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A Choice of Catastrophes

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  173 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
The U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, is returning from a mission to deliver medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15, one of Starfleet’s most distant installations. All is routine until the Enterprise comes within a light-year of the planet Mu Arigulon, when the ship is suddenly thrown from warp and suffers a momentary power cut, having ru ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tv-series, star-trek
I really enjoyed this book, the plot was really interesting and the resolution was really well executed.

I didn't like the change to present tense during flash backs, but then I never really like the use of present tense. It felt jarring in the middle of the ongoing narrative. The flashbacks were clear enough without the tense change.

I found McCoy's apparent complete misunderstanding of (or disregard for?) the way that triage works really odd.

On the whole though, this was really good.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great Star Trek novel that predominantly features Dr. McCoy, a mysterious threat that thrusts the ships doctor centre stage as various officers on board the ship suddenly start falling into comas for no apparent reason.

Spock and Kirk have lead two shuttlecraft to Mu Arigulon V, whilst leaving Sulu in charge of the bridge.

The book really captures the characteristics and style of the 60’s show, it was easy to slip into the story. The author really captures their voices.

Though it’s mainly McCoys
Mark Oppenlander
I took a break from Star Wars books at the end of last year to pick up a Star Trek novel for a change of pace. A Choice of Catastrophes was a refreshing place to dive back in.

The Enterprise is on a mission to deliver medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15, when the ship is thrown out of warp by a spatial distortion. A light-year away is Mu Arigulon, a planet that houses the ruins of a dead civilization. Is there a connection? Kirk leaves Sulu in command and he and Mr. Spock take two shuttle
Paul Lunger
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
2011 in the realm of Trek literature has not been a banner year & "A Choice of Catastrophes" joins that list of disappointments. The story is essentially a McCoy story that invokes part of his past & his inability to settle down. The basis is a routine exploratory mission to Mu Arigulon V that splits the story into 2 very different subplots. The primary involves the Enterprise under Sulu's command dealing with distortions that cause the ship to be unable to move & put 5 espers into c ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
For something that started with so much promise - a McCoy-centric tale, full of an irritable McCoy's pop therapist internal monologue (SO MUCH ANGST) - I actually tired of this really, REALLY quickly. I ended up skimming the last third of the book, just to get 1 more towards the damn 2012 challenge (30 books this year!). I can't pinpoint the exact problems, except for a general lack of momentum and uninspired narrative. The big reveals in the final chapter just had no real payoff, since I didn't ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been in a major Trek I found some Trek books! I wasn't expecting great things... it's a TV show tie-in and, let's be honest, they tend toward mediocre. They can't kill main characters or do anything too far out there (mustn't break continuity) so they tend to fall flat.

But this one was quite entertaining. Kirk and Spock are leading two away teams by shuttle to explore a seemingly abandoned ship while McCoy is left behind on the Enterprise to follow after. The planet is -shock of
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this last night around 3am because I couldn't sleep, and then got so intrigued that I finished it in 4 hours.
Tommy Verhaegen
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook_en, sci-fi
You need to concentrate to follow the events which are split in 3 major storylines, each having its own protagonists, facing their own dangers and fabricating their own solutions.
This, and the constant switching from perspective make this boook extremele fast-paced. As usual challenges present their questions which in my opinion are not all answered for. The mix of physical en psychological challenges force the characters to go deep inside themselves which gives us an even more profound knowledg
John Moss
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book it reminds me of the classic shows. Very good going with the plots of stories.

It will be a favorite of mine always.
I liked the background of Dr. McCoy.
Some chapters were longer than expected
Judith Paterson
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. Interesting new race of Trek aliens
Russell Miller
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Gives a lot of background on Dr. McCoy. A must read for his fans. Enterprise takes a beating. Kirk and crew solves the mystery.
Kristina Brown
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
This is a must for McCoy fans. Starting off pensive over his third anniversary as CMO of the Enterprise, all his self doubts and regrets are amplified by side effects of a spatial distortion. Which he has to deal with while crew members fall into unexplained comas and the ship is slowly being destroyed. The authors do a good job pulling together various details from his past into little flashbacks.
In addition to this, Spock and Kirk have their own problems away from the ship. While this felt lik
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Dr. McCoy is my favourite character in Star Trek, and this novel lets him take centre stage. Kirk and Spock aren't sidelined, either, as they lead an away team to an eerily abandoned planet that may not be all that abandoned. Each of the main seven stars of Star Trek gets a moment to shine, but this story is definitely centred on McCoy. Readers are given an in-depth look at McCoy's past, and how it affects his present, as he tries to save several crewmembers who have mysteriously fallen into com ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This is a pretty good story; it's a little weak for a four-star rating, but definitely too good for a thre-star rating. I'd say its current 3.7 star average is about right. The story started slowly, with the crisis with the crew members with good esper rating going comatose seeming a bit too reminiscent of the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and McCoy's self-doubts and insecurity seeming a bit too severe to be in character. Mostly, those objections are explained well enough by the end of ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm an avid Star Trek fan from way back, especially of the original series. And, this was another interesting, delightful read starring Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy.

Lots of fast-paced action, danger and classic Star Trek humour. I liked how it focused mainly on Dr. McCoy, giving us a little more insight into him and his past. Kirk and Spock still remain my two most favourite characters in the series, but the irascible, grumpy, old-fashioned country doctor ranks a close third.

Still reading it -- so far, it is just like an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series! The gang is all here, Kirk, Spock, Scottie, Chekov, and, of course, McCoy and Nurse Chapel.

This happened numerous times in the Original TV Series, and now it happens in this novel:
p. 79: " 'Let's go.' Kirk pulled his phaser out, and Chekov followed behind him, waving his tricorder in every possible direction."

Scott Williams
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a strong Star Trek adventure story. It had great entertainment value and an unprecedented use of supporting characters that we saw only once or twice on the TV series. The use of these characters really helped to present the Enterprise crew as a family--something that was done really well on TNG but only vaguely on TOS.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the real time unfolding of events as they happen to the various parties of the split up crew. No jumping back and forth in the timeline.
The focus character is McCoy for whom there is some insightful backstory. There are are all of the familiar characters from the original series and then some good filler ones as well.
I enjoyed the mystery and action throughout the book.
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid book. I like that not only is it a good McCoy story, but the rest of crew has an equal part too, including Nurse Chapel!! Was definitely worth the buy for this one.
Rachel Gardiner
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Fascinating and occasionally frustratingly suspenseful. Humorous epilogue. Love the scent of ST paperbacks.
Laurie Kazmierczak
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lots of action, a new species, and more back stories for enjoyable read
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
very enjoyable! All the characters were exactly as I remembered them.....from long, long ago. Good story, good humor, fast pace.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, tos, e-books
Not bad, not bad at all. A little uneven at times, but an interesting and entertaining romp for the classic crew.

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May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Dragged in spots but overall a good insight into Leonard McCoys past demons.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent classic Trek novel. A lot of really good back story on McCoy. Very well written, lots of action. Well paced.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty good.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit slow at times, this was my comeback after a few years away from the TOS universe (I do have most of the books). Liked the insight into Bones McCoy's past though.
Filip Sławiński
Dec 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-trek
All out boring and contradicts Shadows on the Sun.
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MICHAEL SCHUSTER lives in a picturesque Austrian mountain valley, with half a continent and one entire ocean between him and Steve Mollmann. A bank employee by day, he likes to come up with new (or at least relatively unused) ideas that can be turned into stories with loving care and the occasional nudge. With Steve, he is the co-author of two short stories in the anthology Star Trek: The Next Gen ...more

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