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Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

(Star Trek TOS: Movie Novelizations #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,197 ratings  ·  111 reviews
The Federation starship Reliant is on its surveying mission to find a lifeless planet to serve for the test site for Genesis Project. While surveying Ceti Alpha V they accidentally discover the camp of Khan Noonien Singh, who with his followers, quickly captures the ship. Khan then seizes space station Regula I where the Genesis Project is being developed. Khan lures his n ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 223 pages
Published July 1st 1982 by Pocket
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Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This actually makes the movie understandable, and it’s so good. This and the first movie novelization are probably good places to start reading if you’re not familiar with tos characters.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the pompous Star Trek the Movie which was a really science fiction movie and a shedload of starship porn, to which the USS Enterprise does seem to lend itself for, we got the Wrath of Khan.

The Wrath of Khan was actually an sequel to the 1967 Star Trek episode Space Seed andin this tale Khan Noonien Singh who was stranded on a lush planet gets found by accident on a desert planet with the survivors of his group. After the Enterprise and Kirk let him on an apparent paradise the Sun of that s
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
My fondness for the show notwithstanding,I've found it hard to like Star Trek movies.

The Wrath of Khan was the second in the series and I found it terrible.It was a box office success,however.

The special effects are terrible and Klingons have always been my least favourite Star Trek characters.They seem to be modeled on Genghis Khan's Mongols.

Kirk is now an admiral and Klingons are about to detonate the powerful Genesis device. The original script in the movie included the death of Spock.

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Daniel Kukwa
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
SF legend Vonda McIntyre takes a few liberties, makes a few enhancements...and creates a novelization of the film that transforms the best Star Trek film into a story filled with even MORE violent, terrifying, and breathtaking moments. It's also a book that expands on Saavik with astonishing success. You can read and re-read this novelization and never once feel bored. ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well done novelization
S. J.
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, anyone whose watched the movie
*4 Stars* Really 3.5+ but worth the round up.

*The Gush*
It's really simply. THIS EXPLAINS THE MOVIE! All the places that made no sense. All the things that lowered my appreciation of the movie because 'it' made no sense! Don't get me wrong, this is one of my all time favorite movies in the Star Trek universe, but parts just made me mad. Now, I understand what they were trying to say but either cut a key scene or wanted you to read between the lines but you were just never sure.
Example: Saavik an
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
A Quickie Review

I used to read Star Trek books and watch the accompanying films fairly often...but that was a long time ago. Despite its popularity, The Wrath of Khan was one movie I just couldn't seem to get into...and the book was the same way. I had trouble understanding a lot of it, though it seemed to be well-written. Trekkies will definitely love this book; everyone else shouldn't bother.

Content Concerns: This is based on a movie that pretty much everyone has already seen or doesn't want t
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
umm Perhaps I shed a tear reading a star trek novelization aha .... but ya it’s about found family and love and sacrifice and creation triumphing over destruction and the belief in the good of humanity above all
Michael Hanscom
(This review applies equally to Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home.)

In a move that (if I remember correctly) was rather unusual for the time, the Star Trek franchise created three films that were direct sequels: each stands alone as its own story, but they also comprise three parts of one overarching story, with all the events taking place over the course of just a few months.

In a wonderful turn of events, author Vonda N. McIntyre
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic addition to the film. A must read for fans of the series.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book!Saavik is SO MUCH RADDER than Movie!Saavik.
The Mustache Louie Matos
The Wrath of Khan is a Star Trek: The Original Series movie novelization by Vonda N. McIntyre. It takes many of the story elements of the movie and amplifies them with the character perception that can only flow in book form. Peter Preston is rounded out better. He is 14 years old. He’s embarrassed that Scotty communicates to Admiral Kirk that he is Preston’s uncle. He also has a crush on Lt. Saavik. The pathos in the book is augmented by such profound touches. I love this book.
Jeremiah Murphy
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoah! This was a lot more emotional than the movie. I really enjoyed McIntyre’s novel Enterprise but was reluctant to read her Star Trek movie novelizations, because I had already seen the films. But this was good! There’s more here than in the movie. I wonder how much was from early screenplay drafts and how much was fresh material from McIntyre.
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The movie Wrath of Khan has been ruined forever. All hail the Wrath of Khan (book)! Let me explain, because Vonda McIntyre owned this.

For father's day, I do not require much. Give me a hot meal, a warm cuddle, and a chilly blanket covered viewing of StarTrek: The Wrath of Khan. Family time at it's best. Unfortunately, this year my children are of an age where this movie would cause undue stress. Earworms, explosions, blind revenge and blood really dont jive too well with toddlers, so it is on pa
Russell Horton
Novelizations are wonderful. Pure film adaptations that document and show the reader script development. (Usually such novels are adapted from an early draft and not from the finished product.

Star Trek II is no exception. Its no spoiler if its mentioned that there is a lot more development of minor characters in this not to mention swearing. Fascinating.
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I'm in two minds about this book. I want to give it two stars and I want to give it four. I'll keep it at three. There are some great things in this book, like Saavik, who gets fleshed out here to good effect. There are also things here that drive me insane. Now I know that scripts probably changed while McIntyre wrote this, but every time I read the words Alpha Ceti V or Regulus 1 it drove me crazy!

A problem I have, and its my problem not the books, is that I know the movie too well. The Wrath
Elizabeth Wallace
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I went through a super-intense Original Star Trek mania for exactly one summer. (After that I got into "The Next Generation" and never looked back.) But during that summer I picked up this book in my Grandmother's library and read the entire thing in one evening in her air-conditioned kitchen in southern Alabama. And burst into tears. Twice. (Anybody who's read the book will know which two scenes did it, for everybody else, I ain't telling, go read the book.) I can count on one hand the books th ...more
Robert Davis
Jun 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I actually read this novelization BEFORE seeing the movie back in the 80's, so I went into it fresh and without preconceptions. What remains memorable 30 years later is the point in the story when the Reliant and Enterprise play cat and mouse within the Mutara Nubulae. Kirk orders the helm to "Z minus 10,000 meters." Kirk is described as wanting to say, "Dive, Dive!" as a submarine commander would have done. Not brilliant writing to be sure, and even as a 12 year old I thought "hmm.. really?!" ...more
Sean Randall
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best Star Trek Movies, as many will agree, and this book actually does the film credit. It expands on things not shown onscreen (adds characters and deepens existing material very well) and is generally an extremely well-written, atmospherically tight and character-driven story. One of the best novel versions of screen events I have come across.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

I'm a bit ashamed to put this on my list and even more ashamed to say that I really love this book. II is my favorite of the Trek movies and there is much more development here of the minor characters, especially some of the 'red shirts'. Am I a geek? Ya, sure, you betcha.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How is it that the film (and book) Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan is 37 years old? It blows my mind. The recent death of Vonda McIntyre prompts me to accelerate the reading of two books of hers I have on my read this year shelf. Last year I read her Star trek novel [The Entropy Effect] which was an early entry in the long running series of stories by many authors, and I thought it was one of the best Trek novels I have read.

This novelization of the second Star Trek film from 1982 is book #7 in t
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read if you like the movie - I think it might be a bit difficult to understand if you are completely unfamiliar with Star Trek however. Not a long read - about 180 pages.

The book follows the plot of the movie and, as you would expect, it adds more information and detail in addition to fleshing out the characters and situations more. I particularly enjoyed the additional information about Khan and his people; their relationship with one another and how time on Ceti Alpha V has ta
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

The novelization of the movie, this actually works very well as a complement to the movie. There's a lot less about Khan here and a lot more about the Genesis project. In fact the best parts of the book are probably the ones set in the Genesis lab with a lot of new characters and plenty of gory horror when Khan invades.

There are also some funny things here, funny because this was written in 1982 and talks about computing in the future. For example, two of the members of the Genesis team like pl
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for film novelisations, as they were most likely the things that made me fall in love with books in the first place when I was a kid. But I also recognise the inherent low quality of many of them.

This is one of the good ones. It appears to be based on an early version of the screenplay and sticks to that fairly closely, but it also adds and expands upon it with quite a bit of new material which is very welcome. The result is an alternate version of the movie with more depth an
Octavia Cade
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Far and away the best of the Star Trek movies, the novelisation of The Wrath of Khan is also one of the better of the Star Trek books. The movie remains the better story, I think, and most of that is down to performance. McIntyre's version of the last scene with Spock, and with the funeral, is affecting, but not to the extent of the film, and there's some disadvantage to individual characters from the change in medium. Take Kahn, for instance. His book portrayal is a little thin - almost cartoon ...more
Jason Vargo
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A worthy novelization and elaboration on the best of the TOS movies. This novel does what the movie really couldn't do: show, in gruesome fashion, how obsessed Khan is with Kirk. There are scenes on the Spacelab which come right out of a horror novel which add to the mounting terror in the movie. The description of the space battles is incredibly visual while the overall story is fast moving.

The thing that didn't work for me, however, is Saavik. I just couldn't gen
Gilbert Stack
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the novelization of the best of the Star Trek movies. I read it a couple of times when the movie first came out and then picked it up on a whim recently to read on my phone. The author, Vonda McIntyre has written original Star Trek novels (Enterprise, The Entropy Effect) and two other novelizations. She has a subtle understanding of the characters and a real gift for putting them on the page. Yet the best thing about this novelization is the parts that weren’t emphasized properly in the ...more
Chuck White
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

An excellent adaptation of an excellent Star Trek and sci-fi film. The book really gives some insights into the secondary characters, particularly Saavik, Peter Preston and the crew of Regulas One's spacelab.

The only thing missing, and I am guessing this was because it was a last minute addition to the film and they didn't have time to write it into the novel (which was released about the same time as the film) was the part about Spock telling McCoy to "remember" when the former transfers his co
Paul Kautz
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great adaptation of one of the most interesting Star Trek stories of them all. I especially liked the deep and quite disturbing details of the true madness of Khan Noonien Singh that you don‘t get to see in the movie or the „Space Seed“ episode of the original series on which the film (and ultimately this book) is based.

I didn‘t like the unnecessary focus on the Peter Preston side story though. It‘s astonishingly boring and clearly a filler - this character gets like two seconds in the movie
Rolando Gallegos
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best movies ever made and one of the best books ever. Everything the movie is and more. Some insights into the characters and a thoroughly joy to read. Hey if you don't like the movie or Star Trek (you heathen) then don't bother with it. If you are a fan then this is required reading. Loved it! ...more
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Vonda Neel McIntyre was a U.S. science fiction author. She was one of the first successful graduates of the Clarion Science fiction writers workshop. She attended the workshop in 1970. By 1973 she had won her first Nebula Award, for the novelette "Of Mist, and Grass and Sand." This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The novelette and novel both co ...more

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