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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours Audiobook

Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

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Publisher's Summary

An all-original novel based upon the explosive new series on CBS All Access!

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet's dark, uncharted sea.

As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so, she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life - until now.

©2017 David Mack (P)2017 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 11/10/2017
    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 11/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "3 minute story told in forever..."

    I like star trek but this was tedious.
    it went on and on and on, oh and on and on well I'm sure you get the general idea.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 08/10/2017
    Daniel 08/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "essential prequel to the new series"

    Desperate Hours main story arc is a traditional Trek story that would fit in to any of the series that have come before. It's an enjoyable alien story which also fills out some interesting background in to Starfleet and the Federation at the time of Discovery.

    However the main reason to read this book is for the backstory it unlocks for Burnham and Saru. This helps us to understand the motivations of the characters on screen in a way that the main show will never have time to explore.

    Essential reading/listening for anyone who is enjoying Star Trek Discovery. Well done David Mack.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Project blue 29/09/2017
    Project blue 29/09/2017
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    "Great first novel of the series."

    This ties Discovery to Star Trek Tos well leaving little doubt that this is Trek in its prime timeline.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Z.I. 15/10/2017
    Z.I. 15/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and insightful"

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once that was done, it was a thrilling ride into characters I am now getting a better appreciation for. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Strong recommend.

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  • Anonymous
    17/10/17
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    "An excellent prequel to the series"

    When audiences are first introduced to Michael Burnham and Captain Philippa Georgiou in the opening scenes of Star Trek: Discovery, the captain mentions that Burnham has served under her for seven years—implying that there are seven years of stories aboard the Shenzhou before the series even begins. By the time the two-hour premiere of Discovery was over, I was certain I wanted to see more of those stories, get to know Capt. Georgiou better, witness Burnham’s development from cold student of Vulcan to the fascinating character she had become by the time of the Federation/Klingon War. Luckily, I got to begin that exploration only a few days later, as “Desperate Hours” chronicles one such chapter of life aboard the Shenzhou in peacetime.
    “Desperate Hours” is an excellent opportunity to spend more time with Georgiou and the crew of the Shenzhou, while also learning much more about Burnham’s connection to Sarek, Amanda, and Spock. Here, in a novel, is the best place to explore that relationship, vs. on the TV series where it would feel like a distraction or a stunt for ratings.
    Recommended for any fan of the new series, or of the original—particularly The Cage/Menagerie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billly
    16/10/17
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    "A new chapter for Trek books"

    I like that there is a bit more variety in modern Trek audiobooks now. Overall, the novel does a good job at exploring more of the backstory of the characters leading up to the new series. There's no real spoilers here, but some of the material are covered in the episodes that have been released so far. David Mack has done a good job as always and this novel gives us insight into the characters and how the show fits into the overall Canon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    NJ
    14/10/17
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    "great story"

    It is a great story read very well, and it has Spok, and Captain Pike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Lilly
    14/10/17
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    "Good book"

    Good book. Well written. Explains a decent amount of the apparent retcons and contradictions. Also gives a reasonable amount of character background for the show.

    It lacks the new Star Wars production quality as an audio book. The book is clearly read in a pleasant tone and easy to understand. But it’s just a person reading the book. Very little goes into interpreting the emotion and quality of each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Alexandratos
    Knoxville, TN
    12/10/17
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    "Awesome for Discovery Fans!"

    Great book for some backstory on Star Trek: Discovery! I really loved hearing about Georgiou's adventure with Pike!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Bruxvoort
    Sac city, Iowa
    11/10/17
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    "Awesome"

    Great story that gives a back story to the characters of Discovery. Explains how Michael Burnam becomes 1st officer and even delves into the original series mythology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jamie lewis
    10/10/17
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    "Different kind of Federation"

    interesting story but I felt the book portrayed Captain Pike as a jerk and the Federation as an intrusive Federal government seeking to control the lives of its citizens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cbspock
    Holbrook, NY United States
    08/10/17
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    "An average Star Trek story"

    This was a typical Star Trek book. Noting really stood out. It was interesting to see Mike interact with Spock and this was a good adventure story on the Shenzou

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dana Pearson
    Oakland, CA USA
    07/10/17
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    "Amazing prelude to Discovery... Must get!"

    Fantastic story, tons of background, insights into character and behaviors of main people I'm coming to love, loads of fun, fantastic narration, and... If you want to better understand the current show, get it!

    I listened straight thru... Couldn't stop... So glad I heard about this and can't wait till Sunday!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anna garrett
    03/10/17
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    "great background for the tv show"

    great story, provides lots of background for characters in the star trek discovery tv show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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