Over a Torrent Sea (Star Trek: Titan, #5)
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Over a Torrent Sea (Star Trek: Titan #5)

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As the Federation recovers from the devastating events of "Star Trek: Destiny," Captain William Riker and the crew of the "U.S.S. Titan" are ordered to resume their deep-space assignment, reaffirming Starfleet's core principles of peaceful exploration. But even far from home on a mission of hope, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain with them as they slowly rebuild the...more
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Star Trek (first published February 7th 2009)
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Lars
Over A Torrent Sea is without question the worst Star Trek novel I've read since returning to the books after David Mack's Destiny trilogy. Set after the Borg Invasion of the Alpha Quadrant, the U.S.S. Titan led by Captain Riker resumes its deep space exploration and discovers an aquatic world (kind of like the one Voyager visited in the season 5 episode Thirty Days). Except this oceanic world is filled with truely bizarre but intelligent alien creatures. The crew sets out to try and communicate...more
Michael
Following the events of "Star Trek: Destiny," Captain Riker and the crew of the Titan are sent back to the original mission--exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and new civilizations.

Early on in Christopher L. Bennett's "Over a Torrent Sea," the reasoning for sending Titan back out on its original mission instead of staying behind to rebuild the Federation is laid out in a fairly believable manner.

Then it's on to the planet of Droplet, a world made of mostly of oceans with a u...more
Jimyanni
Some reviewers seem to feel that there was either too much exploration of the emotions of the Titan's crew in this novel, or that those emotions didn't ring true for them, or that that aspect of the story seemed too soap-opera-ish for their taste. I didn't find this to be the case; for the most part, the emotions seemed reasonable and legitimate to me, and where they didn't strike a perfectly harmonic note, the circumstances and the explanations given seemed to me adequate to justify the slight...more
Christian
I have to admit the book was a bit boring. It is a nice idea to set up the story on a waterplanet but I had to fight till the end. I put the book several times away but I want mostly to finish books. So I read it till the end. The other Titan books are much better.
Micah
After reading the Destiny trilogy I was interested to see how the Titan crew was recovering from those events. Previous Titan adventures proved to be remarkably well written and developed but such remarks are loosely applied to this adventure. Much like a TV episode that had a seemingly random plot & left you confused at the point of that episode "Over a Torrent Sea" achieves the same effect. Instead of techno babble and great orations on warp travel, cosmic phenomenon, etc. The book is fill...more
Daniel
"Over a Torrent Sea" is a follow-up to the Star Trek Destiny series of books. This book does not deal with the ramifications of what the Borg invasion has done to the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, instead, this is more a book about self discovery and exploration. This story is similar to the Star Trek Voyager episode "Thirty Days" where Voyager discovers a world made entirely of water with no land masses. In this case, the world, called Droplet, became entirely water naturally without any rock or di...more
Dan Gilman
While I loved the idea of Over a Torrent Sea, it really failed to flesh out much of anything, while touching on everything. It really did seem all over the place, Aili Lavena, Troi, Riker, Ree, Cetenthe, Melora and a few more have story lines running concurrently, it plays out much as an episode of Star Trek would, but it seemed rather negatively so.

The main theme running throughout is relationships, inter-personal, planetary, and add to that a "Prime Directive? LOLWUT!?" attitude and you see ti...more
Alex
A bit of a rebound from the previous book in the series. Titan encounters an aquatic world with a highly developed aquatic type of lifeform, highly advanced in biotechnology but not a spacefaring civilisation. When an asteroid impacts the planet and changes its "song" Riker and its crew attempt to fix it. While Riker gets trapped on the planet with ensign Aili Lavenna his wife, hours away from giving birth to their first child, is abducted by dr. Ree. He takes Troi to a planet nearby, whose popu...more
Matthew Bowers
Reread. Bennett is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors currently writing Trek novels. He brings a formidable scientific bent to the proceedings, and if his themes are underlines a little too starkly, it's only in service of genuine moments of character growth and development. My eyes glazed over a little during some of the oceanic scientific discussions, but really only because I'm so tired. Highly recommended.
Nicolas
I was glad to see Riker, Troi & Tuvok taking on a bigger role in this story. I get that the Titan series is trying to do something different, but I find the wacky alien crew-members to be a little much. I might be able to handle them if the antagonists weren't also over the top: giant bee people, star jellies and in this case singing fish people. I felt like this found a better balance of Riker/Troi/Tuvok vs. original characters. Because of that, I even found myself enjoying the bits with th...more
Miket01

This was a good "episode" of Titan, but not great. Lots of good elements that kind of flat when they all (don't) come together.

On the soap opera side we have some interesting perspectives on polyamory and non-traditional relationships. Plus we also have the final month or so of Commander Troi's pregnancy.

On the exploratory side, there is a great setting of a ocean planet and its complex biosphere, but it feels more like watching a cool science documentary with some fairly arbitrary challenges f...more
D. Eric
A competent if somewhat slow-in-the-beginning Star Trek novel. A bit heavy at times on the relationship stuff, but heck, it's Star Trek, so it cannot be too bad if you are a fan. Finally starts moving about halfway through to end on a satisfying note.

It was perhaps time for a novel of this bent if you have been keeping up with the Star Trek Universe. Plots cannot always be about saving the universe and defeating the Borg--sometimes you need a bit of a breather and that is what this novel provid...more
Stephen Osborne
A nice try at a planet full of lifeforms so different that its hard, at first, to even tell that they're sentient...but the explanations make it heavy going. Better was the B plot, involving Troi's baby. One problem with the Titan series is the very, very alien crew. Hard to keep them all straight! (Is this character the one with the trunk coming out of the back of his neck, the deer-like guy, the turtle, etc...
John
Jul 27, 2011 John added it
A very satisfying continuing to the "current" Star Trek universe. This book has a lot of very well researched "hard science" in it, as evidenced by reading the afterward. Bennett really did some in-depth research! I have enjoyed all of this author's ST books, but I believe this is his best one so far.
Joe
It was great book, I read this past year as a SSR book in homeroom. A very interesting twist on what other worlds could be like. It also covered how what would seem to be an innocent attempt to help a world get better, could turn out to be devastating. It also has a nice "inter-speces" twist.
Benjamin Plume
This recent line of ST books is nothing short of fantastic. This one is great, and gets back to the purest intent of the original ST vision better than anything has in a long, long time...yet it still maintains the modern feel and brings unexpected depth to a number of characters.
Christopher King
I don't know why friend kept saying this book was out of print, according to Amazon :S

Amazon is where I purchased this novel. Can't wait to read it either.

Wicked read bring new depth to the cast of Titan
David Hewitt
Christopher L.Bennett is a superb science fiction author, I have been impressed with every one of his Star Trek books so far and I hope one day that he branches out into universes of his own in publication.
Caitlin
There were some really witty lines of dialogue in here. As well as some amusing situations. Both caused me to laugh out loud more than a few times despite being in public.
Francisco J.
First book I have read, that gave me an opportunity to see Captain Riker in action.
Rachael Dyanne
It's wonderful to see Riker & Deanna finally have a family.
Georgina
Another eventful trip for Titan
Lance Schonberg
Mar 15, 2013 Lance Schonberg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
{review forthcoming}
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