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Fighting Fire with Fire

(Star Trek - Prometheus #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Several brutal terrorist attacks have occurred near the border of the Klingon Empire, resulting in thousands of deaths. With the Klingons calling for violent vengeance, the Federation races to discover the perpetrators, sending the USS Prometheus, their most powerful ship, to the border region to find the culprits and solve the mystery before war breaks out in the galaxy.
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Titan Books (first published July 29th 2016)
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
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Another fantastic addition to the Star Trek relaunch novels! A must read for any Star Trek fan who wants to see the Trek universe continue in the 24th century.

The story takes place post-Nemesis and does tie into the other relaunch novels. But it's not mandatory to read them all to jump into this one (I definitely haven't. There are TONS. I'm not made of unlimited free time). Any references to previous plot points do have a basic explanation so the reader doesn'tpost-
What can I say - I'm a Trekkie.
Blodeuedd Finland
So this was like watching a Star Trek ep, no, I take that back, I mean lots happened, so maybe more like a movie. But then more is to come so maybe a 3 part movie then ;) You get the point. Have you seen a ST movie or tv series then this is what you are getting.

Terrorists are blowing stuff up. But who are they and what do they want? I am not good with timelines when it comes to Star Trek. But Spock is 150 years or old something (he shows up), so that is when it takes place. There is
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Paul Lunger
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that the world of Star Trek fiction gets an entry from an unlikely place & yet that is the case with the "Star Trek: Prometheus" series. Authors Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg begin this series (originally written in German" with "Fire With Fire" launching a new series with a lot of potential to start. The book opens with the USS Valiant entering the Lembatta Cluster of space & encountering some sort of unknown radiation in the 23rd century. Fast forward to the pre ...more
Scott Williams
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I jumped ahead of myself a bit in the timeline because I was so excited to read this. I love the USS Prometheus and have been so surprised that no one has really made much use of it.

I think the authors did an excellent job of creating a crew of characters that I’m interested to read more about. They fit in quite well with established Trek characters. They feel like they belong in the universe. I’m especially interested to see more of first Officer Roaas; a male Caitian. It was great
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A welcome addition to the world of Trek lit! I'm glad this series was made available to English speakers, as the story is off to a great start in this novel. An interesting allegory to the troubles facing the world today, Fire with Fire sets up the rest of the Prometheus trilogy nicely, putting pieces in place for what I hope turns out to be an epic adventure.

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Daniel Kukwa
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I wanted to like this book; it fits comfortably into the current novel continuity, and it's a quadrant-spanning adventure that takes in a lot of current Trek storylines. However, it has two problems I simply couldn't get past. The first is that I didn't find the crew of the Prometheus anything to write home about. They were wallpaper to me, and actually paled in comparison to the novel's Klingon contingent. But what truly irritated me was the explosive fanwank over-drive. There are many people w ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin positiv überrascht: Der Auftakt der Trilogie ist gelungen und das Ende macht Lust auf mehr. Ich bin sehr gespannt, wie es weitergehen wird!

Die ersten deutschen Autoren in der nun schon 50 Jahre währenden Star-Trek-Geschichte liefern ein gut geschriebenes Abenteuer ab, das genau das richtige Tempo an den Tag legt, auch für "Normalos" wie mich die richtige Portion Techno-Gebrabbel bietet und ganz nebenbei einen sehr gelungenen Auftakt zu einer - wie es scheint - spannenden Tril
Henrik Sturmbluth
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guter Auftakt zur Jubiläumstrilogie.
Adam Graham
Terrorist attack a Federation Star Base and a Klingon mining base and extremist calling themselves the Purifying Flame have claimed responsibility and declared war on the great space empire. Their spokesman is a Renao. The USS Prometheus and a Klingon Battle Cruiser are dispatched to investigate and begin with the home system of the Renao, a species that’s tried to isolate itself from the Galaxy.

The book does a great job world building with the Renao and the Lembatta Cluster. You hav
Dieser erste Roman, der in deutscher Sprache innerhalb des Orginal Star Trek Kanons das Licht der Öffentlichkeit erblickt hat, ist überraschend gut bis sensationell. Die beiden Autoren haben es geschafft, den Spirit der Nach-Nemesis-Ära der zahlreichen englischsprachigen Autoren (siehe das CrossCult Star Trek Programm) aufzugreifen und einige neue Sichtweisen einfließen zu lassen, ohne die Kontinuität zu verlassen. Obwohl die Geschichte in vielen Rückblicken (z.b. in die TOS-Zeit von Captain Kir ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of positives to this book:
1. A new and engaging crew.
2. The return of the IKS Bortas.
3. A thorough examination by a relateable character who feels outcast from his home after experiencing the wider world(s).
4. Very well written.
5. Sympathetic political characters (e.g. our old friend Chancellor Martok, and the new Federation President).

The main negative is the same as that of all the recent Trek books: The franchise is floundering without foot
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist also der erste "offizielle" von CBS abgesegnete Star-Trek-Roman, der in Deutschland geschrieben wurde. Man merkt den Autoren die Freude an, den sie beim Schreiben hatten. So ist ein sehr launiger Roman entstanden, der nur so strotzt vor Anspielungen an und Protagonisten aus dem großen Star-Trek-Kanon.

Ist sicher keine Hochkultur, aber das erwartet ja auch keiner. Also mir hat's Spass gemacht!

Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Really 1.5, I think. I'll round up.

After several terrorist attacks claim the lives of thousands, Starfleet sends the ship Prometheus to the Lembatta Cluster, from where the attackers hail. The region is already unstable and the crew of Prometheus are tasked with stopping further attacks and potential galactic warfare.

I really wanted to like this book. I thought it was rad that an original Trek novel was written in a language other than English at last. But damn, it
Mrs. Hahn
It's been years since I read a Star Trek book, but a reading challenge prompt was to read something being read by a stranger in public. This is the first in a 3-book series, set in and around the current mission of the Prometheus, a ship captained by Richard Adams in the time of the Enterprise-E. The plot was basically that a terrorist group from a nationalist unaligned civilization has gained Romulan tech to attack both Klingon and Federation outposts, and the Klingons want blood and vengeance ...more
Christopher Lutz
An exciting beginning to a brand new Star Trek book series. The USS Prometheus is a great choice for a starship to base a series around. It’s a cool design unlike my other in the franchise. Full of interesting story potential. The authors also fill the ship with a very interesting crew. I loved every character. The Andorian security chief is my favorite, with chief engineer Jenna Kirk a close second. The story was interesting, relevant to the times, and had a few great cameos. I’m very excited f ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Thoroughly Serviceable

Nothing about this book is bad, but little is excellent. The translation gets the job done but lacks finesse in parts. It's...rather on the nose with the subject matter. The Renao seem to be a mash of different stereotypes. I felt at times I was reading Princess of Mars rather than a novel with 21st century sentimentalities.

I'm new to reading Star Trek, but this was unexpected after reading the Cold Equations trilogy, and not in a positive way. My friend introduce
Dustin D. Kottke
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok

While the story was interesting the writing seemed inconsistent. At times it felt more like fan fiction than professional story telling. It might have been helpful to narrow the focus a bit and develop some of the characters more. I felt like some of the one off characters like the crew of Starbase 91 were developed more than those who serve on the hero ship. I understand the author was trying to fit Prometheus into the larger Trek universe but having so many established characters
Kieran McAndrew
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrorist attack on a Federation Starbase and a Klingon mining colony leads Admiral Akaar to send the 'U.S.S. Prometheus' into Renao space to investigate. Along with the crew of the 'I.K.S. Bortas', Captain Richard Adams is unwilling to declare war until the full story is made plain.

Perplies' and Humberg's story reads well and conveys the attitude of a 'Star Trek' adventure, but needs to be read as the opening volume of a trilogy rather than a novel in its own right.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, star-trek, space-opera
Great fun on the Final Frontier!

While many of the Trek novels have been translated - it's always been *from* English. This book is a first - a German Trek novel, now translated into English, and it's great fun. Lots of action, and - perhaps with an eye to tensions in our time - intrigue around terrorist acts. It's part of a new series by these authors and happily I already have next installment in hand!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story featuring the voyages of the USS Prometheus (as seen on ST: Voyager). The story sounds a bit familiar (Prey, and Star Trek Online) in that some third party is working behind the scenes to attack the federation and the klingon empire, but just go with it. It was a good first novel. The only complaint is that the person reading the audiobook version doesn't seem to know how to pronounce some trek-related names (like Bajoran or Risa).
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Judith Paterson
A new ship and crew to follow in the Trekverse. Set in the post DS9 and assassination of President Bacco. Enjoyable read with lots going on and interesting characters. Cross references to other ships and crews. Will certainly look forward to the next in the trilogy
Debra Cook
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A new species decides to go after federation and kligon star bases. Starship prometheus is sent to investigate.
Russell Thiel
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed how they blended this new crew into the Star Trek narrative!!!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. I hope this will be a long series of books about the Prometheus. The next two novels are on the top of my books stack.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
net schlecht, bin gespannt wie es weitergeht !
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series with my favorite star ship the USS Prometheus
Stephen Lee
All I have to say is Meh...
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