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The Assassination Game

(Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2010 series) #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When a terrorist attack rocks Starfleet Academy, it’s clear someone has a very serious—and very deadly—secret agenda.

The rules are simple: Draw a target. Track him down and “kill” him with a spork. Take your victim’s target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn’t get to you first. No safe zones. No time-outs. The game ends when only one player rem
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Simon Spotlight (first published May 24th 2012)
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another solid book in the Abramsverse setup. Poor Bones and his luck with women :(

The best part was the brief reference to Chateau Picard, the winery that Captain Picard’s family ran during that time period.

-“Ah. Chateau Picard,” Kirk said, reading the label. “Never heard of it.”
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Star Trek fans
Shelves: star-trek-books
A fun romp thru Starfleet Academy, where the boys and girl of TOS save the universe as we know it yet again. I think the authors (etc.) are doing a good job of characterizing immature versions of our heros.

Rating is relative to other Star Trek Academy novels and movies.
Joe Pranaitis
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Alan Gratz brings us the last Starfleet Academy book for the Kelvin timeline. The Assassination Game deals with students who use a sporke to take out their chosen prey but the woman who is running the game is also apart of a much larger origination within Starfleet itself. The Varkolak are visiting Earth for the inter-species medical conference while the game is going on and Cadet Kirk who is playing the game is also charged with helping guard them. But in Kirk fashion he doesn't follow t ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Intricate and well-developed plot
Characters were very well depicted. Appearances made by Sulu and Chekhov
Secret society
SpockxUhura moments
McCoy has a lover
One of the best books in this series

Pacing is slow and takes a while to get into
James Piggott
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game by Alan Gratz is the fourth novel in the series and is set in the Star Trek Reboot Universe that was started with the 2009 movie directed by J. J. Abrams. This series of novels targets those aged 12 and above though it is certainly also recommended for older readers who want their fix of the new Star Trek.

Plot outline….

The story starts with cadet’s Kirk and McCoy joining the ‘Assassination Game’, an impromptu competition at the academy wherein cadets need
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The students hold an unofficial assassination game, where they pretend to kill each other with Sporks. Meanwhile, Bones falls for another student, and Uhura is involved with translating for a visit from a hostile species. This is a lot of fun, the story moves on quickly, and there are some lovely character moments for all involved. This series definitely has potential. A good read.
I was about to give this a 4.5 stars, like the previous book, and frankly this perhaps even deserved a five, since the plot is more complicated than the previous ones and I enjoyed it a lot, and I also love that there's not only Chekov but Sulu on this one and that it's not only about Kirk and Bones and Uhura with Spock on the sides, but also the inclusion of both of them (although predictably they played a somehat minor role compared to the others). I feel like the series is getting more solid ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the new continuity of the last movie, this novel is in the series covering Kirk and company's academy days.

This one has an aggressive canine species on Earth for a medical conference. The Varkolak are a war-like species that the Federation would like to join them.

At the same time, a group of cadets are playing the Assassination Game. Every entrant brings an extra ID badge, all are tossed into a bag and each draws one out. The kill weapon is a spork, a titanium combination spoon and fork.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series written for teens looks back on the Academy years of the crew of the USS Enterprise in the altered timeline set up by the 2009 film. Readers are introduced to a new menacing race called the Varkolak. They are a canine-like race that seems to have advanced cesor-technology. The Federation and the Varkolak have had a number of skirmishing along their shared borders, leading to tense relations, citizen deaths, and a constant risk of war.

As the Academy campus is rocked by a series of bom
I haven't read a Starfleet Academy book in quite some time and I've had The Assassination Game sitting on my shelf since it came out! The first thing I noticed about this book was that it is physically thicker than the other books in the series so I immediately thought that that meant more story! Fortunately, I found that there is more story; hurray!

The title of The Assassination Game comes from a game that is played in the book in which cadets run around "killing" each other with titanium spork
David King
“The Assassination Game” by Alan Gratz is the fourth book in the Young Adult Starfleet Academy series set in the continuity of the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. The novel’s title is a reference to a game played by some of the cadets in which they try and “assassinate” various other cadets via the use of Starfleet sporks. However, the game soon takes a backseat when someone attempts to assassinate various dignitaries for real during a medical conference. All evidence points to a hated alien species ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this science fiction novel The Assassination Game, the author Alan Gratz describes the Star Trek original series cast in Starfleet Academy. This timeline is the alternate timeline shown in the Star Trek reboot movie from JJ Abrams. The setting is 2257 CE in the Sausalito, CA training ground. The book also has characters visit Starfleet HQ in the Presidio, and SF downtown (mostly Chinatown). The protagonists are Kirk (future captain - cadet), Uhura (female communications cadet), Spock (half-Vu ...more
Ross Vincent
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again, I find myself drawn to the Abramsverse of Star Trek, and sadly, I am forced to answer this need with one of the series of books relating to their time at the academy.

This time out, Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Spock, Sulu, and Chekov must work together (loosely though- remember, got to keep things canon) to prevent a war between the Federation and a race of Canine advisories. Meanwhile, the sub plot line is one straight out of “Gotcha” (that mid 80’s blink-and-you-missed-it movie starring An
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in the Starfleet Academy series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It's also my least favorite. In reviews for previous books, I wrote that they're too short. This one, while a bit longer than others, is still quite short. But it took me a longer time to read, because I just couldn't completely get into the story.

Spock and Kirk still haven't met. Of course I knew they wouldn't, but it's weird reading all those Star Trek books where both of them are very important characte
Ein neuer Roman vom Leben auf der Sternenflotten-Akademie in San Francisco des Star Trek Reboot-Universums. Dieses Mal geht es um eine Geheimgesellschaft innerhalb der Sternenflotte, die ziemlich Fremdenfeinlich zu sein scheint. Kirk, Pille und andere machen beim sog. Attentatsspiel mit, bei dem die Kadetten mit Hilfe eines Göffels (!!) einen anderen Kadetten, der nur dem Attentäter bekannt ist, berühren soll, das darf nur geschehen, wenn beide alleine sind, der Berührte scheidet danach aus. Nat ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I really can't figure out why I like these Starfleet Academy adventures so much. Once again an excellent blend of campus hijinks and Trek-style adventure. There must be a really good "bible" for the various authors of these books to maintain characterizations, settings and continuity as well as they do. It was easy to "see" and "hear" all the central characters from the reboot. Bones & Uhura were featured while Kirk provided the action focus with Sulu and Chekov contributing their skills. T ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little skeptical of YA Star Trek. But it was Assassin (which I never participated in, but was aware of in college) at Starfleet Academy, and it was at the library. This was amazing. It was YA, there was some romance, but this felt more like Star Trek than Into Darkness did in a way that's hard to articulate. My main quibble was I'm not entirely sure that Kirk knew Chekov in the first movie, and this clearly takes place before. I may have to pull out the DVD. (There were quite a few ways ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Overall decent, if predictable. The characters were fairly well-written, but a little different than other books
Mary Beth
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I haven't read very many Science Fiction books lately. This one inspired me to pick it up because of the title. The Assassination game being played at Starfleet Academy by cadets was just such a fun idea. I enjoyed this very much once I got over the cutesy references to all things Star Trek. It made the whole thing feel a little pushy or forced. I don't need someone to run at Warp speed across the quad. I get that it is a future time. Once I got past this, I settled into the book and really did ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story was well done! I'm impressed with how this author really brought out the personalities of the characters we got to know from the 2009 movie. Although this series of books is taking place in chronological order, you do not need to have read the earlier stories to enjoy and follow along.

One thing that did stick out was a reference to the previous story as happening the semester before. If our fun crew of cadets has an amazing adventure every semester, filling the three years leading up
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite out of the whole Reboot Starfleet Academy series. The author had a great sense of humor through out the book and made the plot twisted enough to keep the reader engaged and thinking about what the angle might be for the antagonist is this novel. In classic Star Trek fashion people die in the tens and our major characters remain relatively unharmed. His portrayl of the OTS characters is quite dymanic and developed given the length of the story itself, well enough that someone ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, star-trek, sfa
It's clear that Alan Gratz is a die-hard Star Trek fan who certainly knows his stuff. The Assassination Game is a fun tale, and while the story is fairly simple, it reads quite well for a young adult novel. Minor quibbles aside, The Assassination Game was an interesting read, and I would recommend it for anyone who is hungry for new Star Trek stories set in the new continuity to tide fans over until the new movie's release in 2013.

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Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
~3.5 stars. The 4th book in the Starfleet Academy (Trek AOS) series for YA readers. A simple plot, sure, but I had a lot of fun reading this one. Epic game of Assassins across the Academy, a belligerent, canine-like alien species visiting Earth (with which they all somehow or another get involved, including Chekov and Sulu), threat of interplanetary war, a secret society, Velocity... The one thing I found tedious was the antagonist and subsequent reveal. That said, I enjoyed Gratz's writing and ...more
Clayton Barr
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is filled with nods towards the various Star Trek series and movies and some other modern day pop-culture, as well. So many that I probably missed a few. These nods make it a fun read for today's modern geek. My full study of the novel is at
Mike McDevitt
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Might be my favourite Academy book so far! Love interest for McCoy, Kirk kicking butt and making stupid, endearing mistakes, the dawn of the Uhura-Spock romance. Fun new alien threat from the Dog-Men from Varkolak. Regular, amusing references to previous episodes and series for the discerning fan boy. Nothing for me not to love.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2011-12-season
I haven't read contract fiction in a while but this is a reminder of just how good it can be. With already developed characters, unencumbered by back stories or world building, and enough in-jokes to p;ease geeks, this is a series I'll be reading more of.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers
Great entertainment, just like all the previous books in this series.

If you will want more of similar stories, I recommend the previous books in the 2010 SA series and also Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.
C.O. Bonham
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably the best Starfleet Academy book yet. The continuity was so much better and the mystery itself was very well constructed. Not to mention that this author made much better use of the established Star Trek mythology in order to provide a nerd worthy experience.
A. Nixon
This was fun! Very in character for the new series (although McCoy's tendency towards falling in love felt a little strange) and enjoyable all-round. There were good action sequences and a fun mystery to unravel. I didn't even see it all coming.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The plot of this story was quite good and I enjoyed it. However, this book almost got 3 stars from me for one reason: blatant ripping off or 'referencing' series episodes. It was irritating and, like one reviewer has said, like reading fan fiction.
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan

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