Robert Chesley

Rebooted “Star Trek” Universe Continued in Book Form

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According to product descriptions and images released by “Star Trek” novel publisher, Simon and Schuster, there is going to be some young adult oriented novels taking place in J.J. Abram’s “Star Trek” Universe.

Title: The Delta Anomaly
Author: Rick Barba
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Plot: After a rough week at Starfleet Academy, James T. Kirk and his friends blow off steam at San Francisco’s hottest new club. Their good times come to a screeching halt, however, when one of the cadets is attacked by someones who seemingly appears out of thin air.

Bones and his medical team save the cadet’s life, but they uncover the horrifying consequences of the attack. Meanwhile, Starfleet’s investigation reveals the assailant is actually a brutal serial killer from the past–a mysterious entity known only as the Doctor. Who is the Doctor, and why has he returned after disappearing more than twenty years ago?

At the urging of Commander Spock, Cadet Uhura is called to decipher a message from the Doctor. Spock has no idea that by enlisting Uhura’s help, he has placed her firmly in the Doctor’s sights.
Before long Kirk, Uhura and Bones are caught up in the Doctor’s dangerous web as they race against time to stop the killer before he strikes again.

Title: The Edge
Author: Rudy Josephs
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Plot: A new beginning – but the same old problems.
Jim Kirk arrives at Starfleet Academy ready to take on whatever challenges arise. Most new beginnings mean you get to start with a clean slate, but Kirk quickly discovers that he is already infamous among his classmates. Thanks to his bravado and boasting that he’ll finish the four-year program in three, they’ve already made up their minds about kind of rival he is… and how they will beat him.

The Academy’s program is extremely rigorous and uncompromising. The students are the best and the brightest, and the school demands total commitment from them – physically and mentally. Kirk is ready for it all, but he didn’t expect that some cadets will do anything to ensure they succeed at the Academy, no matter the cost.

He soon finds that his best friend, McCoy, is one of the main suspects in an Academy misconduct investigation for crimes that could cost the lives of his classmates. Kirk is determined to clear McCoy’s name and unmask the dark side of Academy life – before it’s too late.

The images that accompanied these descriptions were taken down per Paramont’s request. It should be of note, these novels are meant for younger readers, so they shouldn’t always be considered canon or have particularly engaging stories. But it is nice to see that this universe is getting some book attention.

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