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Wagon Train to the Stars

(Star Trek: New Earth #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  26 reviews
After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth!

Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a pot
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 2000 by Pocket Books
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Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great start! Can't wait to see what happens next!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
For the most part, Wagon Train to the Stars is a generally enjoyable beginning to the New Earth series, but it didn't really "wow" me. I'm curious to see how things go once the fleet finally makes planetfall, but there is nothing that really stands out as truly memorable or exciting. I did in fact start reading this series years ago when it first came out, but didn't make it very far before losing interest. I'm determined to get through it this time, however, and give it a fair chance. While thi ...more
Octavia Cade
James Kirk is on a milk run, escorting colony ships to their new home, and we know going in that it's all going to go horribly wrong (else where would the story be?). But it's not the battles and various action sequences that stood out for me here, it's the tone. Kirk's getting old, looking back on his life and the sacrifices made by others to get him where he is, and there's a really quite visceral sense of quiet loss and of poignancy running through the story that I didn't expect. Where it doe ...more
Christopher M.K.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
What can be said about Star Trek? Anything really…so much so that it is not really necessary to go into detail about the legendary science fiction series. Love it or hate it, no one can deny the impact Gene Roddenberry’s creation has had on popular culture or even culture in general. Hundreds, maybe even a thousand books have been published under the name of Star Trek. One will be reviewed here.

The Story

The actual premise of the story is rather intriguing. True to its name, it chronicles the sto
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This deserves a 3.5, really, but until Goodreads lets us do half stars, this will have to do. I have read only 2 other Star Trek novels before this one and all have been written by Diane Carey. She writes action very well; the battle sequences feel like they were taken straight out of the shows or movies. By far the best parts of this book, they were always entertaining as hell. In fact, I have very few complaints here. My only criticism is that Carey clearly loves Star Trek and the crew A LOT a ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Not a bad start to the series. The premise is intriguing and holds a lot of promise. My major complaint is that the characterization and dialogue seems off. Kirk et al. don't seem themselves, and it's hard to imagine them as they're written in this novel. The other characters seem forced, like the author had an idea of who they should be but didn't quite know how to write them. The main villain is cartoonish, and it's just plain weird how he's (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
A good beginning to a new series. A group of independent minded, pioneering group has set forth from the Federation to establish a new colony on a plane 6 months away. The trope has been done multiple times on TV and in books, not just Star Trek but other genres. So why read this?
Answer: the people and how they respond to challenges. They could have turned back dozens of times, but didn't. There were power plays, especially by a criminal who managed to infiltrate the crew and cause trouble. Tha
Christopher Lutz
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Star Trek with a western feel. I like it! Set between Star Trek TMP and Star Trek II, Kirk and crew are assigned to escort a group of settlers to a newly discovered world where they will carve out a new life for themselves. Unfortunately two alien societies were there first, bitter enemies who cannot understand the spirit of exploration and the thrill of new challenges that humans crave. Throw in an interesting and dangerous rogue, the Orions, and all the tensions and hardships of a Wild West wa ...more
Michael Rubin
Dec 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. Just flat out terrible.
Ray Smith
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I was constantly bouncing between an eye-rolling "Really?" to being glued to the pages. Most of the eye-rolling was from adhering too literally to the "Wagon Train to the Stars" imagery. With starships that resembled giant space-faring Conestoga wagons being pulled by separate engines (which seems to me like a mishap waiting to happen) and a lot of hit-you-over-the-head comparisons to the pioneers of 19th century America, at times it felt almost al ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not a bad intro to the series, as there's a lot of good stuff here amongst the rubble that is this story.

First, the good: A Post-Motion Picture book that isn't full of weird exposition about the Enterprise, her crew or crew members. The only thing that is awkward is the time devoted to the new uniforms that appear in the next 5 movies after this book. Like, details about it, Kirk even uses the new one as a bargaining chip at one point. Anyway, the new enemies and allies are different enough to b
Chris McCown
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was a really good book once you got into it. Diane Carey has a great ability to write battles that aren't just pew-pew blow um up. The strategies she employs are great to read. The aliens she introduces are quite refreshing because they are actually alien, not just humans who look different. Great start to a long series
Tommy Verhaegen
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper_en, sci-fi
Great beginning of a new saga in the conquest of the stars by humankind. Clear setting of the main characters and their backgrounds and (conflicting) goals. Frequent referals to the wagon-trains to the West from old and a constant show of the same sense of adventure and pioniering spirit. I can hardly wat to read the next 5 parts of the series.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek-tos
Very nice story. Shows the difficulty involved with leading a convoy composed of random ships of all sizes and functions on a very long journey. OF course there is the typical dangers of internal strife among the crew, and encounters with a new enemy who doesn't want the settlers to reach their destination.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
This one starts a little rough, but once I got into it it really surprised me. I feel like the Blood/Kauld feud wasn't really conveyed all that well. It just kind of read flat...but the rest of the happenings were exciting enough for a good read.
Randy Wiggins
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in the spic mini-series within the series and to me the best of the lot but I did love them all. I am a huge fan of the mini-series TREK novels with coninuing stories from book to book.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, star-trek
Set inbetween the motion picture and the wrath of khan!
Von Fugal
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it
A compelling series. When I finished one book I had mom take me with her to the grocery store the next day so I could buy the next one!
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is the 1st Star Trek book I've actually finished. Carey brought to life the original series of my youth. That's all.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I love this whole concept of new Earth books, Diane's parts are the best. She also writes TOS characters perfectly.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
Michael Schulz
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm Liking It So Far.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
draws you right in.
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Diane Carey also wrote the Distress Call 911 young adult series under the name D.L. Carey.

Diane Carey is primarily a science fiction author best known for her work in the Star Trek franchise. She has been the lead-off writer for two Star Trek spin-off book series: Star Trek The Next Generation with Star Trek: Ghost Ship, and the novelization of the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, Broken Bow.

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