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War Dragons (Star Trek: The Captain's Table #1)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  14 reviews
There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story...even beyond the final frontier. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published 1998)
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I was really excited by this book event called The Captain's Table and even more due that by when I bought the books (2002), I got all five (at that moment were five, later they published a sixth novel and later an aditional anthology book with more different stories) in their individual printing (since now it seems that it's only able to get on its eventually collective edition). My first dissapointment or maybe it was indignation was to realize that the event put Kirk and Sulu in the same book ...more
"TRANSPARENT ALUMINUM SPUN a delicate membrane between the spindly green of transplanted Martian foliage and the blue-black Martian sky."

Seriously, that's how the book begins. This is my new example sentence for the writing class I moderate of an author falling in love with a sentence and being unable to let it go even though it makes no sense to anyone else. As L.A. Graf is two people you would think one of them would have mentioned that sentence is a horrible, pretentious way to open any nove
Morris Graham
First of all, this book is framed in a surreal tavern called the "Captain's Table." It is a magical place where captains from all over the galaxy and from all times, ie Captain Ahab and a Klingon captain can sit down and have a drink and swap stories of their adventures. If you are critical of this concept, don't read it. I find the concept is great reading. The strength of this story is that you get two captains (Kirk and Sulu) telling parts of the story when they were new captains. (Kirk on th ...more
I'm near done the second book in this "Captain's Table" series and if it weren't for that I would be starting this by saying how this concept just doesn't work. In each of these books, a particular captain from the Star Trek universe relates a story to fellow captains at a unique and exclusive bar that seems to exist outside of normal space/time. The first-person format of this becomes problematic: capturing the voices of these well known characters (actors) in a novel that is basically an exten ...more
James Haresign
The jumping of the time frames is a constant of the Captain's Table series, but it's taken to a new level here as Kirk tells a story set during the 60s series, Sulu (and later Kirk) during the movies, all while the framing story takes place post-movies. For the most part it works well, but I get the feeling L.A. Graf shoe-horned the framing story in. Considering this is meant to be Kirk and Sulu tell their stories to a captive audience, there are times when you'd expect the other to throw in a s ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
The story of the Anjiri and the Nykkus is interesting, but I'm not thrilled about how it's written. Chapters alternate from Capt Kirk's point of view and Captain Sulu's. However, first half of the book Capt Kirk's chapters are the past, and Sulu's are the present and that isn't obvious for awhile. Later, they work together, but are still alternating chapters from each captain's point of view. If nothing else it was mildly annoying and confusing. Also, last half of final chapter moves onto Capt P ...more
Zbytečně překombinovaný příběh navíc prokládaný nudnými historkami z baru. Časté použití zkomolené angličtina, která moc nedává smysl.
Interesting TOS book. At times, the book was very exciting and I really enjoyed the Voyager reference, however, I had trouble getting into it.
The book is an odd read. The same story told from two different perspectives, Kirk and Sulu, from two different time periods, the distant past and the recent past. Add to that the difficulty of the universal translator to interpret the language of the main alien culture. It just becomes a headache to read this book. While the story is semi-compelling, it more of a, "I'd like to finish this book", rather then, "I need to know what happens next" experience.
Hikaru Sulu and James T. Kirk take turns narrating a good, but not amazing, Star Trek yarn with some rather strange aliens. Everything about the book was great...but none of it was all that stellar. People who are already fans of the Trek novels will find plenty to like, but those who aren't should probably choose something by Diane Carey, Diane Duane, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, or John Vornholt as an introduction to these books.
Very good book. I have never read any of Graf's work but it's a good effort. I am a Trekie so I always enjoy the Star Trek stories by most of the authors. It is too easy to give away the plot in these, so suffice it to say that it's a very good, worthwhile read, with a lot of interesting twists and great battles with the aliens.
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
Not the best Star Trek I've read. I plan on reading more in this series, anyway. I actually skimmed some of this. The problems with the universal translator was a pain although it gave Uhura a chance to show her stuff. Skipping back and forth between Kirk's story and Sulu's was confusing at times. Kind of like this review.
A fun and entertaining story with many of the original Star Trek characters. Amusing and clever. =)
Benjamin Plume
Probably my least favorite of the overall very good Captain's Table series.
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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.
More about L.A. Graf...

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