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Titan #1: Taking Wing: Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAR TREK ® ODYSSEY After almost a decade of strife against foes such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U. ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 11th 2012 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published 2005)
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Paul Bowler
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I feel weird giving a book I enjoyed only three stars. I enjoyed it so much I already bought the sequel. I'm going to have a great deal of fun reading the entire series. One of the pluses to Star Trek books is that the writer can absolutely go to town on alien species. A movie or tv series is much more limited in this regard.

The reason I gave it only three stars is that I cannot imagine ever recommending this book to anyone who isn't already wholly in love with Star Trek. I don't think this boo
Will Johnson
Star Trek books are both the ultimate comfort food and the epitome of a specific genre that refuses to die. One reason why Star Trek needed to get rebooted right in the ass was because it couldn't adapt to the changing times. I'm not sure if it was just pure stupidity (I'm looking at you Rick Berman) or if the creators just wanted to keep the Roddenberry vision alive and in tact (which is why, coupled with stupidity, the producers seemed to bail on the most innovative Star Trek series Deep Space ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for a first book in an ongoing series. Glad to see the continuation of what happened to the "real" Trek universe after that last movie (Nemesis). Which, i had to look up a lot, because i didn't like it and haven't seen it since it was in theaters (and i refuse to even acknowledge the abrams films). I can't believe i forgot that Data died... jeeze. (that really shouldn't be a spoiler to anyone, given how old that movie is. But it comes up quite a bit in the book, so if you didn't know bef ...more
I've been a Start Trek fan since air. But, I never really got into the books which is an error I'm begging to correct.

One of the things that annoyed me about the various Trek series on TV is that most of the aliens are humans with extra facial bumps. As others have noted in their reviews, the crew of the Titan is anything but human. They are also anything but just a lot of humans with a few of the common aliens mixed in for flavor. I was quite pleased there were so many non-humanoid races includ
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
I gave up on this one before I got halfway through.

Before beginning the book I saw some negative reviews complaining about how PC and diversity-conscious this book was. I brushed them off. Diversity has deliberately been a big component of Trek for a long time.

But no, the negative reviews were exactly right. The authors are much more interested in talking about the Titan's incredibly diverse crew than they are in telling the story the book is supposedly about. The species of each crew member is
Sean Kennedy
(2.5 / 5)

This book suffers from a lot of flaws within the 'pilot story' syndrome, and this is exacerbated by the fact they seemed to have split it over two books and you need to read #2 to find out what happens. I don't know if the cliffhanger is going to be an ongoing part of the story, but as I was already struggling with this first book it may just prove to be annoying.

I wanted to enjoy this more than I did. But I felt a lot of plot and characterisation was cut to make way for authors salivat
I wanted to like this, there were certainly enough interesting characters (female Ferengi Starfleet officer?!!!) but the book was cluttered with too many unique alien species that it became a bit monotonous with every second page a new character introduced. Every other chapter was the inner workings of Romulan political life; the two story-lines didn’t converge as a result about 80% into the novel I gave up.
Martin Milhomme
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-picks
Easily a five. If they made this into a series, I would watch every week. Amazing!
John Cipolla
Wasn't a bad start. I can see how he is mingling the new crew with his hand picks from Enterprise. It will be exciting to see how they develop. The story was about unification.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Star Trek: Titan: Taking Wing by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin Unfortunately, the only review I can offer right now is the German one I wrote for the Austrian Star Trek-newsgroup back in 2005.
Basically, I find the premise of Titan quite intriguing, I'm cautiously optimistic about the crew, quite a few very interesting and likeable characters mixed with others I don't particularly care about. The plot suffers a bit because of the concentration on the characters, though... When all is said
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
While the prose was passable at best and there were a few moments that lagged in the middle, this story was surprisingly interesting. It strikes a good balance between familiar characters in Trek and new ones, while continuing on in a direction that still seems far more interesting than anything that's happened in the post-Nemesis movies.

I've started and stopped several Trek novels in the last few weeks. Most suffer from trying to emulate the format of the show in that they quickly introduce a c
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It felt like Star Trek, but it was much too slow to start. For the first 100 or so pages, not much happens other than introducing us to all the new characters (of which there are too many to keep track of). In fact, I was relieved when **spoiler alert** some of them end up less person for me to keep track of. I have seen every piece of Star Trek media out there, yet even I could not keep track of all the difference alien races mentioned in this book.

The author also relies much too m
Kai Knetsch
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I was a bit hesitant to read this because of all the new crew/characters. But it was recommended to read this before Articles of the Federation, so I read it. I was pleasantly surprised. I like Martin's writing style. I thought he had a bigger vocabulary than most Star Trek writers. The part about the Remans, Romulans, and Klingons preparing for war was really exciting. He introduces a lot of interesting characters too and kind of set things up for the series. I also re ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
3.5 stars
An engaging continuation of the A Time To... Series and a good set-up for the conflict in the Alpha Quadrant following Nemesis. The authors spend a decent amount of time establishing the diverse crew, which was enjoyable world-building. However, the last chapter, setting up what comes next, had me rolling my eyes, especially because of a character they'd just brought on board. No spoilers, but it truly made me say: again?!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Titan picks up after Star Trek: Nemesis with Riker being put in charge of his own ship and sent off to sort out the Romulan political situation. It has certain over tones of The Undiscovered Country which is no bad thing.
Erik M
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library

A solid start to the new series, if a little aimless at times. It has a lot to set up, and does a workmanlike job. There's plenty to like to bring you back for book 2.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Directly following the events of Star Trek Nemesis is the first adventure of now-Captain William Riker and his Starship Titan, canonically established in the aforementioned film as Riker's first command. This novel picks up where the film left off concerning Romulan politics, describing the political fallout from the assassination of the entire Romulan Senate, and the resulting ascension of the cunning Tal'Aura to the office of Praetor. (incidentally, Tal'Aura does appear in Nemesis, but her ris ...more
The danger in any writer creating a story based on much beloved characters lies in how they adapt those characters into another form. Shaky grasp of any of those characters can lead to an experience thoroughly lacking in pleasure for the reader. Luckily, in the case of Martin & Mangels' first book in the Star Trek: Titan novel series, this is not the case. In fact, the greatest strength of the book lies in the ability to completely "get" the characters they are writing about, and have the tr ...more
Lance Schonberg
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
When I was younger, I read a lot of Star Trek novels. Between my teen years and my twenties, I accumulated well over 100 of them, mostly TOS, with TNG a close second. I've watched the TV shows for longer than I can remember and have been to see every movie in the theatre.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Star Trek was a big part of my formative SF life, and I still enjoy it, but it’s been a while since I've been in contact with the literature side of things. Maybe too long. Star Trek Titan:
Maurice Jr.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Introducing Captain Riker! After all these years and turning down three commands, Will Riker is now captain of the Titan. He has a multispecies crew and a mission of exploration- what more could he want?

Problem- here comes the surprise mission. Admiral Akaar diverts the Titan to Romulus, where Praetor Tal'ura wants help mediating a peace between various factions all seeking the power she claimed for herself after the death of Shinzon. Now Captain Riker has to adjust to a new command and a new cr
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkers
Shelves: star-trek
This book was a lot of fun! I have been a Trek fan since my early college days when I would spend my afternoons doing homework and watching TNG and DS9 on Spike TV. Like many, I fell in love with the characters of TNG and once I had made my way through the show and movies, I didn't want to leave them just yet, so I started picking up the books.

This is my first time reading through the voyages of the Starship Titan and Captain Riker's first command. Some of the other reviews talk about how this
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, star-trek
An absolutely stunning dive into the post TNG Star Trek universe.
Picking up on Captain William Riker's new command (as mentioned at the end of the movie Star Trek Nemesis) of the USS Titan, a Luna class exploration vessel, this first book in the series takes us through the Neutral Zone, straight to Romulus, the Romulan Star Empire's seat of government. The whole action takes place in the wake of Shinzon's defeat and the power vacuum that created within the empire. Thus, USS Titan's mission is to
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
**Minor Spoilers** if you care about that.

This is the first Star Trek book I've read since I was a kid. First I need to say that despite all of its many, many flaws, I still found this book rather enjoyable. That said, if this book didn't take place in an already established universe with characters I already know and like, I likely would have put this book down after only a few chapters.

As a literary work, this book is not great. The writing is a bit clunky. And the characters feel pretty shall
Telaara Dunwin
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoerbuecher
Erst einmal zu den negativen Dingen: Das Hörbuch war unglaublich schlecht und langweilig gesprochen und offenbar hat niemand Detlef Bierstedt gesagt, wie die Namen der Personen ausgesprochen werden, mit denen er nicht bei der Synchronisation von Star Trek: Next Generation zu tun hatte. Das war überaus enttäuschend, da ich ihn bisher als guten Sprecher kenne (z.B. kürzlich von "Metro 2033"). Doch selbst die schlechteste Lesung kann nicht den Inhalt kaputt machen, und den fand ich tatsächlich groß ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Star Trek fan
Shelves: scifi
"The child's deep blue eyes opened briefly, momentarily reflecting the dim illumination of the room. But Riker saw that the darkness and light at play there in those eyes looked as deep, as infinite, and as mysterious as the universe itself."

What lies out there? What haven't we seen yet? We have - as humans - an infinite capacity to tell ourselves that we have seen it all, know it all and are in control of our reality.

What don't we know yet? From one arm of our galaxy, we look out on a cosmos t
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who always wanted Riker to be a captain.
After Star Trek: Nemesis, I would have given almost anything to follow the adventures of Captain Riker aboard the USS Titan. If you share this desire with me, «Taking Wing» is for you!

Right out of the gate, the reader is rewarded with some "special effects" impossible in the TV show (or even movies; that's the best part of reading: the budget for special effects is infinite!). I finally got a galaxy with some aliens that aren't just humans with designs in their foreheads. As a matter of fact, th
Shane Amazon
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek: Taking Wing is the first of the series dedicated to Captain William T. Riker and his new ship the Titan. After his career aboard the Enterprise, Captain Riker sets out to prove himself as a leader. Along with former members of the Enterprise, Troi and Vale, the Titan is assigned an important mission to Romulus in order to prevent a civil war that could spill over to the Federation.

The beginning of the book starts off with a deeply complex and sometimes overwhelming character list. A c
Sam O'Neill
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I received the Destiny trilogy of books as a gift and absolutely loved them - they really re-kindled my passion for the franchise. From there, I worked backwards, taking in all the "post-finale" Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager books before deciding to take a punt on Titan - the spin-off series that focuses on the voyages of the starship captained by Will Riker after Nemesis.

Taking Wing - the first book in the series - sets the scene for what's to come. It's a little slow, as it spends a lot of
B. Reese
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

first, there is not a ton that happens in this book. but it was still a compelling read. the characters are all introduced, Riker begins to take command of his ship. one of the best set up books I've read. makes me very curious to read the rest. in a way it added some of the excitement that star trek has been lacking for a long time.

the only gripe I have is that lt. hawk in first contact was retconned into a gay character. it felt sort of ham fisted and gary stu-ish, because he had be
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Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Boo ...more
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