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A Choice of Catastrophes (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, is returning from a mission to deliver medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15, one of Starfleet’s most distant installations. All is routine until the Enterprise comes within a light-year of the planet Mu Arigulon, when the ship is suddenly thrown from warp and suffers a momentary power cut, having ru ...more
ebook, 241 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Feb 07, 2012 Isobel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book, the plot was really interesting and the resolution was really well executed.

I didn't like the change to present tense during flash backs, but then I never really like the use of present tense. It felt jarring in the middle of the ongoing narrative. The flashbacks were clear enough without the tense change.

I found McCoy's apparent complete misunderstanding of (or disregard for?) the way that triage works really odd.

On the whole though, this was really good.
Paul Lunger
Nov 22, 2011 Paul Lunger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2011 in the realm of Trek literature has not been a banner year & "A Choice of Catastrophes" joins that list of disappointments. The story is essentially a McCoy story that invokes part of his past & his inability to settle down. The basis is a routine exploratory mission to Mu Arigulon V that splits the story into 2 very different subplots. The primary involves the Enterprise under Sulu's command dealing with distortions that cause the ship to be unable to move & put 5 espers into c ...more
Jan 21, 2012 angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For something that started with so much promise - a McCoy-centric tale, full of an irritable McCoy's pop therapist internal monologue (SO MUCH ANGST) - I actually tired of this really, REALLY quickly. I ended up skimming the last third of the book, just to get 1 more towards the damn 2012 challenge (30 books this year!). I can't pinpoint the exact problems, except for a general lack of momentum and uninspired narrative. The big reveals in the final chapter just had no real payoff, since I didn't ...more
Oct 21, 2016 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a must for McCoy fans. Starting off pensive over his third anniversary as CMO of the Enterprise, all his self doubts and regrets are amplified by side effects of a spatial distortion. Which he has to deal with while crew members fall into unexplained comas and the ship is slowly being destroyed. The authors do a good job pulling together various details from his past into little flashbacks.
In addition to this, Spock and Kirk have their own problems away from the ship. While this felt lik
Dr. McCoy is my favourite character in Star Trek, and this novel lets him take centre stage. Kirk and Spock aren't sidelined, either, as they lead an away team to an eerily abandoned planet that may not be all that abandoned. Each of the main seven stars of Star Trek gets a moment to shine, but this story is definitely centred on McCoy. Readers are given an in-depth look at McCoy's past, and how it affects his present, as he tries to save several crewmembers who have mysteriously fallen into com ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Jimyanni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a pretty good story; it's a little weak for a four-star rating, but definitely too good for a thre-star rating. I'd say its current 3.7 star average is about right. The story started slowly, with the crisis with the crew members with good esper rating going comatose seeming a bit too reminiscent of the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and McCoy's self-doubts and insecurity seeming a bit too severe to be in character. Mostly, those objections are explained well enough by the end of ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 29, 2011 Cheryl Landmark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid Star Trek fan from way back, especially of the original series. And, this was another interesting, delightful read starring Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy.

Lots of fast-paced action, danger and classic Star Trek humour. I liked how it focused mainly on Dr. McCoy, giving us a little more insight into him and his past. Kirk and Spock still remain my two most favourite characters in the series, but the irascible, grumpy, old-fashioned country doctor ranks a close third.

Still reading it -- so far, it is just like an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series! The gang is all here, Kirk, Spock, Scottie, Chekov, and, of course, McCoy and Nurse Chapel.

This happened numerous times in the Original TV Series, and now it happens in this novel:
p. 79: " 'Let's go.' Kirk pulled his phaser out, and Chekov followed behind him, waving his tricorder in every possible direction."

Scott Williams
Oct 13, 2014 Scott Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strong Star Trek adventure story. It had great entertainment value and an unprecedented use of supporting characters that we saw only once or twice on the TV series. The use of these characters really helped to present the Enterprise crew as a family--something that was done really well on TNG but only vaguely on TOS.
Sep 09, 2011 Bryna rated it really liked it
A solid book. I like that not only is it a good McCoy story, but the rest of crew has an equal part too, including Nurse Chapel!! Was definitely worth the buy for this one.
Rachel Gardiner
Fascinating and occasionally frustratingly suspenseful. Humorous epilogue. Love the scent of ST paperbacks.
Laurie Kazmierczak
Lots of action, a new species, and more back stories for enjoyable read
Oct 03, 2011 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very enjoyable! All the characters were exactly as I remembered them.....from long, long ago. Good story, good humor, fast pace.
Jan 02, 2012 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, tos, e-books
Not bad, not bad at all. A little uneven at times, but an interesting and entertaining romp for the classic crew.

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May 04, 2012 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragged in spots but overall a good insight into Leonard McCoys past demons.
Oct 03, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Excellent classic Trek novel. A lot of really good back story on McCoy. Very well written, lots of action. Well paced.
Apr 30, 2013 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good.
Aug 16, 2012 Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow at times, this was my comeback after a few years away from the TOS universe (I do have most of the books). Liked the insight into Bones McCoy's past though.
Filip Sławiński
Dec 10, 2016 Filip Sławiński rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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All out boring and contradicts Shadows on the Sun.
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MICHAEL SCHUSTER lives in a picturesque Austrian mountain valley, with half a continent and one entire ocean between him and Steve Mollmann. A bank employee by day, he likes to come up with new (or at least relatively unused) ideas that can be turned into stories with loving care and the occasional nudge. With Steve, he is the co-author of two short stories in the anthology Star Trek: The Next Gen ...more
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