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Double or Nothing (Star Trek: Double Helix #5)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Like a lethal bacillus coursing through the bloodstream of the galaxy, a fiendish master plan has spread death and terror across the 24th century -- until two heroic captains risk everything to stamp out the evil at its source!
For more than a decade, since the very beginning of the Starship Enterprise's™ mission, unknown enemies have unleashed a string of deadly biologic
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published August 1st 1999)
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Sean Randall
In this fifth instalment of the series, Peter David takes the helm and guides us to a thrilling, climactic battle as The General's plans for destroying all sentient life in the federation come to a head. The Double helix virus, so patiently tested, perfected and proliferated through four previous titles is finally ready to be used on something of a larger scale...

But, in typical fashion, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun is alive and kicking - and as luck (or at least a covert branch of Starfleet Intell
David Palazzolo
Overall, Double or Nothing (Double Helix 5, New Frontier 8) is not a bad entry but it did have more than its fair share of problems. Perhaps I am feeling a little too critical about this book because it was the reason I decided to read the other books in the Double Helix series and wasn't always too happy with most of them either. We'll see.

The novel opens up with what seems to be a heavily padded flashback sequence from Capt Mackenzie Calhoun's undercover operative days. When we come back to th
The "Double Helix" series, that is. Far from the best in the "Next Generation" series. This seems to wrap up the "Double Helix" series; I think book 6 of 6 is a prequel, showing the beginnings of the story (which couldn't be shown before, since to do so would have been to give away the identity of the mysterious "Mr. Big" creating the Double Helix virus, which wasn't revealed in the series until this book. This book had better action than any of the previous "Double Helix" books, although the wr ...more
So the Star Trek franchise holders, Paramount, have some rules for all their Star Trek fan competition entries, two of which are: No "Mary Sue" characters; and must be centred on the main characters. It's interesting then that this official novel broke both those rules.

Not only is this the least interesting of the novels so far, it also an uninteresting story in general with some annoying new characters. Bergeron, or whatever your name is, I'm talking about you. Too much was devoted to this unin
Joshua Palmatier
Peter David generally delivers a good Star Trek book, and this is no exception. The back cover claims that it features Calhoun and Picard, but in actuality it's mostly Calhoun's book. Well written, lots of action, great humor--an enjoyable book overall. Surprisingly, it "ends" the action in the current time period, even though it's the fifth book in the series. Apparently, the sixth book jumps back to where it all began. I'm looking forward to it.
The beginning chapter opened with such a Bond-like intensity I was set for an amazing battle of the wills between secret agent Calhoun and his arch nemesis but somewhere along the way more and more characters kept getting added to the mix and the subplot greatly distracted from the story arch.
A fast paced book that brings to conclusion the very long 'Double Helix' series. It's a straight forward tale that involves Enterprise crew and those from the book series in finding out the final planfor the virus. A good read.
Shannon Appelcline
David's scripting generally shines, but is held back by the heavy weight of what appears to be a hackneyed crossover. I only read this book in the series, but I'm pretty sure that if I read the others, they'd get lower ratings.
This is where the series "jumped the shark". For more, see my review of the entire series:
Benjamin Plume
Double Helix was great, but the New Frontier crew made it better.
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Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often jokingly describes his occupation as "Writer of Stuff". David is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real world issues with humor and references to popular culture. He also uses metafiction frequently, usually to humo
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