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Schwert Des Damokles

(Star Trek: Titan #4)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Schicksal: Ein Konzept, so alt wie das Leben selbst. Formen unsere Entscheidungen die Zukunft oder ist es andersherum? Und wenn unser Weg vorherbestimmt ist – wenn wir unser Ende vorhersehen könnten – zu was würde uns dieses Wissen verpflichten? Die Reisen der Titan bringen das Schiff zu einer Welt am Rande des Verstandes. Orisha ist ein Planet, dessen Bewohner seit Jahrhu ...more
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Published August 14th 2010 by Cross Cult (first published December 2007)
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Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting yarn in this sequel series.
Star Trek novels used to be about whatever crew you were reading about showing up at a planet, finding something wacky and then spending the novel solving whatever crisis they stumbled across. You could jump in and out of the Trek novels without much knowledge of prior events beyond which characters you were reading about this week. Rarely did the novels build on one another and create some type of overall cohesive storyline or continuity.

Then came New Frontier and changed the equation. Now it s
Best of the Titan books, although that's not saying a lot. How about: better than most non-Peter David Trek books.

The good: strong character development, interesting plot, they don't wipe out billions of people in this one (just hundreds of thousands)
The bad: Troi/Riker 'conflict' feels forced, the situation with the Charon seems contrived, new character comes off as a Mary Sue, borrows too heavily from Generations

Of course, the worst part is that you need to read the previous (sub-par) entries
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What happens when you mix up theology, a downed ship, the Prime Directive, time phases and Paradox?
Read the darn book if you want to find out how it turns out, silly.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, star-trek, titan
Sword of Damocles is not a typical Star Trek novel. The style of the writing is a significant departure from the "norm," but in my opinion, the story is all the better for it. There is some great character work in this novel, and some interesting time-twisting adventures that, while maybe a little confusing, serve to make the story a fascinating one. I would have liked to have seen Geoffrey Thorne tackle more Star Trek novels after Sword of Damocles.

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Daniel Kukwa
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Intense, emotional, and designed to mess with your head; this isn't an easy read, but it's certainly a provocative one. You can cut the tension in this book with a knife, and while its relentless nature and its mildly psychedelic style requires more concentration than the standard Trek novel, it rewards with a feeling of exhaustion and exhilaration by its conclusion. It's also great to see the influence of DS9, as this book effortless mixes the spiritual and the religious with Trek's usual secul ...more
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the Titan series took on a darker tone- literally. The ship explored an area of space inhabited by "darklings" (estoteric energy creatures who literally blacked out the stars) and found the experience exhilarating until (surprise), something happened to interrupt their scientific exploration.

A message came through with their name in it, garbled by the darklings' natural state. While trying to trace it back to its source, the ship was hit by some sort of energy pulses that kept
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sword of Damocles continues the adventures of the Starship Titan and her biologically diverse crew as they carry out their mission to "explore strange new worlds"

I've been reading the relaunched Star Trek books chronologically, using a list I've found online. For the most part I've enjoyed them..... unfortunately this book is the exception

Several chapters into this book I had the urge to put it aside and never look at it again, instead I persevered

Sword Of Damocles isn't so much a bad book as a
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This series frustrates me so. I want so badly to love it. Riker, Troi & Tuvok are among my very favorite Star Trek characters. Unfortunately the Titan series is just a dud. These familiar characters often take the back seat toa ridiculous menagarie of alien characters. Everytime I get to a line about Torvig the robotic ostrich boy or Hulian the tiny blue Carebear it just completely takes me out of the story. It's too much, I mean for heaven's sake the doctor is a T-Rex or whatever. Blah. I'm goi ...more
The fourth in the Star Trek: Titan series of novels, about a multispecies crew under the command of Captain Riker, Sword of Damocles is a deftly written novel that has an intriguing mystery and time travel problem to be solved. The characters, some of whom we "know" via aired Trek and some we've "met" via previous novels, are complex and relatable. I am not familiar with author Geoffrey Thorne's work but will be searching out his other stories. For the casual Star Trek fan, this novel might be a ...more
Mike Gallagher
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it was a solid installment of Titan. I liked that they expanded Vale's role more. They should be utilizing her more often. The supporting cast got a fair shake and the life aboard ship felt real. Too often they only include characters that are pertinent, forgetting the other co-stars.
Riker and Deanna got a much needed breather.
The aliens, the Orishans, were interesting and not overdeveloped. The plot had some interesting twists and turns.
Overall I enjoyed the story.
Katie Buerk
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book Troi was very vulnerable so it was nice to see her bring down her guard a bit. But not so good that R/T are basically holding each other at arms length. They both are tested in parental decision making after a tragic loss of their first child due to a miscarriage mentioned but not witness 5 months prior. Both needed to make a difficult decision and of course Troi said no and Riker went along with her choice even though it was likely Troi would loose her life.
It starts with the destruction of the Titan, and then goes back to how it happened. This is an intriguing story involving a bit of time travel, and some great character development. The crew of the Titan is really coming to life now, and the interactions between them are very readable. There's some shocks, and some very nice plot twists. A good read. ...more
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
This series is wonderful. Renews the spirit of Trek, and is satisfying for long-time fans and newcomers.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The previous Titan adventure, Orion's Hounds, left me with some hope that the series had finally gotten its legs and settled into a pleasing rhythm, outlandish and ridiculous alien crewmembers notwithstanding. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in that regard.
Geoffrey Thorne's effort here is admirable- he seems to have done a lot of work towards learning the ins and outs of the U.S.S. Titan and its crew, and showed genuine imagination in crafting the plot. It's intended to be a romp through
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Caleb Dorsch
I really enjoyed the first 150 pages or so. It was a little slow, but very much a slice of life on the Titan. The general strong suit of the Titan novels has been the focus on exploration and science and that holds true here.

However, the middle portion of the novel is unnecessarily convoluted and confusing. The author does this thing where he writes entire passages that refer to characters as “she” or “he” without providing enough context to truly understand which character is being referenced.
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Jay Blanchard
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This adventure of the crew of NCC-80102 (Titan) got off to somewhat of a slow start and seemed to be leading down to contact with some sentient version of dark energy when things changed drastically, becoming a race against time for Titan and her crew.

The ship is caught in some sort of temporal folding of space apparently emanating from a nearby planet or what appears to be an energy bubble of great power. In a race against time, an away team wishes to make contact with the planet dwellers to ge
Jonne Steen Redeker
This is an interesting, although often confusing read. It has a plot that heavily relies on time travel, and extra-dimensional concepts like Tesseracts. I read this book years ago, and I didn't get most of it. My recent reread actually made a lot more sense. I do not know if this is because of rereading, or just because I myself have changed. I have to dock some points for the initial confusion, but in the end it was a pretty good read. This was also the first Titan book written after they decid ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that being able to rate it 3.75 would be more accurate. I started reading the Titan series nearly as soon as the started being released, so it has been a while since i read the first 5 books but I know I felt that the second & third books where not as good as the first, but this one was equal to the the first.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this book in 2013 and I didn't enjoy it as much last time as I did this time. Overall a decent book ...more
Martin Milhomme
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Really enjoying this series. On to the next one.
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Story wasn't my favorite and the ending wasn't either. Way too over priced as well. Unsure why it was so expensive
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy. That was not good.
April Garcia
Sep 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this one at all. ...more
Spen Pritchard
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Read

Really well written and the most engaging of the first four Titan novels. The author has a natural ability to make you care about the new characters.
Lance Schonberg
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Sword of Damocles is the fourth book in the Star Trek: Titan series, following the adventures of Captain Riker and his Diplomatic Officer/wife Deanna Troi on the starship Titan. More non-humans than humans on the crew and a lot of new characters. Also worth noting is Lt. Commander Tuvok, of Voyager fame, at tactical.

It’s also the first of the Titan books whose story doesn’t depend on picking up a plot point or story device from another book or episode in one or more of the TV series or movies. A
I found a chronological list of Trek books that take place after Nemesis and am reading them in order, at least the ones I can find at the library. They cover Next Gen, Titan and Voyager. So far I have read six out of the eight to date, (could not find two at the library and do not want to actually buy them) four of which have been Titan. I have to say that I do not enjoy them all that much; there is, for me anyway, far too much scientific jargon which I tend to just skip over. I also pretty muc ...more
Aaron Eiche
The Sword of Damocles is a decent Star Trek Book, and I'm enjoying the adventures of the crew of the Titan.

I think my biggest complaint about this book is that it oft times feels like a Star Trek book with another short sci-fi book thrown in. There are a number of points which approach the story from the antangonists' point of view. There's nothing wrong with that, except that it's taken so much from that POV, that it becomes a parallel story, one that seems to have next-to-no connections to th
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Geoffrey Thorne is an American novelist and screenwriter.

Thorne was born in the United States and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

After winning Second Prize in Simon & Schuster's sixth annual Strange New Worlds anthology with his story "The Soft Room," he went on to publish more stories in several media tie-in anthologies as well as the Star Trek: Titan novel Sword of Damocles.

As a scr

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