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Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures (Star Trek: Enterprise #15)

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A new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War; The United Federation of Planets , an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer — the former captain of the Earth starship U.S.S Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a vibrant Fed­eration promoting galactic peace and a multi-species Starf...more
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Published June 25th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures continues the timeline following the Romulan War in the Star Trek: Enterprise series of relaunch novels. This book clearly lays out a course for future books in that we see how the new Federation is just starting out and how it is perceived by its interstellar neighbors. These neighbors are a bit concerned that this new government may cut into profits or remove them from territories entirely. Thus, they hatch a plan to keep the Federation's reach in ch...more
Paul Lunger
The universe of "Star Trek: Enterprise" has always been a complicated one with the fact that the show was tasked with filling in the major gaps between First Contact & Kirk's Enterprise with the primary focus on being eventually the building blocks of the Federation. In "Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures", Christopher L. Bennett takes the first major step in the post-Romulan War era with a book that takes place across almost a year. The story itself is a three-fold plot that involv...more
Eagerly awaiting this release.. Update 25 Jun - Have picked this up!!! Someone else will have to make dinner I AM BUSY.

Further comments may contain spoilers - I'll resist as best I can.

Nice to see T'pol (view spoiler), Career shifts for everyone mentioned so far, and interesting introspection for Jonathan and what he's been through that have put him with his rank. Yes! They brought *censored for spoilerage* into the story! *HAPPY HAPPY BOUNCE* Poor Malcolm,...more
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Unlike many of my fellow Star Trek fans, I rather enjoyed the television series Enterprise. The early days of Earth's interstellar space exploration always fascinated me, and these early days of the Federation are even more exciting. I believe that many people who didn't enjoy Enterprise would be hard-pressed to not love what Mr. Bennett offers in A Choice of Futures. Much like Kirsten Beyer's revitalization of the Voyager series, Christopher L. Bennett's take on the Star Trek universe post-Ente...more
Jeffrey Nickel
Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were character moments that jerked tears from my eyes. The author decided to hit the fastforward button on character growth, which I found hasty but not un-called-for. There were many references to past adversaries that existed in the tv show, which may seem too derivative to some, but can also be seen as fleshing out some things that haven't been explored heavily in the past. More ancestral figures of our beloved 23rd and 24th century characters are introduce...more
Dan Foster
Bennett does not handle the characters as well as Mangels and Martin did in their Enterprise books. Regardless this is an enjoyable foray into the early days of the Federation with plenty of nods to other Trek incarnations. If you are either a closeted or outed Star Trek: Enterprise fan this is worth a read.
A Great Read by a Good Writer and Obvious Lover of All Things ST

Bennett isn't new to Star Trek fiction, but I'm new to Bennett. And I'm not a big fan of Enterprise, but this novel looked interesting, so I took a chance on it and Bennett. In both cases, I'm glad I did.

To cover the basics: Bennett is a good writer of dialogue and captures his characters, including their mannerisms and motivations from the show, very well. He also deftly balances multiple stages--different starships and worlds with...more
My initial review of this book was all of four words: "Bring back Michael Martin!" However, since I'm well aware that doesn't do the book justice, I will make an attempt to throw a few sentences together in a way that best describes my experience. But where to begin? Should I cover the extra-long descriptions of things that were totally unnecessary, or should I mention how I covered my face with embarrassment as certain characters went well beyond their norm and did things that were totally agai...more
John C. Baker
As he did in his Department of Temporal Investigations novels, Christopher Bennett has once again showed that he has a mastery of Trek continuity without making knowledge of it a prerequisite for enjoying the book.

This tome, set a few years after the end of the TV series and shortly after the Romulan War/founding of the Federation, brings the reader (especially those, such as myself, who have not read previous Enterprise novels) up to speed fast on the political situation in the nascent Federati...more
The book Star Trek Enterprise:Rise of the Federation, A Choice of Futures written Christopher L. Bennett tells the continuing story about the early days of the United Federation of Planets. The story takes place in the years 2162-2163 C.E., approximately 10 years after the TV show Star Trek Enterprise ends. The main protagonists are the same as the TV show, but all the main Starfleet characters including Archer, T’Pol, Reid, Mayweather, and Sato have been promoted. We also learn about the fate o...more
David King
“A Choice of Futures” by Christopher L. Bennett was a welcome return to Star Trek’s Enterprise era. I had been looking forward to reading this from the moment I heard about it as I have enjoyed most of the previous books from this era and I was one of those rare people who actually seemed to enjoy the TV series. I am happy to say this it didn’t disappoint and I really enjoyed seeing some of the early development of the Federation.

The story itself follows the former crew of the Enterprise who hav...more
3.5 stars. This book assumes you've read the other 14 in the series, which would have been nice to been told up front, but I was able to glean most of what happened by guessing, or by reading book blurbs. The story started a bit too slowly for my liking, and the three story lines just ended up being distracting. The final reveal was so telegraphed that it wasn't surprising at all, and there was no resolution to speak of -- but then says the story continues in the next book.
Robert Sparrenberger
I did not read the five previous books yet concerning the romulan war. This was a solid start to a new series concerning the founding of the federation. My only slight criticism was the side stories that had nothing to do with the man story. CaptainsReed and Shumar were really not relevant. I did enjoy the inclusion of the USs Essex. Solid start.
Glenn Crouch
On reading this book, it struck me that I do wish that the Earth/Romulan War story had gone on for a few more books - it would've made a great season of TV viewing :)

Whilst I do enjoy looking at the rise of the Federation, and looking at some of the challenges involved - I did find that Archer had become a bit of a "fifth wheel". Now I take it that this was intentional and whilst I appreciated the growth in Malcolm, I would prefer to have Archer as a stronger character. Here's hoping the next bo...more
Very enjoyable. This is the only Star Trek series I read, and I look forward to each new book.
A good start
Nicholas Roy
Such a great installment to the Star Trek universe. Also the next book is released tomorrow!
A pretty good read that foreshadows the future of the Federation and the NCC1701. It reads just like an Enterprise episode or story arc but does carry with it some interesting science fiction questions as did the series. Worth a read if you're already a fan but it looses something if you don't already know some cannon.
A bit too "small universe syndrome," but overall a very solid story about how the Federation came to pass (or at least the first installment of the story). Some great exploration in addition to the politics too. The Enterprise characters are finally interesting, though I'm not sure I like the direction Trip is heading (that's not Bennett's fault, though, as that's an editorial directive).
300 characters in this book, no idea what is going on at any time. Baffling.
John Yelverton
Very well done continuation of the "Enterprise" story. It gets a little preachy in parts, losing the subtle nuance that made "Star Trek" great, but on the whole it's a great book.
I really liked this book. Very quick read, very enjoyable.
James Paul
Mildly interesting 'history' of the federation.
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