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(Star Trek: Double Helix #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Wie die verdrehten Stränge mutierter Chromosomen erstreckt sich eine perfide Verschwörung fremder Mächte durch den gesamten Alpha-Quadranten - umspannt zahlreiche Jahre der Sternenflottengeschichte. Kurz nachdem Captain Picard das Kommando über das Raumschiff Enterprise übernimmt, befällt eine höchst ansteckende Epidemie die Bewohner von Archaria III. Sie gefährdet das Leb ...more
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Published February 1st 2012 by Cross Cult (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Now that the Trekkie is out the bag, I'll follow it with shame in admitting that this is the first Star Trek novel I've read in, approximately, the past ten years.
NextGen is probably my favourite (nothing remotely, of course, due to Tasha Yarr and the fabulous home-Brit Sir Patrick Stewart), so it made sense I'd nab Double Helix at a local thrift store for around 50p.

Infection is, all in all, written quite well. I'd defend Betancourt in saying that he does pace a very interesting, dramatic plo
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The series starts on the Enterprise with Data, Riker, Dr Crusher, Tasha Yar and others.
The book (and the whole series) is about a virus that is very deadly and in this case it only kills people of mixed race. So racism against mixed people and people from other planets is a very big topic here which mixed with the virus topic actually is pretty close to our current situation here in Europe (speaking March 2020)... It shows that there are so many prejudices and hate for no reason and the people
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Like the twisted strands of mutant chromosomes, an insidious alien conspiracy winds its way through the entire Alpha Quadrant, just as it stretches across several years of Starfleet history -- beginning near the very start of Captain Picard's command of the Starship EnterpriseTM!

It is only the first year of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM-D's ongoing mission when a virulent epidemic strikes the populace of Archaria III, endangering the lives of thousands and provoking acts of mob vi

Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had downloaded the Double Helix six-part series last year when the series was on sale for 99 cents per book on Kindle, but I forgot about having them until COVID-19 hit the country, forcing everyone to self-quarantine.

The plot hits a little close to home. Yeah, I know it's just science fiction, but a story about a fast-spreading flu with no antidote is way too close to our current worldwide situation. It's set during TNG's horrible (and campy) first season, but it's better written than most of
Donna Lombardo
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mike McDevitt
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
March 2020 social isolation for covid-19 so I bought “Double Helix” series on iTunes! The Season 1 crew of the D vs a virus that targets mixed-race beings on one of those jerk planets that still has racism. Crusher tackling the little beastie round the clock, Yar, Data, & Bill Riker infiltrating the human supremacists, young Worf sneering privately at his young away team and their human squeamishness. Great book. It would fit right in the first month of the ongoing mission. Who hired the Orion S ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I think this is a decent start to this series. At the time of this review I have not read any of the other ones (yet) so I don't know what is exactly happening overall. I found it was an interesting enough story which used Next Gen cast well and did feel like it was happening in the first season - which made it a little weaker in my mind. It was written well enough but I found the ending a bit of a stretch and for all that it seemed to be building up... well it just went nowhere, so I was confus ...more
Shannon Silver
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! It wasn’t mind blowing, but it was a solid Star Trek book obviously set very early in the TNG series. The characters aren’t flushed out that well yet so it’s missing some of the inside jokes and nuances that we love from the show. But it’s just book 1 of 6 and I’m hoping for a little more from the next one. :)
Rob Savidge
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, enjoyable read, once I found the time to get into it. If you liked STNG you'll like this. I'll likely read the next few in this mini series as I'm curious to see how the story develops.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
als bekennender Trekkie war es mal an der Zeit, sich den Büchern zuzuwenden.

Das Lesen des Romans war sehr kurzweilig und viel mir aufgrund des flüssigen/seichten Schreibstils recht leicht. Dazu kamen dann die aus TNG bekannten Charaktere, so dass das Leseerlebnis für mich recht rund war.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Pretty good story. Straight forward mystery, hopefully we'll learn more in the next book.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read. Definitely looking forward to the other books in this series. Great read for anyone interested in biology and Star Trek.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A very solid read. Takes place very early in Season 1 of the TV series. The crew has only been together one month on board the USS Enterprise. Well done series kick-off.
James Haresign
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Sean Randall
The first in a series spanning 6 books and perhaps as many authors, Infection throws us right into an epidemic of interesting proportions; very genetically specific ones. i won't go into too many details of the plot, but will note that sometimes this book felt like a trial run itself.

"The big question is motive, It can't be
racial purity. It can't be the Purity League. In fact, Starfleet has
only been able to come up with one possible motive... Practice."
Captain Picard.

Apart from that, there was
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is the first of six books dealing with biological terrorism by an unknown foe. The story is interesting, as a planet has been infected with a plague with an 100% fatality rate -- but only for those aliens who are of mixed-race...pure breeds remain unaffected!
I am not a hard-core sci-fi reader, but I do enjoy Star Wars and Star Trek. This is definitely different from most ST:TNG plots where they steer away from racial relations that aren't easily solved. The plo
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Double Helix series of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Betancourt writes a short and highly readable novel. The plot is imaginative and well-paced, with a good deal of suspense. A reader even has the opportunity to learn some interesting science concepts in the field of microbiology as a side-benefit.

The main objection any critic could raise againt the book is that at least one of the characters was not portrayed at all accurately. One of the subplots is Worf neglec
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is a reasonably good story, set early in the Next Generation series during the period when Tasha Yar was still alive, Will Riker was still clean-shaven, his fellow officers were still frequently surprised by Data's capabilities, and Worf was still unsure of the proper balance between his Starfleet culture and his Klingon culture. It's got a pretty good balance of action and drama, and does a fair to middling job of properly understanding and presenting the characters as they were at that po ...more
Plot: B
Writing: C-
Vocabulary: B-
Level: Moderate
Rating: PG13 (racism, extreme suffering leading to death, genocide, terrorism, drunken brawling, thoughts of past lovers, subterfuge)
Worldview: Any choice is valid so long as it doesn't hurt other people.

A year into the Enterprise-D's first mission, Captain Picard and his crew are still getting to know one another. Meanwhile, in another part of the galaxy the mysterious General has dispatched a terrorist to release a biological agent into the atmosp
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
I love Star Trek but was wondering who these people were who were impersonating my favorite characters. I don't know when this was written, it was just the next book in my kindle queue so it may have been written before the characters were fully developed in the first or second season of the series. If so, that may explain why I didn't really know these people. It's certainly not going to stop me from reading other stories by this author. The story was flat for me.

I see. I just read some of the
Jenny T
In the early days of Picard's captaincy, the Enterprise is called to Archaria III, a planet suffering from racial strife and a plague virus that has killed more than 40,000 people. While Dr. Crusher searches for a cure, the others seek to find out who intentionally unleashed it on the population (which we never do learn, this being Book 1 of 6)

A fairly average Trek novel, but I have a feeling it's leading up to something much bigger.
Joshua Palmatier
A mildly interesting Star Trek book. I'm taking this as more of a "prologue" for the entire Double Helix series, though. It was a quick, fast read, although I thought the idea behind it could have been developed more, the plot thickened so to speak. Perhaps that's what happens in the succeeding novels.
Easy read set very early on in Next Gen. A planet is dying of a plague that only kills those of mixed race, someone is using a biological weapon. It's focus is mainly on Dr Crusher and Will. A quick read and a decent enough story.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
more science-- liked it, but could not find whole series cheap or at library. would read if found it all.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I absolutely loved this series. It was kind of Robin Cook meets Star Trek.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series started out great; if only it had stayed that way.

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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, of course I love everything Star Trek. It was well written and an interesting story.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Gregory Betancourt is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels as well as short stories. He has worked as an assistant editor at Amazing Stories and editor of Horror: The Newsmagazine of the Horror Field, the revived Weird Tales magazine, the first issue of H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror (which he subsequently hired Marvin Kaye to edit), Cat Tales magazine (which he subse ...more

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