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Chain of Attack (Star Trek: The Original Series #32)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  578 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
While mapping a series of gravitational anomalies, the U.S.S. Enterprise is suddenly hurled millions of light-years through space, into a distant galaxy of scorched and lifeless worlds, into the middle of an endless interstellar war. With no way back home, the crippled starship finds itself under relentless and suicidal attack by both warring fleets. And Captain Kirk must ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published January 2nd 1988 by Pocket Books (first published February 1987)
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Erin Edgar
Mar 23, 2012 Erin Edgar rated it liked it
This book deals with the characters from the original Star Trek series. The crew of teh Enterprise is hurled millions of light years into another galaxy. The crew finds itself confronted with a large number of lifeless planets. These planets were capable of human life, but some enemy has destroyed them. Unexpectedly, the crew is attacked by 2 races, each of whom believes that the other is this mysterious enemy. This leads to the speculation about what an interstellar war would be like. This book ...more
Eric
Mar 02, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
Published in 1987 this book was a bit stiff; I found the narration went on a bit too much, for my tastes. But, it was #32 in the Star Trek Original Series novels so, perhaps, Pocket Books and Paramount were still trying to build an audience and didn't want to alienate new readers. Who knows.

The Enterprise was investigating some gravitational anomalies, as such things tend to happen in the Star Trek universe, and is flung right out of the Milky Way galaxy to some unknown and very distant galaxy.
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Mike Crate
Jul 03, 2016 Mike Crate rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
The Enterprise equipped with some new sensors designed to detect the disturbances in the fabric of space caused by some recently discovered anomalies runs straight into one which was undetected. The ship and her crew are flung half way across the Universe into a region of space where every world has been scoured of life dating from a few hundred years to tens of thousands. As the Enterprise explores the region looking for anything that could lead them back to an anomaly they encounter a small ...more
Cameron Wilson
Sep 06, 2016 Cameron Wilson rated it liked it
Firstly, I'm giving this book a 3/5 in terms of being a novel in general, as in how good a piece of writing it is in comparison to other sci-fi novels, because as expected this book really isn't by any means "a piece of art," but does just kind of stand as a solid sci-fi novel. The rest of the review is more of an analysis of it as a Star Trek novel, so only read on if you're interested!!
If I were to rate in in terms of a Star Trek story, perhaps to be made into a feature film etc, then I would
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Gregor
Oct 05, 2016 Gregor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite a lackluster ending, this is a pretty good book and definitely in the spirit of TOS.
Ron
Aug 25, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is #32 in the Pocket Book series of Star Trek novels, and was first published in February 1987. The characters we know from the TV series and films seem to be presented pretty well - no one acting in ways to make the reader groan. The jerk of the week here is a Dr. Jason Crandall who is perhaps the most unbelievable thing in a book that has a rather interesting situation to be resolved. The Enterprise finds itself in a far away galaxy unable to return home and in the midst of what ...more
S.
I read this book to my kids and thoroughly enjoyed trying to do the different voices of the characters. They told me my Chekov wasn't good, but they liked Spock and the aliens. So it was a fun read.

If you like Star Trek, you will enjoy this story. Although I have read better Star Trek novels, I have not reviewed any of them on Good Reads. And while it seemed science was being stretched thin in a few places, I think the characterization was basically on target. Dr. Crandall, a visitor on the Ent
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The Fza
Great TREK into the unknown!

While investigating a 'space mystery' the crew is hurled millions of light-years through space, into a distant galaxy. A tightly packed cluster of a galaxy whose worlds have been scorched of life... and into the middle of a centuries long senseless interstellar war.

Lost now in space the Captain and crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, alone, must solve the mystery of the planet killers and bring peace to an entire galaxy if they are to have any hope of making it back to the
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Ronald Wilcox
Dec 03, 2015 Ronald Wilcox rated it it was amazing
One of the better ST novels I have read in quite a while as I make my way through several of the older ones. This one concentrates on the main characters of the show and could easily fit in with the TV series as an episode. The Enterprise is monitoring some space phenomena when they are pulled into the anomaly and sent into an entirely other galaxy far away from their own. There, they find an incredible density of stars with planets that have been devastated in the distant past. As they explore, ...more
Anderson Rearick III
This novel was a lot of fun. I actually got through it in a single day. The author a good ear for the main characters in the Star Trek universe. Also the intergalactic journey through what is basically a stargate-wormhole which leads them to a galaxy where all of the life bearing planets have been destroyed is grim and powerful. However, I was less than satisfied with the final bringing together and the explanation for these events. Also the "villain" whom they bring with themselves is never ...more
Andrew Beet
Aug 21, 2014 Andrew Beet rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. I liked these type of stories where the enterprise are smack bang in the middle of two warring races in this case the alien races think that the enterprise is one of the destroyer's ships that's where Kirk has to explain to the hoshan and the zeator that they're not and they have been flung thousands of light years away from their home galaxy. the character of Jason Crandall reminded me of the ambassador in the episode a taste of Armageddon. very good novel I will be ...more
Christopher Obert
Feb 17, 2014 Christopher Obert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
The USS Enterprise finds herself stranded in a distant galaxy! What could be worse? When the planets of that galaxy are found to be ravaged and lifeless from centuries of war, starships do not communicate with each other and fire upon every ship they encounter, making matters worse. Can the crew of the Enterprise survive long enough to find a way home or will they find death in that distant cold space?
Dan
Apr 30, 2013 Dan rated it liked it
An interesting story overall, with a few minor issues with regards to the main guest character. This is the first novel of Gene DeWeese's that I have ever read, and it was added to my "to read" list shortly after he passed away last year. Chain of Attack was a great Trek novel experience, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his novels he wrote during his lifetime in the future.

Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2013/04/c...
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 17, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A strange novel. As pure science fiction, it works well -- it sets up a solid technical mystery, with a fast pace. But it's not quite as successful as a Star Trek novel...as if the author had been forced to bolt Kirk and Co. onto a Star Trek-free story.

When I think about it, "Chain of Attack" is to Star Trek, what "Coming of the Terraphiles" is to Doctor Who.

J.D.
Oct 16, 2014 J.D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I loved the plot. Very well Written in a sci-fi way, the build up of the story turned me into it. Huge plus for me that it's clearly showed, how strong the bond of family kind is all around the Enterprise crew. Good read.
Nicolas
Dec 14, 2015 Nicolas rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I don't have strong feelings either way with this one. Of all the Trek books I've read, this was the most like an episode. The characterizations were right, but the pacing was slow. Not a particularly satisfying conclusion either.
Mainrun
Feb 03, 2013 Mainrun rated it liked it
Shelves: science, fiction
The Star Trek novels I have read are not half bad. This is the one where the Enterprise was flung into a galaxy/place and were attacked! Everyone was attacking everyone. Good old Kirk leader and organizer he is made people play nice so escape was possib
Jody Ruth
A very dull book; a short story stretched to novel length where fuck all happens for much of it. Very repetitive, and Kirk constantly talks out of character.

But yes, I'll probably get the next book. I'm already two books in...
Kreg
Mar 09, 2009 Kreg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tos
It had extremely weak points when dealing with basic astrophysics, and Treknology. Overall the characterization was decent with the exception of the 'nemesis' (Dr. Crandall), the story wasn't too bad by itself but could have been much better.
Stephen Fender
Mar 05, 2013 Stephen Fender rated it really liked it
This is a true 'Trek' adventure at it's best. New worlds, new conflicts, new aliens..

The author has put all of it together into a great story. I was captiveted by this page turner.
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