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The Black Shore (Star Trek: Voyager #13)

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After weeks of lonely journeys through a desolate region fo the Delta Quadrant, the crew of "Voyager" is badly in need of
shore leave, so the planet Ryolanov seems just what the doctor ordered. Full of warm sunlight and gracious, hospitable people,
Ryolanov is a veritable oasis amidst the endless reaches of uncharted space.
Alerted by his spirit guide, Chakotay is the firs
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Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Pocket Books
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Elizabeth Perez
Voyagers crew is burnt out in the middle of space (think of the episode Night) and the captain wants to find shore leave annnnd BAM there is a nice planet. This planet has a lot to offer and some interesting aliens or that is how it starts off anyways. I think this is set late season 2 maybe early season 3.

I enjoyed this book but there were certainly some not so great parts. This was classic star trek so nothing too original about the plot except some obvious holes. The story was overwritten at
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I B Broome
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr Cox delivers another sound novelization. Set in the third years of the series an opportunity for shore leave goes seem to good to be true...(never). With strong characterization and a grip on continuity it was nice to see the relationship with Kes and B`elanna explored. ...more
Joshua Palmatier
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
In terms of a Star Trek book, this was very enjoyable. In fact, it read quite like an episode of the show (which I'm currently rewatching).

The premise is that Voyager is traveling through a part of space with few inhabited planets or people. So when they get an automated signal inviting them to come enjoy the lush paradise of a nearby planet, they head there looking for some much needed shore leave. The race inhabiting the planet is warm, friendly, and the crew is living it up on the blissful bl
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Sharon
First of all let me say that this book is extremely well written. The plot does not drag and there are highs and lows at all the right moments. Cox is probably one of my favorite ST Original Series authors.

I am sure there were reasons for this but I was disappointed to discover that this late in the series the book still had Kes as a part of the Crew. I have nothing against that character, no hate, but there was a dearth of the numbered books that included Seven of Nine. If we were to exclude t
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Paul
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
PLOT OR PREMISE:
Janeway and her crew are in desperate need of shoreleave...and they receive an invitation from an uncharted planet to visit and enjoy the paradise nature of the lands. All is not necessarily as it seems, including the citizens' treatment of their pets, the Neffaler, which seem surprisingly intelligent, almost sentient.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Good descriptive prose, with lots of little sub-stories -- Kes' pre-occupation and disturbing telepathic forces, Paris' involvement with the daughter
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Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Black Shore takes place about three years into the journey. Kes is still alive and on board and Seven of Nine has not joined the crew yet. The book is well written and fun to read. There is a scene with the doctor that is extremely funny, at least I thought so since I love the show. T

he nice thing about the story is that it really doesn’t focus on just one or two of the characters. All are involved, but a lot of the story revolves around Chakotay, Kes, Tom and B’Elanna. I found it nice to re
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John Carter McKnight
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked this up thinking it was a new entry in the recent arc of Voyager novels, but it's not. It harks back to the terrible days of Star Trek novels around 2000, when they were the worst sort of formulaic pulp.

Cox writes well, that's not the problem at all. But the plot is transparent from the beginning, save for a couple increasingly nonsensical revelations. The story is a shameless mashup of the pilots of two famous SF TV series, with a great big handful of overused SF/F tropes thrown in, f
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Jimyanni
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
"Captain, these people seem really nice, they're attractive, civilized, and friendly. Given that there is no sign of other conflict, they must be villains planning to dupe us and take over the ship!" No, Tuvok didn't actually say these words, but he should have. To the reader, at least, if not to the characters, it was that transparent.

Still, the story moved reasonably well, the characters were handled competently, and the action, once it actually started, was intense and riveting. So I can't p
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Hannah
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Still have this one. I treasured it as a Geekling, largely due to my devotion to the Kim/Kes pairing. I was a rabid shipper, a few years before we could afford the internet, and LONG before I knew how to use it for geekery. My copy is slightly marred as a result. The handful of scenes with Neelix and Kes on the beach have been edited with green gel pen to read "Kim and Kes"
Chris
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, voyager
It was a decent little Voyager tale. I started Marooned the same night I finished this though, and in just 30 pages it was more interesting and action packed than all 278 pages of this book. Meh, is about the best review I can give it.
Angela
Voyager use a planet for shore leave and things are too good to be true. Chakotay isn't in this much, so don't let the cover fool you. It's a bit predictable, but there are some highlights. The Doctor dealing with the aliens is definitely one of them. A good read.
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some rather obvious plot devices can't ruin a book that has some important points to make and stays close to the characters.
Karin
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March_hare
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Pleasant entertainment. All in all, one of the better Star Trek books.
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