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Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Januar 2014

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Kirsten Beyer is the New York Times bestselling author of many Star Trek: Voyager novels, including A Pocket Full of Lies, Acts of Contrition, Protectors, The Eternal Tide, Children of the Storm, Unworthy, Full Circle, and String Theory: Fusion. She is also an actor for theater, movies, television, and commercials. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors

Chapter One


“This is absurd,” Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway said, crossing her arms and fixing her gaze on the streaks of starlight visible from the long bay window in Counselor Hugh Cambridge’s office.

The counselor did not reply immediately, a tactic Janeway had become all too familiar with in the last few days of regular morning sessions with Voyager’s resident therapist. She didn’t need to turn back to know that despite her outburst, she would find him as she’d last seen him, resting comfortably in the deep black chair he favored, his long legs crossed at the knee, and his hands resting in his lap. His features would be placid, though occasional hints of ironic mischief would flash from his eyes.

“Can they actually do this?” she demanded of the heavens.

“Starfleet Command?” Cambridge replied drolly enough for Janeway to infer his meaning: How well do you know the lunatics currently running our high-tech asylum?

Finally facing him with the full sum of her fury, Janeway said, “They already offered me the damned job.”

A faint smile flickered too quickly across Cambridge’s lips for her to demote him for it on the spot.

“They did,” Cambridge agreed.

“So what’s the problem?”

“You didn’t accept,” Cambridge replied.

“I didn’t accept immediately,” Janeway corrected him. “The issue was first raised twenty-four hours after I had witnessed the deaths of Captain Eden and my godson while doing all I could to prevent the end of the entire multiverse. Hell, I’d only been alive again at that point for three days. And those three days were a little fraught, even by the Delta Quadrant’s standards.”

“Mmm-hmm,” Cambridge murmured.

“They ordered me to think it over,” Janeway said.

“And you excel at following orders?” Cambridge asked.

“I do,” Janeway said, genuinely surprised at the implied criticism.

Cambridge said nothing, obviously wondering if she was going to dig this hole any deeper before tossing her a rope.

Janeway’s shoulders fell as she released her arms to her sides, finally saying, “I excel at following the important ones.”

A chuckle finally escaped the counselor’s lips. “Congratulations, Admiral. We’ve been at this for days, and that might be the closest you’ve come to dispassionate self-reflection.”

“What do they want from me?” Janeway asked.

“How should I know?” Cambridge countered, matching her bewildered tone.

“You’ve served under Admiral Montgomery for almost four years now,” Janeway shot back.

“And you served right next to him for almost three,” Cambridge said. “I’d hazard a guess that you know him better than I ever wish to.”

Janeway paused for a moment to consider Admiral Kenneth Montgomery, who now held the future of the Starship Voyager, along with Galen and Demeter, in his hands. There was no denying that Montgomery and Janeway had begun their acquaintance at odds. But once the unpleasantness of Starfleet Intelligence Director Covington’s bizarre and reckless attempt to turn herself into a Borg Queen had been put behind them, they had certainly become allies if not friends. While he didn’t tend to reflect as deeply as she would have liked before taking action, Montgomery was hardly unreasonable and could be downright pleasant when the mood struck him. He had certainly seemed patient and understanding enough during their lengthy conversations of the past few days.

“Maybe he changed his mind,” Janeway ventured.

“That would require him to acknowledge that his initial assessment was flawed,” Cambridge said. “A useful ability, but not one I’ve seen Montgomery display, oh let me think . . . ever.”

Janeway felt her face falling into hard lines. “Montgomery and his superiors sent nine ships to the Delta Quadrant five months ago. Although they were equipped with slipstream drives and staffed by Starfleet’s finest, this fleet has suffered unimaginable losses in that short time, including the destruction of five ships, the deaths of more than eight hundred officers and crewmen, and the loss of two fleet commanders. He asked me if I would be willing to assume command of what’s left to us: an Intrepid-class ship never truly designed for deep space exploration, an experimental medical vessel staffed largely by untested holograms, and a third, small ship that as best I can tell is little more than a roving airponics bay. With these resources, I am tasked with continuing exploration of one of the most dangerous areas of space Starfleet has ever entered in search for the remnants of the Borg, who were responsible for sixty-three billion deaths a few months ago, and the Caeliar, a species advanced enough to destroy the greatest threat the Federation has ever faced through the use of technology that our best scientists still classify essentially as magic.”

“A tall order, I’ll grant you,” Cambridge allowed.

“So when Montgomery said I should take as much time as I needed to think about it, it never occurred to me that actually doing so might be construed as a character flaw.”

“You think that’s why the offer was rescinded?” Cambridge asked.

“You just said . . .” Janeway began.

“Admiral, please,” Cambridge cut her off. “You are many things, but you are not stupid. I realize the new orders you received only moments before stepping into this office are troubling, but gather yourself and think for a moment.”

Janeway did so, forcing herself to take the frustration now engulfing her and set it aside. Her breath settled into a deep slow rhythm, and moments later, a new thought jumped to the forefront of her mind.

“Montgomery didn’t make the call.”

Cambridge smiled. “See, that wasn’t so hard, was it?”

The admiral then took a few moments to visualize the current chain of command above Montgomery, and her heart stilled as she realized that the new order in question could only have realistically come from one place.

“Admiral Akaar?” she asked.

“He is Starfleet’s current commander in chief,” Cambridge noted.

“But why would he trouble himself . . . ?”

“Because he doesn’t have a dog in this hunt,” Cambridge replied. “His perspective is going to be a little different than Montgomery’s.”

“Akaar is the top of the food chain, Counselor. All the dogs are his.”

Nodding, Cambridge continued, “Yes, well, whoever made the choice you are now fretting didn’t do so after hours of discussion with you. They had a series of cold hard facts as their only guide.”

“And those facts led Admiral Akaar to conclude that I am not capable of leading this fleet?” Janeway asked.

“Put yourself in his shoes,” Cambridge suggested.

“I realize I have made my fair share . . . all right, perhaps more than my fair share of questionable calls over the years,” Janeway allowed.

“I don’t think this about the distant past, Admiral,” Cambridge said. “I’d guess ninety-five percent of those...


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Protectors ist der erste Teil einer Trilogie anlässlich des zwanzigjährigen Jubiläums von Star Trek: Voyager. In der Ankündigung von Paramount heißt es über diese Trilogie: „When these stories have been told, all of the questions that have remained unaddressed since the fleet’s new mission began will be answered.”


Die bislang dramatischste Mission seit ihrer Rückkehr in den Delta-Quadranten liegen hinter der Voyager und ihrer Flotte. Im Zuge der zurückliegenden Ereignisse von The Eternal Tide ging es nicht nur um die Rettung des Multiversums, sondern mehrere Schiffe einschließlich der bisherigen Flottenkommandantin Captain Afsarah Eden gingen unwiederbringlich verloren – und die vierzehn Monate lang tot geglaubte Kathryn Janeway kehrte wundersam ins Leben zurück.

Diese dramatischen Vorfälle führen nun dazu, dass die Sternenflotte neu über die Zukunft des Projekts Full Circle nachdenkt. Auf den ersten Blick scheint vieles dagegen zu sprechen, die Voyager und die verbliebenen Einheiten weiter im Delta-Quadranten zu belassen: Erstens hat die Voyager bislang keinen echten Hinweis darauf finden können, dass das Borg-Kollektiv noch existiert (das war einer der wesentliche Aufträge), zweitens kann es sich die Sternenflotte angesichts ihrer Herausforderungen beim Wiederaufbau und der sich verschlimmernden Konfrontation mit dem Typhon-Pakt nicht leisten, alle (inzwischen fünf von insgesamt neun) verloren gegangenen Schiffe zu ersetzen (wodurch eine Langzeitmission kaum noch machbar ist) und will zudem im Alpha- und Beta-Quadranten auf tunlichst kein Schiff verzichten.
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Interessanter Aufgriff einer Folge aus der 2. Staffel der TV-Serie aber mager umgesetzt. Die Story zieht sich, wirkt mehr als einmal gestellt und was sich da so alles rund um Admiral Janeway abspielt, ist teilweise mehr als unglaubwürdig.

Hoffentlich wird das nächste Buch wieder besser.
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Kirsten Beyer hat die voyager Romane endlich dorthin gebracht, wo sie sein sollten. Endlich wird man den einzelnen Charakteren auch gerecht. Auch die Story ist spannend und baut auf die Serie auf. Wirklich empfehlenswert. Besonders janeway wird auch mal aus einem anderen Licht gezeigt und man erfährt viele Dinge , die vorher nur am Rande behandelt worden sind. Auch für JCer ist der Roman ein weiteres Highlight, auch wenn die beiden sich ein Grossteil des Buches nicht sehen. :-)
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Für Voyager Fans natürlich ein absolutes muss. Die EInzelschicksale werden sehr gut bearbeitet.
Bin richtig gespannt wie es jetzt weitergeht - in jeder Beziehung.
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HASH(0x8d6aee04) von 5 Sternen Decisions, Consequences, Burdens, Differences, & Distances 28. Januar 2014
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Star Trek Voyager Protectors went deep in the choices and decisions that were made in the previous books but were not thoroughly vetted. The choices made in the television show's airing, coupled with Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant didn't make Janeway's resurrection, and Project Full Circle's Mission any easier. Although I am a little tired of the death & destruction (Children of Storm certainly showed that with the destruction of Vesta-Class vessels that were advanced), and the near total annihilation of the Federation from the Destiny trilogy, it's made Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future look bleak and not as hopeful. But he was not realistic in some of his ideals either, especially the Federation expanding into all 4 quadrants and covering more territory and dealing with hostile aliens. Although I am a little tired of the fake Starfleet officer stories (i.e. Covington from Starfleet Intelligence trying to be a Borg Queen, Andrew Ellis as the Changeling, Admiral Batitste as Species 8472, and Captain Eden as part of the Omega Continuum.) I really hope in the next novels we will face some new enemies that aren't within Starfleet ,but it's sad to see how broken the Federation is after the Borg invasion. Janeway's return brought more heartache not to mention confusion back to the Alpha Quadrant (and I was shocked by Tuvok's reaction to her comeback), and Vorik's cold actions. But it seems like this novel touches even more on Janeway's rationale, command decisions for sending Voyager home quickly in Endgame, and the greater repercussions with it and how Janeway had to define her choices, command style, and own pride. The ending of the story was great although I am little concerned that the next novel, Acts of Contrition, will be a repeat of Golden's Homecoming & The Father Shore with Seven and Axum being tortured by Starfleet. I think Beyer hit the mark with Admiral Montgomery and the tensions that existed there (esp when he questioned her relationship with Chakotay). I won't lie I would love to see them married like Picard and Beverly. I also loved that Picard and Janeway interacted too and her coming back to life by visiting her mother and counseling. I liked how Beyer wrote old DQ enemies in and the unusual alliances they formed, esp with the Ark World, and the possibility of the Voth returning makes me excited, since they are technologically formidable. This is the first book I read that as Chakotay as Captain he seemed fully in charge of Voyager and there was no questioning he was the Captain. It will be interesting how the next book unravels the Doctor, Seven and Tom's dilemmas in the Alpha Quadrant. I like the direction the series is going. I like that they meet at New Talax (altho lets give Neelix a larger role here), and the possibility of finding an alike Federation in the DQ after it's losses in the AQ give me hope the Federation can have new allies. I liked that Axum was written back in (something I even mentioned before on writing a review I believe). But we still have yet to see Ocamapa now that it has water, the Kazon, how about the Viddians, the Krenim, the Hierarchy or Malon? What about Meegan, Miral's Q powers, and how bout we find out about Oliver Banes whereabouts where Golden never mentioned? Can't wait for the next novel, this one will keep you up folks.
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HASH(0x8d6aef54) von 5 Sternen Great Novel, Much more complex and involved than typical Star Trek books 2. Februar 2014
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Great Star Trek novel, Beyer really capitalizes on the already established pantheon of Voyager characters, as well as new ones introduced in past Voyager novels. As opposed to "The Fall' series of Star Trek novels, this novel is fun through-out without any needlessly wordy passages. To the contrary, you'll be surprised with what the author is able to accomplish in just a single book.

This novel starts off with three compelling major plotlines: Janeway's recovery and fight to regain command of a now small fleet of ships in Delta Quadrant, and a discovery made by said small fleet of ships, (of which Voyager is of course one), in the Delta Quadrant, and the Doctor's work on a mysterious patient that is being sustained by catoms which may be involved with an infectious epidemic in the Alpha Quadrant. There's also the introduction of a new Delta Quadrant civilization which opens up some interesting possibilities in later books, as well as an ominous new development in the Delta Quadrant.

About two thirds of the way through the novel, significant page space is devoted to a number of sub-plots at Stafleet and on earth, with the same intention as "The Fall" series of Star Trek books, to re-cast the Federation as an unwieldy bureaucracy with a rising tide of Machiavellian politics. Though I'm certainly not sold on this whole premise, I think that it works very well in this novel as the author is ably to seamless integrate this political maneuvering into the story which is mostly classic Star Trek Sci-Fy. And as opposed to the "The Fall" series of books, the political maneuvering and intrigue is more approachable for the reader as the reason for the in-fighting among the admiralty is explained as opposed to just existing for drama's sake. Gracefully, the novel also integrates secondary Voyager characters, as well as tying with a number of Star Trek television episodes.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that the author was able to effect some character development with regards to Janeway, a difficult task given the larger than life personae of Starfleet Captains.

My only gripes are that while some in the admiralty believe that Janeway is too independent, the fact that she was captaining a ship for seven years in the Delta Quadrant without Starfleet's input wasn't really discussed as a plausible reason for her occasional "take charge" attitude. Also, it was very strange how uncollegiate and political the admiralty was with Janeway even though she herself is a "vice admiral."

There also wasn't any whispered speculation that Q brought Janeway back to life for some unknown purpose. Also, Janeway is kinda a black sheep among the admiralty though she literally saved the universe in the last novel during her interaction with Q. Possibly, Beyer is kinda being forced to include some of the drama for drama's sake of "The Fall" series of Trek books, though the "The Fall" series of books describes events after this novel, newer Trek books have trended towards a more malevolent Starfleet over the past couple years.

Overall a great read, and probably the best Star Trek novel I've read in years, and like a good novel, this book raises more questions than it answers.
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HASH(0x8d6aeec4) von 5 Sternen Another Winner from Ms. Beyer. 30. Januar 2014
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I just finished and immediately looked online to find out when the next book is to be released. Star Trek Voyager: Acts of Contrition is set for release in Sept. 2014. I'm so glad it's only 8 months away.

I've loved Voyager since it began and have read most of the novels. This one is great and I finished in one day. It's a balance between a mission to aid a dying world and Admiral Janeway's recall to Starfleet for evaluation, B'Elanna being in the hormones of pregnancy (Klingon style) and relationships and The Doctor and old enemies and new aliens.

We all know humans being who we are and aliens with similar issues don't always make the best choices even with the best intentions and must deal with the consequences. Others will choose to use and abuse for their own goals or misguided assumptions. Some of these are resolved and others set up to be dealt with in books 2 & 3 of this series.

I think Ms. Beyer is one of the best writers of the Star Trek universe. She kept her place with Protectors in my view. It's a great read.
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HASH(0x8d6b103c) von 5 Sternen So glad Janeway is back! 23. April 2014
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This is absolutely my favorite Star Trek TV and Book series, but it was never quite the same without Janeway. I was ecstatic when they brought her back and now the adventures are starting all over again! Each character in the Voyager series has grown so much and its such a thrill to be apart of their journeys. Its a bit disturbing to find that some of the ideals and principals of the Federation have been badly shaken since the Borg invasion. I have a feeling Janeway will help put all that straight in time. Being back in the Delta Quadrant they're investigating old phenomena that they hadn't had time to investigate in depth last time, while meeting new life forms and discovering new federations and organizations. Now that the Borg are gone, other aggressive species are spreading out and forming alliances and not all have fond memories of Voyager! I simply cannot wait to see how this series continues to unfold. Kirsten Beyer has breathed new life into this series!
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HASH(0x8d6b106c) von 5 Sternen can't put it down 28. Januar 2014
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just came out, an am already a quarter of the way through this book. simply can't put it down. great writing, Kristen Beyer has really nailed the characters.
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