Spoilers ENT: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by C.L. Bennett Review Thread

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  1. Defcon

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    Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference
    Christopher L. Bennett
    August 29th 2017


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    Blurb
    The saga of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series continues with this thrilling original novel!

    The time has come to act. Following the destructive consequences of the Ware crisis, Admiral Jonathan Archer and Section 31 agent Trip Tucker both attempt to change their institutions to prevent further such tragedies. Archer pushes for a Starfleet directive of non-interference, but he faces opposition from allies within the fleet and unwelcome support from adversaries who wish to drive the Federation into complete isolationism. Meanwhile, Tucker plays a dangerous game against the corrupt leaders of Section 31, hoping to bring down their conspiracy once and for all. But is he willing to jeopardize Archer’s efforts—and perhaps the fate of an entire world—in order to win?

    About the Author
    Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, and Live By the Code, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines.
     
  2. Riverside2233

    Riverside2233 Commander Red Shirt

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    Got my digital pre-order in! Ready for delivery. The ENT attention to detail with the characters has been really good in this series.
     
  3. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    I got my copy the other day and have just barely scratched the surface. I love this line by Christopher, but that cover is the absolute shits. I'm glad I don't judge books by their covers..
     
  4. ryan123450

    ryan123450 Commodore Commodore

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    Yeah sad to say that may be one of the worst Trek covers ever. I'm really looking forward to the novel itself though.
     
  5. Markonian

    Markonian Commodore Commodore

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    Could this be a Saurian spacecraft?

    I like the cover. Drexler his expanding his repertoire.
     
  6. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I preordered this novel and have been looking forward to reading this one for along time.
     
  7. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I preordered my kindle edition! Roll on the 29th! You better keep Trip alive or else!
     
  8. Ronald Held

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    Awaiting my hardcopy edition to ship...
     
  9. JD

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    I don't know the details since I haven't read it myself, but I believe the framing sequence for Last True Measure already revealed that Trip survived at least long enough to see the launch of the NCC-1701. So as long as the books are still staying consistent with that one Trip should be safe.
     
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  10. Dr. San Guinary

    Dr. San Guinary Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Also, there's the "Michael Kenmore" scene in To Brave The Storm, set in 2186.
     
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  11. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

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    He died before 2245 but got cloned?
     
  12. Nyotarules

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    Just read the ending first (I am perverse this way lol). I like how Mr Bennett did it in such a way that the epilogue of TBTS can fit in this version of events, even the ending screamed out 'this needs a sequel!'
    After all T'Pol's children need to be born in a few years lol

    1. As a fellow pet owner I empathise with Porthos fate, I am owned by an elderly, sick cat.
    2. Tucker you don't know the half of it, you have not even scratched the toenail of section 31!
     
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  13. Ghost of Bella Goth

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    I received my copy today from Amazon, and I am looking forward to reading it.
     
  14. Little_kingsfan

    Little_kingsfan Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Yet another good book chronicling the Rise of the Federation. The characters are interesting, the storylines are moving along at a healthy pace, and the debates about the Prime Directive are both seemingly endless, yet the complexities are such that there's no good - let alone clear - answer - after all, they're still debating the issues 200+ years later. There's also a nice little reference as to why aspects of 23rd century Star Trek seem anachronistic compared to the modern day (as discussed by Captains Reed and Paris).

    If there's one comment I'd like to make, it's that I wish we could see more of what goes on at Starfleet Headquarters and the Federation government. I greatly enjoy the scenes that deal with that, and these books deal with the foundation of a government that will last at least another 200 years and have the potential to last for millennia - it's great to see how this organization actually operates.

    Oh, and I'm still anxiously awaiting the adventures (or even the appearance) of the Tellarite Enterprise, U.S.S. Hrumog. As part of the operational support and supply fleet, I can imagine no shortage of interesting missions and situations they could get into.
     
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  15. Dr. San Guinary

    Dr. San Guinary Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I wonder what Connor Trinneer thinks about Trip's exploits in these novels.
     
  16. Marynator

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    I wonder if he even knows about those...
     
  17. Dr. San Guinary

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    ^ Some of the actors do. Nana Visitor, for example, has gone on record saying she doesn't like what the DS9 relaunch has done with Kira, so if Connor happens to stumble across these novels, he might have something (pos or neg) to say about them.
     
  18. Willow

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    I heard him comment once. He knows about it, but hasn't read them. He doesn't seem to care one way or the other, as in his mind, Trip is dead.
     
  19. Willow

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    So, the Jules Verne were out on a planet, raping its ecosystem for potential pharmaceutical drugs (a la Big Pharma) without thinking about the consequences? And they told the the Endeavor crew that they had "buyers lined up"...for what? They hadn't made anything yet. Did I miss something?

    In previous books, the Oriion and Saurian storylines were my least favorite, and here we had the majority of the book about them.

    It was disappointing that everything Trip planned and did was essentially for naught (aside learning something about himself). And the "climactic " scene with Section 31 agents was disappointing.

    Since we know Section 31 still exists in the future, I'm wondering if Malcolm will make it is life's work track them down? Otherwise, he doesn't need to be Archer's aide...he belongs on the bridge, preferably on an Andorian military type vessel.
     
  20. Dr. San Guinary

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    Huh. I'd have thought he (like most of the ENT actors) would be jumping at the chance to have TATV declared bogus.