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Taking Wing

(Star Trek: Titan #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,052 ratings  ·  150 reviews

After almost a decade of strife against foes such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U.S
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 2005 by Pocket Books
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Paul Bowler
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I feel weird giving a book I enjoyed only three stars. I enjoyed it so much I already bought the sequel. I'm going to have a great deal of fun reading the entire series. One of the pluses to Star Trek books is that the writer can absolutely go to town on alien species. A movie or tv series is much more limited in this regard.

The reason I gave it only three stars is that I cannot imagine ever recommending this book to anyone who isn't already wholly in love with Star Trek. I don't think this boo
William Johnson
Star Trek books are both the ultimate comfort food and the epitome of a specific genre that refuses to die. One reason why Star Trek needed to get rebooted right in the ass was because it couldn't adapt to the changing times. I'm not sure if it was just pure stupidity (I'm looking at you Rick Berman) or if the creators just wanted to keep the Roddenberry vision alive and in tact (which is why, coupled with stupidity, the producers seemed to bail on the most innovative Star Trek series Deep Space ...more
C.T. Phipps
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah, William T. Riker. For those of us who grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation, William Riker was awesome. One of the big mistakes studios made about the Wesley Crusher character was assuming that kids would identify with the fourteen-year-old awkward youth on the Enterprise-D. Wrong. Ask any actual child who their favorite character was and it would be Worf, Riker, or Data. That's because kids don't ever want to identify with other kids unless they're Johnny Quest. Even then, the majority ...more
The Mustache Louie Matos
This is a book explicitly, but not exclusively for Star Trek fans. I practically inhaled this book. At the time of its writing, there were three next generation Star Trek shows from which to draw from. Next Generation was making movies, Deep Space Nine was wrapping up, and so was Voyager. Let’s not forget that Spock was still alive and striving for Unification with the Romulans. Star Trek Titan took elements from each of those shows – characters, alien races, unresolved plot lines -- and decided ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Not bad for a first book in an ongoing series. Glad to see the continuation of what happened to the "real" Trek universe after that last movie (Nemesis). Which, i had to look up a lot, because i didn't like it and haven't seen it since it was in theaters (and i refuse to even acknowledge the abrams films). I can't believe i forgot that Data died... jeeze. (that really shouldn't be a spoiler to anyone, given how old that movie is. But it comes up quite a bit in the book, so if you didn't know bef ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
I gave up on this one before I got halfway through.

Before beginning the book I saw some negative reviews complaining about how PC and diversity-conscious this book was. I brushed them off. Diversity has deliberately been a big component of Trek for a long time.

But no, the negative reviews were exactly right. The authors are much more interested in talking about the Titan's incredibly diverse crew than they are in telling the story the book is supposedly about. The species of each crew member is
Sean Kennedy
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
(2.5 / 5)

This book suffers from a lot of flaws within the 'pilot story' syndrome, and this is exacerbated by the fact they seemed to have split it over two books and you need to read #2 to find out what happens. I don't know if the cliffhanger is going to be an ongoing part of the story, but as I was already struggling with this first book it may just prove to be annoying.

I wanted to enjoy this more than I did. But I felt a lot of plot and characterisation was cut to make way for authors salivat
John Yelverton
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very well done "Star Trek" novel, though there are a couple of artistic choices that will leave the "Star Trek" fan scratching their head. The biggest complaint is that it is definitely the first in a series, and leaves the reader on a cliffhanger ending.
Martin Milhomme
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-picks
Easily a five. If they made this into a series, I would watch every week. Amazing!
John Cipolla
Sep 14, 2015 added it
Shelves: star-trek
Wasn't a bad start. I can see how he is mingling the new crew with his hand picks from Enterprise. It will be exciting to see how they develop. The story was about unification.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Star Trek: Titan: Taking Wing by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin Unfortunately, the only review I can offer right now is the German one I wrote for the Austrian Star Trek-newsgroup back in 2005.
Basically, I find the premise of Titan quite intriguing, I'm cautiously optimistic about the crew, quite a few very interesting and likeable characters mixed with others I don't particularly care about. The plot suffers a bit because of the concentration on the characters, though... When all is said and
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
While the prose was passable at best and there were a few moments that lagged in the middle, this story was surprisingly interesting. It strikes a good balance between familiar characters in Trek and new ones, while continuing on in a direction that still seems far more interesting than anything that's happened in the post-Nemesis movies.

I've started and stopped several Trek novels in the last few weeks. Most suffer from trying to emulate the format of the show in that they quickly introduce a c
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, titan, 2018
In this first book in the Titan series, newly appointed captain Riker and his crew are ordered to go to Romulus to broker a peace between a number of Romulan factions and the Remans. This book takes place immediately after the events in Nemesis. It is actually good to see Nemesis before reading this novel, because a number of Romulan characters from that movie pop up in this book.

As mentioned in other reviews this book functions as a pilot of sorts and as such suffers a bit from too many charact
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
It felt like Star Trek, but it was much too slow to start. For the first 100 or so pages, not much happens other than introducing us to all the new characters (of which there are too many to keep track of). In fact, I was relieved when **spoiler alert** some of them end up less person for me to keep track of. I have seen every piece of Star Trek media out there, yet even I could not keep track of all the difference alien races mentioned in this book.

The author also relies much too m
Stephen Pastran
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has two things I love. Riker as Captain, and predominantly humanoid/non-humanoid alien species serving on the ship. In the wake of the events in Star Trek: Nemesis, Captain Riker's mission of exploration is shoved aside when Admiral Akaar assigns Riker to head to Romulus at the Praetor's request as part of a diplomatic/humanitarian convoy. With the Romulans more vulnerable than ever, the Titan crew have to make sure the conflict between Romulans and Remans doesn't turn into war.

Ever s
Michael Hanscom
Captain Riker’s first assignment post-_Nemesis_, dealing a lot with the political aftermath within the Romulan Empire of Shinzon’s rise to and near-immediate fall from power. Deals well with the likely after effects of such a situation while also introducing Riker’s new ship and crew.

Also, quite coincidentally, in many ways a sequel to the last Trek novel I read, _The Sundered_, with several direct ties, and by the same authors. I didn’t even realize it was the same authors until I finished, an
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020, star-trek
Probably 2.5 stars, but I'm rounding down.

I decided to read this as it was the start of Riker as a Captain and would lead into a new series. A lot of this dealt with the Romulans and the aftermath to a really poor Star Trek movie. Those parts were pretty poor - or maybe I just didn't care.

The parts dealing with Titan and the crew were much more interesting. Dr. Ree, the chief surgeon who looks like a dinosaur were fun. Adding Tuvok in later was also good.

I might check the second book eventual
Kai Knetsch
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I was a bit hesitant to read this because of all the new crew/characters. But it was recommended to read this before Articles of the Federation, so I read it. I was pleasantly surprised. I like Martin's writing style. I thought he had a bigger vocabulary than most Star Trek writers. The part about the Remans, Romulans, and Klingons preparing for war was really exciting. He introduces a lot of interesting characters too and kind of set things up for the series. I also re ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, titan
While I enjoyed Taking Wing the first time around years ago, I found myself enjoying it even more this time. The Romulan political story was fascinating, and I discovered much more to like about it reading it now. I also really love the crew of the Titan, and find the diverse species to be interesting and compelling to learn more about. I'm looking forward at making my way through the Titan series again as well as the other books that make up the post-Nemesis continuity!

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Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will Riker's Guide to the Galaxy

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Definitely written with a lot of love for Trek; it picks up directly after the end of the events of Star Trek Nemesis. It's nice to see a lot of characters from TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager continue their adventures in this story. Some great character development of the new characters as well. I particularly enjoyed the idea of the character Dr Ree; hopefully get to see more of his character in future novels! If you'r
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
3.5 stars
An engaging continuation of the A Time To... Series and a good set-up for the conflict in the Alpha Quadrant following Nemesis. The authors spend a decent amount of time establishing the diverse crew, which was enjoyable world-building. However, the last chapter, setting up what comes next, had me rolling my eyes, especially because of a character they'd just brought on board. No spoilers, but it truly made me say: again?!
Whistling Chris
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
If this weren't a Star Trek book, I'd have to rate it even lower. As it is, it is mildly interesting to find out about Riker and his new ship... but a quick read of Wikipedia would be just as entertaining.

Much like the famous 'not another f***ing elf' remark by one of Tolkien's fellow Inklings, this novel had me exclaiming 'not another f***ing non-descript alien race!' Really - how many alien races with little to no description can you put on one crew?
Bret Hammond
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Star Trek novel. I’ve been intrigued by this series for a while. Good story and a nice follow up to Nemesis. However the world-building was a little overwhelming. Lots of character introductions, hitting way too fast with way too many variables. Also, references to incidents that must have been in other novels made me feel like I was missing out on several plot points.

I liked it, but I doubt I’ll be continuing in the series.
John Mosman
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After seeing Riker on Star Trek: Picard, I wondered what happened to the character after Next Gen. Well, he is the captain of the Starship Titan. So I thought I would start this series. Taking Wing is Capt. Riker's first mission and a doozy, trying to stop the destruction of Romulus. Spock, Tuvok, Troi...the band is back together. Fun read. And what was the Dominion War about, huh?
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the crew of Titan so much! Creating a ship full of so many different species and cultures is the best Star Trek can offer. The book suffers a bit in terms of the political plot- some of the inner workings of the Neutral Zone can get overwhelming but the characters themselves are strong enough to pull this book through. Also! So happy to see Melora Pazlar back!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Titan picks up after Star Trek: Nemesis with Riker being put in charge of his own ship and sent off to sort out the Romulan political situation. It has certain over tones of The Undiscovered Country which is no bad thing.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is an okay start but relies far too heavily on characters from The Lost Era series, a series I have not read. I thought this would be a continuation of Riker's story, not this. It's a bummer that now I am unlikely to get a good continuation of Riker's story.
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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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