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Belle Terre (Star Trek: New Earth #2)

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The "Starship Enterprise(TM) " has embarked on its most ambitious assignment yet: to lead a courageous band of settlers to a far-off planet, to defend the fragile colony from alien threats, and to unravel the mysteries of a brand-new Earth! Belle Terre

A six-month distance from the Federation, the planet Belle Terre offers a new life to more than 30,000 families, pioneers,
Paperback, 237 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Pocket Books
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
Book 2 in the series.

This book seemed to be shorter than the rest. In part, this is because DWS used few characters than his predecessor in the first book. The enemies introduced in the first book, the Blood and the Kauld, do not appear except in passing reference. The side plot of the scout ship Rattlesnake and its quest to find a new planet to settle in case they really have evacuate Belle Terre was believable but unresolved - the "Darkness".

As for the main plot of saving the planet and punct
Octavia Cade
I enjoyed this more than Wagon Train - it was pacier, zippier, and had an antagonist that was far less irritating. That antagonist happened to be an exploding moon, so this was more a of natural disaster story than anything but I like those so it worked for me. The tension level was pretty high throughout, so this was a single sitting reading; it really kept me hooked, with two exceptions. I did not care at all about those stupid children (natural selection at play I totally think), and the Blan ...more
Christopher Lutz
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little better than the first one. The plot was basically the colonists and the crew of The Enterprise in a race against time and nature, finding a way to save the new home where they had just began to put down roots. The subplot of the two warring alien factions threatening the colonists was not to be found this time, and I didn’t miss it. The whole series can just be humans against the elements of a strange new world. Only issue I had was what happened to the crew of that scout ship!? I hope ...more
Samuel Tyler
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Space the final frontier, but if you had any sense you would stay at home on Earth and live in the relative peace and tranquillity that is the Star Trek universe. It is this baseline oxymoron that slightly undermines the ‘New Earth’ series of books that continues to do so in book two; ‘Belle Terre’. Thousands of people have left the perfectly safe Earth and set off to inhabit a new world thousands of light years away. Plenty of people died in book one and the dying does not stop here, no matter ...more
Mark Helliar
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
This book should have been a novella. It seems like the author, editor and publisher all put their collective heads together to lengthen the story by 100 pages to draw it out to make it a book. There was a pointless story arc, with children, in the book which had no bearing on the overall story and appears to be thrown in for the drama of it. Which failed miserably. Constant duplication of feelings and ideas between the characters to draw out the story itself. But, it needed to be read since it ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek-tos
The overall plot was a bit weak, and I found it somewhat unbelievable that Spock couldn't come up with a way to get the second moon on a path that didn't rely every ship to follow and adjust it's course every few minutes. Characterization was well done and followed nicely with the first book. Overall a good follow-up to Wagon Train to the Stars.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago. I was probably in 6th grade and I'm giving it four stars based on the fact that I was really into the whole story, it kept me entertained and wanting more. I loved it.
Drew Schott
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun quick read. First Trek book that I've read. I'd like to see where the adventure goes from there, so I'll have to check out some more.

Pretty cool on the visuals, and left me hanging.
Tommy Verhaegen
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paper_en, sci-fi
A solid piece of work as part of the series. New problems arise, new solutions are tried out. The characters evolve, not all for the best. We are left with the mystery of the Rattlesnake.
Randy Wiggins
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent novel in a 6 book cycle within the TREK series. You have to read the series in order to get the full effect of each novel.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Better than the first in some ways, but predictable in that it introduces a problem (which readers knew about from book one) and solves it, with little else happening. A bit short, but well-written.
Chris McCown
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Kind of a disappointing follow up, but still a good read. The bad guys that made the first one such a good read are no where to be seen.
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