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TekWar (TekWar #1)

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TekWar is the story of ex-cop Jake Cardigan, who's framed for dealing an addictive brain stimlant called Tek and sentenced to fifteen years of suspended animation. Now, mysteriously released after four years in the "Freezer," Cardigan is on the loose...and out for justice.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Ace (first published 1989)
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This was edited for audio by Ron Goulart who I expect had quite a hand in the initial manuscript as well. I remember thinking it read like one of his novels when I first read this shortly after it came out.

This was better listened to as an abridged audio book than I remember it in paperback. The story is totally cliched, but it rolled along quickly, if predictably. Still, the good Captain wrote & read it, which helped a lot. Plain fun, leave your thinking cap off. Just go with it & enjoy
Jun 06, 2008 josie rated it did not like it
what you get when you mix TJ Hooker and Star Trek with someone who can not write.
Sep 06, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok
Throughout this short read, I imagined I was watching a bad 80's sci-fi flick on VHS, complete with laughable special effects. The tracking might be a bit off too, and the audio's a bit fuzzy. It smells like must and cigarette smoke, and it likely has a garage sale sticker on the front that won't come off.

Well, I wanted an easy break from all the heavy reading I usually do, and this actually fit the bill. Think noir detective story with shades of Regan-era drug war, and painted in faux-SciFi.

Jason Mills
Aug 21, 2010 Jason Mills rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Beach-readers, Trekkies...
I have a lot of time for William Shatner, so I wanted to like this; but it was nothing much. Our hero Jake Cardigan is a 22nd-century cop, framed and incarcerated for dealing in Tek, a kind of electronic wish-fulfilment 'drug'. (Why these Tek chips can only be used once remains unanswered...) Strings are pulled by a detective agency to have him released so that he can track down a missing scientist, who may have invented a technology that would destroy the Tek trade.

Shatner's is an endearingly o
Christopher Hivner
Oct 11, 2012 Christopher Hivner rated it liked it
In Tek War, Jake Cardigan is an ex-cop who has spent four years in jail for crimes he says he didn’t commit. He gets out early after serving only part of his sentence. When he gets home he learns that his wife has divorced him, taken their son and moved to Mexico. He then finds out the person who got him out early was a man who owns a detective agency that Cardigan’s old partner works for. So they partner up again to find a missing professor and his daughter whose aircraft crashed in the jungles ...more
Chris Wolfe
Jul 07, 2007 Chris Wolfe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It's true - if you go to the library without your book list, you're likely to pick up books written by WFS. Not exactly a TOTAL waste of time, but damn close.
Stephen Ormsby
Dec 05, 2012 Stephen Ormsby rated it liked it
I will open this review by saying I wanted to like this book. It is William Shatner, legend of stage and screen for shagging alien females of all colours. You can’t really say shapes and sizes as they were always curvy by human standards. I expected this to be Star Trek-ish with a healthy dose of James T. Kirk thrown in.

What did I get? A novel that I don’t think was written by Shatner to start with. Ron Goulart had a huge part in doing the leg work for this book and is even acknowledged by Shatn
Gregor Stocks
May 16, 2012 Gregor Stocks rated it it was amazing
Jul 03, 2010 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
how anyone could read this book and give it more than one star is beyond me. Shatner's literary abilities rival those of a sea urchin. every character is introduced by a description of their weight, height, and eye color, with all the creative vocabulary of a driver's license. his priceline commercials are more gripping, his cover of "rocketman" has more depth.
Apr 06, 2016 Chrissyreads rated it liked it
I gave this book three stars because I had extremely low expectations for this book. I know that I shouldn't look at William Shatner and think "PFFFFT, no." William Shatner has an okay sense of pace. I didn't feel like the book ever dragged in places or spent too much time on one given scene for no good reason. However, William Shatner is lazy when it comes to descriptions. He tends to use "Chinese" or "Mexican" as his way of descriptors. To be fair, his main character isn't that well described ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Patrick rated it it was ok
The story itself is passable, but one feels that an editor should have had a heavier hand with the finished product. Shatner probably only got this published because he was famous to begin with.
Deanna Lack
It wasn't bad. I was pleasantly surprised and compelled to keep reading. A lot of reviews seem based on Shatners other work. That seems unfair. (Did he even write it, anyway?) This isn't award winning material but I enjoyed it.... It has an old school nonfiction feel and also totally a product of its pre-widespread Internet times (faxmag? Lol)

I really hope that everything in the future isn't made of "plas-" something.

Felt a little unfinished. I finished it last night and on waking (pre-caffeina
Dec 01, 2008 Jason rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans
I picked up “TekWar” for a nickel at Helping Hands and decided to give it a whirl. I was curious if William Shatner was a good writer, and also if the story was good. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book easy to read and highly imaginative.
The setting that is presented has no room for questions. It’s the future, robots are common (and very humanlike in their attitudes), cars fly, and otherwise life does not seem so different. There cops, clubs, video telephones, jobs, and drugs. The que
Nov 22, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is pretty lame, but I still enjoyed it well enough. The science fiction tendency to combine words to make new ones is here. Like durasteel and flimsiplast in Star Wars. It's been overdone and though it sometimes works it doesn't here. Plaschair is not a futuristic thing at all. We have them and we call them chairs. I'm sitting in one right now. There are several instances like this. Others just sound stupid like lazgun.

He starts out with too many adjectives in his descriptions of thing
May 12, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is William Shatner's first work of fiction. He creates an imaginative future populated with robots, androids and flying cars. It is unique in that it begins with our hero being released from prison; a former cop, Jake Cardigan was convicted of being both a user and a dealer of a dangerous, addictive drug called Tek. The drug is a type of computer program the user hooks to his mind, allowing him to create any fantasy desired. However, not only is the drug addictive, it can also eventually de ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Twohundred rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcovers
I keep this around for a couple reasons.

1) I found it for less than a dollar in a goodwill-type store in Austin a couple years ago. If only all scifi could be found this way! Oh wait, that would mean that they (authors) would never get any money and Scientifiction would stop being published, only to be replaced by endless Twilight fan-fic...

2) It shows that books and albums are very similar. This book is an example of an album with one hit single on it, the first track. The first chapter has som
Todd Russell
Dec 30, 2012 Todd Russell rated it liked it
Jake Cardigan is awakened from a prison sentence 'freeze' and goes to work on a missing persons case. There is a little action here and there, but most centers around trying to find somebody and catch up with how much his life has changed since he was sentenced for his involvement with the mind altering drug Tek. The story moves fairly swiftly and is described as sort of a hybrid between Shatner's TJ Hooker and Captain Kirk type character from Star Trek. Cardigan is a somewhat interesting charac ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Jacquelyn added it
Shelves: own
I'm going to skip giving a rating to this book, since I only read to page 13. I wanted to stop at page 8, but I was 42 pages behind my normal 50-page probation period, and I felt that, if I could stand to read just 50 pages, I would be able to rate it at least.

That didn't happen. It took me 20 minutes to read those 13 pages. I was rereading and rereading, making mental slash marks, rewriting poorly constructed sentences, noting the sci-fi stuff for future reference then simply forgetting it all
Robert Sanders
Oct 23, 2012 Robert Sanders rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi geeks, fans of Shatner, etc.
Recommended to Robert by: My dad, because he found it on the shelf.
From the mind of one of the main characters from one of my favorite TV shows, comes a surprisingly good book.

I originally grabbed this off on of the shelves in Half Price Books because I noticed it was written by William Shatner; an actor in Stark Trek (James T. Kirk), and a number of other TV shows and movies. I am a fan of Star Trek, so I figured a book by an actor of Star Trek would be pretty interesting. I wasn't wrong.
I liked this book, but honestly not as much as some others I've read. As
Mar 23, 2008 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The edition I have has no blurb on the back cover, just a huge photo of Shatner, staring out at you, piercingly.

What features the man has! What mystique, what writing talent!

I quite enjoyed this, actually. It's trashy, and doesn't occupy the mind too much, but it bumbles along at a fair pace and I even found myself a little disappointed to find the story incomplete and waiting for the next installment.

Shatner's universe isn't terribly well developed, but has some nice shades and is padded out in
Ray Daley
Mar 16, 2012 Ray Daley rated it did not like it
Shelves: good-to-re-read
In 1990 William Shatner was between jobs and looking at what to do next in his career so he wrote a book. Its highly contested exactly how much of that book he actually wrote and how much was written or helped along by Ron Goulart who is claimed did most if not all of the donkey work for the entire series of books as it is very similar to the plot of a book that Goulart wrote called Brainz Inc in 1985.

In the acknowledgments page Shatner does thank Goulart stating "He did an enormous amount of wo
Jan 19, 2012 Frank rated it it was ok
Want a book about William Shatner running around making love to people on other planets and fighting an multi-planet shadow organization?

Then get Tekwar!

I wish I was joking, if you ever tried to write something with out training, or ever read something someone wrote and as you read it, you realized that the book is just a god complex or hero complex on paper, where the writer wants their character to be the most awesome thing in the world, and gives them no flaws, you're already on the right t
Aug 11, 2012 James rated it liked it
This book is a work of entertainment. Like a guilty pleasure movie, it is one that if you ponder too long or invite too much critique of, it will lose its polish and gloss. If, however, one wants to be entertained and engaged only in the entertainment and not critical analysis, then this work is a lot of fun. Will you find yourself quoting it a week later? Probably not, but I enjoyed it for the work that it was, an engaging little tale that does not aim to be the next work of William Gibson, but ...more
Timothy McNeil
Having recently read four different books on the "how-to's" (and one specifically titled [u]How Not to Write a Novel[/u], I can safely assume that if your name is William Shatner, and you have a large built-in fanbase from TV and movies, then those rules don't apply to you.
I wasn't so much bothered by Shatner's story, but rather how lazy and allowing his editors were. There may not be spelling errors or missing punctuation, but Shatner repeats words to often and in too close proximity. Everythin
Jun 26, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
These books are not as bad as people on here make it sound, but they are not as great as I have heard from others either. Most of the discussion of these books has to do with the personality of the author (or creator at least.) This series blends elements of TJ Hooker and Star Trek, the two projects that Shatner has worked the most on. It definately has fun elements of science fiction with a cyber-punk kind of feel, but really they are more like detective novels than science fiction novels. The ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
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David Caldwell
Aug 31, 2011 David Caldwell rated it liked it
Shelves: series, sci-fi
I read a review that called this a mix of Star Trek and T.J.Hooker written by a bad author.First off, William Shatner had help writing this from Ron Goulart (he even thanks him in his acknowledgements).Secondly it isn't badly written at all.But the rest of his description ( meant as an insult I am sure)is fairly accurate.The funny thing is both Star Trek and T.J.Hooker were fun action series that did well.Likewise the opening book in the Tek series is a fast-paced fun adventure. A little grittie ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Trea rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
Every once in a while, a book comes along that sticks with you, becoming a tried and true favorite, one that you will periodically dig out, dust off, and sit down and read in a short amount of time, long after your reading tastes has evolved away from the genre. This is one of those books. It combines a hard-broiled detective mystery, with a very realistic futuristic science fiction setting to provide an engrossing and enjoyable read. It has some questionable issues in it, like drug epidemics, b ...more
Brian Turner
Nov 09, 2013 Brian Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Cheesy, cliched sci-fi, supposedly written by William Shatner.
But, for all that, it's actually quite a good read, especially for a commute into work, when you can just switch your brain off and read it on auto-pilot.

Jake Cardigan, framed for a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to 15 years in the Freezer (cryogenic hibernation), gets released early in order to investigate a missing scientist and his daughter.

Along the way he meets androids, cyborgs and robo-bulls, most of whom try to kill him,
Oct 13, 2015 António rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-world
A pleasant surprise from Captain Kirk himself, this made for a fairly entertaining read. A good lead character combined with a decent plot kept me reading through it at a decent pace, not becoming boring or outlandish. Definitely made me want to check up on the other novels. Hell, I'll even forgive the habit that Shatner seems to have picked from other SciFi authors of the time, of prefixing the name of a lot of items with "plasti" too make it look futuristic.
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William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won tw ...more
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