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Ice Trap (Star Trek: The Original Series #60)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  522 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

Sent to the icebound planet of Nordstral to investigate a mysterious outbreak of insanity, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves drawn into another, even deadlier mystery upon their arrival. A team of research scientists has disappeared on Nordstral's frozen wasteland, leaving no clue to their whereabouts, and no hint of their fate.

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ebook, 288 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published 1992)
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Mike Crate
Jan 08, 2017 Mike Crate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Ice Trap is set on the planet Nordstral where a pharmaceutical company has an agreement with the native population to harvest vast amounts of plankton like material from the deep ice bound oceans. A mental illness with no obvious cause is spreading alarmingly through the Federation citizens on the planet and that combined with missing shuttle crews sends the Enterprise to investigate. Issues with the natives and the local representatives of the company complicate matters and as quakes impact acr ...more
Madelyn Silva
Needs way more Spock.
Daniel Kukwa
May 27, 2015 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A fast-paced, intense, at times terrifying ice world adventure combines with the usual L.A. Graf grasp of character to produce an engrossing "Star Trek" novel. It's especially successful at handling its supporting cast, including the creation of one of the most irritating characters ever...and one of the most gripping mad men to grace the pages of a Trek novel. When a novel includes compelling characters you learn to seriously hate and fear in the span of a few pages, it is definitely doing some ...more
X5-494
Aug 31, 2014 X5-494 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Argona
The book focuses on Kirk and McCoy on one hand and Chekov and Uhura on the other. There is a bit of Spock, Scott and Sulu, but mostly it’s the aforementioned four and some “Red Shirts”, which we get to know well enough that it actually hurts when/if they die.

As in “Death Count” everyone is very professional and well-trained and I’m still a bit in awe that L. A. Graf managed to pull that off without the book becoming unbearably dull or way too serious. Even in the most dire situations (and in “I
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rivka
Nov 22, 2009 rivka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrek
2.5 stars

Would have kept that extra 1/2 star if the environmentalist message had been kept implicit (albeit so blatant it smacked you upside the head repeatedly) instead of explicitly spelled out in at least two speeches near the end. :P
Cheryl
Oct 23, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't stand the Noble Savage treatment of the "natives." Didn't like Uhura and Chekov always bickering about command decisions, especially in front of crew and scientists. Didn't like how McCoy spent an awful lot of energy admiring the leadership skills of Kirk. Didn't like how 'adventurous' it is - but then, I get bored during chase and fight scenes in movies, too.

Did like that there was a bit of humor to leaven things. Did like the *attempt* to feature less-often featured characters. Did like
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Conan Tigard
Nov 06, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ice Trap is another exciting tale in the original Star Trek series. This time, the crew visits a frozen planet . . . well, it really isn't frozen, as there is an ocean under all that ice. Anyway, Kirk and McCoy end up on a deep-sea ship of some sort under the ice trying to figure out why people are going crazy. Meanwhile, on the frigid surface of the planet, Uhura, with Chief of Security Chekov by her side, look for some federation scientists that have recently disappeared.

I enjoyed this story b
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Carol
May 22, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave "Ice Trap" three out of five stars largely because I felt the story's pros and cons weighed almost equally.

Good points:
-Excellent prose. Descriptors were detailed but not overbearing, imagery clear and vivid, dialogue engaging. I could see everything in my mind's eye without effort.
-Good story. It's an adventure with a little mystery thrown in. It kept me interested, always turning the page to read just a little more to find out what happens.
-Focus on McCoy, Chekov, and Uhura. I've not re
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Natasha
Jul 04, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I found this book between very good and excellent. I'm still torn, as I just finished it yesterday.

You get views of McCoy, Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov. Kirk and McCoy are seperated by a different mission than Uhura and Chekov who go off and try and find the missing crewmen. As I'm discovering with L.A. Graf books, there's an affinity to writing about characters who don't get much "screen time" so to speak. The book focuses mainly on Uhura and Chekov's mission and their interaction with the natives w
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Killarney Traynor
Aug 10, 2015 Killarney Traynor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genuine Thrills and a Surprisingly Capable Chekov InIce Trap, Captain Kirk and his crew are dispatched to icebound Nordstral to investigate a mysterious outbreak of insanity only to quickly discover that there is much more going on than they first supposed. A team of research scientists have already disappeared - and even the otherwise friendly natives have no clue about their whereabouts. While Kirk and McCoy take on the medical mystery, Uhura and Chekov lead a team composed ofEnterprisecrew an ...more
Surreysmum
May 17, 2010 Surreysmum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1992, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1992:]. This book's chief asset is its evocative setting. As a northerner, I shivered a lot at its descriptions of wind-blown expeditions across ice plains, and of submarine journeys under huge ice sheets. The theme of the novel was eco-moralist (a commercial harvesting company was upsetting the balance - magnetic and biological - of the planet) but it wasn't too much insisted upon - most of the book was taken up with good straightforward action-adventure. Despite the b ...more
Josh
Feb 08, 2015 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
A mediocre Trek offering.

Graf does reasonably well with Uhura and Chekov, but treats Dr. McCoy rather poorly, giving him a bizarre and never established phobia of water out of nowhere and not really managing it very well. Kirk is done reasonably well, but doesn't really get all that much to do, which seems like a shame. Even worse, Spock and the rest of the crew are left almost entirely off-screen for basically the entire book, and McCoy & Kirk are separated from Chekov & Uhura for all t
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Wendy
I liked parts of this. The Chekov/Uhura bits weren't all that interesting, and other than skimming them to ensure they didn't end up dead, I didn't really read them. The captain of the ice ship thingy was annoying, and I was pleasantly surprised to find she wasn't Kirk's intended smooch-of-the-week. He didn't have one of those, this time around.

McCoy being the 'star', sort of, was extremely appealing to me, since he's my favorite character for several reasons. I found his fight with the mad doct
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Peter
Jan 17, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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Andrew
Oct 11, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-v-tie-in
An enjoyable enough book which although before the film i thought had a kind of AVATAR type vibe or maybe the Kraken awakes...whatever the point is the subtext of environmental concerns is fairly explicit and ultimately its an OK read.
Anyone familiar with the TV series will find this book readable and not really anymore than a further chronicle or star fleet log...no great revalations and just a fun stop gap read.
Fredfinch
have I ever watched star trek? no. but uhura is totally my favourite because she is so damn cool. glad there was so much Uhura Getting Stuff Done in this book.
other than that it was alright, good for reading on the bus or on break at work.
Darcee
Aug 01, 2012 Darcee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my top ten favourite Star Trek books. I can't even remember how many times I've read it. It stands out a bit because it has more emphasis on Chevok than many of the TOS books. Plus, L.A. Graf really nails the original characters and creates interesting new characters.
Jodie
Nov 13, 2013 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many cliffhangers and so much drama interwoven with such beautiful descriptions of the ice planet.

Not to mention that this wasn't just Spock, Kirk and McCoy but Uhura and Chekov too and Chekov's characterisation was spot on.

This is another one I'll read over again eventually.
Cindy
Jan 25, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best TOS books I've ever read. Great read especially if you're a McCoy or Chekov fan. ...more
J.D.
Oct 14, 2014 J.D. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Good writing. Wonderful read if you're fan of McCoy. Chekov nicely done too. Needs more Spock for sure.
Kirk Harrington
Nov 14, 2011 Kirk Harrington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and true to the Star Trek characters. I especially enjoyed the relationship between McCoy and Kirk and Uhura and Chekov.
James
Aug 19, 2013 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care much for the story . I thought the chapters were too long. The plot didn't excite me. It wasn't one of the better star trek books that i've read.
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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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