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Rough Trails (Star Trek: New Earth #3)

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Captain Kirk's latest voyage has brought him far into the final frontier. His new mission: to help a determined band of pioneers colonize a harsh and unforgiving world, defend the vulnerable settlers from the constant threat of alien invasion, and protect the planet's unique and precious resources for the sake of the entire Federation!
Rough Trails
Months after their depa
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published 2000)
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Oct 11, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I feel about it, it wasnt good but wasnt bad either. It was nice to have a change in the way that most Star Trek novels are approached and seeing through the perpectives of Sulu, Chevkov, and Uhura. But I couldnt help but feel that it would have been best as a subplot, and my focus kept drifting to other things which is very rare with books related to the Original Series. I hope the next installment in the series will be more engaging.
Samuel Tyler
‘New Earth’ is a series of Star Trek books based on the original series that I have felt had a flawed premise at its heart and this continues in book 3 ‘Rough Trails’. By now the pioneers who set out to populate Belle Terre are established, but this is not the lush land that they had hoped for. The planet is volatile after being nearly destroyed in the last book and rather than heading back to the relative safety of Federation Space, the settlers pull up their socks and get on with the harsh rea ...more
Mark Helliar
Sep 27, 2015 Mark Helliar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rough Trails was a rough book to read. The story follows Sulu, Chekov and Uhura on the planet. Sulu was basically a pilot 'about to die' throughout the book. Uhura, in her communications officer hat, was working on a way to communicate with the homesteads throughout the book (which of coarse never worked when it was needed) and was "about to die' a number of times. Chekov was simply 'about to die' all the time either by shuttle wreck, or drowning, or gun shot, or radiation sickness, or exposure, ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In this book, some of the main crew of the Enterprise's bridge are sent to help the locals on Belle Terre, after the planet was ravaged by fallout from an unstable moon ("The Burn").

There is quite a big gap, idea-wise, between the second book and this one. Suddenly Belle Terre has become a living hell - colonists are living in fear and violence, the planet isn't being much kinder, and we still don't have any particularly good explanation for it other than "the Burn did it".

Personally I thought t
Benjamin Plume
I honestly expected more from this installment. Once the intrigue really got going at the end, it turned out to be pretty good, but I was really hoping more would happen. Kind of a departure from any of the outside influences and all about the colony itself. Perhaps an important step in the whole picture, but I'd rather have had the internal problems as a B story in all the books than separated out into a single volume.
Chris McCown
Feb 19, 2010 Chris McCown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good lord this was a hard book to read. However, I rated it four stars because of the job it does painting a picture of the world the characters are in. The details seem boring, but it's not until you read the next book that you realize how real this one felt. And if you stick with it, the climax is pretty good.
Tommy Verhaegen
Exciting story placed in a very frightening world. As usual, not the decorum but the presence of other living beings (humans this time) present the biggest danger for survival. The story of a harsh struggle for survival (in three separate but still intertwined pots) against the background of an unforgiving nature and the force of natural catastrophe.
Aug 30, 2010 Kreg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If this book was an independent story it would be decent, but as a 3rd book in the New Earth series, it was mediocre at best. The plot contradicts many elements established by book 2 (Belle Terre), which indicates the author was given only a rough outline of the previous book to use when writing.
Michael Schulz
Not as good as the first two but ok
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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.
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