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Sight Unseen An original spin off novel set in the popular Star Trek The Next Generation universe from New York Times bestselling author James Swallow In the wake of political upheaval across the United Federation of Planets, Admiral William Riker and the crew of the USS Titan find themselves in uncertain waters as roles aboard the ship change to reflect a new mandate and a new mission On orders from Starfleet, Titan sets out toward the edge of Federation space to tackle its latest assignment to work with an alien species known as the Dinac, who are taking their first steps into the galaxy at large as a newly warp capable civilization But when disaster befalls the Dinac, the Titan crew discovers they have unknowingly drawn the attention of a deadly, merciless enemy a nightmare from Riker s past lurking in the darkness Friendships will be tested to the limit as familiar faces and new allies must risk everything in a fight against an unstoppable invader or a horrific threat will be unleashed on the galaxyCBS Studios, Inc STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc All Rights Reserved This is a really enjoyable sequel to a memorable TNG episode My principle criticism of the post Nemesis Trek novels is that there s too much interpersonal strife between Starfleet crewmates The Titan novels get away with it by having mostly non human characters but it still stands out to me.It was nice to see Vale evolve a bit in this book I ve never really had much faith in her as a leader but she makes some strides here. This was an excellent follow up to a Next generation episode, and played very well off of what new Admiral Will Riker s reflex response to discovering that the individuals that the Titan was dealing with were the same species that had kidnapped and tortured him and several other Enterprise crewmembers many years before, while newly minted Captain Vale insists on living up to Starfleet ideals and refusing to pre emptively attack It made for an interesting if not too surprising dynamic, the cha This was an excellent follow up to a Next generation episode, and played very well off of what new Admiral Will Riker s reflex response to discovering that the individuals that the Titan was dealing with were the same species that had kidnapped and tortured him and several other Enterprise crewmembers many years before, while newly minted Captain Vale insists on living up to Starfleet ideals and refusing to pre emptively attack It made for an interesting if not too surprising dynamic, the characters were handled well and the basic plotline was interesting Not the best Star Trek story I ve ever read by a long shot, but well above the midpoint I finally got around to reading this book this past week and loved it Nice pace and character interactions Vale getting accommodated to the captain s chair and the tough calls that come with it has really expanded her character And how cool that she stood up to Riker, who also is adjusting to the rank of Admiral I hope James Swallow gives us a new Titan tale that picks up from where things left off with Sarai. Excellent Schisms was one of my favorite episodes of TNG, so I was glad to see that episode s mystery finally revealed I always wondered who they were what exactly it was they were doing i think James Swallow did a fine job of showing us that Highly recommend Excellent Schisms was one of my favorite episodes of TNG, so I was glad to see that episode s mystery finally revealed I always wondered who they were what exactly it was they were doing i think James Swallow did a fine job of showing us that Highly recommend Solid exciting storytelling, that sends the crew of the USS Titan off into space with a new mission and a new sense of purpose It s a great jumping on point for newcomers to Admiral Riker s world It s also a thrilling adventure in its own right, but with the right amount of Star Trek optimism permeating the story Very satisfying Solid exciting storytelling, that sends the crew of the USS Titan off into space with a new mission and a new sense of purpose It s a great jumping on point for newcomers to Admiral Riker s world It s also a thrilling adventure in its own right, but with the right amount of Star Trek optimism permeating the story Very satisfying This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sight Unseen kicks off after the previous book with the crew of the Titan being ordered to aid in the relations between the Federation and a race known as the Dinac D Things are complicated by the reappearance of the alien race known as the Solanae who first appeared in the ST TNG episode schisms and have since popped up in Star Trek Online etc DAt the same time Riker is busily having to adjust to his newish rank of Admiral and is placed in Sector command D this has the effect of reshuffli Sight Unseen kicks off after the previous book with the crew of the Titan being ordered to aid in the relations between the Federation and a race known as the Dinac D Things are complicated by the reappearance of the alien race known as the Solanae who first appeared in the ST TNG episode schisms and have since popped up in Star Trek Online etc DAt the same time Riker is busily having to adjust to his newish rank of Admiral and is placed in Sector command D this has the effect of reshuffling the Titan s crew including a new First Officer Sariel Rager who has a bit of a history in regards to the Bacco assassination D At the same time this happens with Riker promoting Vale to the captaincy of the Titan D We get to see throughout the book how Vale and Riker adjust to their new roles D To put it mildly this isthan a mite bumpy but the character moments along with the action you really sink your teeth into DThe conflicts in the book come thick and fast D Both Riker s instinctual urge to destroy a colony of Solanae exiles they find out there true nature in the nick of time D to Vale keeping him in line and having to invite him to the Ready Room in a neat little role reversal which work brilliantly in the story D You can actually feel the conflict as the two friends really have to adjust there way that they work together D Indeed there is a cool scene where Riker has to pitch in as Vale s First Officer Rager is off ship and Riker s points out he is a little rusty which really breaks up a lot of the tension with Vale DWe also get to see Rager and Troi working together independently of the ship that really gives them both the space to develop as characters and put them at the forefront of the action D Indeed the discovery of the Ciari also gets to show the Federation putting its best foot forward again in spite of the what there species has done they are the Light Side version of the Solanae D in the past D This doesn t come easy for some of the crew but as Sight Unseen progresses you really get to see them gelling together D Indeed the alliance that forms between the Ciari and the Federation and Dinac is brilliantly done and you get to see theplotlines being set up and laid down D It also shows the Federation at its best again as they manage to turn a potential enemy into a ally and potential Federation member again DOn the flip side again the Solanae themselves come across as the quintessential bad guys again D They really have the creep factor going for them again in every way and the restraint the crew of the Titan and the USS Whitetree and the Dirac crew shows is remarkable D When Riker, Vale and Troi extend their olive branch to the the race of Xenophobes they do not respond positively D Riker sums up their eventual fate though with When you sky go dark you were offered a chance or similar but it sums up the differences between the two sides the works succinctly D The description of the subspace realm as as Impressionists painting is hilarious especially as it comes from Tuvok D At the same time though the events and what what happens does a brilliant job of not only warning the Federation, Dinac and their allies it also establishes the threat of that the Solanae represent and set things up for later adventures DSight Unseen works brilliantly in every level with characters being developed left right and centre Melora and Ra Haveii putting a nail in it and the introduction of new returning characters such as Rager and Akaar In addition Rager comes across as character with issues but the scene in her quarters really has the smell of Section 31 all over it you get the impression Riker is not so unaware of it D so that remains hanging out there that is sure to have an impact DSight Unseen flies at a terrific pace with plot twists, creepy stuff, adventure and moral choices left right and centre D Sight Unseen has heart and courage from start to finish putting both the Lower Decks and Senior Staff upfront and doing what they do back best in a tale the action packed throughout D Brilliant, highly recommended crisp high five D Make sure you have the next one D This is only my second book of the Titan series the first strangely enough is the next installment So yes, I ve been reading these books backwards, but both of these books were fantastic, and they ve also followed up on very memorable TNG episodes Sight Unseen picks up with Riker new to the admiralty, and some changes to the ship and crew are underway.Overall, the story was quite exciting, barely giving you a moment to breathe, and kept me interested in what happened next story wise It was d This is only my second book of the Titan series the first strangely enough is the next installment So yes, I ve been reading these books backwards, but both of these books were fantastic, and they ve also followed up on very memorable TNG episodes Sight Unseen picks up with Riker new to the admiralty, and some changes to the ship and crew are underway.Overall, the story was quite exciting, barely giving you a moment to breathe, and kept me interested in what happened next story wise It was difficult for me to get into several of the characters and sub plots, likely due to my backward reading strategy in this series, but continuing the story line from the episode Schisms really hit me in the right places as a Trekker.What I didn t care for in the book were minor but worth pointing out I believe I mentioned connecting with very few of the characters, but I felt there were way too many in the first place This series touts how diverse the USS Titan is, which is all well and good in universe, but does very little for those trying to read through the complex names and unfamiliar species, slowing the experience On a few occasions, I had Memory Beta open while I was reading, so I could get a better picture of who was talking Another character specific criticism I had was throwing in a Skagaran a forgettable species from Enterprise filling the fish out of water quota I suppose What would ve been ainteresting addition to this era of Trek IMO is a Xindi, who was featured in farepisodes than just one Having said all that, Ethan Kyzak was probably my favorite character this time around.Another point that seemed somewhat blatant to me, which is odd considering I was only just introduced to the character, was how nobody considered asking the local AI, White Blue, for help with a massive computer issue onboard If he was consulted and it turned out he couldn t help that s one thing, but all he got was an off hand mention as being a free loader and not a super advanced technological being who could probably help the ship insignificant ways than as a pilot boat.There were others, but Sight Unseen was a near perfect balance of original ideas and familiar plot lines, with a few twists and turns throughout Even if you haven t read any of the other books, and you re a ST fan of course, I d highly recommend picking this one up A real page turner that features everything that I love about Star Trek novels There are a lot of stories out there in the wider Trek universe, but it is books like these that keep me buying Trek lit I realize this has become a familiar refrain of late, but in my opinion this is the best of the Star Trek novels released so far this year They just keep getting better If you are at all a fan of Titan or are a new fan looking for a good place to pick up the story, Sight Unseen should not be miss A real page turner that features everything that I love about Star Trek novels There are a lot of stories out there in the wider Trek universe, but it is books like these that keep me buying Trek lit I realize this has become a familiar refrain of late, but in my opinion this is the best of the Star Trek novels released so far this year They just keep getting better If you are at all a fan of Titan or are a new fan looking for a good place to pick up the story, Sight Unseen should not be missed Ushering in a new and promising chapter for Titan, this story has everything you could want in a Trek novel.Full review 4.5 starsThis was an action packed story with amazing character moments Loved the fact that it was a continuation of an old TNG episode and dived deeper into the reasons for things that took place then and now I really liked the two new additions to the crew and am intruiged by Commander Sarai, but godsdamn it view spoiler WHY DID DAKAL HAVE TO DIE I legit cried I had a soft spot for the Cardassian I am not happy with this hide spoiler Two things that made the reading of this a bit fru 4.5 starsThis was an action packed story with amazing character moments Loved the fact that it was a continuation of an old TNG episode and dived deeper into the reasons for things that took place then and now I really liked the two new additions to the crew and am intruiged by Commander Sarai, but godsdamn it view spoiler WHY DID DAKAL HAVE TO DIE I legit cried I had a soft spot for the Cardassian I am not happy with this hide spoiler Two things that made the reading of this a bit frustrating are things I can t really fault this novel for because they are continuations from previous books 1 Ra Havreii Never liked that character Still don t Probably never will 2 The fact that Riker is an Admiral I just hate it What I can criticize though is just how small of a focus was on the Dinac While the story wasn t necessarily about them, they were kinda the starting point for it and I would have liked to have them a little bitinvolved and learn a bitabout them


About the Author: James Swallow

James Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times and1 bestselling author and scriptwriter, a BAFTA nominee, a former journalist and the award winning writer of over fifty books, along with scripts for video games, comics, radio and television His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40000, Doctor Who, 24, Deus Ex, Stargate, 2000AD andSHADOW, the 4th Marc Dane novel, is out now from Bonnier, and the 2nd book in the series EXILE is published in the USA by Tor Forge.For information on new releases and a FREE deleted scene from NOMAD, sign up to the Readers Club here www.bit.ly JamesSwallowVisit James s website at for , including ROUGH AIR, a free downloadable eBook novella in the Marc Dane series.You can also follow James on Twitter at jmswallow forupdates


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