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Taking Wing

(Star Trek: Titan #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,842 ratings  ·  130 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
Will 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
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: abandoned, fiction
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
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
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
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
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?!
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.
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.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
We have a new ship and crew tasked with exploring far regions of the galaxy.... and just a few pages in, we detour to tired old battles and politics with the Romulans and the Klingons? Come. On.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable but nothing special. Mostly fan service. I think Trekkies will love it.
Scott Miller
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A really fun intro to the continuing voyages of the USS Titan. A solid, satisfying ending that is clearly not an ending.
Erik M
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library

A solid start to the new series, if a little aimless at times. It has a lot to set up, and does a workmanlike job. There's plenty to like to bring you back for book 2.
D.J. Starsage
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read. So glad Riker finally took a promotion and got his own ship. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Slow start, long setup... quick plot resolution. But hopefully a great series. I’m intrigued. The ending seemed like exciting things could take place.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
Directly following the events of Star Trek Nemesis is the first adventure of now-Captain William Riker and his Starship Titan, canonically established in the aforementioned film as Riker's first command. This novel picks up where the film left off concerning Romulan politics, describing the political fallout from the assassination of the entire Romulan Senate, and the resulting ascension of the cunning Tal'Aura to the office of Praetor. (incidentally, Tal'Aura does appear in Nemesis, but her ris ...more
Lance Schonberg
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
When I was younger, I read a lot of Star Trek novels. Between my teen years and my twenties, I accumulated well over 100 of them, mostly TOS, with TNG a close second. I've watched the TV shows for longer than I can remember and have been to see every movie in the theatre.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Star Trek was a big part of my formative SF life, and I still enjoy it, but it’s been a while since I've been in contact with the literature side of things. Maybe too long. Star Trek Titan:
Maurice Jr.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Introducing Captain Riker! After all these years and turning down three commands, Will Riker is now captain of the Titan. He has a multispecies crew and a mission of exploration- what more could he want?

Problem- here comes the surprise mission. Admiral Akaar diverts the Titan to Romulus, where Praetor Tal'ura wants help mediating a peace between various factions all seeking the power she claimed for herself after the death of Shinzon. Now Captain Riker has to adjust to a new command and a new cr
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkers
Shelves: star-trek
This book was a lot of fun! I have been a Trek fan since my early college days when I would spend my afternoons doing homework and watching TNG and DS9 on Spike TV. Like many, I fell in love with the characters of TNG and once I had made my way through the show and movies, I didn't want to leave them just yet, so I started picking up the books.

This is my first time reading through the voyages of the Starship Titan and Captain Riker's first command. Some of the other reviews talk about how this
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, star-trek
An absolutely stunning dive into the post TNG Star Trek universe.
Picking up on Captain William Riker's new command (as mentioned at the end of the movie Star Trek Nemesis) of the USS Titan, a Luna class exploration vessel, this first book in the series takes us through the Neutral Zone, straight to Romulus, the Romulan Star Empire's seat of government. The whole action takes place in the wake of Shinzon's defeat and the power vacuum that created within the empire. Thus, USS Titan's mission is to
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
**Minor Spoilers** if you care about that.

This is the first Star Trek book I've read since I was a kid. First I need to say that despite all of its many, many flaws, I still found this book rather enjoyable. That said, if this book didn't take place in an already established universe with characters I already know and like, I likely would have put this book down after only a few chapters.

As a literary work, this book is not great. The writing is a bit clunky. And the characters feel pretty shall
Telaara Dunwin
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoerbuecher
Erst einmal zu den negativen Dingen: Das Hörbuch war unglaublich schlecht und langweilig gesprochen und offenbar hat niemand Detlef Bierstedt gesagt, wie die Namen der Personen ausgesprochen werden, mit denen er nicht bei der Synchronisation von Star Trek: Next Generation zu tun hatte. Das war überaus enttäuschend, da ich ihn bisher als guten Sprecher kenne (z.B. kürzlich von "Metro 2033"). Doch selbst die schlechteste Lesung kann nicht den Inhalt kaputt machen, und den fand ich tatsächlich groß ...more
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  • Orion's Hounds
  • Sword of Damocles (Star Trek Titan #4)
  • Synthesis (Star Trek: Titan, #6)
  • Lost Souls (Star Trek: Destiny, #3)
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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 Boo ...more

Other books in the series

Star Trek: Titan (10 books)
  • The Red King (Star Trek: Titan, #2)
  • Orion's Hounds
  • Sword of Damocles (Star Trek Titan #4)
  • Over a Torrent Sea (Star Trek: Titan, #5)
  • Synthesis (Star Trek: Titan, #6)
  • Fallen Gods (Star Trek: Titan, #7)
  • Absent Enemies (Star Trek: Titan)
  • Sight Unseen (Star Trek: Titan)
  • Fortune of War
“The only nonhumanoid scientist present at the Blue Table, astrophysicist Se’al Cethente Qas was also the one that Dakal found the most disquieting—though not for the reasons some of the crew seemed to be reacting to Dr. Ree or the other nonhumanoids aboard Titan, none of whom bothered Dakal at all. What troubled him was the fact that Dr. Cethente looked suspiciously like a lamp that had once belonged to Dakal’s paternal grandmother back on Prime. Cethente was a Syrath, whose exoskeletal body had the same fluted quality that was prevalent in Cardassian design. The astrophysicist was shaped, in fact, a great deal like a three-dimensional sculpture of the symbol of the Union: a high dome on top, tapering downward almost to a point before bottoming out in a diamond formation that Dakal knew was the Syrath secondary sense cluster. Like the primary cluster that was the dome, the diamond was dotted with bioluminescent bulges, glowing with the telltale green light of its senses at work, soaking up information about its environment omnidirectionally. Four slender, intricately jointed arachnid legs extended in four directions from the body’s narrowest point, giving Cethente a solid footing on the deck, while an equal number of tentacles emerged at need from equidistant apertures just under the dome. In repose, and with its tentacles retracted, Cethente seemed quite the inanimate object. But to Dakal, the doctor looked so much like the lamp in his grandmother’s dwelling—and which had so consistently unnerved him as a child—that after first being introduced to it, Dakal briefly suspected the Federation of having sent a Syrath operative to spy on his grandmother.” 0 likes
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