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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  859 ratings  ·  66 reviews
An all-new novel that continues the epic saga of the Starship Voyager!

Following the destruction of four fleet vessels at the hands of the Omega Continuum, the U.S.S. Voyager and U.S.S. Demeter set course for a region of the Delta Quadrant far beyond any­thing previously explored. Captain Chakotay is determined to prove to Starfleet Command that the fleet’s ongoing mission
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published February 2014 by Pocket Books
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Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
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John Carter McKnight
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kirsten Beyer's post-series Voyager novels are maybe my favorite transmedia stories these days. We see Starfleet as an actual organization, along with the complexities of fleet operations among the group of ships exploring the Delta Quadrant.

Protectors brings us really alien aliens, and a first contact that's a worthwhile intellectual struggle, along with a serious debate over the Prime Directive. This is real Star Trek: discovery, exploration, ethical challenge. There's lots of time spent on p
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love Voyager but come on. Really. We're not getting stories we're getting plot points. 300 pages into a sci-fi book and I'm getting discussions about living arrangements and an admiral worried about what her sister thinks and child custody battles. The actual problem probably took less than 30 pages. Where's the story?

My theory is that the publishers don't think they could have sold two separate books: either a stand-alone Janeway story or a book about Chakotay leading the crew in the Delta
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi, 2014
I'm loving the continuation of the Voyager crew. I loved that Janeway came back. I was totally willing to suspend my disbelief for that one. The development of the characters is on track and going well. I'm still not sold on the Janeway/Chakotay relationship, but maybe it's just because I never shipped them at all on the show. They make sense, just don't do anything for me.

I am very intrigued by the Confederacy in the Delta Quadrant. They could end up as strong allies or another threat on par w
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: st-voyager
This installment of the Voyager series picked back up right where the previous novel left off. Since the previous novel brought alot of things to a close this one begins to develop some pretty interesting new plots,...first contact with Fedaration like culture with a dark past, a mysterious plague associated Caeliar catoms, & some issues with the Dr.'s programming just to name a few. Beyer has done an amazing job with this series & this book was no exception, it was alot of fun & extremely well ...more
Regina Peters
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kirsten Beyer’s latest installment in the Star Trek: Voyager series does not disappoint; quite the opposite. Like their characters, these books go above and beyond the call of duty, delivering not only the exciting space battles, exotic aliens and heartwarming idealism at the base of the Star Trek franchise, but also highly nuanced, thoughtful, and compassionate characterization, of OC’s (even minor ones) as well as characters from the show. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read the ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was a well-written book, with very good character development and some interesting plot twists. I dock it a star and hesitate to refer to it as a novel, because it is far from a complete story in and of itself; it builds on previous books in the series and if you haven't read all of the books leading up to it, you will certainly not want to read it until you've read them, nor does it give any sense of closure; you will definitely want to read what comes next if you read this one. It is just ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Less clear was how she could be of service. And try as they might, none of those around her now could help her see that path clearly. Her blood relations were on Earth, but as she gently rubbed the dirt from Chakotay's badge and pips, she knew that her family was thousands of light years away.

4 ½ stars. Kirsten Beyer has done it again! I loved the idea of getting to continue on my Voyager adventure once again and, of course, I couldn't help but to have high expectations of this book. And, as usu
Jonathan Maas
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Zipped through this one because I knew the characters. This one takes place after Janeway and company's return to our area of space, and has a lot of detail. Kirsten Beyer has great writing all around, and this should satisfy any Voyager fans hungry for that next part of the saga. Very good! ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways this feels like a bridging book to carry to the story of the Full Circle fleet from its encounter with the Omega Continuum - an encounter which had far-reaching effects on several characters including Q and which saw the resurrection of Kathryn Janeway - to whatever major plot twist comes next. However, it is a fairly satisfying book even if it does leave you feeling the story is far from over! Kathryn returns to earth for some recuperation time while Voyager and the Demeter go on f ...more
Gabe Waggoner
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exceptional Janeway character development

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Janeway is one of my favorite characters (not just in Voyager or in Star Trek but across all fiction). The parts dealing with Janeway's thoughts and feelings as she readjusts to mortal existence were fantastic, on par with Jeri Taylor's grasp of the character in Mosaic. As I often find in the new-era Trek novels, though, the array of new characters is hard to follow or connect with sometimes. The plot set in the Delta Quadrant
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, kindle
The voyages of Voyager, Demeter, et al. in the Delta Quadrant continue in this installment. What did I think? Well, there's not much to separate it from the previous one. It is very well written, showcasing Beyer's always-solid grasp of the characters, of Trek lore, and ability to create a good story, but I'm still waiting to be blown off my feet. There is still a lot of moping and soul-searching, some of which is understandable given that a certain beloved character is back and the fallout leav ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Fate's Lady
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was my favorite relaunch novel so far, I think. The plot was cohesive and interesting even if it slowed down in a few places. The characters felt true to themselves, possibly more than I've yet seen. I'm staying to really like some of the new characters. My only complaint is Janeway's magical revelation start talking to a therapist for half an hour, then suddenly deciding to go be a Stepford gardener with no dates and no attachment to her old crew for a few weeks. Huh? It's also a little we ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Possible spoilers........

This book stories are split in two, with Admiral Janeway going back to Earth for evaluation of her fitness to command the fleet, while the fleet remains in the delta quadrant, & comes across a strange area of space.

My problem & the reason for the 3 star rating is I liked the Janeway on earth chapters far more then the Fleet chapters.
The part with Janeway i would give 4.25 stars, while the Delta Quadrant parts are 2.5 stars IMHO.
It is the first in a trilogy.
Scott Williams
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not the first person to praise Kirsten Beyer's work on the Voyager series and I'm sure I won't be the last. Her novels are a joy to read. Beyer understands the Voyager characters well and creates compelling new characters to join them in their continuing missions. This novel has several links to events and species from the TV series that I enjoyed. I'm looking very forward to the next book. I also get more and more excited to experience Beyer's work on Star Trek: Discovery.
Teresa Cage
Too Many Plotlines

For me, while I very much enjoyed the read I felt that all the plot lines going on too away from the novel as a whole. It lead to so much switching around of locations my head was spinning. Some of them felt forced and wrong. Both Paris family story lines felt wrong and out of character. Every time the story shifted to them it took me out of the book completely. Sorry, not one of my favorites.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really great book for fans of the series. Love the exploration of Janeway's inner workings and almost vulnerability. The meshing of three stories was excellently accomplished and kept me wanting to read more. Can't wait to read more.
Steve Roberts
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic addition this this wonderful series if books

I'm loving how small parts of the previous books and also the Star Trek Voyager series comes together bringing in species new and old. Looking forward to reading the continuation of the series in the next book.
Roosevelt Lyons
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart felt melodrama

I chose this rating because although I did enjoy its consistency in the plot line I found it more of a drama than the action adventure I was in the mood for at the time reading.
Certainly worth the read for the fan of all things Trek.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is so much better than I thought it would be. I like the new characters and it's a fun read!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good read. Cliff hanger almost.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book can't wait to get the follow up book next week
Natalie LaRue
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good story!
Preston Pendergraft
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good. My copy on Kindle did have some editing issues. Great story.
Dave Tindall
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Star Trek Voyager: Protectors is next in the line of relaunch novels. Following the events in the previous book Eternal Tide, the remains of the Full Circle fleet find themselves seriously diminished with only a handful of ships left. The fleet is ordered to continue on and find something noteworthy to keep them in the Delta Quadrant while the newly reborn Admiral Janeway is to return to Earth for "evaluation" following her assimilation, death, and rebirth.

There are two main stories in Protector
The story lines begun in Full Circle are wrapped up in The Eternal Tide. The Protectors is the beginning of a new overreaching arc that will continue through Acts of Contrition and Atonement.

Since coming back from being dead (or almost dead) is an unusual (but not unheard of) occurrence in the Star Trek Universe the newly resurrected Admiral Janeway is called back to Starfleet Headquarters where she is examined in order to determine her fitness to lead. She is forced to confront her past and le
Paul Lunger
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Kirsten Beyer has been the face of the novels in "Star Trek: Voyager" for what seems like almost forever lately & has does done a decent job in her works. However, the latest entry into the series "Protectors" almost tries to do too much which hurts the novel although she does set up what could be a very interesting follow-up. The book starts off with Admiral Janeway being ordered back to Starfleet Headquarters by Admiral Montgomery who has rescinded his offer for her to command the remnants of ...more
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