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The Rings of Tautee

(Star Trek: The Original Series #78)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  19 reviews
An entire solar system begins to disintegrate into cosmic rubble, and Captain Kirk suspects that rumors of a new Klingon superweapon are all too true. The Tautee system houses a flourishing pre-Warp civilization not quite ready to join the Federation, so the Prime Directive limits Kirk's ability to prevent the disaster, and to make matters worse his rescue efforts provoke ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 1996 by Pocket Books
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
No favorite of mine.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had a few problems and annoyances, but those were almost all minor. It wasn't the greatest writing ever, but for an ST novel it was actually pretty good.

That Bogle character was useless and annoying. The only other major annoyance besides him that I can think of was the philosophical debate over whether or not to violate the Prime Directive or not (and whether their actions would actually be violating it or not) that happened in one chapter...was then rehashed in the very next chapter.
Andrew Beet
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book i like star trek stories where the prime directive is involved because the crew cant exactly skirt the issue of it and this book is brilliant for that where kirk is ordered to save this race of people but the prime directive limits what he can do also goodreads have got the length of pages wrong its 242 pages not 256. also the prime directive is one of these plot devices where it says look you can do this but you can't do that.
David King
“The Rings of Tautee” is an original series Star Trek novel written by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The story follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as it investigates a Solar System which appears to be disintegrating. Whilst the crew suspect this may be a new Klingon super weapon they are also focused on a pre-warp civilization which will soon be wiped out. The Prime Directive limits their ability to assist this alien race, but if they don’t do something then this species and p ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed it. Quite a lot of tension. I was surprised they could milk so much suspense out of a fairly simple story but it worked nicely. The relationship between Spock and Kirk suggested that this was a fairly early story in the timeline. It wasn't as warm as it became later.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At best, this book pays tribute to the glory days of TOS. At its worst, thats all it is. Slow, episodic, with little to no technology, no sense of wonder, and the classic interaction between the Holy Trinity of science fiction (Kirk, Spock and Bones) barely gets a mention. And the book is way too short, the plot is too simple, the solution too obvious. The racist undertones that Kirk holds against the Klingons are ugly (mind you, they have them against Kirk too) but they are put aside too quickl ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It's not as deep & detailed an epic as it could have been, but it's a solid combination of action, scientific puzzle, and ethical dilemma. It's far from being the most classic Trek story, but it's almost textbook in its construction of what makes "Star Trek" tick.
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was an above average Star Trek novel. It was the fast-paced and the characterizations were right on. A nice, quick read. Very enjoyable.
Taylor Scheid
Not the best Star Trek book I've read, but still very enjoyable! Decent plot, good characterization. Pretty much the best you can hope for.
Laurie Kazmierczak
A bit of a throw back. The novel was first published in 1996 so the characters haven't been scrutinized as much as they are in subsequent books. Overall I enjoyed the plot, the dilemmas and the interactions between the Klingons and the Tauteens. I am glad I read it.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is an incredible example of how not to write a book
Monica Leigh
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story line with a twist to the typical trekian conflict between the federation and klingons. Also includes Kirk's obligatory debate over following the rules or bending them for a greater good.
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, tos
The Rings of Tautee is an interesting story. While not completely mind-blowing, it's an interesting tale that presages cooperation between the Klingons and Federation, and presents a fascinating problem that brings disparate people together to try and solve. I was disappointed in the application of the Prime Directive, but that's a larger problem in Star Trek at large, in my opinion. Several great moments make this novel a little more memorable than some.

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Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The plot is not all that unique, but the novel contains some truly great, subtle character material.
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Greg Lindsay
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Entertaining enough to keep my attention. Decent story with pretty good characters. Good way to kill a hot Saturday afternoon.
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Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun to be back with favourite characters.
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