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Drastic Measures

(Star Trek: Discovery #2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  159 reviews
An original novel based upon the explosive new Star Trek TV series on CBS All Access!

It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. L
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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An untold story in Star Trek finally told!

It’s recommended to watch the TV episode “The Conscience of the King” from “Star Trek: The Original Series.


While most Trekkers (or Trekkies) are familiriazed with popular villains like Khan Noonien Singh or the Borg Queen (massively exposed thanks to theatrical films), sometimes, other villains like Kodos the Executioner isn´t remembered not matter that he was responsible of the mass murder of 4,000 humans in a single ni
Stephen Robert Collins
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kodos the Executioner was Kirk's nemeses this set on Tarsus IV when the food ran out.
Governor Kodos another Hitler style evil dictator who killed thousands including Kirk's family which is why Captain Kirk went into Starfleet.
Forget this a Discovery book as I have not seen the series & just enjoy it for what it is a flashback book in Star Trek History set 19ys before 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' in which James T Kirk encounters the energy barrier at the edge of our galaxy.
This for the true
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, sf-fantasy
It is not often I give a one-star review – that said, I do not shirk from five-star reviews either. There is a lot of debate on Goodreads about its rating system, and how it needs to be refined. But this could overcomplicate what is already a fairly equitable range of opinions (* for ‘I did not like it’, to ***** for ‘it was amazing’). I suppose the problem comes in when you have to decide between a * and a ** rating, which is an unhelpful ‘it was okay’, a kind of literary ‘meh’, I suppose.

Miss Alexandra
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book disappointing. The story IDEA was a good one, returning to an incident from the Original Series in a satisfying way. This means the reader knows essentially how the story will end, and if finding out how it gets there isn’t satisfying, you should not read prequels at all. The plot gave me enough twists to keep me happy.

The problem was with the execution. The writing is just plain clumsy. The biggest problem is that the book is excruciatingly repetitious, a fault that the editor
Denes House
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Some spoilers ahead...

“The revolution is successful. But survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. Your lives mean slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore, I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered, signed Kodos, Governor of Tarsus IV.”

Those words, spoken by actor Anton Karidian (played by Arnold Moss)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Really enjoyed the ride. Nice tie-in with the Tarsus IV story, and Kirk and Tommy Leighton.

It was lovely to meet Prime Lorca for a change. And catch a glimpse into his background.

I found Drastic Measures to be far better than the first DSC novel. And that ending leaves me stunned. I need to know what’s going on!!! :-)
Okay so I read this one hoping that it would make me like Lorca, because of spoilers about our meeting him in the show. It didn't really do that. And I almost gave up on the book entirely multiple times just cause it wasn't my jam. It didn't really read like what I think of as a Trek book, it didn't capitalize on the aesthetic and technobabble and determined optimism of that setting, and it kept giving space to people with views like "really kodos went too far but he had some good points about h ...more
Virginia Mae
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This first part might sound negative but bear with me, I have other things to say. Okay, so the parts with Georgiou didn't ring true for me; I couldn't feel her character's presence/personality on the page at all, with the exception of one wonderful scene near the end when she parts ways with Lorca.
Particularly, I think we're missing her wry sense of humor, one of her best qualities. We all know this woman can't get through a situation without clever wisecracks, and there's almost none to be fo
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few tragedies had a greater impact on the history of the Federation than the massacre on Tarsus IV. There, in response to the devastation to the colony's food supplies caused by a fungus, the colony's governor, Adrian Kodos, ordered the execution of half of the colony's population so that the other half could survive on the remaining stocks. Accentuating the horror of Kodos's decision was the needlessness of it, as the unexpectedly rapid Starfleet response led by Commander Philippa Georgiou mean ...more
The build was frustratingly slow and I almost didn't finish it, but it finally started picking up the pace around page 200. It was a good novel about the tragedy at Tarsus IV; not my favorite of the Disco novels. But it did hold my attention to the end, which brought it up from 2 stars to 3. ...more
She could only imagine what they and so many others had to be feeling. Like her, they felt a need to come here, to walk on this grass and see for themselves what little remained of those lost. In some respects, the tragedy would not be real until they saw with their own eyes where it had happened. Such revelations would bring with them more pain as those left behind struggled to process this insanity. Georgiou felt herself gripped by the same emotional turmoil. The longer she stared at the dese ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
****As per all of my reviews, I like to preface by saying that I listened to this book in audiobook format. This does indeed slightly skew my rating. I have found that audiobooks, give me a better "relationship" with the characters if done well, but also kills the book for me if narrated poorly. Also due to the nature of listening to the text, names and places may be spelled incorrectly here as I often do not have the physical volume in front of me.

Also, I have written this review in a "rolling
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the original Star Trek, I have fond memories of the episode, "The Conscience of the King", in which a group of Shakespearean actors come aboard the Enterprise. In the episode, we learn that the troupe's leader is Kodos the Executioner, once the governor of a Federation colony who mercilessly ordered the death of over 4000 people. Captain Kirk was one of the only people who ever saw Kodos and could identify him and those witnesses are being systematically murdered.

In the 60s, it was a
Michael Lauck
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER FREE REVIEW: Okay, a spoiler free review... I enjoyed this book more than the first Star Trek Discovery novel. I did not feel that it "filled in" as much of the backstory of these two characters as the first novel (Desperate Hours), but in all fairness the first novel did center on the series lead. This novel, like Desperate Hours, is set before the series. Unlike the first novel it also ties into events mentioned in (even central to) an episode of the original Star Trek series. That alo ...more
Kym Taborn
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Started slow but I eventually got engaged in a mystery I knew the answer to. I would have liked it had they gotten more into the implied eugenic theories that supposedly motivated Kodos the Executioner. Young Kirk had a cameo but no Riley. It gave some nice insight into Lorca Prime. And totally Star Trek Yeoh.
C.T. Phipps
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

I just finished DRASTIC MEASURES about an hour ago and decided to do my review immediately rather than wait for it to digest in my brain like I do with most of my books. As anyone who checks my Amazon or Goodreads account knows, I'm a huge Star Trek book fan and have reviewed over fifty books on the subject. This is a drop in the bucket of the number actually produced and also the number I've read. It's just now that I've started making a habit of writing down my thoughts on every one of the
Laurel Bradshaw
Well, this is more like a Star Trek Original prequel than a discovery novel, since it tells the back story of "The Conscience of the King." We get to see a brief cameo of James Kirk as a teen, although I still don't know what he and his mother were doing on Tarsus IV. This could have been an interesting psychological study of Kodos, but it wasn't. The main character seems to be Gabriel Lorca and is trying to give him a backstory for his dark and brooding nature in Discovery. Spoiler if you haven ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book was a bit too exhaustive in the descriptions of the character's inner life, and the dialogue bordered on "people don't talk that way" sometimes, but other than that it served well developing Prime Lorca and Georgiou's characters. Lorca, we of course, never got to meet, Georgiou only shortly (but for long enough that I became a fan of amusing and well acted as the emperor is, I still hands down prefer the captain).

I suppose I could have done without Kodos's being involved in the
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ooookay … this was surprisingly … dull.

The first novelization didn't exactly win me over, so I thought the second could only be better - well, little did I know. Rarely have I read a plot that was so lacking supsense, had such a repetitive narration, pictured characters so uninterestingly and succeeded in telling not showing on such a broad and sometimes preachy level. I'm honestly flabbergasted.
I could go with the zero recall value of known DSC characters, since the book probably was written b
Oct 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf

Flat characters, too much info-dumping, odd plot and erratic pacing. The pace only picks up in the last third of the novel. Despite the provided explanations/motivations for "Kodos the Executioner's" actions, they don't really make sense to me in terms of the events described in the novel, so the plot falls flat. Kodos is something of a non-entity, despite being the villian of the novel. Georgiou and Lorca have no distinctive personality - they may as well be any random generic StarFleet officer
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings with this book. Liked some parts and was bored by others. All in all not bad. I like having Star Trek back on television and will happily read any novel they release about the show Discovery.

After watching the TOS episode that this was based off of I understand the story's faults a bit more. There really wasn't much to work off of and only so much you could do having to force Lorca and Georgiou into having individual prominent roles with the event on Taurus IV.

The book was p
Christopher Backa
An interesting story that tells the tale of Kodos the executioner from the episode “conscience of the king”. It follows Commander Lorca who leads the manhunt for Kodos. Learning more about Lorca, makes his story arc in season 1 of Discovery disappointing.
Karl Schaeffer
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Star Trek SF novel in the Discovery Universe. We meet a younger Georgiou and Lorca. We learn their back stories and we meet Kodos the Executioner and learn how he got the name. An entertaining read.
Jesse Slater
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short version: Read the epilogue, or this spoiler (Season 1 of Discovery spoilers): (view spoiler)

I was underwhelmed by the first ST: Discovery tie-in book, but given that it was a kick-off book, I cut it some slack. I wasn't sure if I'd read this one (especially considering (view spoiler)
Richard Gray
Missing Star Trek: Discovery already? This may or may not scratch the itch. As I mentioned in my hot take on Desperate Hours, the first of the tie-in novels for Star Trek: Discovery, the freshness of the television series gives the novel writers few gaps to fit in their stories. So like the previous novel, Dayton's Ward's book is a prequel to the series. It also acts as a prequel to the Original Series episode 'The Conscience of the King.'

The basic plot involves the intersection of younger versi
Max Zaslove
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This book is utter garbage. I hardly know where to begin. Dialogue and internal monologues are clunky and totally unbelievable; people don't speak naturally whatsoever. Pages fill up with blather that repeats the same obvious point over and over (basically that this shit should never happen). Descriptions of basic things take up too much space/time, the amount of detail is unnecessary because it doesn't add to the story or even the world building. The villain has chapt
Patrick McWilliams
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
First, the bad. I felt like the whole book dragged. The writing style during dialogue scenes drove me nuts. There'd be a line or two of dialogue, then a page of material in past perfect tense explaining why the person just said that. Then, the dialogue would pick up again, but by that time, I'd forgotten what they were replying to and I'd have to go back and find it again. One chapter opened with a lengthy speech being delivered, but it wasn't until the end of the speech that you found out who w ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek, 2019
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Barry Rice
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Drastic Measures is a thoroughly enjoyable read that greatly expands on the backstory behind one of the original Star Trek series' most intriguing episodes ("The Conscience of the King"). Unlike the first Star Trek: Discovery novel -- David Mack's Desperate Hours -- this novel provides little insight into the characters and motivations on DSC. Phillipa Georgiou is ably portrayed as one of the heroes, but we learn little about her as a person. Gabriel Lorca is a fascinating character, as well, bu ...more
Lee Sargent
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The writing is all great and I love the fleshed out story of Kodos and what happened on Tarsus IV. Cramming both Captains from Discovery into the storyline felt a little forced and we could have followed completely new characters and it would have been equally interesting.

The throwbacks to TOS were handled really well, there is, however, one familiar character that again feels a little shoehorned into the storyline or there only because they HAVE to make an appearance - they could easily have be
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