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Star Trek The Lost Era #2 - 2311: Serpents Among the Ruins

Star Trek The Lost Era #2 - 2311: Serpents Among the Ruins

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by David R. George III

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It is a year of infamy, a year that later generations will remember as one that altered the course of history at the cost of thousands of lives. It is the year of the Tomed Incident, and its tale can at last be told.
In the midst of escalating political tensions among the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Federation, Starfleet goes


It is a year of infamy, a year that later generations will remember as one that altered the course of history at the cost of thousands of lives. It is the year of the Tomed Incident, and its tale can at last be told.
In the midst of escalating political tensions among the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Federation, Starfleet goes forward with the inaugural flight of Universe, a prototype starship that promises to revolutionize space exploration. But the Universe experiment results in disaster, ravaging a region of space dangerously close to the Romulan Star Empire, apparently confirming suspicions that the Federation has begun testing a weapon of mass destruction.
As the military buildup accelerates on both sides of the Neutral Zone, Captain John Harriman of the Federation flagship U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-B is fated for a final confrontation with his oldest enemy at a flashpoint in history -- with the Beta Quadrant one wrong move from the outbreak of total war.

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The Lost Era series is designed to bridge the approximately 70-year gap between the tales of Captain Kirk and the Enterprise-B and the tales of Captain Picard and the Enterprise-D. Serpents is set in 2311, 18 years after the presumed death of Kirk (in Star Trek Generations) and 53 years before the launch of Enterprise-D (Encounter at Farpoint). This exciting installment deals with the manipulation by Star Fleet Intelligence of events that lead up to an historic treaty between the Romulans, the Klingons, and the Federation. Captain John Harriman, the commander of the Enterprise-B, must sneak aboard the Romulan flagship to "create" an interstellar incident at a time of high military buildup along the neutral zone. (Star Trek: Lost Era). KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Pocket Books, 371p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Hugh Flick, Jr.

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DAVID R. GEORGE III wrote the Crucible trilogy for Star Trek's 40th anniversary as well as Olympus Descending for Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume Three. He previously visited DS9 in the novels The 34th Rule, set during the timeframe of the series, and in Twilight, set after the finale. His other Star Trek contributions include a first season Voyager episode, "Prime Factors," and one of the Lost Era books, Serpents Among the Ruins, which hit the New York Times bestseller list in Fall, 2003. Currently he is writing a novella for Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light, coming in December, 2010, from Gallery Books.

In his almost nonexistent spare time, David enjoys trying his hand at new experiences, from skydiving to auditioning--with his lovely wife, Karen--for "The New Newlywed Game", from hiking a glacier in Alaska to belly dancing in Tunisia, from ocean kayaking in Mexico to having dinner at an actual captain's table somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Recently, he performed his first wedding ceremony--which he and Karen also wrote--marrying their friends Jen and Ryan Van Riper. David believes that the world is a wide, wondrous place, with exciting adventures waiting around just about every corner.

He remains free on his own recognizance.

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Star Trek The Lost Era #2 - 2311: Serpents Among the Ruins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the book may not have been as 'fast-paced' as other star trek novels (yes, I am aware that not all of them are fast paced) I was glad I purchased it since upon completing the book, The Federation no longer felt the same anymore (in a good way). I felt more aware and at home in the world of the Federation after reading this book, no longer as uncertain of what is happening in the past (which Starfleet officers have a tendency of visiting as if destiny called them there in order to preserve the perilous peace of the Star Trek multiverse, making one think that the past might as well be a tourist attraction...) (for a prize of course). In fact, the Federation felt more real in its many manifestations across the many quadrants (since Starfleet officers somehow still manage to visit various quadrants) after reading this novel, making me have more sympathy for the earlier travelers, even though they did not fight in the Dominion War. Such a big union of planets is bound to have more mysteries than our current and all too similiar (in their corruption) petty governments across our war torn globe. This novel served to draw a grim picture of life and how is so emeshed with death. Although this novel is not the best novel out of the Lost Era series, this novel was still really good. It was the perfect story for the Lost Era, making me hope that there will be more Lost Era novels.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best star trek books I've every read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a really compelling and a good read. It's about high time that someone, anyone, tried to fill in the blank spaces between the time of Kirk and Picard. I'm not knocking those books nor those who are faithful to their respective eras, but there's just so many in number. The Lost Era represents an attempt to literally go where no one has gone before. To see what's there, what could have happened in between the times of those two legendary captains. We know so little about the Enterprise B (and Enterprise C which is featured in another Lost Era book) and the times in which they served that it really amounts to open season for any writer who wants to pen a book. This book felt like I was enjoying Trek in the good old days. When you knew whom your enemies were. The Klingons were still split about being alligned with the Federation, and the Romulans were in all their glory. The Romulans, in my opinion, have long unneccessarily been the less favored race of both Trek series TOS and NG. And it is about time to see them featured and to prove right those fans that enjoy the Romulans that they CAN be written for and should. I liked Captain Harriman. Sure of himself, and obviously over his ill fated first voyage where he froze in a time of crisis and ultimately lost the legendary Captain Kirk on that same voyage. At his prime in command of Enterprise B he finally acts as if he belongs in the chair and not the deer caught in the proverbial headlights as he was portrayed in the opening scene of Generations. That being said there were some points that I didn't care for, and some that I didn't like. I didn't care for the seemingly never ending chapters. What could have been easily broken up into at least a couple of chapters and probably should have, the book just kept going and going before coming to a definitive chapter end. There could have also been some more action, specifically featuring the Enterprise B, which was largely just a mode of transportation in this book. And a little less personal character development. I mean it's nice and all to see it in the characters, but I just didn't think it needed to be to such an extent as it was. Captain John J Harriman, captian of the starship Enterprise B.... I'm very glad to see him having developed into the sure of his authority man that he was in this book. I was glad to see him not hindered by his near loss of his ship on its maiden voyage and the loss of Captain Kirk on the same. But I would have liked to have seen this book set closer to the time of Generations. A captain still with something to prove to himself and others. That despite how he got his command (the actor who played Harriman in Generations is quoted in a Trek magazine article as imagining a history for the character that includes strings being pulled by family to get Enterprise) that he can hack the rigors of command. That he has something to prove to himself and others because of the events that befell him on his ships maiden voyage, namely the loss of Captain Kirk. That would have been interesting in to see in him. The one aspect of the book that I didn't like however was the mission that was present through most of the book. Does the writer really expect the reader to believe that such a plan that calls for the Federation to itself nearly start a war, and the falsifing of the deaths of nearly 5000 Federation individuals is actually believeable? I have no trouble with the concept of the plan, trying to make the Romulans look bad and force the Klingons to side with the Federation. A version of that was done with making the Cardassians look bad and forcing the Romulans to side with the Federation in a very good episode of DS9. And I can understand that desperate times call for desperate measures. But are we supposed to really believe that nearly 5000 actual deaths could be kept secret from the Federation populus? Could be kept on the books of Starfleet vessels