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Der Romulanische Krieg - Unter den Schwingen des Raubvogels I

(Star Trek - Enterprise: Relaunch #5)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Jahrelang konnte die Menschheit ungehindert ins All vorstoßen. Neue Kolonien wurden gegründet, Bündnisse mit befreundeten Völkern geschlossen. Die Koalition der Planeten entstand. Doch auf einmal taucht ein Gegner auf, der dieser Expansion Einhalt gebieten will. Der keine Gnade kennt und nur ein Ziel: die Koalition zu zerschmettern und ihre Welten zu unterjochen. Für das R ...more
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Published July 30th 2014 by Cross Cult (first published 2009)
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
The Vulcan and Romulan POVs were a bit dull compared to other bits, but overall not too bad a story!
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, star-trek
I relieved my bilious spleen in re "l'affaire Star Trek" in my review of Glass Empires Star Trek Mirror Universe here - - so I'll limit my comments to these:

1. Too long at 450 pages: The novel doesn't really "take off" until the last 100 pages or so, and jumps around among too many characters and plotlines to make any one sufficiently interesting before then.

2. Time scale seems to be off: Some Romulan sub-light ships get through a defense grid in a system
Pre-Read: And here is where the Enterprise "relaunch" starts to come into it's own... Or so I've heard! I'm more looking forward to the Rise of the Federation saga, but this presumably sets the stage for that...

As an aside, I've spent much of my time on "Genre" books this year so far. Maybe I'll have to expand my oeuvre after this month...
Post-Read: 3.5 stars. Well done, but it feels a bit rushed for me, even though I know there's another volume devoted to the Romulan War...
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow, but the writer is improving a lot. This one at least isn't a word-a-day calendar in story form. The characters seem right, but the number of them makes it hard to keep track. None of the story lines advance much.

I doubt I'll read another of these until I forget I read this one.
Several complaints with this book: 1) too many Romulan words.  It does not add to the story and makes it confusing (ex.."we will engage the hevas in three jedsia, Admiral"...which freaking race is the hevas again? And is a jedsia a minute, an hour or a day?). 2) too many characters.  Way too many.  3) plot lines that go nowhere and don't resolve.  Ok many they will resolve in the sequel, but this book didn't advertise itself as part 1 of any number of books, so who knows?  All in all, a frustrat ...more
Crystal Bensley
I am getting more interested in where this series is going. I like the reasoning for the technological changes between Enterprise and TOS.
Feeling threatened by the newly christened Coalition of Planets, the Romulan Star Empire begins a campaign to halt Coalition expansion and shatter the young alliance. Through direct attack and covertly capturing Coalition ships and turning them against their allies, the Romulans begin a war that will push everyone to the very edge.

I wanted to LOVE this book, but I merely liked it. I wanted to be awed by strategy, tactics, sneak attacks, and treated to a real "war" novel set in the early era of S
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Ok, so I didn't actually finish this book. I got to page 160, about a third of the way through it, and I had to stop. Ever since I saw the episode "Balance of Terror" from the original Star Trek show I have been fascinated by Romulans. They were obviously created to be very mysterious which instantly makes me want to know more about them. I was really looking forward to a book that would delve into the Romulan War: Romulan tactics, the battles and exactly how the Romulan Star Empire and the Fede ...more
I actually bought this book over a year ago but didn't get around to reading it till just a few days ago. Surprisingly I found this book to be tough to get through. At times I found it dragging and slow going.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Why do I keep reading these

What is WITH the Trip characterization in them -- every five seconds he wants something completely different? It's like everything that happens to him is contrived to keep him a spy?!

I don't know, I think I need to be saved from myself.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Star Trek book. Really hope part two is at least a slight improvement!
Nicholas Miller
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I have so far enjoyed my ride on the relaunch Enterprise books. And I’ve finally got to the Romulan Wars that has been talked about in numerous Star Trek media. Now, the latest book that I just finished reading was this one: Beneath the Raptor’s Wings. How did it go?

The book starts off by giving us a glimpse a year into the future (which is the time span that this book takes place) where Archer and T’Pol are meeting with the Klingons, to ask for help in the war. This chapter (called Tomorrow) en
Judith Moreno
The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing is a really good book if you are a fan of science fiction, but it is ok if you are not. This book, The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing, has a lot of science fiction and war in it. Michael A. Martin, the author who wrote the book The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing wrote many Star Trek novels. The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing was published in October 29, 2009. Michael Martin has written many Star Trek novels and comics. The Romula ...more
Amanda T
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really want to like this novel (just like I really wanted to "Kobiyashi Maru") but I just can't. It's a slow moving plod of a read (as illustrated by the fact that it took me almost a month to read it). Here are the main points:


- There's a lot of moving pieces but very little plot arc. Very little remains changed from the beginning to the end- a minor colony gets conquered here, a minor colony gets liberated there, but none of that really matters. There's one colony in particular you'l
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Continuing on with the Star Trek Enterprise relaunch series, this is an excellent addition.

The book details the beginnings of the Earth-Romulan war. The battles depicted were entertaining and kept me engaged. Even a few of the political situation between Earth and the coalition partners was interesting, even if it slowed the story down a bit. The worst was Trip's story. While it is good to see him around, his involvement behind the scenes as a "spy" still does not sit well with me personally. H
Jason Vargo
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a typical Trek novel where plot lines are introduced and wrapped up in 200 pages. "Beneath the Raptor's Wing" is a new chapter in a galaxy-spanning, highly involved, story covering multiple Enterprise novels. If you can't keep characters, motivations and plots straight from book to book, this isn't for you. A lot goes on in these page, from Earth to Romulus to Andoria and human colonies, not to mention multiple spaceships, new characters, familiar faces and literally everything/everyo ...more
Casey Pettitt
This was a bit longer than the usual Trek novel. But with 85 chapters, most chapters are shorter than usual, which makes for a lot of good stopping points. A few things led to only three stars for this one. First, this may have been better split into two novels. A lot of time passes throughout the book and a lot happens. However, there were no major cliffhangers between most chapters, so maybe splitting it up wouldn’t have worked. Because of that, too, this was sometimes easy to put down for a b ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, ent
I generally dislike giving unfavorable reviews. I'm someone who is usually fairly easily pleased, and I tend to really enjoy a good Star Trek story. This one, however, left me somewhat cold. The story seems too ponderous in places, and the pacing felt off. There are certainly some positive aspects, including the different perspectives presented by the author as well as the expansive feel of the political landscape during this period, but it's not enough to make this one a really compelling read. ...more
Michael T Bradley
I liked this overall. There are a lot of good bits in here. This tries to be a kind of ... War & Peace for the Romulan war, focusing on many, many different subplots going on throughout the entire galaxy or sector or whatever. The threat quickly escalates, and in classic Star Trek style Archer is more focused on building a coalition than shooting lasers. It is an uphill battle, though.

It's cool, also, how events in the last books have fallout that goes somewhere here (Travis & Trip in particular
Isa Lazo
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually this is a 3.75 !! Idk why but the whole multiple pov’s at the same time with different people just weren’t my thing, made it hard to keep up.

Trip is still stupid but I got my ship development nonetheless /:)

Its weird yet amazing to see where the entire crew is heading, not just as a group but individually; suddenly this whole war brought out their inner problems even more and its truly a test for them, especially Archer!

I know that this was a build up to the finale so here I go ahhh ho
Drake Tungsten
This book was okay, though overly ambitious. With the number of characters and situations it went thru, it said remarkably little despite its length. I think readers would've been better served if it had been broken up into two books.

Not sure I totally bought how Tucker's character just did what everybody told him to. It seems like his character was a bit less passive in the series.

Finally, there was a bit of a disconnect with the disappearance of the Columbia. In the "Destiny" books, it's prett
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan Hulbert
I enjoyed the book, loved the logic for the "retro tech" of TOS and it makes perfect sense here. Some really interesting stuff happening, but the book definitely suffers from weak writing at times, and a lack of resolution. Still - very enjoyable.
Merlin Thomas
Piper Harris
Some moments of goodness but

Never struggled so hard to get through


In my life. Longest I've ever taken to read something. Took the joy out of me.
David King
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptors Wing" follows on directly from another Star Trek novel, "Kobayashi Maru". I have been looking forward to getting to this book for quite a while now as The Romulan War is a period of Star Trek lore that has never actually been shown on the TV screen.

The story follows the earlier parts of The Romulan War, with humanity and its allies within the coalition of planets trying to stand against the relentless progress of their Romulan foes. It covers many different
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Raptor's Wing is next in the Romulan War series of books within the Star Trek Enterprise franchise and continues the narrative following Kobayashi Maru. The war is not going well for the Coalition, all of the advanced races within it are vulnerable to the Romulan telecapture weapon leaving Earth to stand largely alone. Meanwhile, the Romulans are dealing with their own internal political issues concerning the war. Vulcan is helping the war effort, but not directly and Andoria and Tel ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness me, I must be one of the few people who liked it. By all means, set your phase pistols to 'kill'.

For a start, I want to mention that this book was, in many ways, superior to it's predecessors. I attribute that mostly to Michael A. Martin going solo - the language was easier to digest (no more redundant sentence structures and irritatingly overused adjectives) and the plot had a far better structure. Overall, it was far more pleasurable to read.

The story starts out where Kobayashi
The Earth-Romulan War begins. This novel is very detailed. Sometimes, it even gets a little mundane, focusing on the non battles, and just reports of the battles. And, I know a little of the backstory of how it was planned as a trilogy, and turned into two books, etc, and I'm sure this first book was already done before that was known. But, still, not really a winner for me, I give a 2.5/5.
Michael Godesky
I don't read a lot of these tie-in novels. But I always wanted to know more about the Romulan War, and it's kind of disappointing that in 50 years of Star Trek, there hasn't been an official episode or movie exploring it. So this is the best alternative. Though after reading it, I can see why this is an event that they've chosen not to depict onscreen, as the story somewhat strains believability in places trying to adhere to the canon set in "Balance of Terror." While Martin does an admirable jo ...more
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Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Book Tw ...more

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