[Pdf/E–pub] The Klingon Gambit BY Robert E. Vardeman

E Enterprise like Spock is THE VULCAN and a mind that was as agile as her lithe body p 8 Only eight pages in this is a bad sign They both watched the chief leave her behind twitching just the right amount as she went through the oor Scotty s heavy exhalation told Kirk than words could have p 9 OH GOD Nothing Person in the Memory definite Jim But the Klingons are warlike We all know thatthey must haveone it They re in orbit around that planet aren t they emanded McCoy *P 14 15 Minor *14 15 Minor on this the KLINGONS ARE KILLERS OF COURSE argument are presented every 3 5 pages throughout the entire rest of the book Oh yes and on t let the reader forget for a second that the Klingons are Literature and Dictatorship in Africa and Latin America 1958-1987 darkly complected not white AND criminals OMG We all know that Bones I m tired My eyes burn from peering into the viewscreen and my headache is returning Give me something to relax me and let me sleep p 28 Telling not showing much Ion t understand for the life of me why this paragraph was in first person While appreciating but unmoved by feminine charms that being the logical course of action in light of his seven year pon farr cycle the human part of Spock tacitly approved of Lt Avitts p 39 Cuz he s such a bro science officer or no wenching p 46 Nuff said Kirk leaned back and breathed heavily That was some verbal battle he said p 51 If you have to say it it s one sign that it wasn t The computer gurgled contentedly p 56 I Academic Advising Approaches don t understand why Scotty isn t alarmed at this computer turned infant or possibly auarium Computers shouldn tgurgle Especially if this is the Enterprise and not a half submerged Klingon warbird from Star Trek IV The Vulcan stiffened perceptibly and shook slightly as if fighting a major emotional battle inside p 59 Oh is that what that was the arousing nearness of his assistant p 62 It s a five year mission in close uarters For pete s sake She put her hand on his arm and movedisturbingly closedisturbingly close to him p 65 BOTH TIMES Twice on the same page She was that WHOS WHO IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE VOL.1 disturbingly close Seeing no response Kirk added Please remember thatiplomacy is using your head without anyone suspecting it p 67What Her perfumearoused himher creamy shoulders made him aware of intense Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations desires within himselfHe had to have her He needed heresperately His hands reached out to take hold of her trim body p 72 OH GOD Klingons aren t interested in archaeology p 76 Uh okay Chekov had almost loosed the Alphas Abused Mate dogs of war p 82 sigh Stroke the road Captain See how you feel then said the excited woman She kneltown and ran her hands over the velvety roadbed Her eyes closed and her entire body shivered as if she had some high fever But the expression on her face told that it was no High Temperature But Stark temperature but stark she felt Chekov rubbed his hands on the road and said Captain it is mostsensual I cannot Twas the Night B'Fore Christmas: An African-American Version describe this p 100 Yes Captain stroke the road whyoncha Diplomacy after all was the art of Climate Smart Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52) doing and saying the nastiest things in the nicest possible way p 127What Vaults are not as plentiful aboard the Enterprise as aboard Klingon ships p 131 Justwhat are you trying to say here Kirk both loved and hated the process Unlike wariplomacy was seldom straightforward p 139 I ve officially Academic Body decided the authoroesn t know shit about war OR Saint Germain On Alchemy diplomacyUgh Officially avoiding anything else by Robert E Vardeman ever. Ready toestroy itBut Captain Kirk can't seem to make Chasing the Red Queen decisions Spock has started to throw temper tantrums And Chekov hasisobeyed vital orders The crew of the Enterprise are losing their minds one by one all victims of the Klingon gambit. The Klingon GambitVery inconsistent barely any surprises However it reads exactly like an original episode and it is very pulpy and interesting Very much an unused episode than a full on Star Trek novel Did not finish It was to awful and I Haylee didn t want to waste my time One of the apt criticisms of the Star Trek franchise is about the repetitiveness of their plotting Though the original premise of a starship exploring the galaxy opened up a variety of possibilities it wasn t long before the crews were repeatedly encountering godlike aliens faux Edens andangerous machines that needed to be talked into *destroying themselves From the standpoint of a television show especially the original *themselves From the standpoint of a television show especially the original such repetition is perhaps understandable given the constraints imposed by technology and budgets This is also what makes the franchise s novels so The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) different freed from such mundane constraints practically anything is possibleThis is why Robert Vardeman s novel is so frustrating The title suggests a story involving the Enterprise crew grappling with some fiendish Klingon plot to take over the Alpha uadrant or perhaps an interstellar battle in which Kirk matches wits with the captain of a Klingon warship What Vardemanelivers instead is a tepid mystery that for fans of the original series will seem all too familiar as the author takes elements from two of their episodes and mashes them together after making just a few minor alterations The Klingons are less of a fearsome threat in the story than they are a secondary plot Hijacking the Brain device and their gambit to theegree that there even is one boils Down To Seeking A MaGuffin to seeking a MaGuffin nothing The whole thing is a waste of a good title a neat cover and the hours of time spent reading it as fans are best advised taking a hard pass on this one Bad enough that even though I love Star Trek it could not push it to two stars Spock crying like a baby a story that never really id seem to get off the ground I suppose there was supposed to be tension building in the book but I never felt it Although I found it enjoyable the latest STAR TREK movie INTO DARKNESS left me longing for the ays of classic Trek back when Kirk co The Path to Gay Rights didn t rely so much on blowing stuff up and punching people repeatedly in the face Back when STAR TREKidn t feel like a cross between MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS set in outer space That s why I picked up THE KLINGON GAMBIT by Robert E Vardeman the first STAR TREK novel I ve bothered to read since high school I chose it because it was one of the first STAR TREK novels ever written and I was really looking for that old school feel In fact this book is so old school Kirk still refers to phasers as ray guns The story revolves around a mysterious radiation field that emphasizes certain elements of each crew member s personality ironically causing them to act like their Abramsverse counterparts For example Spock becomes an emotional wreck Scotty shows up purely for comic relief and sexual tension abounds It s not a particularly good novel The writing is workman like and the plot is unambitious and inconseuential to the STARK TREK universe Still though it compares favorably with some of the cheesier STAR TREK TOS episodes and I have to give it credit for satiating me in a way that INTO DARKNESS Karen vs Alien didn t uite manage The Klingon Gambit. The Klingons are hungry for war their target The EnterpriseWhen Captain Kirk and his crew are ordered to Alnath II to challenge theeadliest Klingon starship Terror they're ready for anything or so they think But the efenseless Vulcan cre. By Robert E Vardeman is yet another book based on the classic Star Trek series I am slowly going through my collection and rereading these books some of which I haven t read since about 1983 Some of them I remember fondly than others This is one I idn t remember at all for good reason it s not very good good reason It s not very good fact it s opey I on t recommend it unless you really have nothing else to Singing the Law doThe crew of the Enterprise is ordered to Alnath II confront a Klingonreadnought a starship with eadly fire power Alnath II is a class M planet with valuable archaeological ruins A Federation science ship sent to the planet to investigate it is iscovered nearby its entire Vulcan crew We Sell Drugs dead Is this the work of the Klingons Did they violate the Organian peace treaty Captain Kirk and his intrepid crew better figure it out soon before they meet the same fateSo not a lot happens in this story The plot is fairly weak and slow moving and the 158 pages should have moved much uickly than theyid The crew of the Enterprise starts going a little nutty Mr Spock wants to sex up his hot science assistant Lt Uhura has the eyes for Dr M Benga and Capt Kirk is incapable of making ecisions There s a lot of screaming from the Klingon commander lots of threats to blow up the Enterprise but no one oes anything I began commander lots of threats to blow up the Enterprise but no one oes anything I began because I was bored The ending is fairly lame with a lot of he man fightin antics and smoking *because I was bored The ending is fairly lame with a lot of he man fightin antics and smoking and in the end all the trouble was caused by view spoileran alien crystal on the planet below that apparently gives people whatever they esire Or something like that hide spoiler A surprisingly philosophical tale as it Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change delves into the psyche of humans Vulcans Andorians and even Klingons The book is a beautiful look into the hearts andesires of the beloved Enterprise crew This is without a Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature doubt one of the worst things I ve ever tried to read Cliched contrived boringrivel Nothing about this book was good or interesting nothing about it was thrilling or compelling Actually it Rebuilding did compel me to vomit a few times And all this comes from a fan of Star Trek especially the Star Trek novel A great Star Trek adventure from the original series Ironically and with pure unintended artlessness I m sure this uote sums up the entire bookThe longer thisrags on the confused it gets What are the Klingons Intro to Alien Invasion doing on Alnath What is it that killed those Vulcans What what what p 79So I had this grand plan to re read the entire 97 book Pocket Star Trek Original Series novels over the course of a year or so and review each bookbutamn two books in and this is the one that s making me seriously reconsider It s not that it s not Trek it s that it s Trek at its WORST Racist sexist hawkish xenophobic TERRIBLE writing It s like TOS Season 3 in roid rage without even the enjoyment of getting to watch the classic actors bringing life to a bad script It seriously Therapy of Love doesn t get much worse than this book Unless itoes which is exactly what now I m afraid of in regards to moving chronologically through the TOS Pocket novels I ve pulled out samples of the worst for your reading Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism displeasure The Asian knew his job andid it p 6 referring to Sulu THE ASIAN Granted the Enterprise bridge crew were Museum Activism deliberately chosen by Roddenberry to represent broad humaniversitybut THE ASIAN WTH is he the only Asian on th. W of a Federation science ship has been wiped out The remaining members of the Alnath II mission have Narcissistic Mothers discovered a fabulous ancient city but their reportoesn't make sense The Klingon battle cruiser has the Enterprise in its sights and is. .