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Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: Enterprise #12)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  378 ratings  ·  33 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.

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
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
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
Patrick Manley
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
2 stars. (Composite score)

Writing: All over the board. From 1.5 to 4 stars.

Story: A high 2.5 or low 3 until the end.

This is a tale of the international politics and espionage surrounding the Romulan warp-seven drive, their telecapture system, and the infamous "no-win situation" of the Kobayashi Maru. The writing was at times remarkable and at others awful. Character names, places, and foreign terms (mostly for units of measure) stream past the reader in almost unceasing flow, far too fast for th
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
David King
"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
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
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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.
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.
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
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
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
didn't realize that the story doesn't actually finish... it's an installment in a larger story - must now find the next book (drat!)
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
Finally a great story of why the Kobayashi Maru was a loss no matter what was done to save her.
Rafael Faria
Besides human politics, romulan libido, and gay klingons, it was ok.
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...
JParsons1974 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.
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.
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.
Lynn Heath
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Jonathon Laudinsky
I liked the first one better. However, this book did a good job leading up to the Romulan-Earth war. Can't wait for the next one!
Colleen Hillerup
I don't care for the show, but this was a pretty darned good SF book.
Robert Lewter
Finally the real story behind this famous no-win situation.
Worth reading, if you care about this cast of characters
Francisco J.
Great storyline:) Leads effortlessly into the next book.
I hope to finish this book today.
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