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Star Trek (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  637 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Lightning can indeed strike twice in the same place, as THE EUGENICS WARS: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume Two proves to be every bit as exciting, entertaining, and humorous as the first volume of this saga. The second portion of this engrossing story takes the reader from the beginnings of Khan's consolidation of his power, through the events that lead to ...more
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Published April 10th 2002 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published 2002)
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Nov 02, 2015 Elen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Donald Kirch
Apr 13, 2009 Donald Kirch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! As stated, Star Trek is a "guilty pleasure." Upon reading this series, I can understand the series episode "Space Seed" so much clearer. But, then again, most "trekkers" knew that there was more to Kahn than there appeared.
Travis Starnes
Nov 06, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The big thing that works for this book is Khan himself and the relationship between Khan and Seven. Cox does an admirable job in translating the Montobon version of Khan into book form and then working that back into a younger version of the man for the early parts of the book. The growth of the relationship between Khan and Seven and their estrangement was also really well done. You can feel the tension between the two men and the pull of their past friendship. Overall the entire cast of charac ...more
Bret Jones
Sep 24, 2008 Bret Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Recommended to Bret by: part two in a storyline
Continuing the saga of Khan Noonien Singh, Greg Cox again shows his historical knowledge by intertwining that with fan favorite characters from the Star Trek universe.
Dec 11, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed book one, it was a little to "on the nose" with the Easter eggs in the story but still very good. The Easter Eggs are back and even though they make sense it also is a little obvious, especially if you know Trek lore and it took me out a little bit. There are some that are very forced, such as the very last one in the book. Sarah Silverman's Voyager character? Really? Still an enjoyable story and well written, fun prose, paced wonderfully and you can tell Cox had a lot of fun wi ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, st-tos
Having seized power in India and cultivated a network of spies and yes-men who will do his bidding throughout Asia, genetically engineered and predestined ruler of the world Khan Noonien Singh is ready for expansion. Having experienced his first difficulty in politics (people), Khan hopes that joining forces with his fellow augments will expedite his dreams of world domination. Enter sibling rivalry…with biogenic weapons. The second volume of The Eugenics Wars tries to fit the wars themselves i ...more
David King
At the start of the novel Khan has managed to become a dictator with control over parts of India and has begun the process of bringing together his fellow genetically engineered humans in the hope of the uniting the world under his leadership. However, when a meeting between various other superhuman warlords, generals and leaders goes wrong, war breaks out amongst them. Gary Seven and his colleagues are then left with the unenviable job of trying to deal with Khan and his superhuman brethren bef ...more
Der 2. Teil von Greg Cox Roman-Zweiteilers um die Eugenischen Kriege des Star Trek Canons sind genauso enttäuschend wie bereits der 1. Teil. Das Problem ist, dass die Eugenischen Kriege und der Aufstieg und Fall des Khan Noonien Singhs im Star Trek Kanon einer der großen Markierungspunkte der menschlichen Geschichte war, noch Jahrhunderte später werden James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko und andere Ikonen des Star Trek Kosmos noch immer sehr von diesen Ereignissen betroffen und beeinf ...more
I'm still not sure that Gary Seven, Roberta, and Isis were the right characters to use to guide the reader along Khan's journey. It almost became a drinking game: they have to save the world, take a shot, they lose their servo, take a shot, they lose their servo at the most inopportune time, take three shots, they expose someone to technology they didn't want to, drink some more. Sometimes I thought if they changed the name of this book, I wouldn't be so annoyed that Roberta and Seven keep showi ...more
Benn Allen
Better than the first volume, for sure. The first volume was primarily set up. Volume two, on the other hand, hits the ground running.

The book is reasonably action packed and quite entertaining, but it still suffers the same problems as part one: The numerous appearances of characters from other installments of the TREK franchises, references to things like the "The Wicker Man" (the original 1970s film) and from Marvel Comics the African kingdom of Wakanda (birthplace of T'Challa, the Black Pant
Matthew Kresal
Jan 09, 2012 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars is much like the first in that it is a fascinating mix of Trek continuity of what "happened" in the 20th century (more specifically 1992-1996, which is covered in this volume) and real world history. As a result of the setting, and the focus on the characters of Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln (from the TOS episode Assignment: Earth), it’s far more spy story and techno thriller than a typical Trek story. Given that the 1990s were quite a way off w ...more
Once again I listened to the audio book of this. Although this one was read by Rene Auberjonois I believe and he does a WONDERFUL job. I'll have to find more books he's read because he's well spoken and does voices well without sounding like he's trying to do voices, if that makes sense.

So I've decided I love these books. They're just ridiculous enough to keep it light-hearted which they need otherwise they'd be all just war and death. I'd love to read more about Gary 7 (And need to hunt down th
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The second volume in the hugely ambitious and complex Trek saga by Cox is more serious than its predecessor. There's still a lot of that old ironic humor and witty references to popular culture from volume I, but it's all shadowed by an overwhelming sense of pessimism. Here's a book that examines the destructive part of the human equation on a geopolitical scale. Our race is presented as one of uncontrollable selfishness and violence, a force of merciless destruction.

This speculative historical
Steven Shinder
Sep 01, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second volume brings readers to the 1990s, the time of the actual Eugenics Wars. Greg Cox interprets the Eugenics Wars as a conflict of which the general public were unaware; it appears in the form of acts of terrorism that appear to be random. Cox does a great job staying true to Khan's character, even to the point of having him quote Paradise Lost. The words spoken by Kirk in the opening for Star Trek: The Original Series are referenced when Gary Seven speaks to Khan near the end of the n ...more
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Clark Hallman
Dec 31, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Star Trek, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox – In volume one of this trilogy Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln destroyed the underground eugenics lab and rescued Khan Noonien Singh and the other genetically enhanced children. Then we saw them trying to guide and control Kahn as a teenager and young adult. In volume two, Kahn is an extremely egotistical adult who ruthlessly attempts to seize power on a global scale. We see him evolve into a megalomaniac w ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Julio rated it really liked it
As a star trek fan I thought this was a good book with a solid ending. I have to admire how actual world events were woven into the story as also part of the eugenics wars. What I was not expecting was that based on what I knew from Khan and the War, I was surprised by this books take on both. In this book the Eugenics War was more of conflict that was hushed up and the general public had no idea of what was really going on. Khan boasted of how he had power over millions but based on this book, ...more
Denise Link
The constant barrage of pop culture references seemed toned down in this volume, compared with the first one. That was a relief. In its place, to annoy me, were constant references to the *advanced age* of Gary Seven. Who was 65. ugh. Even a non-genetically-enhanced human who takes reasonable care of himself is not as decrepit as Seven is depicted here at age 65. It was distracting.

Ageism aside, this was marginally better than Volume One, if only because it actually has a resolution. I would ha
Tommy Verhaegen
Oct 06, 2016 Tommy Verhaegen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook_en
Clever mix of the storyline with actual (recent) historical facts from the 1990s. Thinking too much about this would hook one to one of the many current conspiracy theories :-). Again the focus is on the past and much less attention is given to events in Kirk's own time. Big exception is the duel with the Klingons which is some refreshing "standard" SF. Well-written, exciting and with humour, the value of this series is more in filling the gaps in the whole Star Trek oeuvre than as works on thei ...more
Montgomery Webster
Jun 01, 2012 Montgomery Webster rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Definitely a much more worthwhile read than Volume 1, but still a stinging disappointment. Sadly, Volume 1 is also substantially longer, leaving very little in the second book. Additionally, having the Eugenic "Wars" take place before the book was written is very strange. Maybe that is how the story was setup in other references, but it is altogether miserable to read. Generally, the events in the book are not strong enough for generations later to remember.
Not worth anybody's time and should pr
Christopher Dodds
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In this second of two volumes on the Eugenics Wars, author Greg Cox recounts how Khan Noonien Singh transformed from prideful idealist into revengeful megalomaniac, with Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln attempting to control the brushfires of internecine fighting between Khan and his supersiblings.

Plot: B
Writing: C
Vocabulary: C
Level: Intermediate
Rating: R (eugenics, murder, torture, nuclear explosions, mobs, sociopathy, theft, double agents)
Worldview: Atheistic
This book carried on from the previous book, but also seemed to lose its way during the course of of the book, and by the time the climax had rolled around, it was just wheezing. Some of the plot choices seemed questionable to me, and to top it off, the climax and resolution just seemed rushed, and out of character, but I did enjoy the plot twist during the climax.
Jul 19, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know some people have issues with the Eugenics War being more being the scenes, but after finishing the book I was satisfied with how he intertwined Trek canon with history and his telling of how it played out. Definitely going to read the third book to see how he wraps up the rest of the untold story.
Indika De Silva
Jan 10, 2013 Indika De Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part 2 which contains the back story of one of the greatest Star Trek Original Series villains the feared Khan Noonien Singh. The author has successfully integrated world history/current affairs and blended it with adventures of Khan and Gary Seven. A must read for a Star Trek Original Series Fan. Part two of two of the series.
Jun 17, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This and its direct prequel are amazing books. The backstory provided for one of Star Trek's most notorious villains is phenomenal and ties into other Star Trek lore from the Original Series and Voyager. The way that they adapt it to real history (since the Eugenics Wars took place in the 1990s) is quite good too, since they make it more of a secret war rather than an overt one.
C. William
Feb 17, 2011 C. William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This coupled with the first volume and To Reign in Hell were more than a bit satisfying. The research Cox had to have gone through in the writing of this trilogy had to be severe. Fills in the fans with more info on Khan and made me side with him just a bit. Highly recommend these books for the Trek fans out there.
Deranged Pegasus
May 14, 2011 Deranged Pegasus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Just as intriguing as the first volume with it own hints to the Series. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the central book of A Piece of the Action. This is a stunning example of the rich universe and history that is the world of Star Trek.
Don Incognito
This novel is interesting but poorly written. Also loaded with [seven-letter vulgar word starting with f, that denotes a pompous fan showing off his/her knowledge of series continuity] and sprinkled with the author's political beliefs. Not recommended.
Patrick Nichol
Jul 30, 2011 Patrick Nichol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant. I always wondered how Khan could launch spacecraft from Earth aftrer he became the world's most wanted man.

It's also a bonus we're visited by Bill Clinton, Gary Seven and Capt. Kirk and crew.
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