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Kobayashi Maru

(Star Trek: Enterprise #12)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Um die Frachtschiffe zu beschützen, die für den weiteren Fortbestand der noch jungen Koalition der Planeten unerlässlich sind, erhalten die Captains der Sternenflotte der Vereinigten Erde den Befehl, als interstellare Wachposten zu fungieren, die nicht viel mehr zu tun haben, als „Wer da?“ in die Dunkelheit des Alls hineinzurufen.

Captain Jonathan Archer von der Enterprise
Paperback, deutsche Erstausgabe, 509 pages
Published February 24th 2014 by CrossCult, Ludwigsburg (first published September 2008)
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
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We've only seen the exercise twice on screen: first, at the beginning of The Wrath of Khan when Saavik takes the test. And second, in the 2009 Star Trek reboot when Chris Pine's Kirk rigs the scenario to beat it. Though we've seen both Saavik and Kirk go through the test, we've never actually seen how the no-win Starfleet training scenario came to be.

The previous Enterprise book, The Good That Men Do, retconned Trip's death at the ending of These
Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin are back for the second installment in what's being called the "Enterprise" relaunch. Their first story ret-conned the events of "These Are the Voyages" in a satisfying, interesting way and set up the "Enterprise" to tell the story of the long-alluded and long-anticipated "Romulan War."

"Kobayahi Maru" is the story of the opening salvo of the war and the events leading up to hostilities between the Planetary Coalition and the Romulans.

It all sounds exciting.

May 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Kobayashi Maru scenario has been a part of Star Trek lore since the release of The Wrath of Khan in 1982. In the film, it's a test of character that Starfleet command applicants undergo: The Klingons (or Romulans, depending on the era you're watching) are threatening a cargo ship called the Kobayashi Maru that is trapped in the Neutral Zone. The would-be captain has a choice to make: do you enter the Neutral Zone, threatening war with the Klingons(Romulans), or do you leave the Maru behind, ...more
3.5 stars.
David King
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kobayashi Maru" is the latest novel in my Star Trek Reading Challenge which is dedicated to trying to read the Star Trek novels in chronological order. This novel picks up after the events that occurred in the previous novel, "The Good That Men Do". For anyone who doesn't know, the title is based upon the name of the infamous no-win scenario taken by potential Starfleet command applicants and it has been a part of Star Trek lore since 1982 when it was first mentioned in the movie, "The Wrath of ...more
Crystal Bensley
On the slow side but an interesting lead up to the Romulan War.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, e-books
Please note that this review contains spoilers from its predecessor, The Good That Men Do.

I'll be honest - I didn't expect much from this book. Based on the premise and reviews, I expected it to be on about the same level as the first book of the relaunch series, Last Full Measure. I was actually pleasantly surprised.

For a start, the book was organised into much cleaner and neater threads than its predecessors; there was generally three to four completely separate and well-planned plots going
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kobayashi Maru continues the "Trip as a spy" series from Star Trek Enterprise. This book is a continuation of "The Good That Men Do" and continues to flesh out the circumstances surrounding the formation of the precursor to the Federation, the Coalition, and the new organization's latest rival, the Romulans.

If you are into Star Trek in any way, you've probably heard of the Kobayashi Maru. In the second Star Trek film, we are introduced to it. The Maru is a no-win situation with a cargo ship mean
Morris Graham
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Kobayashi Maru test of Star Fleet Academy is classic. I read the first novel called Star Trek Kobayashi Maru. It examined 4 different officers and how they approached the no win scenario that all cadets had to face. I was pleased to see "Kobayashi Maru Enterprise" went back and established the origins of the challenge. If all the ways different officers faced the challenge (Sorry Kirk, hacking the program doesn't count)Jonathan Archer gave the only plausible response. The Vulcan saying, "the ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ent, star-trek
A well-executed story about the lead-up to the Romulan War, Kobayashi Maru showcases the political climate of the newly-formed Coalition of Planets as they find themselves threatened by the Romulan Empire. A bit meandering at times, the story finds itself bogged down as it slowly moves the plot forward, but for the most part, it is an engaging novel that fills in some previously unknown blanks. The characters are my favorite part, and most of them get some interesting development. I feel like th ...more
With the new Coalition of Planets just beginning to find its legs, threats to the shipping lanes have got the Enterprise patrolling to prevent pirate raids. But there is so much more going on as the Romulans are using a new remote control device to take over enemy ships and use them as their own. This new insidious threat could have the young Coalition at each others throats or fighting a war against the wrong enemy!

Now that all the retconning of the Enterprise TV series finale is out of the way
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
TITLE: Star Trek: Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru

AUTHOR(S): Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels

GENRE: Science Fiction/Television Tie-In

Pages: 409

Ever since Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I have been fascinated with the idea of the Kobayashi Maru, the “No win scenario”. In a way, this book addresses the beginning of this idea with the actual freighter.

Captain Jonathan Archer’s job is to ensure the safety of the shipping lanes of the newly formed Coalition of Planets. He believes the Romulans are up t
Jason Vargo
The Enterprise relaunch started in "Last Full Measure" and continued in "The Good That Men Do" and this novel would serve as a fantastic template for a live action mini-series exploring the lead up to a war with the Romulans. As a book series, I'm torn.

There is more than enough sweeping decision making, battles and high stakes for a novel series. The Enterprise universe is used to great effect with returning characters from the series as well as new faces for these stories. The novels are packed
Elliot Weeks
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Isa Lazo
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can’t believe that Trip isn’t a chief engineer anymore — i love u but this spy shit gotta stop. Jk no this is his destiny but omfg his pride needs TO GO!

I love how I finally understand what happened to the Kobayashi Maru, now I get the whole point of the test and the importance of this in Starfleet.

Hyped for the Romulan war—lezzgeddit!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Really enjoying this series.
David R.
No Win Solution

I wanted very much to love this novel, but I could not. It seemed to forced and literally all over the galaxy.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This book continues on after the end of the series. At first, I was a bit confused about the title of the book, believing that the whole Kobayashi Maru scenario has been examined countless times in other books or on screen. But the way that the writers went about crafting the scenario was interesting. I especially liked the impact Archer's decision has on a few of his crew members.

The book also sets up the Romulan War. In fact, that is the main outcome of the situation. While you don't have to
Nicholas Miller
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Star Trek: Enterprise was the first show of the different series' that I got to watch on broadcast TV when it first aired back in 2001 (I watched Star Trek: The Original Series on VHS years before this so that was my first exposure of the universe). I am one of the few that really enjoyed it, also (although, TOS is still my favorite). So, after the show ended in 2005, I started to read some of the books they were putting out.

The one that really caught my eye (and I'm sure a lot of other people)
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Continuing where The Good That Men Do left off, Kobayashi Maru furthers the story of Commander Trip Tucker's adventures deep undercover in Romulan space.

With the cancellation of the show Enterprise, right after the events of Terra Prime and the death of Trip and T'Pol's daughter, their story was never fully realized. This book series lets us see that relationship more fully realized. Because of the bond they shared, T'Pol had never truly believed Trip was gone. When he made contact with her towa
Patrick Manley
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Martin puts forth a risky endeavor to backfill some very important gaps in the Star Trek timeline. Key to these is the Kobayashi Maru incident made famous by both Movie timelines as the "No win" scenario Starfleet captains are paced through. This is the very same test that James T. Kirk cheated on in his denial of the impossible. Also in this book, learn of the triggers to the Romulan War (following this book, Martin takes on those timeline gaps in two more books in the Romulan War). Als ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David B
Archer and crew try to get to the bottom of Romulan shenanigans and Trip Tucker continues his espionage behind enemy lines on the eve of the Romulan War.

I don’t expect top-notch literature from a Star Trek novel--and I’m certainly not getting it--but this was a pleasant enough read. Some far-fetched activities are required on the part of some characters in order to get them to meet up with each other, but this is mostly a well-plotted and plausible lead-up to interstellar war. I just wish author
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Pretty good story. There are subplots that continue over from a previous book, and subplots that continue on into the next one. There is, really, no overriding plot that is purely internal to this book and which starts and ends between these covers. But given those limitations, that the book is just an episode within a continuing story and not a story itself, it is quite well-done and a good read, so long as you either have read the previous stories and don't mind being forced to get another boo ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather entertaining. Provided interesting insight into the Star Trek characters I hadn't thought about before. The worst of us comes out when we fail--the hardest part of failure is facing the worst in my own self. There is an element of leadership that is measured by how we handle failure--and that element is more beautiful, more ironclad, more exquisitely painful and valuable than any achieved in success. Failure strips away everything we pretend to be and let ourselves get distracted by--it l ...more
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I suppose if I had watched the Enterprise series which this book is based off of, I might have more connection with the characters. They are pretty flat in this book. A lot of the characters motives don't make sense which goes along with some of the contrived situations the characters are put in that neither provide roundness to them or move the story along very effectively. I can tell that the author has a wide vocabulary, but he overdoes it a lot and uses too many cliches. It wasn't the most h ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Do un-winnable situations really exist?
What would you do in a such a situation?
What if you know that there is real threat to your people, but the ones you report to refuse to see that?

These are some of the many questions that are raised in this book and answered.
This book has its moments of glory and moments of mediocrity...some of the chapters are really brilliant,...some of them not so much. However, it does carry on from the enterprise series (and continues the good work of the book: "The
Krista D.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gawh. After loving the previous one, I was really let down by this one. There were simply too many POV chapters - many of people who died pretty much upon introduction - that it was impossible to care about anyone's plight. It also took away from the mounting crisis. After a while, I started skimming all non-Enterprise crew POV and, soon, I just starting skipping them entirely. I never felt like I missed anything, sadly, and just powered through to get to the end.

I'm going to read the next one b
Chris Williams
More Enterprise is always good, in my opinion. The show was truly cut short of very interesting times, as this book and others show.
I love watching these events unfold from multiple perspectives, and this book does a good job of fleshing out a period in time. Perhaps too much. After reading this book and the book that precedes it, The Good That Men Do, I find myself wondering why they weren't one book...
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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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