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Uncertain Logic

(Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T'Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan';s great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T'Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S ...more
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Published March 31st 2015 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Justin I certainly hope not, but we'll see how this third book unfolds. The other relaunch novels for other series seems to have wound down too. However,…moreI certainly hope not, but we'll see how this third book unfolds. The other relaunch novels for other series seems to have wound down too. However, there's still plenty of room and in universe time from Archer to Kirk.(less)
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asap, st-enterprise
Excellent! I think I'm one of the few that loved Enterprise & I was devastated when it was canceled. However CLB does a fantastic job continuing the story about the early days of the Federation. He knows the characters & has developed them well with top notch writing. There's 3 alternating plotlines to this book & they work well together, which made for a smooth read unlike some books that alternate plots & you get huge drop in quality from one plot to the next, not here. If you ...more
Crystal Bensley
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Seeing the TOS characters ancestors is a nice touch in the Enterprise relaunch. Finally up to date on Enterprise!
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
With a crisis on Vulcan, the invesgation of the alien Ware, a visit to Delta IV with Orion shenanigans, a dark night of the soul for Tobin Dax, Archer considering promotion, and the first hint of the Cardassians, to say this novel is busy is an understatement. I wasn't really enamored with the Ware storyline (except for the Trip/Travis aspects), but the rest of the novel managed to hang together in enjoyable fashion (I especially loved the hints of the future with the Tobin plot line). This is t ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Uncertain Logic was an expertly crafted novel. It well executed three simultaneous narratives connected only by their shared themes.

The planet Vulcan is rocked by the sudden calling into question of its most sacred beliefs. Admiral Jonathan Archer, Captain T'Pol and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavor must work the planet's leaders to stop a brewing civil war on a founding planet of the Federation.

Meanwhile the U.S.S. Essex journeys to the planet Delta IV. A peaceful diplomatic mission that ends in
David King
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Uncertain Logic” by Christopher L. Bennett is the third novel in the “Birth of the Federation” series which continues the adventures of the crew from Star Trek Enterprise. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series of novels and wasn’t surprised when I found myself appreciating this novel just as much as the others.

The story follows three simultaneous narratives, the first of which follows Archer and T’Pol as they work with the leaders of Vulcan after a shocking revelation is made about some o
C.T. Phipps
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, star-trek
STAR TREK: UNCERTAIN LOGIC is the third volume of the Rise of the Federation series by Christopher Bennett and probably something I enjoy more than I ever did Enterprise itself. Don't get me wrong, my love of the series has improved over the years and it's (weirdly) my non-Trekkie wife's favorite. However, I always felt the series had some serious untapped potential that I find the author of the Department of Temporal Investigations series really corrects. His characters are put in interesting s ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It's sometimes hard writing reviews for these Enterprise books. They cover such a large amount of time with a large amount of characters and I tend to read them over a fairly long period. In this case it was only a month or so, but with so many other books in between my brain sometimes gets muddled.

One of the things I have always loved about science fiction in general and Star Trek in particular is the way it talks about our modern day issues through the lens of the future.

I had to double check
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I liked this one more than I thought I would. As the third entry in the series, I thought it might not hold up well on its own, but it's a pretty good book. There are two main plot threads in the book, one involving Vulcan politics, and one involving the Ware. Then, there's a third plot thread involving the Deltans and the Orions, which I kind of suspect is setting up some stuff for the next novel. None of the plot threads really converge at any point, so that's a bit of a disappointment.

The Vul
Kristina Brown
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The author's skill in weaving together his story from fragments gleaned from sundry sources is beyond dispute. It entrenches everything firmly in the Star Trek universe we know and love. There is clear character development too, not just from the crew regulars but those supporting cast who it would be all too easy to cast in a mold.

This story focuses on the nature of our choices. Does the end justify the means? Is it wisdom to reject proposals out of hand from a dubious source? Can lies and subt
John Yelverton
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a well done Enterprise novel. I've always wondered when someone would get around to doing a Deltan and Orion story. It sows up some loose ends from the TV show concerning both The Ware and the Vulcan High Command. It was nice to see the Original Series foreshadowing, but I won't drop any spoilers. The Trip story line is what it is. I could have done without the Hoshi melodrama. It was a well done novel. My only complaint was that there was just so much going on that it detracted from the ov ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel continues with the parade of worlds that are joining the federation: in this book we see the Deltans, and we continue an exploration of those "Ware" space stations which we originally saw on screen in Enterprise. Meanwhile on Vulcan the Kirshara is stolen and people try to use it to overthrow the new Vulcan government. It's fun to see ancestors of characters that we see on screen in later Treks (Dax, Kirk, Paris, and we see the birth of Sarek at the end of this one).
Judith Paterson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced Star Trek Enterprise story. Several story lines covered in the one book but they are not confusing like you sometimes get. One of them is a development of a TV story I watched only a few days ago. Also lovely little detail at the end when a new baby's name is revealed. The other storyline is very appropriate in today's atmosphere of building xenophobia and increasing hatred of 'the different'.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was not a Start Trek fan, but I am now!

My first Start Trek book ever, and it was not a easy read for me. But man it has all the good elements I am expecting from a good SiFi book.

The best SiFi book for me this year so far!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series--but ENT is like my fav, so...
Tony Pope
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it's a Star Trek book...pretty much I will like it. Kudos to all those who keep the series alive in the books.
Amy Sjoquist
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to more.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I miss the show slightly less because of these books. Although I imagine live action versions would be amazing. Just great.
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Paul Lunger
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book by Christopher L. Bennett in his "Rise of the Federation" series, "Uncertain Logic" is a book that continues our look at the early days of the Federation by spending its time in the entire first half of 2165 with 3 parallel story lines that never intersect for the most part. Story #1 involves Reed's ship the Pioneer as they encounter another automated repair station (last seen in "Dead Stop"). They learn via an encounter with an alien ship that these facilities belong to a race know ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2016
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a freebie from the publisher at Cleveland ConCoction 2016, where Bennett was the author guest of honor.

My favorite aspect of this novel was the fact that Bennett allows a Starfleet ship to make a major mistake. This series might be about the ascension of the Federation to a major Alpha Quadrant power, but no one is infallible. The mistake is heartbreaking, and as a reader, the resolution is both fulfilling and poignant.

This novel is a great continuation of a
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, ent
I have long been a fan of Christopher L. Bennett's Trek work, and Uncertain Logic did not disappoint. In fact, as much as I loved the previous two Rise of the Federation novels, this one seems to me to be the strongest. Here we truly experience the growing pains of a nascent Federation, with one of the founding members going through an existential crisis that may tear the fledgling coalition apart. Although I really enjoy Star Trek episodes and stories that focus on one ship and crew and their w ...more
Michael Yankovich
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Christopher L. Bennett. His continuation of the Enterprise series has been some of my favorite Trek lit. Bennett's take on the early years of the Federation keeps you hooked into the story. Bennett also has a great knack for including and expanding on familiar characters, as well as preexisting yet underdeveloped ones.

My biggest complaint is that the three ongoing plot lines seemed too much; this story could have done without the Deltan/Orion thread, continuing just barely
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best book of the three out in the series so far. Again, amazingly well researched, exciting and moving. Like a good episode of Star Trek, the book had many stories and interwoven plots. But unlike in an episode, there's much more time to get to know the characters and their stories. You get to learn more about the Vulcans and their history, as well as the Orions and the Deltans among others. The book combines and develops ideas and plots from the Enterprise series, as well as other ...more
Ron Turner
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked it. Made me miss Enterprise. The show was just hitting its stride and focusing on the birth of the Federation when it got cancelled.

This focuses on three stories. The return of Vulcan traitor V'Las. The origins of the mysterious advanced space station in the episode "Dead Stop." And the first major contact between the Deltans and the Federation.

I especially enjoyed the focus on sexuality. That's rarely ever discussed in Star Trek. But we got to learn about gay Vulcans as well as the diam
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A worthwhile continuation of the storyarc that has been developed over the last several books. Certainly worth reading if you are up to date on the progress of the continuing plot; doubtful if you are not. It is possible that someone who is familiar with the "Enterprise" series and at least some of the direction that the books have taken the story since the discontinuation of the show might be able to follow the plot in this book , but it couldn't be easy. This is truly a continuation of what ha ...more
Christopher Backa
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of Rise of the Federation reaches back to several episodes of the series and the ongoing story threads of the last 2 novels to tell its story. The Orion Syndicate is still up to no good, a plot is afoot on Vulcan to destabilize the planet and the Federation. The former crew of the Enterprise has their work cut out for them. The author really captures the characters and action beats from the series really well. I look forward to book 4 in this series. If you like Enterprise or want to give ...more
Michael Dyer
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. There is a lot of philosophy that mirrors the current state of social dynamics in America, primarily being the changing values of the young and the fight to preserve them from the older generations.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Mr. Bennett's Rise of the Federation novels. This one in particular has something to say about contemporary 21st century problems: divide-and-conquer tactics for political gain, consumerism, and wage slavery.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admit that Star Trek books are my guilty pleasure!

I probably should have read the previous two Rise of the Federation books before starting on this, but I don't think that it would have hampered my understanding too much of where things were up to. Enjoyed this book immensely.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scif-fi
I like it; things are moving forward to a stabler, more powerful Federation, and fills in the gap between the end of Enterprise and the beginning of TOS. There is so much untapped potential here and I am looking forward to the next book, if there is one.
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Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati. A fan of science and science fiction since age five, he has spent the past two decades selling original short fiction to magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact and BuzzyMag. For the past dozen years, he has been one of Pocket Books' most prol ...more

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