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Enemy Unseen (Star Trek: The Original Series #51)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Enemy Unseen Transporting a diplomatic party is nothing new for Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the "Enterprise(TM) " -- but this particular mission promises trouble from the start.

For one thing, the wife of the Federation ambassador on this trip is an old flame of Kirk's -- she's determined to see that they resume their romance where they left off. Of course, when a
Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Mikael Kuoppala
"Enemy Unseen" is an average and insignificant read through and through. The novel does have some potential for being a decent SF thriller, but instead it stumbles on endless clichés and predictabilities in the plot. Also, the story doesn't seem to advance past the introduction and that really hurts a book with not enough nuance to keep things interesting as the plot is taking a break. I found myself constantly getting a little frustrated when I was sure some major twist in the storyline was lur ...more
I was rather turned off by the sexism (women treated as objects, not only by the aliens but by the crew--including Bones teasing Kirk about his being saddled with a few wives given to him as gifts), as well as sexual assault (by another woman on Kirk) and (basically) domestic assault (that woman on her adult child) treated as not crimes. Not as problematic, but annoying nonetheless, was the ubiquitous bad mood of the main characters: for example, even when unwarranted, Kirk is described over and ...more
Bookworm Amir
James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise were assigned to transport a diplomatic party which revealed trouble from the start. The Federation Ambassador, Montoya, his wife was an old flame of Kirk's and she's determined that they resume their romance where they left off. Them ambassador Klee has his own speaker, t'Stror, which speaks for Klee. It is said then that Klee's youngest wife has become ill. Moreover, Klee has three wives and unfortunately two of them are being poisoned by eating poi ...more
[These notes were made in 1990:]. Obviously an expansion on the ideas presented in the original episode (something about Babel) where a diplomatic party on board the Enterprise is shocked by a murder. In this case, a junior Vulcan officer (Tenaida) and the woman he is attached to - Janara - who turns out to be a powerful telepath - are the scapegoats. There are complications provided by Janara's mother, a harpy who is a former flame of Kirk's, and an ambassador who, in order to satisfy his own c ...more
Stephen Fender
With a novel of this design, you need Spock there. Simply providing a "computer" that acts like Spock is not the same thing. The minor characters are not as well rounded as I would have liked, and Kirk's love intrest comes accross as more of a slut than a "jaded" woman from his past. I really didn't care for the 'breasts' or 'thighs' or cleavage-esq comments in the book, as it took away from the overall story. Had this been made into a show/movie, I'm sure fans would be screaming at their TV's w ...more
Daniel Kukwa
One of those solid, engrossing Star Trek novels that manages to (1) remind you why you are a fan of this wonderful show, and (2) irritate you, because it represents a post-Motion Picture series of adventures that SHOULD have been televised!
Peregrine 12
Fun, if you're a trekkie. Based on one of the original episodes, I think.
Classic and classy, in true ST fashion.
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