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Wenn ich mir die anderen Rezensionen so durchlese, dass dies das beste Buch der Reihe Double Helix sein soll, dann traue ich mich eigentlich nicht, die anderen drei durchzulesen... aber über Geschmack lässt sich bekanntlich streiten.

2354: Die Föderationsbotschaft auf PojjanPiraKot muss wegen Unruhen geräumt werden. Die Einheimischen dort misstrauen allen Aliens. Die Sternenflotte schickt ohne Missionsbriefing eine Sicherheitseinheit ohne Erfahrung auf den Planeten, die aus Ensigns (Fähnrichen) und Midschipmen besteht. Als die Milchbubis und -mädels um Senior Ensign Stiles erfahren, wen sie da evakuieren sollen kann gerade Stiles vor Heldenverehrung kaum aus den Augen schauen: Botschafter Spock. So kommt es, wie es kommen muss. Zwar kann die Botschaft erfolgreich geräumt werden, aber Ensign Stiles stürzt bei einem Selbstmordkommando auf dem Planeten ab und wird inhaftiert. Auf dem Planeten trifft er in einer Zelle den Romulaner Zevon, seines Zeichens Mitglied der königlichen Familie auf Romulus. Von ihm erfährt er auch, dass der Romulaner Ursache für die Unruhen ist. Als junger Mann ohne Ambitionen auf den romulanischen Thron hat er ein neues Warptriebwerk ausprobieren wollen. Die Moral von der Geschichte: Es ging natürlich schief und der Planet in dessen Nähe das Projekt getestet wurde leidet noch heute unter den Schockwellen, sogenannter Konstriktor. Die Erdbeben haben bereits in den ersten Jahren eine Milliarde Opfer gekostet. Dies führte dazu, dass die Bewohner sämtlichen Aliens misstrauten. Der Planet wird zum roten Sektor erkoren, was bedeutet, dass er für sämtliche Schiffe Tabu ist.
2358: Vier Jahre der Forschung brachten Stiles und Zevon nichts. Man konnte lediglich feststellen, dass die Möglichkeit eines neuerlichen Erdbebenschubes kommen wird. Aber die Behörden kümmern sich nicht darum. Es wird schon gemunkelt, dass die beiden Inhaftierten hingerichtet werden sollen. Schließlich gelingt es Dr. McCoy Spocks damaliges Versprechen einzulösen, indem er Ensign Stiles aus der Gewalt seiner Peiniger entreißt. Der Romulaner jedoch bleibt inhaftiert. Stiles verspricht ihm aber, dessen Familie zu kontaktieren.
Stiles wird in der Föderation nun wie ein Held gefeiert. Anstatt die Sternenflotte zu verlassen entschließt er sich jedoch seine Arbeit weiter zu verrichten.
Orsova, Stiles Gefängniswärter wird von nun an auf ein fremdes Schiff gebeamt. Ihm stellt sich eine geheimnisvolle Stimme weder Mensch noch Romulaner vor, der ihm Reichtum und Macht verspricht, wenn er nach seinen Willen handelt.
2369: Das romulanische Reich steht vor dem Zusammenbruch. Heißspornige Militärs versuchen ihre Grenzen abzustecken, indem sie Föderationsschiffe und Basen angreifen. Lt. Cmdr. Stiles ist derzeit Kommandant eines militärischen Versorgungsschiffes. Er findet heraus, dass die romulanische Königsfamilie an einem tödlichen Virus leidet und gerade nach und nach verstirbt. Die Enterprise entsendet Dr. Crusher und Data nach Romulus. Die können jedoch nur feststellen, dass es sich um dasselbe konstruierte Virus wie vor drei (Band 2) bzw. fünf Jahren (Band 1) handelt, nur noch schlimmer. Nun kämpfen unsere Helden an allen Fronten um den völligen Zusammenbruch des romulanischen Reiches und einen interstellaren Krieg zu vermeiden...

Der Roman ist nahezu unerträglich. Die Story klingt zwar spannend und es gibt auch spannende und witzige Momente. Aber er beinhaltet unerträglichen Pathos, Glorifizierung des Militarismus. Carey wurde mehrfach erklärt, dass Starfleet keine Militäreinheit ist (auch wenn Roddenberry das noch so oft erwähnt hat, stimmt dies natürlich nicht ganz, weil Wissenschaftler und Forscher kein so straffes Regiment und keine Kriege führen. Selbst die Serie war sich da sehr uneinig). Die Romane von Carey stellen Starfleet jedoch als reines Militär da. Die Hauptfiguren sind natürlich nicht Spock und McCoy wie der Buchdeckel weismachen will. Auch nicht Picard und dessen Crew, sondern Stiles und Co. Die Autorin hat mehr als einmal versucht, neue Charaktere einzuführen um eigene Ableger zu fabrizieren wie es Peter David gelungen war. Wie man an ihrem Ableger Challenger sah (In New Earth-Zyklus entwickelt und in Gateways weitergeführt) ohne jeden Erfolg...
Stiles wird viel zu glorifiziert, seine - manchmal ominös beschriebene - Freundschaft mit dem Romulaner zu mystifiziert und Stiles safes the day während Picard, Spock und Co. doof rumstehen... Gerade die Lobeshymne am Ende sollte man getrost überspringen...
Es ist schon bezeichnend, dass Spock kurz am Anfang und dann über 100 Seiten später wieder auftaucht, McCoy erst ab den 120er Seiten und das Virus, um das es geht erst in der Mitte des Buches!!!
Zudem umfasst der Roman einen Zeitraum von insgesamt 15 Jahren!!!
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am 15. August 1999
I was looking forward to this book, but it ended up being an utter disappointment. The virus storyline that should've been the main plot was reglated to subplot status, which made me question the point of even doing this book as a "Double Helix" book. Heck, the virus isn't even mentioned until page 122! And when it was mentioned, it was done in a very offhandish way.
It seemed to me that the author was more interested in telling her story about the commander (Eric Stiles) than she was about the supposed purpose of the book, and that just seemed utterly disrespectful to me. That story should've been saved for another novel, and the main focus should've been on the research to discover a cure.
I found the ending to be way too pat for my tastes. I've never been a fan of "surprise endings" in which we are dumped a pile of information that we didn't previously know and the author goes "ha! gotcha!" as if that's supposed to make us feel like dupes for not figuring out the mystery (even though there's no way to figure out the solution given just the clues in the book). This happened with the "surprise" revelation that Zevon had a child, and this child is the last "uncontaimed" Romulan royal family member.
There were also some plain-out weird word choices in this novel. I can't remember any other book where I've paused so much after reading a certain word or phrase. Using the word "edited" in a dialogue tag, and Dr. Beverly Crusher remarking that perhaps she would change her career to being a professional wrestler (when I'm fairly sure no such thing exists in the ST future) were just two of the many examples that caught my eyes.
All in all, a very disappointing story, one that I wouldn't recommend at all. Perhaps the worst Star Trek story I've ever read.
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am 15. Februar 2012
This book left me baffled. This is part three of the "Double Helix" Series. I was positively surprised that the book doesn't focus on yet another "we have to find the cure for the disease" - major plotline. Books one and two did that already. So, I was hoping to get more information about the mysterious force behind all this. Well, I was negatively surprised that the book doesn't do this as well.

Basically Diane Carey writes about a character (Eric Stiles) she invented, on a ship (Combat Support Tender)she invented, in a sector she invented with a lot of phrases and words she invented. "Red Sector" anybody? I also don't recall ever hearing about a Romulan royal family before. The TNG crew doesn't really play a part at all. Instead Diane Carey (again) revels in her hero worshipping of TOS characters. (McCoy saves the day while Crusher more or less just stands by). I don't get why Carey is allowed to write for TNG at all. She obviously can't do it, which is a shame, because she is a talented author.

Eric Stiles is actually a good character and I liked his story, but it didn't have anything to do with the ongoing series. His story should have been a book on it's own. What I didn't like is that he treats Spock as if he is the Second Coming and of'course always thinks about how Kirk would have done this or that. Oh please, this is supposed to be a TNG book. I felt a little cheated by this and a Rule of Aquisition sprang to mind: "Never be afraid to mislabel a product."

A strange coincidence that at the end of the book there are the rules for the "Strange New World Contest" in which nonprofessial writers could send in a Star Trek story. One of the rules states that a story will be disqualified if it "focuses on characters that are not past or present Star Trek regulars or familiar Star Trek guest characters." Well, ever heard of Eric Stiles before?
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am 3. Juli 1999
Although Red Zone is basically about the mystery virus, again mutated by the unseen evil presence, attacking the Romulan royal family, and the efforts of Drs. McCoy & Crusher to fight it, the novel primarily concerns Ens. Eric Stiles, whose grandfather served aboard the Enterprise with Kirk, Spock, & McCoy. When what appeared to be the routine evacuation of Ambassador Spock and his staff goes awry, Stiles sacrifices himself to let everyone else escape. He is captured and shares a prison with Zevon, a Romulan scientist who is responsible for a deadly phenomenon which continually savages the planet and its people (and led to their xenophobia). Eric is rescued by McCoy four years later after working with Zevon to try to save the planet. Ten years after that he is the captain of a Starfleet repair ship and becomes involved in the fight against the virus. His metamorphosis from callow ensign to mature Starfleet officer is the basis for this excellent book. I would love to read about him in another of Diane Carey's books. Spock and McCoy are exactly the way you expect them to be. Zevon, however, has changed. . . .
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I really enjoyed the way all the events in the books melded together. How friendship and courage and decency became the glue that cemented the whole of the story. To me, as a 25 yr Star Trek fan that is the appeal of the series and the Star Trek characters. The character of Stiles was a refreshing one. He seemed within the emotional reach of the reader and his self-discovery and self-realization lead the story along, while providing a wonderful avenue for bringing the more familiar characters of Spock and Dr. McCoy and Dr. Crusher into the tale. Diane Carey has done her usual job of making the details and science of the Starfleet ships and crew seem very believable, also. I am not overly concerned with technology and sometimes feel bogged down with details in some of the books,but Carey makes me want to read about the workings of a StarFleet ship and makes it an interesting part of the story. The medical aspects of the whole Double Helix series has been interesting to me and prompted my initial interest in the series. I think they are a keeper and I can't wait to read the next three!
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am 6. August 1999
So far, the series has been pretty good and since this is Diane Carey I was very interested in this book. But, it was a big disappointment. It started out perfectly, with a "Star Wars" style action sequence that is well described and written. The story developes pretty good from that moment, up to the point when we enter the "present" time. From that moment on, it all falls apart. The next action sequence is one long barrage of orders, and, not being a sailor, I didn't understand at all what the heck was going on. But that's just minor. My two biggest complaints are these: 1. The plague is just a background story that is hardly discussed and is solved so quickly that I wonder why the book has such a small print. 2. The characters start off great but towards the end become pure cardboard. Spock really isn't that secretive, and McCoy isn't that senile. It's a fine novel, but yeah, it's not that good... "Ship of the Line" was way better.
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am 22. Dezember 1999
I read all six of the Double Helix books before reviewing this, and I still believe this is one of the worst yet! Basically Spock and Eric Stiles are the only character introduced in the first part. Now really, if you're going to write a book, at least include three or four characters. Plus, I found Eric Stiles annoying. I think Diane either rushed or didn't bother to actuallt contemplate about what she was writing. The content of this book almost makes it sound as though she was rushing through what could have been a great novel.
If only Diane had enhanced the content and dialogue a little, it would have made a great book three, but instead, the content is sloppy, the plot is jumbled and at times hard to follow, the climax was a little sudden and forced, and the karate wife was a little much for me at the end. The ending was rushed. Diane Carey should have put a little more effort into this one!
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am 19. Juli 1999
I have to admit that outside of the Peter David book, this was the one book in the Double Helix series I was really looking foward to most of all. It's a return, in many ways, to much of Carey's old Trek lore in which we get new characters to know and love and see them interacting with the familiar characters that we know and love from the Trek universe. Her characterizations of everyone are well done and she really gives Eric Stiles an interesting story that's a pleasure to read. Hopefully, we'll see more of him in the future. Another point I liked is that fact that the nature and severity of the virus is increasing over the novels. I only hope the series continues to get better from here on out...
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am 30. August 1999
Diane Carey *does it* for me. She spins a great tale, a sidebar to the Double Helix plotline - but, wait a minute, no, it's not a sidebar at all.
Much character development in the form of a young ensign who starts out determined to do everything by the book and then ends up learning that "by the book" might not get you very far.
Great interaction between our old favorites, Spock and McCoy, and some mighty fine Crusher moments, as well. (Her scene with Data and the Romulan guards is priceless.)
Meantime, the plot thickens, the virus twists again, we've already learned there's a "bad guy," and we're all hating like heck that he keeps getting away!
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am 25. Mai 2000
After getting a little bored with the specs of yet another horrid virus, I was quite pleased with this book in the series when it concerntrated it's attention elsewhere. I enjoyed this book more than most of the Star Trek books I have read and deffinatly more than the first two in the series which were also good (starting with the fourth one soon).
There is much satisfaction to be found in seing a character grow in wisedom while reading and it happens here. There is also a healthy amount of humour without spoiling the story and Mr Spock wasn't dissapointing at all.
I recommend you give it a look...
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