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The Eternal Tide

(Star Trek: Voyager)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,065 ratings  ·  112 reviews
As the Voyager fleet continues its exploration of the Delta Quadrant, investigating the current status of sectors formerly controlled by the Borg becomes a key priority. Two of the fleet's special mission vessels, the U.S.S. Galen and U.S.S. Demeter, are left at New Talax to aid Neelix's people, while the Voyager, Quirinal, Esquiline, Hawking, and Curie do a systematic sea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published September 2012 by Pocket Books
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Meghan
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
As with the other recent additions to the Voyager series, it can be incredibly difficult at times to keep straight all of the characters that are included in the fleet sent back into the Delta Quadrant (don’t worry though, it will get easier as the number of characters is significantly smaller by the end of the story). The Eternal Tide takes a long time to build up to the actual main storyline that becomes the focus of the book, which is a little frustrating. Considering that the return of Jane ...more
Liz Barr
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I can't believe I'm reading this, but apparently I'm 16 again, and having Voyager-squee-induced-insomnia. Man, I haven't even had Voyager squee since 2001. Suffice to say, apparently I sill ship Janeway/Chakotay, even though it broke my heart and soul when I was young and innocent. And when Pocket Books saw fit to reverse their fridging of Janeway in 2009, they decided to do so with as much J/C action as a plot can hold. I can only assume that John Ordover loves me and wants me to be happy.

Anywa
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Paul Lunger
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since the death of Admiral Janeway in 2007's "Before Dishonor", the novels that have been a part of the Voyager relaunch have been if anything very dark & at times unsettling. Kirsten Beyer's latest entry into the series "The Eternal Tide" changes everything again for this series & in a way that makes this particular book one of the best Voyager books perhaps ever. The book starts with Q's son "Junior" & Amanda Rogers trying to explain how the death of Kathryn Janeway became a fixed point in the ...more
Erica
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One breath, one moment, one day at a time.

I've now read 44 Star Trek: Voyager novels up to this date. The Eternal Tide is so far, without question, the one I love the most. The funny thing is that I guess I sort of knew this would be the case from the very beginning, about two years ago, when I started reading the Voyager novels beginning with Caretaker. I always had this feeling that Full Circle and The Eternal Tide would be among my favorites - and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Because I
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Tayryn
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I FREAKING LOVED IT!

Made this J/C shipper VERY happy.
Mark Webb
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer is the latest Star Trek Voyager novel. I don't think I'm giving anything away to say that this novel deals with the return of Kathryn Janeway to the Star Trek universe (her picture is on the cover after all). Janeway was killed off quite some time ago, and it does feel like the last few novels have been building up to this return.

I've been mildly enjoying the Voyager relaunch series. As I mentioned in my review of  Children of the Storm by ef
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Matthew Rushing
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, re-read, 2012
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Jason
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent Voyager novel. Kept me fully engaged through out!
Hannah
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unowned-but-read
Sigh. I can’t do it. I can’t read the next book in the series (I will). Kirsten Beyer, stop letting me down. Knowing that this book was going to bring the return of my mom, Kathryn Janeway, I was extremely excited. Come to find out the book focuses almost entirely on the Q. The Star Trek trope I hate the most. And, to add insult to injury, it also focused on the Omega particle, which happens to be one of my least favorite Voyager episodes. I can’t give it one star, because Janeway being back mad ...more
Amy
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Sharon
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek Voyager Fans, Sci-Fi Fans
Janeway is back and it happens in a plausible way. I won't go into detail but will only say that Q is involved. The how and the why you have to find out for yourself. Oh yes, Q is back but not in his normal mischief making jocular way. We see him and his family in a completely different light.

The Full Circle Fleet is still exploring the Delta Quadrant. Their mission is to confirm that the Caeliar and the Borg (as per the Destiny Novels) are truly gone. Fleet Admiral Eden has a private mission. S
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Peter Lowry
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At time of writing I'm currently only a few chapters in, but the Prologue was just SO entertaining & well written that I felt safe reviewing this book early! Plus Janeway's on the cover so it has to be good! Off to get a coffee before I keep at this book! Cheers! ...more
Allison
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
My general opinion on this book is "Eh". I appreciate how well thought out this novel was - clearly the plot wasn't just a throw away foil to pop Janeway in, there was a PURPOSE to it but this whole novel just fell apart where the characters were concerned.

Someone mentioned in another review how most of the book is devoted to proving how heterosexual everyone was. I saw no need to push Seven into a relationship with Cambridge, or Conlon with Harry- especially with such little time to develop the
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Cynthia
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
I Loved This Book!

First off.. to all the naysayers who will try and bash the novel for being about Kathryn Janeway.. it is NOT

The book does not center on her at all, but rather I felt it was focused on the character of Afsarah Eden. The plot answers the questions about Eden's past, where she came from..etc.

It is well written, face paced and an all in all great read!

For Janeway fans such as myself.. I promise you won't be a bit disappointed either!

The story deals with a great many smaller subplo
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Maurice Jr.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book caught me by surprise in many ways. I never expected to see Kathryn Janeway in these pages again without it being a flashback, yet the author found a way to bring her back. Not only that, she made it interesting, plausible and kept me guessing until the very end whether or not she would be able to stay once brought back to life (I won't spoil it by telling which way it went).

I liked the continuation of what other Star Trek authors have done in following up with old characters not seen
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Kirsten
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the better Star Trek books I've read in quite awhile! I was one of those fans who was upset when Janeway was killed, so I was very excited to see that she was involved in this book. The author does a masterful job of handling what has been an increasingly complicated universe. She gives character development to those that we know and love, while still staying true to who they are. Like any "distortion in the space-time continuum" story, it can be a little complicated to follow, b ...more
Lauren
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a Voyager fan, this was epic - Q family, Kes, Omega, a fleet commander and her mysterious past, a multiverse, the end of existence, and hey it's Janeway back from the dead. How many characters in books come back from the dead by popular demand? The only one I know of is Sherlock Holmes. I understand readers brought Janeway back to life and maybe you heard me screaming when I read that bit? Love her. But she's not the book's only strength. Kirsten Beyer breathes life into these characters in ...more
Jamie Walker
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Voyager, great Star Trek.

A novel that tackled this subject was always going to be dicey, but the story was pulled off without a big red button, twisting and turning so you'd never be entirely sure what the final outcome would be - but it was an excellent pay-off to this sequence of Voyager novels.

Not a cheap get out, not a disrespectful 'the fans wanted it' - just a damn good story, that made sense!
Scott Williams
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This has a very complex and metaphysical plot. I like that Beyer brought back some characters we haven't seen for a long while. She tied up some storylines in satisfying ways. I also liked that this installment focused more on the original Voyager characters whom I can't help feeling closer to.
Mark Horner
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge Fan

I feel a five star rating is well deserved because of the excellent storytelling. Quite simply, it's awesome & I love it.
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Gabe Waggoner
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
For Janeway's sake

I admit: I read this book only because it featured Janeway. I've been a Janeway fan since the series premiered—she's one of my favorite characters in all fiction—but I haven't cared for how the more recent Trek books treated her character arc (ahem, trying to avoid spoilers) after Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant. Although I enjoyed exploring what happened to the characters I loved, this book makes many references to other Trek novels. For better or worse, the David Mack
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John
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, kindle
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Stephen
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The opening prologue may read like a confusing maze of dialogue if you are unfamiliar with the Q Continuum and its impact on the Star Trek timelines.

Unfortunately, I can't bring myself to finish the book as confusion sets in with the many diversions in the storyline. It also gets boring when you introduce omnipotent species into the mix. Unlike other Star Trek novels that have a healthy combination of good story-telling and thought-provoking messages, both are sorely lacking in this book.

That's
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Rosanna
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trek
Having just finished this book, I am still reeling by the masterful storytelling by Kirsten Beyer. Needless to say, I am an emotional puddle. Not only has KB done justice to these characters with understanding, depth, and grace, but she has managed to fill a void that has been left unsatisfyingly empty, as we Voyager fans never quite got our feature film (a lá TOS and TNG).
This is not just a great, wonderful book in this relaunch series, but is in fact, one of the greatest stories I've ever read
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Bron
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather enjoying the continuing adventures of Voyager and this is a very good book in the series although to enjoy it thoroughly, you do need to have read the earlier ones. In classic Star Trek fashion, the fleet exploring the Delta quadrant meets an inexplicable anomaly. It soon becomes obvious that this presents an enormous threat, not just to the galaxy but to the whole universe unless its expansion can be stopped. It also seems to be linked mysteriously to Captain Afsarah Eden who is now comm ...more
Fate's Lady
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a big story, and while some of the perspective (like Junior) were excellent, there were other threads that I really didn't think needed to be so bloody. Seven's romance felt plausible and touching, as did Tom and B'Elanna's love. The actual relationship between Chakotay and Janeway, by contrast, felt forced and out of character. Not that there WAS a relationship, but the way in which the author executed it. Makes me a bit sad for the missed potential.
Anna
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every couple of years I want to take a moment to check in on the ST:Voyager universe. But, the last few years I've been very disappointed with the stories and had no interest in the new characters. And the regular characters seemed to be written out of character. But I highly enjoyed this book. It was a quick read (1 day) and it was nice to revisit the characters again...in character.
Roosevelt Lyons
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good job.

I chose this rating because (I) really enjoyed this book.
I have been reading books of all genres for more than 58 years , I know what I like.
The authors encouragement to just go with it was spot on.
What I didn't like is there's no hint about the
where Eden's and Q jr. Story go from here. (hint, hint). Thanks for the enjoyment.
Steve Roberts
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story that brings back many Trek characters

I loved this book. I enjoyed the many connections to characters and story plots that got tied into this story. Another must read!
Melvin Patterson
Wow, Great Story

Now this story was Trek all the way. You don't need huge space battles with phasers and torpedoes to have a great Star Trek story. This is the proof. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequels.
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