Captain's Table

CAPTAIN'S TABLE



  • title goes here - Original Series Novel
  • Dujonian Hoarde - TNG Novel
  • The Mist - Deep Space Nine Novel
  • Fire Ship - Voyager Novel
  • Once Burned - New Frontiers Novel
  • Where Sea Meets Sky - Original Series Novel

    There is a bar on all worlds at any times that only Captains can enter. The bar is called The Captain's Table and drinks are paid for with a story.
    And so begins stories by seven of Star Trek's greatest captains - Kirk, Sulu, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Calhoun and Pike.




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    THE MIST [Author]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    The Defiant (and Deep Space Nine) get pulled into an area of space-time where they can't be seen. They learn from a group of people called The Mist that various factions within them are fighting, and the crew of DS9 are called in to help. However, neither side seem to be telling them everything, and so they have to work out who is in the right and who is in the wrong before they get trapped there forever.

    The trouble with this book, as always, is that despite the suspense, it is obvious all the major characters come out alive. And unravelling the mystery of The Mist turns out to be very simple. The writing style means that the action keeps switching from the story to The Captain's Table, and so it is hard to keep track of what is hapening where.



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    FIRE SHIP [DIANE CAREY]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    Voyager is destroyed (yeah, right) and Janeway is the only survivor (damn) and she finds herself as a crewman on the ship of another race. AS she learns more about these people and what they do she becomes determined to lead them.

    OK, so the plot sounds dull, and it is to start off with. But none of the action in the middle of the story occurs at the Captain's Table, which makes this book more readable. It would probably have been better if it could have featured more of the characters from Voyager, but the story is quite good.

    Although in everything she does, Janeway (and Starfleet) know best, and her rise to power is a bit dodgy as well. The most worrying thing about the book is that it is one of the better Captain's Table ones.



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    ONCE BURNED [PETER DAVID]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This book tells the story of exactly what did happen to Calhoun on the Grissom and why he came to leave Starfleet. It also gives some insight into Calhoun's mind and the way he thinks, as it starts with a story of Calhoun's first visit to The Captain's Table.

    It's an interesting addition to the New Frontier books, and the writing style is easy to follow as well (it is written by Peter David after all). Because its written by the same author it's consistent with the rest of the New Frontier books (ie all the characters sleep with each other).

    The story is good, because its easy to understand every character's point of view, and to empathise with them. And it is not easy to see what else Calhoun could possibly have done under the circumstances. Definitely a good book, and by far the best of the Captain's Table (although that's not that difficult to achieve).



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    WHERE SEA MEETS SKY [JERRY OLTION]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    On one of Captain Pike's missions he and the crew of the Enterprise come across whales in space that can travel at warp speed. Unfortuantely they are destroying an entire civilization, and Pike has to work out how to stop them, without making the entire species extinct.

    This book is particularly interesting because not much has been shown of the original crew of the Enterprise. Not only that, but every other chapter is set in The Captain's Table, where the secondary story takes place, which for once is quite good. The only trouble with it is that it would have been nice to have seen if that solution Pike came up with worked.



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