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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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Jim
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...more
josie
what you get when you mix TJ Hooker and Star Trek with someone who can not write.
Ian
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.

I...more
Jason Mills
Aug 21, 2010 Jason Mills rated it 1 of 5 stars 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...more
Christopher Hivner
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
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
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...more
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Susan
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.
Patrick
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.
Jason
Dec 01, 2008 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars 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...more
Michael
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...more
Michael
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
Twohundred
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...more
Todd Russell
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
Jacquelyn
Jul 15, 2013 Jacquelyn added it
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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...more
Robert Sanders
Oct 23, 2012 Robert Sanders rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Rob
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...more
Ray Daley
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...more
Frank
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...more
James
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
Spiro
The picture on the cover with a space ship heading toward a space city is completely deceptive. This book is not that kind of space adventure. It's just a cop story. And not a very good one either.

The writing style seemed very familiar, and when I did some research, I found that it was ghost written by Ron Goulart. As soon as I discovered that it clicked. This is very much his style. The way characters split their sentences and refer to a character's name mid-sentence, and the way he splits his...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...more
David
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
David Caldwell
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
Trea
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
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,...more
Carla
I got about three quarters of the way through. Then, suddenly, I was overcome with such revulsion at the tawdry writing that I threw it across the room so hard, the spine cracked. Fortunately this was in the days before E-readers.
Adrian Tysoe
I read this originally because I was bored and had run out books by my trusted authors. Being fond of the original Star Trek tv show I was curious to see how good old captain Kirk was at writing.

Needless to say, it was probably the worst written novel I have read. If you thought William Shatners performances somewhat wooden but enjoyed the show despite it (I was always a spok fan myself) then you have an inkling at just how bad the writing for this book is.

I didn't finish the book it was that ba...more
Patrick
I should probably give this 3 stars but it's Shatner! Bill rates an extra star for his awesomeness. Anyway, a joke on the Simpsons had led me to believe this was one of the worst books ever, but it wasn't so bad. It could have used a real editor to clean it up a little. Too many instances of phrases like "came running" and "came charging" and so forth where you could just say ran or charged. The story itself wasn't bad, a fairly decent sci-fi detective story that borrows primarily from "Blade Ru...more
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