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After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth! Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a pot After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth! Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a potential home by a group of hardy and determined colonists. Star?eet can spare only one starship to escort the would-be settlers on their perilous voyage, but that ship is none other than the legendary starship Enterprise, commanded by the most well-known captain in the quadrant. Now Kirk finds himself responsible for the lives of 30,000 men, women, and children -- a task that grows all the more difficult when the expedition is caught in the middle of an ancient feud between two dangerous alien races!


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After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth! Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a pot After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth! Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a potential home by a group of hardy and determined colonists. Star?eet can spare only one starship to escort the would-be settlers on their perilous voyage, but that ship is none other than the legendary starship Enterprise, commanded by the most well-known captain in the quadrant. Now Kirk finds himself responsible for the lives of 30,000 men, women, and children -- a task that grows all the more difficult when the expedition is caught in the middle of an ancient feud between two dangerous alien races!

30 review for Wagon Train to the Stars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    A great start! Can't wait to see what happens next! A great start! Can't wait to see what happens next!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    For the most part, Wagon Train to the Stars is a generally enjoyable beginning to the New Earth series, but it didn't really "wow" me. I'm curious to see how things go once the fleet finally makes planetfall, but there is nothing that really stands out as truly memorable or exciting. I did in fact start reading this series years ago when it first came out, but didn't make it very far before losing interest. I'm determined to get through it this time, however, and give it a fair chance. While thi For the most part, Wagon Train to the Stars is a generally enjoyable beginning to the New Earth series, but it didn't really "wow" me. I'm curious to see how things go once the fleet finally makes planetfall, but there is nothing that really stands out as truly memorable or exciting. I did in fact start reading this series years ago when it first came out, but didn't make it very far before losing interest. I'm determined to get through it this time, however, and give it a fair chance. While this first entry is enough to keep my interest throughout, it doesn't make me excited to continue the series. That said, let's see where it goes from here! New Earth may yet surprise me. Full review: https://www.treklit.com/2019/04/tos89...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    James Kirk is on a milk run, escorting colony ships to their new home, and we know going in that it's all going to go horribly wrong (else where would the story be?). But it's not the battles and various action sequences that stood out for me here, it's the tone. Kirk's getting old, looking back on his life and the sacrifices made by others to get him where he is, and there's a really quite visceral sense of quiet loss and of poignancy running through the story that I didn't expect. Where it doe James Kirk is on a milk run, escorting colony ships to their new home, and we know going in that it's all going to go horribly wrong (else where would the story be?). But it's not the battles and various action sequences that stood out for me here, it's the tone. Kirk's getting old, looking back on his life and the sacrifices made by others to get him where he is, and there's a really quite visceral sense of quiet loss and of poignancy running through the story that I didn't expect. Where it doesn't stack up so much for me is the broad strokes - the main villain of the piece, Billy Maidenshore, is a caricature on legs and every time he's on page the whole thing drops and I get ever more irritated. I hope he dies soon in this series, because I'm sick to death of him already. There's enough genuine, thoughtful conflict with the alien wars and the disagreement between colonists (and between colonists and Starfleet) to propel the narrative without going back to the cartoon villain well again and again and again. I was really close to giving this 4 stars, but the quite excellent tonal restraint doesn't extend to the plot on this point.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher M.K.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I don't know why you let him get to you Jim. It wouldn't be the first time a corrupt carpetbagging hair-oil peddler decided he wanted some kind of public adulation and actually got suckers to vote for him by promising them whatever they want." Kirk leaned forward a little more, and met him with a glare of absolute agreement. "And anyone who promises you everything you want," he stated, "wants everything you have." ----- Fascinating. "I don't know why you let him get to you Jim. It wouldn't be the first time a corrupt carpetbagging hair-oil peddler decided he wanted some kind of public adulation and actually got suckers to vote for him by promising them whatever they want." Kirk leaned forward a little more, and met him with a glare of absolute agreement. "And anyone who promises you everything you want," he stated, "wants everything you have." ----- Fascinating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    One quarter establishing the premise of the miniseries; one quarter Kirk being horny for the Starship Enterprise; two quarters complaining about The Motion Picture's terrible uniforms. One quarter establishing the premise of the miniseries; one quarter Kirk being horny for the Starship Enterprise; two quarters complaining about The Motion Picture's terrible uniforms.

  6. 4 out of 5

    El-jorro

    What can be said about Star Trek? Anything really…so much so that it is not really necessary to go into detail about the legendary science fiction series. Love it or hate it, no one can deny the impact Gene Roddenberry’s creation has had on popular culture or even culture in general. Hundreds, maybe even a thousand books have been published under the name of Star Trek. One will be reviewed here. The Story The actual premise of the story is rather intriguing. True to its name, it chronicles the sto What can be said about Star Trek? Anything really…so much so that it is not really necessary to go into detail about the legendary science fiction series. Love it or hate it, no one can deny the impact Gene Roddenberry’s creation has had on popular culture or even culture in general. Hundreds, maybe even a thousand books have been published under the name of Star Trek. One will be reviewed here. The Story The actual premise of the story is rather intriguing. True to its name, it chronicles the story of a flotilla of ships from the Federation, journeying across the stars to settle upon a new home, the planet Belle Terre. The flotilla is under the protection of the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T Kirk. The colony hopes to be founded on idealistic principles separate from the main body of the Federation. This creates conflict between the colonists and their leader and the Starfleet Centric views of the Enterprise. The Good The premise of the story is an excellent way to hook the reader. The Star Trek Tv series often mentions Federation Colonies and we finally get to see one being founded. The colonists leader can be a little irritating at time, mostly because he comes into conflict with the ‘heroes’ of the story, namely the Enterprise crew. However the conflict between the two factions feels like one that could take place in reality and thus adds realism to the universe. The details of the various ships that make up the fleet are very well done and breath life into the novel. The ships of Star Trek are practically characters in their own right, but it is nice to see a little variety at times. The Flaws The weakest point of this story is, however the antagonist: Billy Maidenshore. He is not a very creative villain. Just another con-man, greedy and sociopathic. He is very hard to enjoy as a villain. While anything is possible the United Federation of Planets does not seem like the type of society that would create a man like Billy Maidenshore. Many would say that Star Trek, especially the Original Series, is the very definition of cornball writing and perhaps the villain is a little too cornball, and frankly this is not the kind of story that needs a villain. The conflict could very well come just from internal strife between the various ships and factions that are undoubtedly among the flotilla. The various complaints of the passengers are the focus of several passages. As one can guess from the title, this is the beginning of a new series of books. This unfortunately highlights one of the books flaws. It says right on the cover that the planet the colonists are heading is disputed between two alien races, and we are introduced to them in the text. The plot line involving the alien race seems to be dropped into the text. The chapters seem to come out of nowhere and are distracting to the main plot of Billy Maidenshore. It would have been better to stick them near the ending. A book in a series should be able to hold up even if it is picked up at random. This is first book and the plot lines are rather confusing. Final Rating The premise may be engaging but it is lacking due to poor execution. Not the best introduction to the Star Trek novel-verse. Two out of Five Stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This deserves a 3.5, really, but until Goodreads lets us do half stars, this will have to do. I have read only 2 other Star Trek novels before this one and all have been written by Diane Carey. She writes action very well; the battle sequences feel like they were taken straight out of the shows or movies. By far the best parts of this book, they were always entertaining as hell. In fact, I have very few complaints here. My only criticism is that Carey clearly loves Star Trek and the crew A LOT a This deserves a 3.5, really, but until Goodreads lets us do half stars, this will have to do. I have read only 2 other Star Trek novels before this one and all have been written by Diane Carey. She writes action very well; the battle sequences feel like they were taken straight out of the shows or movies. By far the best parts of this book, they were always entertaining as hell. In fact, I have very few complaints here. My only criticism is that Carey clearly loves Star Trek and the crew A LOT and it shows. All of our TOS mainstays are back and are almost canonized in how Carey describes them. Every single thing Uhura does is "astounding" or "amazing" and none of them ever make a mistake or do anything that isn't above reproach. What that does is make this incredibly predictable. The bad guys are Star Trek villain archetypes; just Klingons or Andorians with a different name. The crew behaves exactly as you would expect at every turn and, of course, they are in the right and the civilians who comprise the bulk of the wagon train are naive and always have to be told what to do. Still, I loved being with Kirk, Spock and they gang again, so these complaints are minor. Tons of fun and definitely Star Treky enough to enjoy it. (Still, it isn't canon. The novels are never canon.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Plume

    This one starts a little rough, but once I got into it it really surprised me. I feel like the Blood/Kauld feud wasn't really conveyed all that well. It just kind of read flat...but the rest of the happenings were exciting enough for a good read. This one starts a little rough, but once I got into it it really surprised me. I feel like the Blood/Kauld feud wasn't really conveyed all that well. It just kind of read flat...but the rest of the happenings were exciting enough for a good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Not a bad start to the series. The premise is intriguing and holds a lot of promise. My major complaint is that the characterization and dialogue seems off. Kirk et al. don't seem themselves, and it's hard to imagine them as they're written in this novel. The other characters seem forced, like the author had an idea of who they should be but didn't quite know how to write them. The main villain is cartoonish, and it's just plain weird how he's (view spoiler)[so willing to sell people into slaver Not a bad start to the series. The premise is intriguing and holds a lot of promise. My major complaint is that the characterization and dialogue seems off. Kirk et al. don't seem themselves, and it's hard to imagine them as they're written in this novel. The other characters seem forced, like the author had an idea of who they should be but didn't quite know how to write them. The main villain is cartoonish, and it's just plain weird how he's (view spoiler)[so willing to sell people into slavery. I mean, I know humans can be absolute shitheels, but at the time this story is set, Earth is practically a utopia, free from human suffering and wanting. I could see a villain stealing and selling all their supplies, or even their ships, but not the people themselves. (hide spoiler)] Now, I don't expect Star Trek novels to be high literature, and this one isn't the worst I've read, but it still left me wanting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    F. William Davis

    This book is not just underwhelming, it's disappointing, because the concept is actually really cool and the plot had so much potential to be both gripping and moving... but the new characters were not interesting, the old characters were unfamiliar, and the emotions were drawn up like finger paintings from a kindergarten art class. This outcome surprised me because although she's not a personal favourite I've previously enjoyed many Diane Carey novels and I know she can write better than this. This book is not just underwhelming, it's disappointing, because the concept is actually really cool and the plot had so much potential to be both gripping and moving... but the new characters were not interesting, the old characters were unfamiliar, and the emotions were drawn up like finger paintings from a kindergarten art class. This outcome surprised me because although she's not a personal favourite I've previously enjoyed many Diane Carey novels and I know she can write better than this. I found the relationship between Federation crew and the colonist crews just very childish, fair enough to have issues but almost every interaction was over-the-top volatile and sounded like a school yard slinging match. Book one is not ALL bad (just mostly bad) and there is much more to the story than those poor characterisations. The plot kept me engaged and I'm interested enough to follow through with the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    A good beginning to a new series. A group of independent minded, pioneering group has set forth from the Federation to establish a new colony on a plane 6 months away. The trope has been done multiple times on TV and in books, not just Star Trek but other genres. So why read this? Answer: the people and how they respond to challenges. They could have turned back dozens of times, but didn't. There were power plays, especially by a criminal who managed to infiltrate the crew and cause trouble. Tha A good beginning to a new series. A group of independent minded, pioneering group has set forth from the Federation to establish a new colony on a plane 6 months away. The trope has been done multiple times on TV and in books, not just Star Trek but other genres. So why read this? Answer: the people and how they respond to challenges. They could have turned back dozens of times, but didn't. There were power plays, especially by a criminal who managed to infiltrate the crew and cause trouble. That's good. The dislikes: brand new characters not from the TV or movies; brand new races which are enemies with each other and the Federation but a truncated back story that is hard to follow or identify with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Harry

    Just like in the Wild West, James T. Kirk boldly escorts a group of 64,000 pioneers across deep space to a new frontier to settle a planet "where no man has gone before." Unfortunately two rival species of humanoid aliens also have their eyes on this planet. Time top circle the Conestogas (literally) and fend of the Indians. Great battle scenes. Carey tries to maintain the wit and wisdom of the original characters while providing social commentary (as did the original series). The aliens, the Ka Just like in the Wild West, James T. Kirk boldly escorts a group of 64,000 pioneers across deep space to a new frontier to settle a planet "where no man has gone before." Unfortunately two rival species of humanoid aliens also have their eyes on this planet. Time top circle the Conestogas (literally) and fend of the Indians. Great battle scenes. Carey tries to maintain the wit and wisdom of the original characters while providing social commentary (as did the original series). The aliens, the Kaulds and the Bloods, stem from a common ancestor yet are constantly at war with each other, especially since the advent of new technology. As I write this amidst a COVID-19 crises, the Kauld warriors (?) are dying off from a plague.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Lutz

    Star Trek with a western feel. I like it! Set between Star Trek TMP and Star Trek II, Kirk and crew are assigned to escort a group of settlers to a newly discovered world where they will carve out a new life for themselves. Unfortunately two alien societies were there first, bitter enemies who cannot understand the spirit of exploration and the thrill of new challenges that humans crave. Throw in an interesting and dangerous rogue, the Orions, and all the tensions and hardships of a Wild West wa Star Trek with a western feel. I like it! Set between Star Trek TMP and Star Trek II, Kirk and crew are assigned to escort a group of settlers to a newly discovered world where they will carve out a new life for themselves. Unfortunately two alien societies were there first, bitter enemies who cannot understand the spirit of exploration and the thrill of new challenges that humans crave. Throw in an interesting and dangerous rogue, the Orions, and all the tensions and hardships of a Wild West wagon train and you have the start of a fun series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Stiber

    A strangely written Star Trek book This book seems to have been written purposefully to read like it’s from the 1960’s. At least, I’m assuming so, with its borrowing of tropes of the European settlement of the US — totally anachronistic for a modern ST novel (not to mention the 23rd century). I can imagine the author thinking it would be interesting to write it that way, but it repeatedly pulls the reader out of the story. The story line is interesting, which is what saves this from one star.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Millstone

    For a Star Trek book, I enjoyed this one rather more than I expected to. It was well written, had some genuine SF ideas, characters with a degree of believability and a plot that wasn't wholly predictable. Excellent! The only downside is the 'first in a series of six' tag which means matters can't be completely resolved five times, but it's clear on the cover, no complaints. I'll have to track the others down: a pleasure in itself. For a Star Trek book, I enjoyed this one rather more than I expected to. It was well written, had some genuine SF ideas, characters with a degree of believability and a plot that wasn't wholly predictable. Excellent! The only downside is the 'first in a series of six' tag which means matters can't be completely resolved five times, but it's clear on the cover, no complaints. I'll have to track the others down: a pleasure in itself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Great introduction to a multi-book mission The entire motif of Star Trek is that it's a western in space. In this case, it's the start of a six book series following a colony mission that follows that frontier trek to the letter. And it is a fascinating introduction to the colony mission and conflicts of a new galaxy. Great introduction to a multi-book mission The entire motif of Star Trek is that it's a western in space. In this case, it's the start of a six book series following a colony mission that follows that frontier trek to the letter. And it is a fascinating introduction to the colony mission and conflicts of a new galaxy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Kazmierczak

    Was hesitant to begin this because of all the following books in the series (there are 6 total) but it was well written, great plot and all my favorite characters. Upon finishing this book I immediately began the next one. Kirk must escort a motley group of pioneering types to a new planet for settlement and runs into all sorts of problems that only Kirk and his loyal crew can resolve.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Rubin

    Terrible. Just flat out terrible.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie O'sullivan

    not great literature. Took a while to get used to the writing style and the flitting about more like a screenplay for an episode or two

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Trussell

    Boring writing style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ray Smith

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I was constantly bouncing between an eye-rolling "Really?" to being glued to the pages. Most of the eye-rolling was from adhering too literally to the "Wagon Train to the Stars" imagery. With starships that resembled giant space-faring Conestoga wagons being pulled by separate engines (which seems to me like a mishap waiting to happen) and a lot of hit-you-over-the-head comparisons to the pioneers of 19th century America, at times it felt almost al I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I was constantly bouncing between an eye-rolling "Really?" to being glued to the pages. Most of the eye-rolling was from adhering too literally to the "Wagon Train to the Stars" imagery. With starships that resembled giant space-faring Conestoga wagons being pulled by separate engines (which seems to me like a mishap waiting to happen) and a lot of hit-you-over-the-head comparisons to the pioneers of 19th century America, at times it felt almost allegorical. Aside from that, it was very good in a lot of places, and I found myself looking forward to the second installment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Not a bad intro to the series, as there's a lot of good stuff here amongst the rubble that is this story. First, the good: A Post-Motion Picture book that isn't full of weird exposition about the Enterprise, her crew or crew members. The only thing that is awkward is the time devoted to the new uniforms that appear in the next 5 movies after this book. Like, details about it, Kirk even uses the new one as a bargaining chip at one point. Anyway, the new enemies and allies are different enough to b Not a bad intro to the series, as there's a lot of good stuff here amongst the rubble that is this story. First, the good: A Post-Motion Picture book that isn't full of weird exposition about the Enterprise, her crew or crew members. The only thing that is awkward is the time devoted to the new uniforms that appear in the next 5 movies after this book. Like, details about it, Kirk even uses the new one as a bargaining chip at one point. Anyway, the new enemies and allies are different enough to be interesting but not so different that we have to sit there and decipher their culture as happens in some of the newer stories. The bad: The introduction of the Blood and the Klaud is terrible. We get their viewpoints, but it's not until halfway through the book that we even get an explanation as to their story. I think the intro could've been smoother. Also, knowing this is a 6-part series, it's written in such a way that there's an ending, but man, it's not very satisfactory given all the damage and lives lost in the preceding pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kreg

    Very nice story. Shows the difficulty involved with leading a convoy composed of random ships of all sizes and functions on a very long journey. OF course there is the typical dangers of internal strife among the crew, and encounters with a new enemy who doesn't want the settlers to reach their destination. Very nice story. Shows the difficulty involved with leading a convoy composed of random ships of all sizes and functions on a very long journey. OF course there is the typical dangers of internal strife among the crew, and encounters with a new enemy who doesn't want the settlers to reach their destination.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris McCown

    This was a really good book once you got into it. Diane Carey has a great ability to write battles that aren't just pew-pew blow um up. The strategies she employs are great to read. The aliens she introduces are quite refreshing because they are actually alien, not just humans who look different. Great start to a long series This was a really good book once you got into it. Diane Carey has a great ability to write battles that aren't just pew-pew blow um up. The strategies she employs are great to read. The aliens she introduces are quite refreshing because they are actually alien, not just humans who look different. Great start to a long series

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Verhaegen

    Great beginning of a new saga in the conquest of the stars by humankind. Clear setting of the main characters and their backgrounds and (conflicting) goals. Frequent referals to the wagon-trains to the West from old and a constant show of the same sense of adventure and pioniering spirit. I can hardly wat to read the next 5 parts of the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Randy Wiggins

    This was the first book in the spic mini-series within the series and to me the best of the lot but I did love them all. I am a huge fan of the mini-series TREK novels with coninuing stories from book to book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A really good start to the New Earth series. It had a really good plot, with an awesome cast of protagonists and antagonists, all of whom changes their views constantly as the story progresses. 4 out of 5 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacque Hodges (Carter)

    This is the 1st Star Trek book I've actually finished. Carey brought to life the original series of my youth. That's all. This is the 1st Star Trek book I've actually finished. Carey brought to life the original series of my youth. That's all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Von Fugal

    A compelling series. When I finished one book I had mom take me with her to the grocery store the next day so I could buy the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Set inbetween the motion picture and the wrath of khan!

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