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Present Tense (Star Trek: The Janus Gate #1)

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Beam aboard for a bold new era in "Star Trek" storytelling! Beginning with this thrilling all new trilogy, the original five-year mission of the "Starship Enterprise(TM) " is reimagined via the many valiant crew members who served under legendary command if Capt. James T. Kirk. Who are these exceptional men and women often asked to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 21st 2002 by Star Trek
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Rich Meyer
Nov 26, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Excellent opening salvo in a new trilogy, addressing a pertinent and unanswered plot point from the Original Series - after the events of "The Naked Time", the Enterprise was sent three days into the past. What did they do during that time, where they couldn't really interact with the rest of the universe for 72 hours? Well, this series looks into that.

Well-written, great characterization, and it has many of the original characters from various episodes of the original series in situations we wo
The back of the book was WRONG. There is no other way to say it. (view spoiler) ...more
David King
Jun 17, 2014 David King rated it liked it
“Present Tense” by L.A. Graf is the first book in a trilogy of Star Trek Original Series novels entitled “The Janus Gate”. The story follows on from the events seen in the episode “The Naked Time” with their escape from the planet Psi-2000 resulting in them being flung several days back in time. In order to limit the contamination of the time line the Enterprise travels to an uninhabited world for an early rendezvous with a geological team that had dispatched prior to the events of the episode. ...more
May 31, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: star trek fans
I never understood Star Trek logic. If a team is endangered or goes missing they send a team that has members that aren't exactly replaceable.

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Seriously, crew members go missing on this planet and so Captain Kirk, Lietenant Uhura, Ensign Chekov, along with other team members are sent to go rescue the missing crew members.

At first, I thought that this book was going to be another adventure with a weird alien-lik
Feb 18, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
The plot is a neat idea, however the crawling around in the caves took forever. Far too long. I want to find out what happened to Kirk, what caused all this, what the force field was but I don't want to slog through book 2 and 3 just to find out. I'm sure this could have all been shortened into one book.
Tama Wise
Mar 18, 2008 Tama Wise rated it liked it
As far as serial pulp fiction goes, this one wasn't too bad. It was rather like watching a rather long (and admitably, not particularly exciting) episode of the original series. My head kept providing just the right tones of voice for everyone on the cast.

Despite the somewhat weighty prose, and the longwinded plot (essentially an away team mission gone bad) I found it a decent read for the fact that you knew the cast. Everyone acted like they should, and it was just a harmless, easy read. Probab
May 25, 2010 Tammy rated it really liked it
This book directly follows the events of 'The Naked Time', in the three days that the crew get to relive. (The one with a half-naked, crazed, fencing Sulu.) In order to limit contamination of the timeline, the Enterprise travels to an uninhabited, remote world for an early rendezvous with the geological team was dispatched just prior to the events in the episode. When they arrive, they find that members of the team are missing, and the planet randomly and intermittently drains power.

The book was
Jun 29, 2015 J.D. rated it really liked it
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By far my fav series by LA Graf. Good twists.
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L.A. Graf reportedly stands for Let's All Get Rich and Famous. Its a pseudonym used by authors Karen Rose Cercone and Julia Ecklar.

They have co-written some eleven Star Trek novels. Their first Star Trek novel came out in 1990.
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