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5.0 von 5 Sternen Der packende Beginn einer Trilogie
Die erste Trilogie von William „Captain Kirk" Shatner überzeugte mit einem Ideenreichtum, der seinesgleichen in den unzähligen Star Trek Geschichten sucht. Mit „Spectre" legt Shatner zusammen mit seinen beiden Co-Autoren Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens den Beginn einer neuen Trilogie vor, die sich mit dem Spiegeluniversum aus der Classic-Folge...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Shatner or Kirk, who is this character?
Another Trek novel. Yes, I just can't get enough of these. They are kind of like the Bud Lite of SF, they go down easy and after you have read about five of them you don't notice the bad taste they sometimes leave in their wake.
Well, I am a Star Trek fan and after reading Shatner's Get A Life book I do find myself with a bit of affection for the potbellied...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Shatner or Kirk, who is this character?, 1. Oktober 1999
Another Trek novel. Yes, I just can't get enough of these. They are kind of like the Bud Lite of SF, they go down easy and after you have read about five of them you don't notice the bad taste they sometimes leave in their wake.
Well, I am a Star Trek fan and after reading Shatner's Get A Life book I do find myself with a bit of affection for the potbellied former Captain of the Enterprise. Unfortunately while this book has good pacing and has a bevy of interesting characters, I often didn't feel like I was seeing Kirk portrayed properly. It feels like Shatner is exploring his own feelings about age and love more and more with the Kirk character. There are endless scenes in the book where we find Kirk mooning over his love for Teilani, the exotic Klingon, Romulan hybrid that Kirk fell in love with in past books. In fact much of what motivates Kirk in the book is his endless love for this woman. That's all fine and dandy, but really, that isn't the Kirk that we have known up till now. In the The Return and Avenger, Kirk wasn't this dreamy eyed, (granted in one of those he was the brainwashed pawn) this book takes this to a whole new level. That said and done it was probably the main thing that irked me about the book, that and the ending.
The beginning of the novel finds Kirk trying to settle down with Teilani, but she convinces him that he needs to go out and explore some more and find out whether he really wants to settle down with her or not. Of course, Kirk agrees to this and goes off to a few Starfleet functions to shoot the breeze with his old comrades in arms. While he is attending said functions he is kidnapped by mysterious forces. Cut to the Enterprise-E where Picard seems to have found the Voyager, the ship thought lost in the Delta Quadrant, or is it?
The story gets a bit twisted and convoluted from there. It brings back the Mirror Universe plot-line which was first explored in the original Star Trek television show. Later the idea was further explored on episodes of Deep Space Nine and in other books including Dark Mirror by Diane Duane. While the ideas are a rehash, the plot is engaging and fast moving. Picard and his crew seem thrown in and aren't used very effectively, but then again what would you expect when Shatner writes a Star Trek novel? Of course Kirk gets top billing. There are quite a few characters that make a return in this novel including Spock, Scotty and Mccoy. Talk about the geriatric patrol. Amazingly, through luck, good breeding or just plain stubbornness they have all been able to survive into the time of the Next Generation. While the plot moves along there are a lot of melodramatic moments from Kirk either reminiscing about how good it is to be back with his crew or about his love for Teilani.
The book is fast paced with a lot of action, it did keep me turning the pages, but the Kirk melodrama and some cookie cutter characters (read Next Generation) thrown into the mix bring the book down a few notches. Also just an FYI the ending is a "to be continued" one. So if you were thinking about picking this up in paperback, you might want to wait until the sequel Dark Victory is out so you can get the whole story.
3 out of 5 Bias: +1 if you are a rabid Star Trek fan. -1 if you hate Kirk or Shatner.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Der packende Beginn einer Trilogie, 16. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Die erste Trilogie von William „Captain Kirk" Shatner überzeugte mit einem Ideenreichtum, der seinesgleichen in den unzähligen Star Trek Geschichten sucht. Mit „Spectre" legt Shatner zusammen mit seinen beiden Co-Autoren Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens den Beginn einer neuen Trilogie vor, die sich mit dem Spiegeluniversum aus der Classic-Folge „Ein Paralleluniversum" und inzwischen zahlreichen Deep Space Nine Folgen beschäftigt. Und diesmal nimmt Shatner Personen aus allen vier Star Trek Serien und schmeißt sie zusammen. So kommt es, daß Kathryn Janeway Captain Kirk entführt, Spock auf Spock trifft und Picard gegen seinen Widersacher Picard antreten muß! Dabei ist die Geschichte in Spectre nicht ganz so spektakulär wie in den vorherigen Star Trek Romanen Shatners. Aber sie läßt auf eine große Gesamtgeschichte hoffen. Und schließlich ist „Spectre" ja auch Teil 1. Und diesmal endet das Buch wirklich abrupt - mit einem Ende, das auf den zweiten Teil gespannt macht. Wieder einmal ein lesenswertes Shatner-Buch, das man sich durchaus in Englisch antun kann. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Review of Spectre, 9. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The characters in the story Spectre are poorly developed. The characters I am speaking of are not Kirk, Spock, and McCoy but the characters from the mirror universe. Janeway in the story is portrayed as a deadly assassin but the reader does not learn how Janeway became bitter and violent towards the Alliance. T'Val, the mirror Spock's daughter, is barely used in the story. The reader learns very little about her character except that she is the mirror Spock's daughter and ally of Janeway. The structure in Spectre was poor as well. Specifically what was poor was the transitions from scene to scene. One moment the reader is on the planet Earth and the next minute the reader finds the characters on the moon and then in the mirror universe and so on. Shatner does not keep the characters in a set number of scenes as he did in Avenger. This excessive transitioning can cause the reader to not only get confused but lose interest in the story. There are also too many unnecessary scenes such as when the shuttlecraft St. Lawrence gets inside the Sovereign's shields to hijack it and when Kirk is in the bar on Earth visiting Captain Bateson and Scotty. In Spectre there was too much action which caused not only a lack of characterization but sloppy transitioning from scene to scene. The mirror universe setting was appropiate for the story and Shatner's description of it was very good but the description could have been extended more. There is also too much melodrama on the part of Captain Kirk. The reader already knows he loves Teilani from the three previous books and consistently being reminded of that love on every other page is redundant. Spectre is not an original plot and neither is the mirror universe. The mirror universe was originally introduced on the first Star Trek series from 1966-69 and is still used frequently on the tv series Deep Space Nine. The plot is not original because most of it was taken from the Deep Space Nine episode where Captain Sisko was smuggled into the mirror universe by Smiley (the mirror Chief O'Brien) to help the rebels construct the Starship Defiant to use against the Alliance. The reader would have found Spectre more enjoyable if there was less action and more development of character. Spectre would also be more enjoyable if Shatner used less narration and more dialogue between the characters. Finally, Spectre would have been a better story had it not plagiarized an idea from a tv series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Shatner, Reeves-Stevenses Deliver with 'Spectre', 30. November 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Old legends never die, and it's no exception with Capt. James T. Kirk. 'Spectre' chonicles the resurrection of Kirk and picks up where 'The Return' and 'Avenger' left off. Shatner and company continue the quick-paced, easy-to-read style of the previous books while also maintaining the "big-movie, monumental-event" feel when bringing in characters from various 'Trek' series.
It's the closest 'Trek' fans will get to seeing characters from all the series in one story, and a definite must-read for anyone who considers themselves a semi-serious fan of the series. Tidbits referring back to events in the different series are also some wonderful rewards that 'Trek' readers will delight to.
I'm not going to debate some of the plot flaws that others point to -- 'Trek' has such a long and rich "official" lore between four TV series and nine movies, that there is bound to be some contradictions. (Novels, comic books, cartoons, etc. are not considered by Paramount Studios as part of the official 'Star Trek' history, for those of you playing along at home.) Better to let each reader decide what is or isn't contradictory or true 'Trek' than to debate it in a review.
Perhaps my only comment about the book is Kirk's increasing whining about his love. I think it's great to finally see Kirk as a three-dimensional character who feels pain, remorse, anger, and love like everyone else does, as well as watch him grow older. But Shatner's constant insistence on reminding the reader how much Kirk misses his woman makes Kirk sound like some loved-starved teenager in "Dawson's Creek," rather than a middle-aged hero who just wants to settle down.
Be that as it may, 'Spectre' is a treat for 'Trek' fans that will have them eagerly awaiting its sequel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Star Trek, 22. Oktober 1998
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Star Trek: Spectre
I think this book is book rates a 5 because I like all the details and it was very attractive. I couldn't stop, I had to finish reading it. This book was one of a sequel of Star Trek books beginning with Star Trek: Avenger and Star Trek: The Return. I also like this book because it relates to the current series and movies allowing you to visualize what is being described. I have read other Star Trek novels that made no sense at all such as the novel, Star Trek: Dark Mirror that contradicted what was going on in both series of Star Trek DS9 and Voyager.
This book describes how Captain Kirk now retired from Star Fleet journeys to rescue his wife who was abducted and how Captain Picard must try to retake the Enterprise from terrorist who have commandeered it. This book takes place during the current Dominion War and 5 years since the lost of the starship, Voyager.
This book starts out when Captain Kirk's wife was kidnapped and Kirk was confronted by an old friend but one from an alternate universe. And during about the same time, the lost starship, Voyager returns to the Federation. The Voyager was in fact a reproduction of the real one from another universe. They wanted to commandeer the Enterprise E in order to transport it to the other universe and to defeat the Terran Resistance. The alternate universes all started out back when Kirk was on his Enterprise about 200 years ago when he went through a transporter accident and traded places with his counterpart. This lead to a change that weakened the Terran Empire, allowing it to be conquered and enslaved while the other universe progressed into a beautiful United Federation of Planets.
Any body who is curios about the future should read any science fiction books because they hypothesize the future and all the possibilities. This book is one of which that was interesting to me. The word that would capture peoples attention would be action and adventure; want adventure, curious about the future, read and let your . imagination let you fantasize.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE COVER SAYS IT ALL!, 11. April 1999
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When I saw that puppy staring me back in the bookstore, I damn near broke my neck running out to reach that thing. Wow! DS9 has done a half-decent job handling the mirror universe, but you knew there was so much more to it! WOW! Is thing incredible! This answers a lot of old questions from even back in the first TV series all the way through, and raises some new ones. Again, the character development and portrayal is dead on, and it is just amazing how many different tricks Shatner is turning over. It is obvious Shatner has decided to take it upon himself to do what the powers that be over Star Trek no longer do: Continue the epic saga. Star Trek isn't just about a week to week thing of some soap opera situationl; THIS is Star Trek: Action, Adventure, huge stakes, great characters in the center of it all. Reading Shatner's books, you really get that old feeling back that you are witnessing an unflolding saga, as opposed to the soap opera that has been presented over the past several years. Witness true Star Trek once again! I look forward to Shatner's books like I used to look forward to the movies. His love for Star Trek and its characters is truly a revelation to behold. Get all of his books and compare them to what has been on TV and in the movies for the past several years. Don't just take my word for it... The story unfolding here is so ambitious and limitless: Just the way Star Trek ought to be. It's great to see all of the great characters working together, and it is believable. When Star Trek is done right, it stands on its own laurels and can be just as proud of itself as Star Wars is.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but..., 19. Juli 2000
I am primarily a Trek Next Generation fan, although I do like the original series as well. I found this book to be a good read, although I must concur with many of the reasons that other people have found it somewhat displeasing.
It often focuses too much on Kirk and his reflections about love and growing older, and although I know people change as they age, I don't really think it stays too true to the Kirk character that we all knew before these books.
All the female characters play secondary, even weak roles, including (for the most part) Teilani, which is especially dumb since she is a half Klingon half Romulan who can certainly take care of herself. There are only a couple scenes where you see her in action, and it is still secondary.
Also, there were many times when the book got too...I don't know, perhaps technical is the word for it. I found myself wanting to skip ahead but afraid if I did I would miss something.
Did anyone else notice that Shatner dedicated the book to Nimoy (who played Spock), DeForrest (who played Bones) and DeForrest's wife, but not Doohan, who played Scottie? It seemed kind of like a snub to me, especially since I recently read about some animosity between the two.
At any rate, I would recommend the book if you are a TOS fan or a TNG fan. It's not a great work of literature, but it is an enjoyable read and for the most part will not let you down. I am looking forward to reading Dark Victory and Preserver.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shatner, a superb writer; perhaps he missed his calling!, 15. November 1999
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In this sequel to the storylines of his previous "Trek" novels (The Return & The Avenger), William Shatner shows us his best stuff in "Spectre." The storyline expertly combines "canonical" information from the Original Series, TNG, DS9, and Voyager in a somewhat (at times) melodromatic way, but overall this is superb stuff. I could tell either he (or his editors! ) worked hard to maintain a sense of "continuity" with the series up to this point. Another plus for the book is the bringing together so many characters to help us realize that no one character/series should be compared to another. They ALL compliment each other. I can't help but love it when we have members of all the crews we love working together. Shatner's development of the story is great, always allowing the reader to ask the questions about what's going on just before the suspenseful moments he creates take full hold. I also have to admit I was really suprised by the ending, although it seemed a tad far-fetched. But I suppose I'll have to wait for Shatner's next to think about that! Whether you think Shatner is a good actor or not, whether you like the character of Kirk or not, you have to admit that William Shatner knows how to write!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Make it stop! Please, just make it stop!, 12. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This book was...well, another in the seemingly endless chain of Shatner epics. Mr. Shatner is in an enviable situation: he gets to write about his favorite Star Trek character (which is also his alter-ego)and he gets to play in the Trek universe, assisted by talented authors, with a guarantee that his story will be read by the public, and he gets PAID for it ! This book is really just Paramount-approved fanfiction, and not very good fanfic at that. In my opinion, he has distorted the characters we all know and love, especially the females. They all seem to be soft and dependant on the male characters, and they all find Kirk irrisistable (even Janeway !) The plot is just a rehash of all of his previous books: A problem arises, which threatens The Galaxy, The Federation, Life-As-We-Know-It, take your pick.The problem is, of course, too big to be dealt with by Star Fleet's finest, so after some prodding, Kirk gets the old Enterprise gang together. The remarkably fit senior citizens end up saving the day, Kirk gets whatever women he happens to find attractive, and the book ends. But is it really the End? Blah! I would not reccommend this book unless you are a diehard Kirk/Shatner fan, and even then it would be very unsatisfying.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, a bit campy,continuity lacking,love interest annoying, 29. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Well, not better than the Return, for sure. It seems since Avenger, these books have gone downward as if Shatner's not sure what to do ith his Kirk persona. The love interest on this alien world is very stupid; given the way he describes it, you'd think it was Tony Randall and his wife. It's pleasant to read the call backs to the original TV series but he ignores the loss of Kirk's son and Carol Marcus altogether, which would have been better for Kirk's personal trials. Picard was a potted plant in this book, and the E-II crew served as a marketing tool to bring in the New Generation crowd. These happenstance team-ups in the middle of the universe are getting insulting. I think we can have a Kirk adventure without Picard & Co. just happening to be there...again. (How small is the ST universe, anyway?) At least he didnt have Kirk & Picard fighting...again. I did marvel at Kirk's ways of getting out of messes and bought into most of his soultions. But I was extremely annoyed at the last minute saves that were ridiculous, and the muttled ease by which things happen....I guess that's to appeal to those who hate to think. Again, good read, but not worth the cost of hardcover.
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