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Old December 18 2013, 07:52 AM   #1
BobtheGunslinge
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Looking for books with space battles...

Hello, everyone.

I am looking for any books you can recommend that feature any decent starship battles or other space action. I've been in and out of Trek literature over the years, but it seems like there's been a ton of new, high quality material since I last read Trek.

Personally, I prefer the books that do not focus on TV series main characters, such as New Frontier, SCE, DTI and, hopefully Vanguard, which I haven't started yet. I am also really excited about all of the 24th century continuity post-Nemesis. I plan to read all the big arcs at some point, but for now I want spaceship pron.

(I just got into Star Trek Tactics, Fleet Captain and Attack Wing, so I would love something to keep me going between games, painting models and playing with pew-pew noises.)

I appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.
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Old December 18 2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

There's a space battle scene in The Art of the Impossible, one of the Lost Era novels, that has stuck with me. I don't remember how long it is but I do remember it jumped back and forth between both sides. And it focuses on non-tv characters. There's only that one space battle that I remember but I like the rest of the book as well.

Vanguard has a lot of action in it as well. That would probably be a good place to start.
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Old December 18 2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions is an epic and features space battles. One can read it without having to resort to prior novels if you are not easy to confuse.
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Old December 18 2013, 09:24 PM   #4
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I highly suggest the Vanguard series. The USS Bombay's battle with the Tholians in the first book is probably one of my all time favorites. The series is also mainly focused on original characters, or characters that you did not see too much of on screen like Clark Terrell.
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Old December 18 2013, 10:10 PM   #5
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Yeah, Vanguard is where it's at. Amazing action sequences of all kinds abound.
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Old December 19 2013, 04:29 AM   #6
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Vendetta has a few good ones.
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Old December 19 2013, 06:45 AM   #7
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

ronny wrote: View Post
There's a space battle scene in The Art of the Impossible, one of the Lost Era novels, that has stuck with me. I don't remember how long it is but I do remember it jumped back and forth between both sides. And it focuses on non-tv characters. There's only that one space battle that I remember but I like the rest of the book as well.
Yeah, the first several chapters of The Art of the Impossible culminate in a battle between Cardassian and Klingon ships, and there are a few other space battles here and there throughout the rest of the book.

Thanks for the kind words, Ronny.
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Old December 19 2013, 07:19 AM   #8
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When will we have a full readable version of Battlecruiser Vengeance KRAD?
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Old December 20 2013, 08:52 AM   #9
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

KRAD wrote: View Post
ronny wrote: View Post
There's a space battle scene in The Art of the Impossible, one of the Lost Era novels, that has stuck with me. I don't remember how long it is but I do remember it jumped back and forth between both sides. And it focuses on non-tv characters. There's only that one space battle that I remember but I like the rest of the book as well.
Yeah, the first several chapters of The Art of the Impossible culminate in a battle between Cardassian and Klingon ships, and there are a few other space battles here and there throughout the rest of the book.

Thanks for the kind words, Ronny.
I plan to read that one. For some reason, it wasn't listed as one of the IKS Gorkon books when I went to buy them all. (This was also before they were all out, so I need to pick up Burning House, too. Thanks for the reminder.) I really enjoyed the Gorkon books I've read, but the prospect of a meatier Klingon space battle has me salivating. Thanks for writing such great stuff!

@ everyone else, I've got the Vanguard books coming in, so thanks for the recommendations. I've added the other books to my wishlist, too. How much of the Mirror Universe do I need to read for Rise Like Lions? Also, is there a lot of starship action in the Destiny trilogy?


And I haven't read Vendetta since it came out, but I would love to own a model of the Planet killer.
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Old December 20 2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

Greater than the Sum has has an interesting one or two space battles.
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Old December 20 2013, 02:44 PM   #11
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BobtheGunslinge wrote: View Post
Also, is there a lot of starship action in the Destiny trilogy?
Definitely track down the Destiny trilogy. Some epic starship action and space battles in there.
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Old December 20 2013, 02:51 PM   #12
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All Trek space battles I've read were pretty boring, told from the limited perspective of one of the characters. I like it when it's told from a much wider perspective, including (what in a film would be) exterior space shots.
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Old December 21 2013, 03:26 AM   #13
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

BobtheGunslinge wrote: View Post
KRAD wrote: View Post
ronny wrote: View Post
There's a space battle scene in The Art of the Impossible, one of the Lost Era novels, that has stuck with me. I don't remember how long it is but I do remember it jumped back and forth between both sides. And it focuses on non-tv characters. There's only that one space battle that I remember but I like the rest of the book as well.
Yeah, the first several chapters of The Art of the Impossible culminate in a battle between Cardassian and Klingon ships, and there are a few other space battles here and there throughout the rest of the book.

Thanks for the kind words, Ronny.
I plan to read that one. For some reason, it wasn't listed as one of the IKS Gorkon books when I went to buy them all. (This was also before they were all out, so I need to pick up Burning House, too. Thanks for the reminder.) I really enjoyed the Gorkon books I've read, but the prospect of a meatier Klingon space battle has me salivating. Thanks for writing such great stuff!
That's because it's not an IKS Gorkon book, it's a stand alone story under the The Lost Era banner. It's about The Bretreka Nebula Incident that Bashir and Garak mentioned in The Way of the Warrior.
Here's the description:
The Art of The Impossible back cover wrote:
To the Cardassians, it is a point of pride. To the Klingons, a matter of honor. But the eighteen-year cold war between these two empires – euphemistically remembered in later years as the Betreka Nebula "Incident" – creates a vortex of politics, diplomacy, and counterintelligence that will define an age, and shape the future. What begins as a discovery that would enable the Klingon Empire to reclaim a lost piece of its past becomes a prolonged struggle with the rapidly expanding Cardassian Union, which has claimed dominion over a region of space that the Klingons hold sacred. Enter the Federation, whose desire to preserve interstellar stability leads Ambassador Curzon Dax to broker a controversial and tenuous peace – one that is not without opponents, including Lieutenant Elias Vaughn of Starfleet special ops. But there are wheels within wheels to the drama unfolding in the Betreka Nebula. Within the shadowy rooms of the Cardassian Obsidian Order, Klingon Intelligence, and even the Romulan Tal Shiar, secret scales are being balanced – and for every gain made for the sake of peace, there will come a loss.
If you have any interest in Klingons, Cardassians, or the era between TOS and TNG you seriously need to read this book. It also features
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Old December 23 2013, 12:16 AM   #14
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Re: Looking for books with space battles...

You should also check out "Ragnarok" and "Ghost Of A Chance".
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