Star Trek Titan #5: Over a Torrent Sea [NOOK Book]

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As the Federation recovers from the devastating events of Star Trek: Destiny, Captain William Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan are ordered to resume their deep-space assignment, reaffirming Starfleet's core principles of peaceful exploration. But even far from home on a mission of hope, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain with them as they slowly rebuild their lives.

The planet Droplet is a world made mostly of water without a ...
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Star Trek Titan #5: Over a Torrent Sea

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Overview

As the Federation recovers from the devastating events of Star Trek: Destiny, Captain William Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan are ordered to resume their deep-space assignment, reaffirming Starfleet's core principles of peaceful exploration. But even far from home on a mission of hope, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain with them as they slowly rebuild their lives.

The planet Droplet is a world made mostly of water without a speck of solid ground. Life should not exist here, yet it thrives. Aili Lavena, Titan's aquatic navigator, spearheads the exploration of this mysterious world, facing the dangers of the vast, wild ocean. When one native species proves to be sentient, Lavena finds herself immersed in a delicate contact situation, and Riker is called away from Deanna Troi at a critical moment in their marriage.

But when good intentions bring calamity, Lavena and Riker are cut off from the crew and feared lost. Troi must face a life-changing event without her husband, while the crew must brave the crushing pressures of the deep to undo the global chaos they have triggered. Stranded with her injured captain, Lavena must win the trust of the beings who control their fate -- but the price for Riker's survival may be the loss of everything he holds dear.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416598213
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Star Trek: Titan Series , #5
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 164,625
  • File size: 344 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher L. Bennett is the author of two previous works of Titan fiction, the novel Star Trek: Titan: Orion’s Hounds and the short story "Empathy" in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows anthology. He has also authored such critically acclaimed novels as Star Trek: Ex Machina, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum, as well as the alternate Voyager tale Places of Exile in Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism. Shorter works include Star Trek: SCE #29: Aftermath and Star Trek: Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again, as well as short stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations (original series), The Sky’s The Limit (TNG), Prophecy and Change (DS9), and Distant Shores (VGR). Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder, and is also developing original science fiction novel concepts
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Fascinating read

    I enjoyed this book. CLB always does a great job balancing plot, character development, scientific explanation, and world-building.
    Droplet was a very interesting water world (always been fascinated by those, though I'm not sure why) and the planet's native "squales" were a creative-yet-believable non-humanoid species (which are actually rather hard to come by, even in Trek).
    That this book dealt primarily with exploration of a new world and an alien first-contact was very welcome, given all the recent doom and destruction of TrekLit's recent Borg conflict. This book also deals with the emotional aftermath of that conflict, but it is only part of the story.
    All in all, a great book.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Like watching paint dry.

    Seriously, one of the most plodding narratives I have ever read. No action and a plot straight from "Animal Planet." I usually like Trek books, but so far, the "Titan" series is a disappointment.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    After reading the Destiny trilogy I was interested to see how the Titan crew was recovering from those events. Previous Titan adventures proved to be remarkably well written and developed but such remarks are loosely applied to this adventure. Much like a TV episode that had a seemingly random plot & left you confused at the point of that episode "Over a Torrent Sea" achieves the same effect. Instead of techno babble and great orations on warp travel, cosmic phenomenon, etc. The book is filled with ocean related scientific name calling that only the most devoted oceanographer or marine biologist would be able to follow without a science book handy. Fair enough that the majority of the story unfolds on a water/ocean planet but the great lengths to which the ocean life and world are described becomes nauseating at best. The plot revolves around the discovery of a water planet, much like the one from the episode "Thirty Days" from Star Trek Voyager, where they (Titan) eventually discover life and with good intentions in mind put that life in danger with the possibility of extinction. They then spend the last 75 to 100 pages correcting their mistake. The story does accomplish two things. First, the character Aili Lavena is further developed, along with her relationship with Riker including a very detailed telling of her past. Second, ***SPOILER*** after a strange series of events Troi finally has her baby. Sorry to reveal the ending for those of who didn't know that was coming. Apart from those two events the story is basically a wash. Should you choose not to read this novel you will not be missing an important part of the Star Trek or Titan universe. I am confident that the next novel "Synthesis" will provide a brief but satisfying account of the events that will leave reading this 300+ page ocean-centric novel an unnecessary read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Pretty bad

    Maybe it was my fault for thinking this was tied to the Taurus Reach topic based on the inside cover of a Vanguard novel, but this was just a random novel with brief nods to the Taurus Reach topic.

    The book just went on and on and several times I wondered whether I should even continue reading.
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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Good Book

    I am a Trek fan and this was another good one to add to my collection. I probably will read it again.

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