Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War - Beneath the Raptor's Wing

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In January 2002, forty-six-year-old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro, Cape Cod, cottage, her curly-haired toddler clutching her body. A former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, Christa had abandoned a glamorous career as a fashion writer for a simpler life on the Cape, where she had an affair with a married fisherman and had his child. After her murder, evidence pointed toward several local men who had known her.

Yet in ...

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In January 2002, forty-six-year-old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro, Cape Cod, cottage, her curly-haired toddler clutching her body. A former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, Christa had abandoned a glamorous career as a fashion writer for a simpler life on the Cape, where she had an affair with a married fisherman and had his child. After her murder, evidence pointed toward several local men who had known her.

Yet in 2005, investigators arrested Christopher McCowen, a thirty-four-year-old African-American garbage collector with an IQ of 76. The local headlines screamed, “Black Trash Hauler Ruins Beautiful White Family” and “Black Murderer Apprehended in Fashion Writer Slaying,” while the sole evidence against McCowen was a DNA match showing that he’d had sex with Worthington prior to her murder. There were no fingerprints, no witnesses, and although the state medical examiner acknowledged there was no evidence of rape, the defendant was convicted after a five-week trial replete with conflicting testimony, accusations of crime scene contamination, and police misconduct—and was condemned to three lifetime sentences in prison with no parole.

Rarely has a homicide trial been refracted so clearly through the prism of those who engineered it, and in Reasonable Doubt, bestselling author and biographer Peter Manso is determined to rectify what has become one of the most grossly unjust verdicts in modern trial history. In his riveting new book he bares the anatomy of a horrific murder—as well as the political corruption and racism that appear to be endemic in one of America’s most privileged playgrounds, Cape Cod.

Exhaustively researched and vividly accessible, Reasonable Doubt is a no-holds-barred account of not only Christa Worthington’s murder but also of a botched investigation and a trial that was rife with bias. Manso dug deep into the case, and the results were explosive. The Cape DA indicted the author, threatening him with fifty years in prison.

The trial and conviction of Christopher McCowen for rape and murder should worry American citizens, and should prompt us to truly examine the lip service we pay to the presumption of innocence . . . and to reasonable doubt. With this explosive and challenging book Manso does just that.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451605822
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Star Trek: Enterprise Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 307,196
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Disappointing is an understatement!

    After just reading this book, I have to say that I am completely bewildered. I have to say that if Gene Roddenberry actually had a grave he would be turning over in it! The Romulan War was never covered in detail and this "author" is taking extensive liberties with the material. For instance his sad use of a God Like weapon for the Romulans, there Telecapture Weapon that allows them to remotely take control of ANY vessel from ANY race remotely from a distance is utter literary rubbish! On top of that trying to cram the technology from a show that was created in the 1960's into a show that was made with a more current technology just to make it look like there is continuity is pathetic and an insult to any reader who is a Trek fan! Worse yet, Martin is trying to say that Starfleet would abandon it's best technology and revert to the oldest piece of junk design that can't even compete with the enemy they are facing because nobody in a years time even thought to analyze how the "Telecapture Weapon" actually takes over a ship only to find out that a simple firewall would prevent it is actually criminally pathetic! I would recommend this to someone if I wanted to see how far their incredulity would go as a bad joke, IF I hated them that much! This is literary garbage and I have about had enough of it. I am writing this so that everyone knows what they are getting into because it seems that authors feel they can get away with anything anymore. Well I will write BRUTALLY HONEST reviews of books for the future to save others from having to waste their time and money until we get some descent material again!

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Great continuation of Enterprise...

    As an avid Enterprise trekker, I just reread this book in anticipation to the next installment coming out in October. It was even better than I remembered. Those who are complaining must not know Enterprise as that is where the basis of the war and its machines come from. As far as it being political commentary - that is what Star Trek has always been. Even if I disagree with the author's pov, it does not mean I cannot see it in this world working.
    I especially loved the Trip and T'Pol moments...just need lots more of them!

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Very good book

    Good story. It jumps around alot following reporters and and other very very minor plot points, but its still pretty good. The last 10 chapters hits you with so much, can't wait for part 2. All in all i highly recommend this book if your a Enterprise fan or just star trek in general.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Better than M. A. Martin's more recent stuff... Tolerable but preachety.

    Some good dialogue, interesting subject matter... but the preachy soul searching is irritating. The recurring theme of "If the Romulans won't make peace, the fault must be with us somehow" is simply idiotic.

    Gene Roddenberry saw peace as a worthy and noble goal, but he had the intellect and common sense to also understand that achieving peace can only be accomplished when all sides in a conflict actually want it. Imagine reading about WWII which concentrates on lamenting the Allies "failure" to resolve the Axis conquest of Europe peacefully.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Good premise, but...

    beginning is very choppy with several short scenes with unknown Starfleet personnel. Interesting to get some background on T'Pau from Amok Time (classic Trek tv), but in general, I like to stick with pov of known characters. Don't introduce new ones unless they are talking to known characters. In LOTR, Tolkien covers Middle earth with 9 main characters who meet others on the way. We didn't meet Elrond till Frodo did. Really frustrating to have short scenes with unknown characters. Don't introduce them till needed. WHERE IS YOUR EDITOR!?!?



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Solid Star Trek Adventure and Intrigue

    This is exactly the kind of story I would have liked to have seen if the series (television) had continued. I really enjoyed Trip continuing his undercover work and the development of T'Pol's character.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    wat is this about peeps.

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