way - isn't allowed to warn the natives because they still fall under the First-Directive-restrictions. BUt hen some new information is available and some Gorn start to rebel against the plans of their captain.

Thought-provoking and interesting but the author tends to slow the drive of the novel by sometimes repeating plot-points that readers should still have in mind.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Redundant, Contrived & Painful to Read 24. Dezember 2010
Von Tony - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are SPOILERS, so please read at your own discretion.

I really wanted to enjoy this book. The earlier Titan novels written by Michael Martin and Andy Mangels were very enjoyable - I have read them several times which I think is the highest compliment you can give a book. I will never read this book a second time. It was a struggle to get through it once.

I read books to escape, so when a book has continuity errors, makes incorrect references within the story, makes significant errors with the character's back-stories, etc. I can't enjoy the book. There are multiple instances of each of these:

- There was a reference to Sean Hawk being murdered by the Gorn. Major plot point for Keru - probably should be correct (it wasn't the Gorn btw)

- Early on in the book Torvig was listed as a sciences officer, he is an engineering officer (it even says so in the who's who crew manifest at the end of the book

- There was a reference to Pazlar and the Ra-Havreii as being Riker's sciences officers, one is, and one isn't. I think what he meant was that they were Riker's "senior officers" as opposed to "senior science officers"

- There was a scene mid-way where the author sets the scene indicating that Lavena and Rager were at conn and ops respectively. Like a paragraph or two later, Ensign Dakal responds from the Ops station. Confused, did they do a shift change within the scene? Continuity with the scene, please.

- Towards the end of the story Rager is firing phasers and handling tasks traditionally handled via the tactical station rather than Ops. Why not a tactical officer? The authors have created many tactical officers, use one!

- I understand that the author wanted the holographic tele-presence thingy to use to "cleverly" resolve a later issue - however - in the previous books they indicated that it had been deactivated so that Pazlar would not let her physical capabilities atrophy. I don't care if that is reversed, but tell the audience why.

These are a few examples of many more similar issues. All of them are minor and petty, but they build on one another and it gets to the point where I can't stay in the story.

Next, there are issues with talking heads throughout the book. The characters are in the middle of emergency situations and chatting, chatting, chatting - typically stating and restating the obvious. Exceptionally distracting - the book could have benefited from some serious editing in this regard. There were multiple occasions where Riker was posturing and asserting his authority when it wasn't necessary. I have a hard time believing that Riker has control issues, let's not write him that way.

The characters make decisions that make absolutely no sense. Why does the female Gorn keep the warrior caste Gorn from coming aboard? I don't think it was clear why she chose to obey him rather than blow up his shuttle and be done with him - other than if she had not acquiesced we would have not had the contrived climax.

Further, not understanding why Riker agreed to beam over to the crazy warrior Gorn's ship - except that was a convenient way of getting the female Gorn to Titan to reunite with her partner.

Also not understanding why the crazy warrior Gorn - who wanted the ecosculpter to rebuild the warrior caste - in the end decides to ram it. Makes no sense.

Why is Riker exclusively worried about getting the away team back from the ecosculpter, yet his WIFE is on the surface of the planet, held by the natives AND threatened by being erased by the ecosculpter.

The ecosculpter is an artificial intelligence. OUT OF NO WHERE. You would think that the Gorn scientist might have mentioned that at some point... Not getting why he decides out of nowhere that the ecosculpter is their diety. Naming the ecosculpter Brahma-Shiva seemed forced.

I get that the author wanted us to feel like we were in the mindset of the Gorn by referring to the Star Fleeters as mammals, referring to their hands as "manus", the glorious multiple references to the Gorn cloaca (really? really? really?), the Borg as the machine mammals, etc. The more the author did this, the more distracting and ultimately annoying it became to read.

Further, we understood in the first chapter that the Gorn refer to the Borg as "machine mammals". It really wasn't that hard to put it together. The author, however, repeatedly explains to us what that means. WE GOT IT. The characters got. Everybody got it. Also, the Gorn are repulsed by mammals - the hair, the flaking skin - the horror. It gets boring, redundant and annoying when this is referenced repeatedly.

One of the central ideas behind the book is that the Gorn warrior baby eggs can grow only in certain conditions. What are those conditions? The book doesn't make it really clear what that characteristic is specifically. Given how aspects of the story are hashed and re-hashed, it grows obnoxious that the reader can't be let in on what specific condition is required to grow the warrior eggs. As this is not made clear, I have to question how they know the ecosculpter can make those conditions happen? Insisting that it has to be used on the populated planet - again without any indication WHY this is the perfect planet makes it feel contrived as well.

The characters don't have any soul. Ra-Havreii is leacherous. Riker is laid back and humorous. Vale has that sarcastic edge. None of the characters seemed like themselves - they seemed to be slaves to the needs of the story and as the story did not always make sense they came off as... wrong.

Michael, please write with Andy. You don't have to be alone.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I love Star Trek books, just not this one 2. Februar 2011
Von Mr. Ritenour - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a huge Trekker and I have really enjoyed the relaunch series. The Destiny Trilogy, the Voyager Relaunch, TNG Relaunch, you name it, they've all been great! After I read A Singular Destiny, the follow up to the Destiny Trilogy, I couldn't wait for the Typhon Pact books! I got book one and I thought it was very good and well written! David Mack is a natural at Star Trek writing! After I finished Zero Sum Game, I bought Seize the Fire, hoping for a worthy follow up to the first book. I was wrong.

Seize the Fire started out slow and continued that way pretty much throughout the entire book. We get introduced to too many Gorn characters, all with similar and difficult names and we get flashed back and forth between two Gorn ships and Titan. I had a tough time keeping the Gorn characters and their motives straight! When you have two Gorn with the names Z'shezhira and Zegrroz'rh, it can be difficult keeping them apart.

The scenes involving the Titan characters seemed a little dry. The dialogue seemed forced and was not very exciting. I don't know about anyone else, but I was expecting a little more Tuvok involvement considering he's featured on the cover of the book! Another thing, I can't really blame Michael A. Martin on this one, but the Titan characters are similar to the Gorn in my eyes. I have trouble remembering who's who! I'm sure a Federation starship would be full of aliens, but I think we could have tried giving them a little easier names. I know this isn't Michael A. Martin's fault, but I wanted to address this.

Frankly, I had trouble getting through this one, but I stuck with it in case I missed something important. I really think that Mr. Martin could have cut this book by about a hundred pages and it would have been okay. There's too much pointless stuff and long drawn out scenes. I'm probably not going to be picking up another Michael A. Martin Trek book for awhile.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen lame 6. März 2011
Von Damon Mosier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was really excited when the Typhon Pact series was announced but having read all four of them I am extremely disappointed. Actually, I'm more than disappointed; I'm actively irritated and maybe even angry about how poor each of these books are.

Other reviewers have touched on many of the same problems I had with this book. But there was one thing in particular I wanted to gripe about. Having read all four books in the series, it seems like computers are easier to hack than playing to a stalemate in tic-tac-toe. This over-reliance on hacking computers lately has been really ticking me off. Hacked computers seems be the be-all end-all solution for every situation according to all the current writers of Star Trek.

For example, I've been using PCs for about 25 years. I grew up with DOS than switched over to Windows. All this time, I've dabbled in Macs but I just don't like them. I always have problems finding my way around the system because it is so unlike what I am used to. Now that is a computer operating system written in a language I understand, using many of the same computer interface conventions I am used to. But apparently a few centuries in the future, computers are SO easy to use and understand that even the most secure military-grade computers are easily hackable within minutes by a member of an alien race that has never laid eyes on human language, alphabets, computer operating systems, or interfaces. Not once. Not even twice. But multiple times. Why even have encryption when any illiterate two-year-old with a padd can run wild through your computer systems?

It's just getting way too repetitive, convenient and tiresome. It's like the writers of this series aren't even bothering to try.

But whatever...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not what I've come to expect 11. Februar 2011
Von Melvin K. Patterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the second title in the Typhon Pact series I've read now and while it's okay, it's not outstanding by any sense of the word. Like the first one, Zero Sum Game, I did get an insight into a race that had been pretty much side-lined - the Gorn. Much like the Breen in Zero Sum Game, the Gorn society seems somewhat fractured. I often wonder why these alien societies that have differing and opposing values to the Federation all seem so unstable and unhappy. Sort of like Federation life is the ideal for all societies. The worst kind of propaganda imaginable.

But ultimately, my real complaint is the the story is not as engaging as say, the Vanguard series, or even the books that lead up to the Typhon Pact series. There is a thin thread running through them related to the relations of the Typhon Pact and the Federation, but it just isn't developed enough in my opinion. Of the two books that I've read in this series, there isn't enough political intrigue - although there was more in Zero Sum Game - and I felt there were a lot of lost opportunities for additional character development

At this point I haven't decided whether to buy the rest of the series or just pass on it. It's definitely not high on my priority list. Looking forward to additional volumes of the Vanguard series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen These are not the Gorn we're looking for 6. Dezember 2010
Von Hobgoblin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Gorn are one of the coolest and most underused races in Trek mythology. After a memorable introduction in the first season TOS episode "Arena", they saw no screen action (and almost no mention) again until the waning hours of "Enterprise"... a hard to believe slight. This book came with great promise that we'd finally get the detail that had been so sorely lacking on screen.

What we got were cliches. It seems every major function in Gorn society has a caste purposefully bred for it. Featured prominently are the stereotypical scientist caste that is enlightened and generally "good", along with the stereotypical military caste that shoots first, asks questions later, and is rarely right about anything. We've seen these Gorn too many times before under different names. The tired caste approach (why do so many Trek races have them) seemed driven only by a need to explain the difference in Gorn appearance between TOS and Enterprise. There were better alternatives out there, including not addressing that issue at all. In the end it felt like Martin was more interested in an object for the story's social commentary than the creative development of a classic Trek race. Unfortunately for fans, what we were left with was a paint by numbers alien of the week.

Given these Gorn, and a weak buildup in the first part of the story, I expected the book to be a serious disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised that the story got a lot better as it moved along. We got everything you expect from good Trek: moral/ethical dilemmas, alien cultures, space battles, and good character drama. Even the ending was exciting enough. Unfortunately, it couldn't overcome the poor Gorn treatment, one-dimensional villain, some underdeveloped story elements, and a couple of glaring plot holes.

I also had mixed feelings about the use of the Deanna Troi character. We saw a lot of her, which was nice given she was usually a 3rd tier character on TNG. Unfortunately, it's almost always to provide a magic moment of insight needed for the story to advance. And it really feels like magic. I suppose it'd be ok to do this a couple of times in the story, but by the 6th or 7th time it was feeling like a lazy writer's crutch. If Betazoids truly provide as much of an advantage as Troi gives Titan here, then no starship should leave base without 2 or 3 on board.

In summary, although the story is flawed, it does turn into an entertaining adventure. If you really liked the imagination-stirring Gorn of TOS though, it may be best to leave yourself unscathed by this uninspired depiction.
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