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Web of the Romulans (Star Trek: The Original Series #10)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  1,006 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Ravaged by a killer virus, the Romulans enter Canara, where the only antidote can be found. Desperate, they incite a victorious U.S.S. Enterprise attack on one of their vessels, but Kirk discovers their ruse.

Meanwhile the central computer has fallen in love with him, severely crippling the Starship Enterprise. Somehow Kirk must overcome the lovesick computer and bring the

Mass Market Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 28th 1983 by Pocket (first published 1983)
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Jan 31, 2012 Ibis3 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ibis3 by: BookCrossing bookbox - KarenBC
An extremely slow story with only a few positives to recommend it and a number of glaring negatives. First, the positives:
The writing was a bit over the top at times, but was generally good. The characters were well drawn--the characters we know acted like themselves and the characters we didn't seemed better than two-dimensional--and the plot was fairly believable. No glaring scientific impossibilities (though at one point Kirk has the Enterprise go from one side of a planet to the other at War
Mike Crate
Apr 04, 2016 Mike Crate rated it liked it
Web of the Romulans takes a crack at expanding the Romulan side of Star Trek, there is certainly plenty of options given how little this race has been explored on the original tv series and how so far wrong they went in TNG onwards. The Romulan Empire is dying, a plague has spread throughout their worlds and only one source of a potential cure exists but it's not in their nature to go through diplomatic channels, the Praetor can not show weakness so the fleet is massed on a mission that will det ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good...but not great.
The Romulan Empire is in deep trouble. A plague is rapidly killing them and the only cure is grown on the planet Canara in Federation space. Fearing that the Federation would use the knowledge to destroy the Empire, the Romulans attempt to take the antidote by force rather than ask for help. However, the Canarans are fiercely loyal to the Federation and strongly oppose the Romulans. While they cannot hope to resist by force of arms, the Canarans set destructive charges that will destroy all of ...more
Michael T Bradley
I really have nothing to add to anything already said in reviews here (yes, the computer's actions are playing off "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," but it's still horribly sexist, like, unbelievably so; pretty much everything else about it is sexist, too - I listened to a VERY abridged audiobook version, so I didn't even get the scene with Uhura looking "fragile"; most of the story is a ripoff of "Balance of Terror"; WTF is with Starfleet & their crazy admirals?), except to note that I listened to t ...more
David King
“Web of the Romulans” by M.S. Murdock is a Star Trek Original Series novel set early in the Enterprise’s 5 year mission and is the only Star Trek novel that Murdock wrote. The story is based around the Federation’s response to the peculiar actions of Romulan Empire which are leading some people within Starfleet command to believe that an invasion may be immanent. The Enterprise is dispatched to the Neutral Zone to monitor the situation and soon the crew find themselves face to face with a Romula ...more
S. J.
Mar 04, 2012 S. J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, fans of the Romulans, readers who want something that ties directly into the series
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Katharine Holden
Jan 18, 2011 Katharine Holden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Misogynist, badly paced, weak Star Trek novel featuring the Original Series crew. The Enterprise computer is programmed with female personality and falls in love with Captain Kirk. This results in deliberate computer malfunctions as "she" cannot concentrate on anything more than "her" love for Captain Kirk, including wiping the hard drive of the records of all female crewmembers in an effort to "kill the competition." Meanwhile, three other subplots unfold and quickly become disjointed and confu ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Dann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Star Trek: Web of the Romulans is a convoluted mess that has no idea what Star Trek is or what makes it work. When a Romulan ship crosses the Neutral Zone the Enterprise intercepts it and a deadly standoff ensues; meanwhile a series of system disruptions resulting from the Enterprise’s computer falling in love with Captain Kirk causes Starfleet to fears the worst and gear up for a full scale war. The plot is ridiculous and out of character for Star Trek. And, it’s made all the worse by the poor ...more
May 30, 2010 Surreysmum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1983, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1983:]. This is a well thought out, interesting story, close to the original series in both conception and philosophy. Kirk and his stalwarts find themselves battling war-mongering on both the Romulan and Federation sides - precisely that paranoid mistrust which is all too familiar from our own super-powers these days. Add to that the serious implications of a computer in love with the Captain, and you have a genuinely workable plot. M.S. Murdock nowhere gives any clue ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was ok. The characters were real, and the story interesting.
The crisis that was introduced by letting the central computer fall in love with Kirk was somewhat farfetched, but other than that it worked.
May 12, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
1992 grade B+

Classic Trek
Mike McDevitt
Following directly on from 'Tomorrow Is Yesterday', the Enterprise computer is still crushing on her captain. It's become full-bore obsessive and jealous, a dangerous malfunction even while the Romulans are massing for invasion.

Good characterization for the Romulans: S'Talon and S'Tarleya are appealing and honourable foes. It's really their story. And if the Romulans are more sympathetic today, there's Starfleet Admiral Iota playing the part of the hawk and itching for a fight.

It's a good read
Todd R
May 30, 2016 Todd R rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trek-tos
Not good.
Oct 28, 2011 Dovile rated it liked it
A well-written Star Trek novel, set during the Original series right after the episode 'Tomorrow Is Yesterday'.

Without having been given time to repair the ship's computer from an annoying personality, the Enterprise's must go to patrol the Neutral Zone and face confrontation with Romulans, while also dealing with multiple malfunctions aboard. Romulan fans should like this novel even more than I did. Definitely recommended.
Written by M.S. Murdock and read by George Decay and Leonard Nimoy.

The story is based around the Federation’s response to the peculiar actions of Romulan Empire which are leading some people within Starfleet command to believe that an invasion may be immanent.

A great Star Trek novel which i would highly recommend.
Oct 26, 2011 Katharina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrek
Das Buch liest sich flüssig, die Charaktere handeln wie gewohnt. Interessant ist der kleine Einblick in die romulanische Gesellschaft. Lustig auch die Zusatzhandlung mit dem Computer der Enterprise, der bei einer Überholung eine Persönlichkeit verpaßt bekam und sich in den Captain verliebt, was einige Probleme nach sich zieht.
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Classic Star Trek. Not flawless, but pretty good.

Kirk has to figure out motives of the Romulans to prevent galactic war. Other federation persons are on his side, but a rogue federation admiral must be thwarted to keep peace.
Not a bad read---I may have read it before; I read so many of the ST books that I can't remember which I read before :)
If you like Start Trek: The Original Series, it's not bad. If you don't, not really worth the read.
Mar 08, 2015 Caitlyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. Only distracting thing was that Murdock didn't see to have a perception of how was warp actually is. Warp 6 as a evasive manoeuvre? Warp 1 to edge around a planet? Unlikely.
Stephen Fender
This is a good example of Trek fiction. The characters were well thought out, the plot was original, and the secondary plot of the Enterprise having a 'personality' was well put out.
Feb 18, 2012 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kept feeling like the computer-in-love-with-the-captain thread had been done in an episode. In fact, this novel could just about have been an episode.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 30, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Disposable Star Trek entertainment. Had this been a television episode, it would be equivalent to some third-season filler story.
Sep 20, 2008 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally pretty good, although I thought it lacked a sense of place on Romulus and the farm world came in just right at the end.
Jul 20, 2015 Brigitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-that-i-own
I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow and things didn't pick up until you get close to the end of the book.
Eric Elems
The storyline is predicable and it's been done many times...but this is one of the first, and Romulans are always fun.
Rich Meyer
Jun 19, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
One of the better Trek novels ... intrigue, suspense and action galore! Definitely recommended!
Lem F.
Aug 17, 2008 Lem F. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Star Trek book about the origional crew. The story was a little simplistic but decent.
Mike Grady
Sep 03, 2012 Mike Grady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010s
Slow start; a bit hard to get into but then redeemed itself somewhat by the end.
D. B.
Dec 04, 2015 D. B. rated it it was ok

Not bad. Nemesis was better.
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