In the interest of full disclosure, the publisher provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and balanced review. Having said that, I was...moreIn the interest of full disclosure, the publisher provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and balanced review. Having said that, I was enjoying reading it so much that I ended up paying for the Kindle version so I could read it on my electronic devices as well. When I saw that the author of the Twenty Palaces series had a new book coming out, I had to check it out. However, Evil Hat also sent me the previous book, Khan of Mars, so I read it first to get some background. I've never played the games, but I had no problem following the story and the characters.
Khan is a great character, and I've been a sucker for talking apes since seeing the original Planet of the Apes movies when I was a kid. Combined with one of my favorite genres and in the hands of such a good writer, this book is a fun read. If you like talking apes, pulp stories, Harry Connolly, or any combination of the three, this book is for you.(less)
I resisted reading this book for years because it seemed like a kid's book (even though I knew it really wasn't), but I finally gave in to see what th...moreI resisted reading this book for years because it seemed like a kid's book (even though I knew it really wasn't), but I finally gave in to see what the big deal was. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, and at some points didn't want to put it down. But there were other things about the book that I didn't like, including subplots that seemed to be shoved in and underdeveloped, and sequences that were very long and detailed followed by a few paragraphs that glossed over major events. Overall a good book, though.(less)
This book was a fun read, and I'd give it 3.5 stars if I were able to, but it's not quite four (just a caveat: Spirit of the Century sent me the book...moreThis book was a fun read, and I'd give it 3.5 stars if I were able to, but it's not quite four (just a caveat: Spirit of the Century sent me the book to review). I think I may have enjoyed the book even more if I had been more familiar with the Dinocalypse series, from which this is a spin-off. Even so, I've always loved pulp stories, and I've been a fan of the John Carter of Mars series since I was young, so I was ready to like this from the beginning. It took me a little bit to figure out what was going on and who the characters were, and I think I may go back and read the Dinocalypse trilogy to find out more about the Centurions now. Professor Khan is a great character, and I can't wait to read King Khan, the sequel by Harry Connolly.(less)
As usual, I rated this book as a Star Trek book, not in comparison to other sci-fi, or books in general. I've never been a big fan of Dr. McCoy, so I...moreAs usual, I rated this book as a Star Trek book, not in comparison to other sci-fi, or books in general. I've never been a big fan of Dr. McCoy, so I wouldn't normally have bought this book. However, I originally picked it up because I had been told on a message board that it explained how McCoy's going back in time and saving Edith Keeler in "City on the Edge of Forever" created the violent Mirror Universe in "Mirror, Mirror." There's actually no indication of this being true that I can see, although I can see how someone could extrapolate the story and come to their own conclusion.
It was interesting to see what happened to McCoy after saving Edith's life, and how that eventually led to a delay in the US entering WWII, although that timeline moved a little slow at times. I also thought it was interesting to see what was going on in McCoy's head during some pivotal moments from the Original Series and the films. I just wish the author had stuck to McCoy's POV during those scenes. I realize this is part of an interlocked trilogy, but since Kirk was a minor character here, it didn't make sense that we would occasionally see the story from his view (and others'), such as when he saved the whales from drowning in the Klingon ship at the end of STIV (especially since it basically just went through what we already saw in the movie). I would have much rather read what was going on with McCoy at that time, and stuck with the one perspective. Other than that, I don't have any complaints. I highly recommend this book to fans of TOS, especially if you like good doctor.(less)