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The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars #1)

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"The most critical period in Earth's history." -- Gary Seven, Supervisor 194

Even centuries later, the final decades of the twentieth century are still regarded -- by those who know the truth of what really happened -- as one of the darkest and most perilous chapters in the history of humanity. Now, as an ancient and forbidden technology tempts mankind once more, Captain Ja
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published July 1st 2001)
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Nov 01, 2015 Elen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have absolutely no idea why this makes so many lists of "the best Star Trek books" because frankly it's just awful. The main characters in the flashback are honestly really boring and the author's need to insert pop culture references into every damn scene just make it feel hackneyed as hell. NEW COKE! LEGWARMERS! SONY WALKMAN! HAS IT SET IN THAT IT'S 1986 YET? Like gimme a break. Also the weird political choices the author makes are absolutely absurd? Like Khan makes a lot of excellent points ...more
This book is little more than a vehicle for Greg Cox to demonstrate his knowledge of political and cultural history of the late 20th century, as well as his knowledge of the Star Trek universe. Khan and Gary Seven (with faithful sidekicks Roberta and Isis) tromp through world history a la Forrest Gump except with an agenda. Allegedly, their agenda is the same, to help humanity survive into the 21st century, although Khan already shows signs of being the anti-hero we know from episode and movie. ...more
May 03, 2015 Tarl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, spy
This book is essentially two stories in one. One is of Kirk and the Enterprise going to check out a planet full of genetically modified humans, while the other is the history of Khan, as told by Gary Seven. (don't know who that is? He was a James Bond/Dr Who character from the original TV series) While doing this novel in this nested story style is interesting, it also creates a number of issues.

The parts told from Kirk's point of view are all interesting and engaging. Cox does a wonderful job p
I found this difficult to put down, in part due to the inclusion of three of the more interesting characters from one of the episodes of the TV show, managing to show some of the back story to one of the most interesting villains ever to grace the TV show and movies. The outer story seemed rather contrived, and the plot twist in the outer story seemed forced, but I am looking forward to the second book in the series.
Donald Kirch
Apr 13, 2009 Donald Kirch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always considered "Star Trek" to be one of my guilty pleasures. This book really got to me, on many levels. I had always been curious as to Kahn's past. This book answers those questions. This character was, without a doubt, the best "bad guy" Kirk had ever faced.

As a pleasant surprise, the author does great tribute to the characters and the actors who played them. Gary Seven, who was played by Robert Lansing in the series, gets an "Equalizer" nod when a certain "friend" named "McCall" is
Jenny T
A fantastic blend of real historical events with Star Trek canon -- most of the book feels like a spy adventure in the 1970s, featuring Gary Seven, his assistant Roberta, and their super-intelligent alien cat Isis, as they investigate and take down a lab breeding dangerous mutant bacteria... and genetically altered super-children (including the 4-year old who would one day be Khan Noonien Singh)

The book dragged a bit in the 1980s with all the Soviet intrigue, but by the end Khan comes into his o
Travis Starnes
Aug 21, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cox manages to really blend classic Star Trek lore with real historical events and his own added dramatizations and changes to create a pretty compelling story. While the book itself is sandwich between a fairly banal story about Kirk visiting a planet known for practicing genetic modifications that really is more of a way to offer framework. The real meat of the book that takes a look at Trek history is really engaging.

One of the problems the Trek universe is events dreamed up in the 60s TV sho
Clark Hallman
Mar 07, 2014 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh is another terrific Star Trek novel by Greg Cox. It lays a foundation for the Eugenic Wars and provides a fascinating look at the childhood and teenage years of Khan Noonien Singh. Noon, as he was known as a child, was a genetically-enhanced child whose geneticist mother founded the Chrysalis Project (a cult of scientists working to improve the human race). However, Gary Seven and his assistants, Roberta Lincoln and the mysterious Isis, desperately attempt ...more
May 12, 2015 Joel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prequels should be banned except for Better Caul Saul. Contrary to the title, this book has virtually nothing to do with Khan. Captain Kirk is on his way to a diplomatic mission when Spock recommend he review the history of the eugenics war. Then the story switches to the 1970's and a secret agent from the future with a talking cat who came back to the late 20th century to prevent war. So the time traveler with the talking cat destroy the the base that created all the eugenics children, murderin ...more
Steven Shinder
Sep 03, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though Khan Noonien Singh is not in a majority of the novel, other Star Trek characters are included. The future segments that take place four years after Khan's first appearance in "Space Seed" include Kirk, McCoy, and Spock. The past segments span 15 years, from events revolving around the Chrysalis project in 1974 to fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. During that timespan, we are told about the actions of Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln from the TOS episode "Assignment: Earth." Flint, who appear ...more
Benjamin Featherston
For fans of "Star Trek", the Eugenics Wars represents an exciting era of history of which we have only seen a few tantalizing glimpses. For writers, the Eugenics Wars represents a problem. How do you write a "Trek" novel with all the optimism for the human spirit that fans have come to expect, while depicting an era in which the human spirit failed and gave way to tyranny? Worse yet, how do you deal with the fact that the 1960's original series canonically established that the Eugenics Wars happ ...more
Sarah T.
Aug 14, 2014 Sarah T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
First, some back story...

So, two years ago or so, my boyfriend and I were making our way through the series "Star Trek: Enterprise" on Netflix, and there was an episode where actor Brent Spiner came back as Dr. Soongh (ooh!), and at the time he was fooling around with genetic engineering, rather than synthetic life forms like Data. There was a lot of discussion about the Eugenics Wars and "Augments," the humans who were created via genetic engineering etc. Having not watched the Star Trek: TOS,
3.5 stars - I read this one long ago and only remember that it was a bit slow-going in spots, but thought it was cool that the author worked the Union Carbide disaster into the plot. Will have to re-read this one again before I finish up the trilogy.
Chris Leib
Nov 12, 2009 Chris Leib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly ingenius way of tying up one of the more interesting an exciting era of the original Star Trek. Cox makes Khan come alive, and you can even hear Ricardo Montalban's voice coming from the pages. A must for any original series fan.
Karl Schaeffer
Oct 29, 2009 Karl Schaeffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book. Star Trek always alluded to the eugenics wars as happening before the formation of the federation. This book is a well put together scenario of present day thru the eugenics war into the federation. Very plausible.
Brian Hogan
eh not bad.
Jonathan Harbour
Dec 18, 2015 Jonathan Harbour rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
There are some serious science errors in this book that make it all but unreadable, not to mention failures of logic and just really idiotic storytelling.
-Virulent bacteria? (Is is a virus or bacteria?)
-Nuclear reactor causes nuclear explosion. Um. Nuclear reactors melt down, they don't explode.
-Voice recognition computer in 1974. Right. During the 8-bit era. It's not a Gary Seven computer, either. Earth computer, circa 1970s. I remember the Commodore PET and Tandy TRS-80 and IBM 360. Text scre
Ah, how well I remember the 1990s -- neon colored plastic pants, frizzy hair, and that gang of genetically engineered supermen starting World War III in a bid to gain total command over Earth and institute order out of chaos... Star Trek's canon ran into a bit of a problem as it aged, as in the 1960s it predicted things that not only never happened, but bear no semblance to what happened. Not only did Earth not send a manned mission to Saturn in the 1990s, but by the end of the 20th century
This is a hard book to review on its own because it is less than half of a complete story. It doesn't even completely cover the "rise" part of the title.

For what is there, this is a book about Kahn but not starring Kahn. Instead, our old friends Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln are back and on a mission to keep genetic engineering from becoming the earth's new crisis. In this particular volume, Kahn is growing up in a world where, even as a particularly gifted human, he is helpless to stop humanit
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 20, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've always considered Greg Cox a reliable, if a bit bland Star Trek author. He always writes with great talent and has something substantial to say, but I've never felt he really had a distinctive style or voice of his own. It's funny how I've previously observed that Cox's depiction has some minor flaws only nitpicky fans like myself would spot. As true as that has been in the case of his earlier ventures into the Trek lore, it seems very ironic when looking at the first volume of this endless ...more
B. Jay
Feb 08, 2015 B. Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must for die-hard Trekkies, volume 1 of the Eugenics War books fills in the origins of Khan as well as filling in all of the gaps of the 1970 and 1980's Trek Universe history.
The book focuses on Gary Seven and his assistants Roberta and the mysterious cat Isis, characters who had always been meant to have their own television series. Greg Cox nicely fulfills the potential of the characters by fleshing out a variety of situations that fit the campiness of the sixties spy duo without sacrificing
I was really glad to see Gary Seven, Roberta, and Isis again and for the first 150 pages, this book was really good, it would have gotten four or five stars if it had continued to be like those pages, but afterwards, it wasn't as good.

I could not believe that Seven would only have the option to show Khan the transporter after he arranged the whole rescue part. Certainly there were other ways to prevent Khan from learning about the future technology.

The whole Soviet part of the book was cringe w
Jun 09, 2013 Julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first it was not what I expected. I was expecting it to be about Khan from beginning to end. Actually this book is more about Gary Seven and his recruit, Roberta, and how they come across Project Chrysalis, responsible for engineering Khan and the rest of his supermen. Gary Seven and Roberta witness through the years how Khan changes as a person.

I had moments in which I thought Gary Seven's plans weren't exactly the best seeing as how during his attempt to infiltrate Chrysalis he was counting
David King
The story itself starts with a framing story in which Kirk and his crew are heading to a colony that has been practicing genetic engineering on humans. This inspires the captain to research the historical records from the late 20th century which was when a group of genetically engineered super-humans attempted to take over the planet. The book then moves onto the main story which follows the exploits of Gary Seven and his colleagues, Roberta Lincoln and Isis in the late twentieth century as they ...more
Kurt Vosper
Good Star Trek fare. Start of the origins/history of Khan! The story starts out in Earth's 1970's past where Khan in a little guy in his mother's genetics lab, along with some other enhanced kids. Touches on some focal points in Earth history, including at the end the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sporadic appearences of Khan as he grows up, the story focus' more on the alien from the future in hiding Gary who is watching over humanity.

Looking forward to book 2 and more of a direct involvement of Kha
Matthew Kresal
May 30, 2013 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first volume of Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars is a fascinating mix of what Trek continuity of what "happened" in the 20th century (more specifically 1974-1989, 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 thriller than Trek story. There’s plenty of Trek stuff in the book as Cox fits in all kinds of references to episodes across a ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This and its direct sequel 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.
Apr 28, 2015 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this book I was so excied. I love Star Trek and Space Seed is one of the best episodes. I was very interested in finding out more about Khan Noonian Singh. Greg Cox tried really hard to take everything in the Star Trek universe and our actual history and tie them together. He tried maybe a little too hard. It was a forced plot and he put a lot of cultural references into the story that took me out of it. I was actually really into this book until about 2/3 of the way through it. Then ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good overall. A longer book, which is a little rare in the Star Trek universe. A few weak plot points here and there but they're worth it to finally have the backstory of so many plotlines. I am inevitably reminded of the new fanfiction which is being passed off as canon, but thankfully this arc was written well before that. Worth the read for star trek fans.
Jun 18, 2015 Kivrin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tried to get into this one, but I found myself skimming through the last few chapters. I enjoyed the story about Chrysalis and how Kahn actually came to be born, but the later chapters with Gary Seven dropping in and out of history, and the effort to hit on all possible Star Trek tie in's got old fast. Just didn't find the story interesting enough to continue the series.
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“Beware of more powerful weapons. They often inflict as much damage to your soul as they do to you enemies.” 7 likes
“We should definitely keep an eye on the children of course, particularly that little Indian boy you mentioned, the son of Sarina Kaur. The genetically enhanced offspring of Kaur is not someone we can afford to ignore. What was his name again?"

"Noon. Short for Khan Noonien Singh”
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