Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock

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by Christopher L. Bennett
     
 

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There’s likely no more of a thankless job in the Federation than temporal investigation. While starship explorers get to live the human adventure of traveling to other times and realities, it’s up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the consequences to the timestream that the rest of the Galaxy

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There’s likely no more of a thankless job in the Federation than temporal investigation. While starship explorers get to live the human adventure of traveling to other times and realities, it’s up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the consequences to the timestream that the rest of the Galaxy has to live with day by day. But when history as we know it could be wiped out at any moment by time warriors from the future, misused relics of ancient races, or accident-prone starships, only the most disciplined, obsessive, and unimaginative government employees have what it takes to face the existential uncertainty of it all on a daily basis . . . and still stay sane enough to complete their assignments.

That’s where Agents Lucsly and Dulmur come in—stalwart and unflappable, these men are the Federation’s unsung anchors in a chaotic universe. Together with their colleagues in the DTI—and with the help and sometimes hindrance of Starfleet’s finest—they do what they can to keep the timestream, or at least the paperwork, as neat and orderly as they are. But when a series of escalating temporal incursions threatens to open a new front of the history-spanning Temporal Cold War in the twenty-fourth century, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur will need all their investigative skill and unbending determination to stop those who wish to rewrite the past for their own advantage, and to keep the present and the future from devolving into the kind of chaos they really, really hate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501107092
Publisher:
Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date:
11/08/2014
Series:
Star Trek Series
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, and Live By the Code, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines.

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Star Trek 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not one of the best ST:TOS novels, but not bad. It's meant as a fill-in between the encounter with V'Ger, & The Wrath of Khan. Kirk's having the usual problems with being stereotyped as hero or villain, Spock's working through the aftereffects of his mind-meld with V'Ger (& the bigoted attitudes of some Vulcans), McCoy's dealing with new medical technologies & biologies he's never met before & feeling somewhat inadequate. And the other 'originals' are having their own problems. This on top of being sent to deal with a theological clash turned physically violent among some old acquaintances.
Solarix-Star More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept in star trek taking you outside what is considered the federation. A great read if a little abstract at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! This novel finally answers why it's usually only starships that experience time displacement problems and why it's nearly impossible for the proverbial "average Joe" to travel back into time to change something minor in regards to a mistake he may have made in his life. It also tackles the subject of what the point of any action is since there is an infinite amount of alternate realities where that action would never have taken place or would have had numerous outcomes. And they're actually refferng to the Manheim Event and the Berlinghoff Rasmussen debacle!! Finally!!!! This novel is a gold mine of one-off characters that have appeared in Star Trek lore never to be seen or heard from again. It was nice to not only see them again, but find out how the DTI was founded (a foundation that was based in canon). And, FINALLY, a reason is given why the Guardian of Forever acted the bizarre way it did and why it made no sense of what the Borg did in "First Contact." Certain species that we rarely ever saw after their initial introduction are finally seen. Even the mystery surrounding VGER is solved, to a degree (though it's just one little line), the reasons for the convoluted differences in Kes' version of the "Year of Hell" and what really happened in the "Year of Hell" after she left the ship, and why Janeway wasn't immediately arrested after blatantly ignoring temporal laws when her future self brought her crew back sooner than they ever should have been in "Endgame." Lots of new species shown and it's refreshing that these species really have no need for the Federation as they have their own political realities. Lots of species from the past and future that have never been seen in a Star Trek novels before. The book also fixes mistakes made during Star Trek's television run (especially "Enterprise's." Up until I read this book, I didn't realize how many stupid ENT storyline errors there were), the fact that it couldn't possibly have been Samuel Clemens in "Time's Arrow," (or at least why it is highly problematic that it was him), etc. And not only that, but the book features a plethora of incredible insights in regards to how some individuals viewers always thought were right are wrong, vice-versa. Benevolent beings seem more sinister and those that have been maligned by history seem to have actually had good intentions, after all. It also makes it very clear that the universe did just fine before the Federation and will do so after. It actually fixed the mess that the "Temporal Cold War" was on ENT (not an easy thing to do!). I genuinely loved reading this book!
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Arthur Schwab More than 1 year ago
This book is simply outstanding. It excellently ties in the events of the Typon Pact series while expanding into an untapped area of the Star Trek universe while also challenging modern day concepts of time that the average person would otherwise never think twice about. This is a must read for ant Trek fan!
717Reader More than 1 year ago
First, who thinks a book that says "STAR TREK" on the cover is a Star Wars book?! Anyway, this is the first ST book I have ever given up on. A third of the way through and I've yet to determine if there is even a plot. The movement back and forth through time is cute for a book about time travel but it just makes the story confusing, especially when reading on a Nook. I consider myself moderately intelligent and educated but this is just a pain, reading should be enjoyable. There are so many wonderful ST books out there, don't bother with this one.
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