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The Jackal's Trick

(Star Trek: Prey #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—an epic new trilogy that stretches from the events of The Original Series movie The Search for Spock to The Next Generation!

The Klingon-Federation alliance is in peril as never before. Lord Korgh has seized control of the House of Kruge, executing a plot one hundred years in the making. The Klingon cult kno
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is bubble gum, but it's better than average Trek stuff. The audiobook narrator is pretty amazing at impersonating assorted voices from TNG and Voyager.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sci-fi, arc
The Jackal’s Trick is the middle book in the Prey trilogy set in the Star Trek Universe. The book picks up shortly after the events at the end of the first book, Hell’s Heart. Korgh continues to sow discord that threatens the century long peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire after the Khitomer Accords. Korgh’s influence in the Empire grows as the Unsung and their shadow wing of Birds of Prey ships continue to wreak havoc and disrupt peace talks aimed at creation of a safe corridor ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
It starts of very slowly, and I was beginning to worry about how this story's end game was going to play out. Then I reached the halfway point and all hell broke loose. A disastrous battle, two surprising revelations, one triumphant cliffhanger...and one reader's exhausted adrenal gland. Book two of "Prey" manages (thankfully) to finish at the same strong level as book one. Don't let the sedate opening lead you down the garden path...
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The excitement and fun continues here; can't wait to see what happens next!
Christopher Backa
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the audiobook. The story is engaging and takes from the Trek movies and some plot points from an episode on TNG. Can't wait to read the conclusion
Chris Friend
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, this is a well-told narrative. The broad strokes of the plot work well with the characters we’re familiar with, and the ones created for this story fit tightly together. The story moves with determination, and this book serves as an excellent connecting piece between the other books in this series—it follows rationally from its prequel, reaches its own satisfying conclusion, and obviously suggests the third book.

As an aside, Book 1’s ending demanded the second book; this time the connec
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sci-fi adventure that includes a tale of vengeance one-hundred years in the making, Star Trek Prey is an epic original tale that includes many favorite Star Trek characters. The Jackal’s Trick is the second book in this series, and it starts right where Book 1, Hell’s Heart left off.

To be honest, the story is quite detailed and I find it hard to do it justice, especially as it is in the second book in the series. In general, a young lieutenant of Kruge, (Klingon Kirk killed at the end of Star
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi, star-trek
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The second installment in JJM’s Klingon trilogy. The action picked up right where it left off in the previous book. Korgh has taken control of the ancient House of Kruge and, in rather Trump like fashion, is now taking every opportunity to attack the longtime allies of the Klingon Empire and weaken its ties to the Federation. Someone claiming to actually BE Kruge is whipping the Unsung into a froth of rage against traditional Klingons who haven't been discommendated. And it's
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Like book one of the series, this is a perfectly adequate Next Generation story; it is reasonably well-written and edited, the characters are handled well, the plot moves well and is not TOO implausible, and it doesn't even suffer too badly from "middle-book-itis", also known as "Book 2 of 3 Syndrome". But there is nothing outstandingly good about it, either; if you enjoy Next Generation books, by all means, pick up a copy of Prey: Book 1, and if you like that one, continue on to this one. I wou ...more
This was so much fun to read. It feels like a complete celebration of the 50th anniversary of Trek, with plot lines and elements coming from TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise, along with the accompanying movies.
No this isn't fine literature, but for a quick 4 hour read there is nothing quite as enjoyable as a jaunt in the Trek universe. This trilogy so far really feels like the celebration on Trek 50th anniversary that the series deserved, and it certainly incorporates more factors from mor
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a fan of Star Trek novels and content. This is one of the best Star Trek series I’ve read. Book 2, The Jackal’s Trick is a wonderful addition to this series. I love the story and the twists and turns. Each twist is interesting and useful, not just a way to prolong the story. I can’t wait for Book 3.
Scott Williams
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often find the second book in a trilogy to be fairly dull. They tend to do a lot of setup and forget to tell a worthwhile story of their own. That’s not the case with this novel. It’s very action-driven but it has a story. There’s some good character moments for Worf, and more exploration of Klingon culture. I’m looking forward to book three.
Jeremy Bonnette
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great second entry with plenty of action and excitement. I loved the twists toward the end that will certainly set up a wild finish in Book 3. It's too bad we can't have a movie version. I suppose I'll just have to settle for letting it play out on the movie screen in my head. :)

4.4 out of 5
Matthew Greig
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Enjoyable

A very good story and very well written. He really has captured the essence of so many beloved StarTrek characters and seamlessly integrated them with so many new and compelling ones.
Christopher Lutz
Three and a half. For a nearly 400 page novel both books so far in this trilogy have seemed a bit light on story. I was actually wondering what would be left to tell in part three, but a fun plot twist right at the end gives me hope that the final book will be an exciting conclusion.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am very impressed how strong the excitement of the in part one and now part two. There is a continuation of the over all story but it does not drag on to get to the final part, each has it on joy.( that has not been true for all trilogies I have read). Good job Mr. Miller.
Elliot Weeks
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very fun read. Book one was action packed and had a great set up, but book two was spectacular in pay off. About a third of the way in things blow up and the author never steps off of the gas. Can’t wait to start book three!
theron smith
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story

Exciting and entertaining. Too much action for a single book. Glad it is in three. Looking forward to the next chapter in this saga.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Idk, it was boring and I just didn't care.
Gail Gawlik
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book did an excellent job of combining all of the classic Trek series in an exciting story. Miller really understands his Star Trek. Can't wait to read the last book!
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

The period from 2016-2017 has been a banner year for the Star Trek franchise. A new Kelvin-verse (aka Abramsverse) movie, a new Star Trek show, new comics, and even two new book trilogies that celebrated fifty years of the franchise. The first of the latter, the Legacies trilogy that charted some of the adventures of Commander Una of Starfleet, was an enjoyable series that went to some of the roots of the franch
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Star Trek: Prey trilogy got off to a great start with Hell’s Heart and with book two, the story just gets better and better. The Jackal’s Trick continues to follow the hunt for the discommendated radical Klingons known as the Unsung. Worf, Tuvok, Geordi and Riker step up to the task as they deal with Korgh’s political plays, surprise attacks from the Phantom Wing, and the mysterious Object Thirteen. Yet it’s the villains of the story that really steal the limelight as they’re given equal mea ...more
Paul Lunger
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The middle book of John Jackson Miller's "Prey" trilogy, "The Jackal's Trick", picks up after the events in "Hell's Heart" with another brief history lesson for we the reader as we go back to the events after "Devil's Due" involving Buxton Cross's initial introduction to Gaw & the crew of the Blackstone. From there, the events of H'atorian conference are explained as we the reader also get a better understanding of what specifically Cross is up to as well as a better idea of what Korgh's rol ...more
Robert D
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series utilizing the broad canvas of the Star Trek universe, set in the 'current-time line' of the Star Trek novels, and the story itself is a broad canvas. That said the concept is to explore part of the Klingon culture and still create a story using standard Star Trek characters. Because of the way it is built, the story/chapters jump between events in the Klingon universe, some crossover between the Enterprise-E, the Enterprise-A, and Titan. Mostly this novel will ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

That is, Miller did a perfect job blending TOS/TNG and film Trek into a well paced story. Enough twists and turns to keep the action moving and unpredictable. And the story builds to the right kind of cliffhanger that I'm eager to get may hands on the conclusion.

With the massive legacy of Trek - from TV to Film to books - there is a lot to keep track of. I love the books, but there are so many that I have yet to read, and sometimes the current books assume you know more than I do - Mille
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
It is an excellent story comprising original, next gen, titan, and voyages characters and story lines. For star trek fans, the Klingons are always a good choice and this series takes us further into Klingon culture and history. Combined with new characters, races, and planets we have not visited before, nothing is stale.The author presents it in a well-written, fast-paced, exciting trilogy of which this is the 2nd book. I am looking forward to the 3rd book which arrived in my mailbox yesterday. ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, tng
Another strong entry in this exciting trilogy! I'm really getting into the story of Korgh, and once again, Miller has crafted a tale with plot twists that I didn't see coming at all. After reading a few hundred Trek novels in my life, I would not have thought it possible, but there you go. Setting up an exciting conclusion for book three, this trilogy just keeps getting better and better.
4.5/5 stars.

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Dec 08, 2016 added it
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I really enjoyed it and I'm eagerly anticipating the third. Also wishing I hadn't put it on my Christmas list because I really want to read it now.

Can't actually remember when I finished this but it was definitely November.
Otávio Augusto
IMHO there are far too many plot twists in this book. Surely designed to be a page turner, it is a pleasant reading and also sort of tiresome. It would be more enjoyable if the whole arch were shorter.

Still, the story goes much better than any of the Abrams Trek/Wars movies.
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John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, his e-book series with more than a million downloads; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series. His Overdraft: The Orion Offensive ...more

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Star Trek: Prey (3 books)
  • Hell's Heart (Star Trek: Prey #1)
  • The Hall of Heroes (Star Trek: Prey #3)