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By the Book (Star Trek: Enterprise #2)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
In their first few weeks in space, Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the "Enterprise(TM) have already discovered several new species and explored strange new worlds. But each planet brings new discoveries...and new dangers.BY THE BOOK

The Fazi, whose ultraregulated culture ranges from strict conversation protocols to unvarying building designs, inhabit half of a plane
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Pocket Books
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David King
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The story itself is actually fairly standard for the Star Trek Universe, but it was still reasonably enjoyable. The Enterprise and its crew encounter a new planet which seems to have two distinct species. Unfortunately Captain Archer blows first contact with one of the species due to his enthusiasm and lack of patience. Things then go downhill from that point and when a crew member is incapacitated during contact with the p
Nov 07, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be my favourite Star Trek book so far. I feel like it opened up to many new ideas.

Enterprise enters its very own first contact situation. Unfortunately, not all goes to plan. Archer learns to appreciate the value of patience as he begins to do things 'by the book' in hope of forming a new friend with the new species.

The three key characters in this book were Hoshi, T'Pol and Captain Archer. Hoshi experiences some character development in this novel by learning not to worry too much a
Mar 08, 2014 Taja rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Star Trek fans, particularly of the ENT franchise.
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens, startrek
I was rather surprised by this book in the amount of enjoyment it gave. I am a huge fan of the Star Trek universe and a huge reader so it seamed very natural that I would eventually begin Trekking through the hundreds of novels available. I decided to begin with ENT (Enterprise) because I felt that it, being newer, may be more appealing as far as books go. I skipped the "novelizations" because I have already seen the shows and do not need a book version of episodes I already know. This is the ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it liked it
By the Book is the first original novel starring the crew of the Starship Enterprise, NX-01. It is based upon the characters on the television show Enterprise, a precursor to the original Star Trek series shot in the 1960s. This book takes place pretty darned early in the show's history, so don't look for a lot of the characters to be fully developed.

I was excited to start reading my first Enterprise book, but was confused when the first chapter contained some character that I knew little to no
Apr 15, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having completed the Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Voyager relaunch novels, I came across the Enterprise books. Granted, this is not part of the relaunch, which comes after the Enterprise novel Daedalus, but part of the story while the show was on. "By the Book" takes place during Enterprise's first season. A common thread among the series as a whole is that humanity has entered space with almost no documentation or direction in certain aspects, such as with alien first encounters. In this ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Kiri rated it really liked it
I found this interesting but a bit slow moving in spots with the intersection of some of the subplot points. The subplot points make sense but I was wanting to know about the main plot so was just wanting to get through that part. Sort of like Jonathan Archer in a sense as you'll find out as you read this. =) I found the Vulcan viewpoint, which Archer now finds himself faced with having to face as well, well handled. The introduction of the beginnings of the first contact guidelines and how they ...more
Scott Vout
Book two in the ongoing series of the original Enterprise.
This one I found to be a very easy read. Smooth flowing, uncomplicated.

Of all the Star Trek incarnations, this one was the one I participated in the least. I am old enough to have lived through the original Kirk, Spock and McCoy and for the longest time they were my Star Trek. So taking up this series was a bit of a stretch for me.

It is not bad. I enjoyed book one of the series more then this one. I guess I am a man of action and this boo
Jun 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
Eh. Not the best Star Trek book I've ever read....then again, not the worst, either. Not sure how I felt about the whole game plot. As someone who does game and enjoys it very much, I appreciated how the author wanted to use it, I just didn't think it was used well. I thought it took up too much of the book and could have been tied into the plot more. I also found the interactions between Archer and T'Pol to be strained. Sometimes it was like the author hadn't seen the show and didn't know the ...more
Jason Vargo
Nov 04, 2016 Jason Vargo rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
This book reminds me of a first season Enterprise episode: half of the story is fairly meaningless fluff while their other half isn't meaty enough to carry any of the story. A first contact story, it is clear it was written before Archer and T'Pol overcame their differences and started to work together. The mission itself is routine, boring, nearly pointless; it concerns two different species on the same planet and Archer having to learn how to be a diplomat. It is almost entirely ship-based, ...more
Bethany Swafford
Mar 05, 2016 Bethany Swafford rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
A civilization that does things 'by the book' causes some tension for Captain Archer.

This was my first Star Trek: Enterprise story I've ever read, being more of a fan of TOS. Still, this was...ok. Archer seemed a little out of character, being obsessed with making first contact. It was interesting seeing things before the Prime Directive that I know from the other series.

Seeing several characters playing an RPG game was also a little unnerving, but intriguing once I became accustomed to the ide
Feb 16, 2014 Miki rated it it was amazing
It is surprisingly very 'realistic' and smart story (for Star Trek standards) with gradually revealing of new facts about the inhabited planet. Role-playing game at the beginning is childish, but than it become a funny and cutchy storyline.

If you like first-contact story without blowing out some planets and want to get know other crew members of NX-01 better (e.g. Travis, Hoshi, ...), you wont be dissapointed.
Dec 24, 2015 Seleyia rated it really liked it
So this book really read like a Star Trek Enterprise episode with all of it's ups and downs of the situation. This first contact story really captivated my interest as someone who both loves to read and watch any kind of Star Trek. It had the perfect part of characters and plot and I really liked the aliens they brought in for this. I do wish we got to see this as a real Star Trek Enterprise episode because everything described here is just amazing!
The Enterprise make first contact with a new species, things don't go according to plan. Meanwhile, some crew members are playing an RPG. This is a fun, light hearted book, surprising really for the first original novel based on Enterprise. I must admit that it was the RPG that kept me reading, rather than the main plot. Don't get me wrong, the main plot was decent and all the characters act like they should. It was just the RPG was just so well written and fun. A good read.
Kyle McNally
Feb 25, 2014 Kyle McNally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is my FIRST! Original Star Trek novel that I've read, and I loved it. I really found the Fazi and the Hipon to be an interesting set of cultures on the same planet. The only thing I found out of character was T'pol's CONSTANT bickering with Archer. She doesn't bicker that much on the show and the text really made it seem like they absolutely hated each other.
Jul 19, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
What's not to like? Space travel, aliens who secrete smelly slime when they're asleep or frightened, RPG and Jonathan Archer.

Actually, I could have done without the RPG part, I thought it was kind of lame. This is the first ST book I've read in years and the first STE book that I've had the opportunity to delve into. Truthfully? It's candy for the sci-fi buff. And I do like candy...
May 14, 2012 Douglas rated it liked it
Fairly cheesy, but that's to be expected from the early books. The rpg game was particularly cheesy. I've never understood why sci-fi authors always assume that future people will be enamored with pop culture of today.
Valentino Vitez
Aug 19, 2016 Valentino Vitez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superica
Loved it. It's an original work, not a novelisation of the series episode. Loved it, truly a gift for a fan.
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