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Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War

Star Trek: Discovery, Book 5
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Series: Star Trek: Discovery, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series!

A shattered ship, a divided crew - trapped in the infernal nightmare of conflict!

Hearing of the outbreak of hostilities between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, Captain Christopher Pike attempts to bring the U.S.S. Enterprise home to join in the fight. But in the hellish nebula known as the Pergamum, the stalwart commander instead finds an epic battle of his own, pitting ancient enemies against one another - with not just the Enterprise, but her crew as the spoils of war.

Lost and out of contact with Earth for an entire year, Pike and his trusted first officer, Number One, struggle to find and reunite the ship’s crew - all while Science Officer Spock confronts a mystery that puts even his exceptional skills to the test...with more than their own survival possibly riding on the outcome....

©2019 John Jackson Miller (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Excellent tale of Enterprise's missing year

It's a long tale and sometimes a bit predictable, but a fun story that covers a long period of time. It takes a fair amount of time to flesh out the characters and make them real. The ending wasn't nicely wrapped up in a bow, which I also appreciate. Life is not like that.
Kudos to the reader. Mel Blanc would have been proud.

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  • Atta
  • 04-08-2019

A definite fave

I absolutely loved this novel. I've listened to all of the Discovery tie in novels and while I've enjoyed them all, most were.... lacking something. This one, however, had everything I could have wanted in a Star Trek tie in: Sparks of humor and humanity, engaging plot, interesting aliens and alien cultures, space battles, witty banter, sci-fi techno babble, and much more.

Most important, though, were the Characters. Oh stars, how I love the characterizations in this book.

Pike was, imo, spot on. His tendency to shoulder everything himself, his loyalty to his crew, his reckless leaps with no regard for his own life. He felt very true to both Disco and TOS Pike and this book only made me love him more.

I LOVED getting to know Una better. I treasure every scrap of characterization I can get about her. I adore her pragmatism, her get shit done attitude, her loyalty to Pike, her intellect and down to earth attitude. She is such a joy and I hope to see more of her in the future.

And Spock....oh, Spock. Seeing a younger, pre Disco S2 Spock was both a joy and a curse. A joy, because I love the insight into how Spock's time as a young officer shapes him into the older Spock every one knows and loves. It's a curse though, because the stuff Spock goes through in this book sheds a whole new light on his trials in S2. And my heart aches for him more than it already did.

The friendship and banter, trust and loyalty these three have for each other was one of my favorite things about the book. Their interactions were gold and I enjoyed every minute I got of them. Honestly, I don't know what I'll do if we don't get their spin off series....

Beyond these three known characters, though, are the original characters. I greatly enjoyed every one of them-- even some I wasn't expecting to like! They were multidimensional, their motives were believable, their voices distinct. It's not often I get as invested in the side characters as I do the main ones, so this was a very pleasant surprise.

overall, I highly recommend this book. so much so that I've already gushed about it enough to my Trekkie friends that I've got 4 of them reading it themselves now. I also went out and bought a hard copy of the book, too.

It's got the Star Trek feel to it, promise, and you should definitely give it a go!

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  • Jason Greene
  • 20-09-2019

A great back story of Pikes Enterprise

Really enjoyable. Held my attention from beginning to end. Filled in a large portion of back story of Pike, Spock, Una and the mission Enterprise was on before its encounter with Discovery.

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  • Parker House
  • 12-09-2019

Solid Trek

A little slow in the beginning but overall a solid story that ties perfectly in with the second season of ST Discovery. If you lived Pikes adventures on the series, dont skip this one.

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  • Howard W. Hudson
  • 23-08-2019

Star Trek Meets Starship Trooper

As an avid star trek novel reader I have to admit this is my first Star Trek Discovery novel and I love it!! As I said in the title Star Trek meets Starship Trooper (by Robert A Heinlein) I say this because the adversary that captures some of the crew are wearing mobile armor just like the soldiers in Starship Troopers and the enemies THEY fight are the arachnids of the Heinlein novel. Starship Troopers is my favorite novel and I have enjoyed this one even more because of that!.
I plan on listening to more of the Discovery series of books and hope they are as good as this one is.

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  • Keith Sweeney
  • 18-08-2019

Pike and Discovery fans will love it<br />

if you fell in love which Star Trek Discovery season 2 in the story of Captain Christopher Pike and how he came to be in season 2 if you're a fan of the original series this book will thrill you

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  • TrekkerRon
  • 10-04-2020

Overall - Very Entertaining!

As always, Robert Petkoff provides a great audio performance. The story delves into the backstory of Captain Pike and the Enterprise crew that he commands during the timeline of Star Trek Discovery. The story took a while for me to really get into it, but I was enthralled by the end.

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  • John Ross
  • 28-02-2020

Great story

loved it! This is the perfect book to launch into the new discovery series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2020

Very good star trek story.

honestly one of the best star trek stories I have listen too. was a great story and well done. since it was what the enterprise was doing during the first season I hope it is canon to the show as it would explain a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-2020

The treck is back

This is a great story for the beginning of Star Trek captain pike is quite a character

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2020

Fell in love with the Captain Pike and the crew!

Love this book!! I watched season 1 and 2 of Discovery before reading this book which I think was the best way to go because then there were no spoilers for the show. The spoilers are not super apparent though so if you read this before season 2 you should be fine.
I fell in love with Captain Pike and the crew. It definitely has the star trek episode feel. Enterprise stumbles upon a problem, they fix it and leave, classic star trek.
The narration was amazing! There are only a few narrators I like and Petkoff just made the list. He really brings the story to life and nails the characters emotions. I now need to go back and read the first 4 books.

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  • Hogey One
  • 18-12-2019

Prequel to Discovery Season 2

Well narrated and a good Star Trek story. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any Trekker out there who enjoyed the new Pike in the TV series.

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  • Jules
  • 17-12-2019

Excellent

This was my first Star Trek novel. I'm a big fan of the franchise and decided to try listening to a novel. I love how there is much more time to get into the story and to develop the characters. I felt as though I got to know them as well as if I had watched a whole series of TV episodes. Robert Petkoff's narration was excellent and really helped to bring the characters to life and differentiate between them. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2019

Amazing

An amazing link between season one and two of TV show. A wonderful narrator

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  • Dex Scott Etherton
  • 02-10-2019

Incredible

feels a major plot hole from Season 2 of Discovery. written incredibly well (what else would we expect?) and Petkoff is amazing as always. I absolutely loved this book!

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  • David Patrick O'Brien
  • 23-08-2019

Excellent read

Excellent story that filled in a lot of blanks! Very good Pike impersonation by the narrator too.

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  • Drone
  • 13-08-2019

The Enterprise Wow

Excellent read! A prequel to Star Trek Discovery S2. from the perspective of Chistopher Pike and the USS Enterprise. Enormous story. Well realised villains. Loved the characters. A genuine Space Opera offered in the Trek style. Not a fan of the accents the narrator did on the audiobook - might just be me.

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  • Mr. T. Walters
  • 10-08-2019

Pike's Enterprise is always a selling point but..

Pike's Enterprise is always a selling point, but The Enterprise War is hard going. It has its moments but ultimately its a bit of a snooze.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2019

Cringe

Narration is mostly ok but the voice acting.....bloody awful. Story was average as well.