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Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: Enterprise #12)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  574 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
To protect the cargo ships essential to the continuing existence of the fledgling Coalition of Planets, the captains of the United Earth's Starfleet are ordered to interstellar picket duty, with little more to do than ask "Who goes there?" into the darkness of space.

Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise™ seethes with frustration, wondering if anyone else can see what h
ebook, 496 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin are back for the second installment in what's being called the "Enterprise" relaunch. Their first story ret-conned the events of "These Are the Voyages" in a satisfying, interesting way and set up the "Enterprise" to tell the story of the long-alluded and long-anticipated "Romulan War."

"Kobayahi Maru" is the story of the opening salvo of the war and the events leading up to hostilities between the Planetary Coalition and the Romulans.

It all sounds exciting.

May 13, 2009 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Kobayashi Maru scenario has been a part of Star Trek lore since the release of The Wrath of Khan in 1982. In the film, it's a test of character that Starfleet command applicants undergo: The Klingons (or Romulans, depending on the era you're watching) are threatening a cargo ship called the Kobayashi Maru that is trapped in the Neutral Zone. The would-be captain has a choice to make: do you enter the Neutral Zone, threatening war with the Klingons(Romulans), or do you leave the Maru behind, ...more
David King
Nov 22, 2011 David King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kobayashi Maru" is the latest novel in my Star Trek Reading Challenge which is dedicated to trying to read the Star Trek novels in chronological order. This novel picks up after the events that occurred in the previous novel, "The Good That Men Do". For anyone who doesn't know, the title is based upon the name of the infamous no-win scenario taken by potential Starfleet command applicants and it has been a part of Star Trek lore since 1982 when it was first mentioned in the movie, "The Wrath of ...more
Crystal Bensley
On the slow side but an interesting lead up to the Romulan War.
Aug 19, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kobayashi Maru continues the "Trip as a spy" series from Star Trek Enterprise. This book is a continuation of "The Good That Men Do" and continues to flesh out the circumstances surrounding the formation of the precursor to the Federation, the Coalition, and the new organization's latest rival, the Romulans.

If you are into Star Trek in any way, you've probably heard of the Kobayashi Maru. In the second Star Trek film, we are introduced to it. The Maru is a no-win situation with a cargo ship mean
Morris Graham
Oct 01, 2013 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Kobayashi Maru test of Star Fleet Academy is classic. I read the first novel called Star Trek Kobayashi Maru. It examined 4 different officers and how they approached the no win scenario that all cadets had to face. I was pleased to see "Kobayashi Maru Enterprise" went back and established the origins of the challenge. If all the ways different officers faced the challenge (Sorry Kirk, hacking the program doesn't count)Jonathan Archer gave the only plausible response. The Vulcan saying, "the ...more
Nicholas Miller
Jan 23, 2015 Nicholas Miller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Star Trek: Enterprise was the first show of the different series' that I got to watch on broadcast TV when it first aired back in 2001 (I watched Star Trek: The Original Series on VHS years before this so that was my first exposure of the universe). I am one of the few that really enjoyed it, also (although, TOS is still my favorite). So, after the show ended in 2005, I started to read some of the books they were putting out.

The one that really caught my eye (and I'm sure a lot of other people)
May 02, 2012 Sinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This review is kept in german. Don't worry ... there are enough reviews in english. ;)

Nach "The good that men do" kehrt man in Sachen "Star Trek: Enterprise" quasi wieder zum Standard zurück. Obwohl die Materie selbst ausgesprochen spannend ist (immerhin geht's hier um die beginnenden Kriege der eben erst geformten 'Koalition der Planeten' mit dem Romulanischen Imperium) scheint man mit 'Kobayashi Maru' wieder zur Fernsehserien-Hausmannskost übergegangen zu sein.

Die 'Episode' beginnt relativ lan
Feb 05, 2015 Camille rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, e-books
Please note that this review contains spoilers from its predecessor, The Good That Men Do.

I'll be honest - I didn't expect much from this book. Based on the premise and reviews, I expected it to be on about the same level as the first book of the relaunch series, Last Full Measure. I was actually pleasantly surprised.

For a start, the book was organised into much cleaner and neater threads than its predecessors; there was generally three to four completely separate and well-planned plots going
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Continuing where The Good That Men Do left off, Kobayashi Maru furthers the story of Commander Trip Tucker's adventures deep undercover in Romulan space.

With the cancellation of the show Enterprise, right after the events of Terra Prime and the death of Trip and T'Pol's daughter, their story was never fully realized. This book series lets us see that relationship more fully realized. Because of the bond they shared, T'Pol had never truly believed Trip was gone. When he made contact with her towa
Patrick Manley
Dec 13, 2014 Patrick Manley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Martin puts forth a risky endeavor to backfill some very important gaps in the Star Trek timeline. Key to these is the Kobayashi Maru incident made famous by both Movie timelines as the "No win" scenario Starfleet captains are paced through. This is the very same test that James T. Kirk cheated on in his denial of the impossible. Also in this book, learn of the triggers to the Romulan War (following this book, Martin takes on those timeline gaps in two more books in the Romulan War). Als ...more
May 07, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David B
Archer and crew try to get to the bottom of Romulan shenanigans and Trip Tucker continues his espionage behind enemy lines on the eve of the Romulan War.

I don’t expect top-notch literature from a Star Trek novel--and I’m certainly not getting it--but this was a pleasant enough read. Some far-fetched activities are required on the part of some characters in order to get them to meet up with each other, but this is mostly a well-plotted and plausible lead-up to interstellar war. I just wish author
Jul 06, 2013 Jimyanni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Pretty good story. There are subplots that continue over from a previous book, and subplots that continue on into the next one. There is, really, no overriding plot that is purely internal to this book and which starts and ends between these covers. But given those limitations, that the book is just an episode within a continuing story and not a story itself, it is quite well-done and a good read, so long as you either have read the previous stories and don't mind being forced to get another boo ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Cate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather entertaining. Provided interesting insight into the Star Trek characters I hadn't thought about before. The worst of us comes out when we fail--the hardest part of failure is facing the worst in my own self. There is an element of leadership that is measured by how we handle failure--and that element is more beautiful, more ironclad, more exquisitely painful and valuable than any achieved in success. Failure strips away everything we pretend to be and let ourselves get distracted by--it l ...more
Krista D.
Aug 22, 2016 Krista D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gawh. After loving the previous one, I was really let down by this one. There were simply too many POV chapters - many of people who died pretty much upon introduction - that it was impossible to care about anyone's plight. It also took away from the mounting crisis. After a while, I started skimming all non-Enterprise crew POV and, soon, I just starting skipping them entirely. I never felt like I missed anything, sadly, and just powered through to get to the end.

I'm going to read the next one b
Apr 22, 2012 Srinivas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Do un-winnable situations really exist?
What would you do in a such a situation?
What if you know that there is real threat to your people, but the ones you report to refuse to see that?

These are some of the many questions that are raised in this book and answered.
This book has its moments of glory and moments of mediocrity...some of the chapters are really brilliant,...some of them not so much. However, it does carry on from the enterprise series (and continues the good work of the book: "The
Oct 23, 2010 Leo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I suppose if I had watched the Enterprise series which this book is based off of, I might have more connection with the characters. They are pretty flat in this book. A lot of the characters motives don't make sense which goes along with some of the contrived situations the characters are put in that neither provide roundness to them or move the story along very effectively. I can tell that the author has a wide vocabulary, but he overdoes it a lot and uses too many cliches. It wasn't the most h ...more
Christopher Backa
It's a decent enough set up for the Romulan War mentioned on the original series and the next generation using the command test the Kobayashi Maru from the wrath of khan. This book covers it's origins. The author takes a lot of time name and place dropping from trek canon which slows up the story. Once the story gets going things take an interesting twist. It was a long but enjoyable enough read. Now onto the 1st book of the Romulan war
Chris Williams
More Enterprise is always good, in my opinion. The show was truly cut short of very interesting times, as this book and others show.
I love watching these events unfold from multiple perspectives, and this book does a good job of fleshing out a period in time. Perhaps too much. After reading this book and the book that precedes it, The Good That Men Do, I find myself wondering why they weren't one book...
Robert Sparrenberger
Part two of the enterprise battling the galaxy. I enjoyed the kobayashi maru tie in to Star Trek 2. Looking forward to the third book.

I will state this again like I did for the first book. Was it not mentioned in either enterprise,tos or tng that the romulans fought the war without warp drive??? Now they have it. Confused.
Mar 10, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
The Enterprise is trying to stop a war. The Romulans have come up with a way to control other races ships. Trip is still behind enemy lines. Oh, and yes you do see the now infamous Kobayashi Maru incident. This is a really good plot, and the characterisation is spot on. I would have loved to have seen this on TV. A really good read.
I'm not sure what I expected, but it looks like there are only 3 novels of Enterprise. I could be wrong, but this one is the second one and it was OK. I don't totally buy Trip as a Romulan spy. I love it how after the shows are over all the characters pair up in all the novels. Star Trek novels are like brain candy for me, and they are good even if they are not perfect.
Amanda T
Jan 31, 2015 Amanda T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All the action happens in the last 180 pages, making the first 300 filler.

Some good stuff, but it's also filled with cringe-worthy moments (like Reed ogling T'Pol's bum - when he was drunk in Shuttlepod One, it was funny. Here, it's just creepy and wildly inappropriate).

A lot of loose ends, which should be answered in the next book.
Jul 10, 2008 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up a third of the way through; it was obvious where the story was going (one of the problems with a prequel series) and I just didn't find myself interested in the various misdirections and manipulations. Disappointing since M&M are usually reliable trek writers.
Apr 29, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, trek, tv
Picks up with where The Good That Men Do left off and just as good. I'm pretty impressed with how well Martin has been able to translate the TV series to books. I've already ordered the third (final?) book in the series.
Jul 06, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb continuation of "Star Trek: Enterprise"...fulfilling the unrealized fifth season and the preamble to the Romulan war. An excellent telling of why the rescue of the Kobayashi Maru was considered a "no-win scenario".
Filip Sławiński
Nov 23, 2016 Filip Sławiński rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Very entertaining story with a lot of threads. Coalition of Planets is growing, Trip is continuing his mission and the crews of the two NX starships are thrown in at the deep end. Some surprise character apperances and tie-ins to the Original Series make the lenghty read worth while.
John (JP) Parsons
Did you ever wonder how and why the Kobayashi Maru test became the make or break test for Star Fleet officers? Then this book is for you. In it you meet the crew of the Koayashi Maru and see how their fate was tied into the larger tapestry of looming Earth Romulan War.
Rafael Faria
Jun 15, 2014 Rafael Faria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Besides human politics, romulan libido, and gay klingons, it was ok.
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Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Boo ...more
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