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October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach. But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign C October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach. But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker III -- "Trip" to his friends -- discovers a flaw in Daedalus's design. When he confronts Brodesser, the scientist -- as charismatic as he is brilliant -- eases Trip's concerns. The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion cascade reaction, killing all aboard. Thirteen years pass. Still haunted by memories of that disaster, Trip now serves as chief engineer aboard Enterprise. When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving her helpless before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship -- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate rescue attempt, however, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront the ghosts of Daedalus one final time.


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October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach. But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign C October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach. But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker III -- "Trip" to his friends -- discovers a flaw in Daedalus's design. When he confronts Brodesser, the scientist -- as charismatic as he is brilliant -- eases Trip's concerns. The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion cascade reaction, killing all aboard. Thirteen years pass. Still haunted by memories of that disaster, Trip now serves as chief engineer aboard Enterprise. When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving her helpless before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship -- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate rescue attempt, however, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront the ghosts of Daedalus one final time.

30 review for Daedalus: Part One of Two

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Daedalus is the first of a two-part series of books set in the Star Trek: Enterprise franchise and takes place towards the end of the second season just before the Xindi story arc begins. Initially, this book starts off with deconstructing the Suliban cell ship for a mission into a spatial anomaly but quickly spirals into more of an action-based plot involving military dictators and interfering with less advanced species. Daedalus is told entirely from the perspective of Trip and Hoshi after the Daedalus is the first of a two-part series of books set in the Star Trek: Enterprise franchise and takes place towards the end of the second season just before the Xindi story arc begins. Initially, this book starts off with deconstructing the Suliban cell ship for a mission into a spatial anomaly but quickly spirals into more of an action-based plot involving military dictators and interfering with less advanced species. Daedalus is told entirely from the perspective of Trip and Hoshi after they have been thrown, quite literally, into a conflict between a rebel faction called the Guild, and a military dictator who achieved power almost overnight with very advanced technology. Over the course of Daedalus, we learn how Trip comes to grips with the new situation he has found himself in while balancing between helping the Guild, and outright giving them technology they don't have. Throughout the book, it becomes obvious something isn't quite right, such as with the laser pistols. Those weapons are very, very similar to those used by Starfleet almost seven years prior. Also, how did the aliens achieve warp capability when their technological progress indicated they were only slightly more advanced than we are now. These mysteries come up again and again until it is all figured out in the last few pages. So far, Daedalus is probably one of the best Enterprise books I have read so far. I doubt it will be anywhere near as good as the Star Trek: Destiny series, but, for Star Trek it is certainly above average. It should be noted that the Daedalus series is not part of the Enterprise relaunch so it may be read at any time. The one thing that annoyed me with the book, and the actor portraying Trip said as much about him on the television series, was his overuse of idioms like "Hold your horses" and "Keep your shirt on." This was especially true when Trip was dealing with aliens. This is quite an easy book to read and is easily suggested for fans of the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David King

    I was actually a little bit confused at first regarding this book as I had assumed prior to reading the blurb that this book would actually be based on the "Enterprise" TV episode of the same name. However, this is not the case and both stories are entirely different from each other which wasn't an issue to me as I actually prefer an original novels to a novelization of an episode. The story itself mainly follows the antics of Commander Tucker after an investigation into an anomaly leaves the Ent I was actually a little bit confused at first regarding this book as I had assumed prior to reading the blurb that this book would actually be based on the "Enterprise" TV episode of the same name. However, this is not the case and both stories are entirely different from each other which wasn't an issue to me as I actually prefer an original novels to a novelization of an episode. The story itself mainly follows the antics of Commander Tucker after an investigation into an anomaly leaves the Enterprise crippled before then being attacked and captured by an alien species known as the Denar. Tucker manages to escape alongside Ensign Sato and they are then both rescued by a group calling themselves the Guild who are at war with the very people who attacked the Enterprise. The Guild request Trip's assistance in the form of technological help in return for them helping him find and rescue the Enterprise and its crew. Trip of course is a bit wary about helping too much after previous experiences in influencing less advanced species, but when a further discovery related to his past results in his world being turned upside down, it becomes harder for him to refuse to help. The first thing I need to say is that this is probably the best Enterprise novel I have read so far although there hasn't been much competition. I found the plot to be simple but interesting, the characters were engaging and there was enough action and plot twists to keep me entertained from start to finish. Now, it isn't what someone would call a classic Science Fiction novel by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it will be a fun read for anyone who was a fan of the show. In regards to the characters, this book is pretty much all about Trip. The bulk of the storyline is basically built around him although Hoshi is around as well, but her role is hugely limited as well, which I found rather reminiscent of the TV series. That is really about it though in regards to the other crewmembers, a few odd appearances but nothing else, Stern spends more time developing and showcasing his own original Denari characters instead. Personally, I quite enjoyed seeing the development of some interesting and original characters, but it would have also been nice to see a little bit more from the other Enterprise crewmembers in regards to their own predicament. I have to say that the ending itself was a little bit of a let down due to its cliff hanger nature. There is no real closure when you complete the novel, you basically have to read the sequel "Daedalus's Children" to find out what happens. It annoyed me a little as "Daedalus" wasn't the longest of novels I have read in the Star Trek Universe and it felt to me like the book was split into two parts as a money making idea to fleece the fans some more. In summary this is a very enjoyable Enterprise novel that had me hooked to the point that I just abandoned my reading list and picked up the sequel as soon as I finished. I will add that as with many other Star Trek books I have read, this book is unlikely to really appeal to someone who isn't normally interested in the show, but any fans should hopefully find something to pique their interest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Bensley

    Really bun first book in a 2 book series. Trip focused novel with lots of twists that draw you into the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    As Enterprise approaches an anomaly near a system that seems to be pre-warp, they are suddenly attacked by a fleet of small ships. Despite the ship being completely overrun, Trip and Hoshi manage to escape in a cloaked Suliban cell-ship. Becoming involved with the underdog faction in a local civil war, Trip finds connections to his past that may influence his and Hoshi's survival. This is a really bold novel - departing from the formats of previous novels and television episodes. By that I mean i As Enterprise approaches an anomaly near a system that seems to be pre-warp, they are suddenly attacked by a fleet of small ships. Despite the ship being completely overrun, Trip and Hoshi manage to escape in a cloaked Suliban cell-ship. Becoming involved with the underdog faction in a local civil war, Trip finds connections to his past that may influence his and Hoshi's survival. This is a really bold novel - departing from the formats of previous novels and television episodes. By that I mean it strips almost all of the regular characters and locations away and gives us a story focused heavily on Trip. Even Hoshi is minimized throughout the book even though she escapes with Trip from the initial battle. This really isn't a bad thing in the long run (unless you're not a Trip fan) as it allows us to see Trip in unfamiliar circumstances and how the previous stories have actually affected his growth as a character. This book takes place right after a TV story that focused on Archer's past and how he figured into the development of the NX program that culminated in the launch of Enterprise. In this book, we get to see more of Trip's involvement in early Starfleet development that fills in some gaps in his past. It all gives him a little more depth and an interesting background apart from the regular characters. The story itself is pretty intriguing. There are several thing happening throughout the book that keeps Trip pretty busy. Unfortunately, most of this book is set-up and leaves readers with more questions than answers - definitely an "act one" here. There's a pretty serious twist at the end that really amps up excitement for the second book. A solid entry in the line that definitely has me ready to pick up Part Two!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason Vargo

    Finally, after a handful of novels which took place solely on Enterprise, Daedalus takes the action elsewhere, to a new alien civilization, a new set of characters and a new setting. This is a fast, exciting read centering almost exclusively on Trip. The rest of the crew get token appearances early on (Hoshi gets more to do, but she is a distant second to the engineer), but this is Tucker's moment to shine. The story is fresh, revolving around two warring cultures and our Starfleet heroes stuck i Finally, after a handful of novels which took place solely on Enterprise, Daedalus takes the action elsewhere, to a new alien civilization, a new set of characters and a new setting. This is a fast, exciting read centering almost exclusively on Trip. The rest of the crew get token appearances early on (Hoshi gets more to do, but she is a distant second to the engineer), but this is Tucker's moment to shine. The story is fresh, revolving around two warring cultures and our Starfleet heroes stuck in the middle of it. Sounds like a tired plot, right? It's not, with enough shout outs to prior Enterprise adventures and new twists to keep the reader engaged. There is a kernel of coincidence I can't quite reconcile, though. The story starts with talk of the Suliban cell ship and, miraculously, a flashback to a earlier time in Trip's life comes back to be a major plot point here. It feels just a bit choreographed...but that may work itself out in the second part of this story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Hall

    It was an interesting take on a Trek book that focused entirely on one crew member's point of view; Trip's. You're left experiencing things through his eyes, all the while wondering what is happening to Enterprise and its crew. There were some interesting twists along the way, and sets up nicely for part 2. I do feel like the alien race was TOO similar to humans. It seemed almost a bit lazy to not give them a unique culture or set of norms and morals. It was an interesting take on a Trek book that focused entirely on one crew member's point of view; Trip's. You're left experiencing things through his eyes, all the while wondering what is happening to Enterprise and its crew. There were some interesting twists along the way, and sets up nicely for part 2. I do feel like the alien race was TOO similar to humans. It seemed almost a bit lazy to not give them a unique culture or set of norms and morals.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Trek Davis

    Fantastic. What an epic story that finishes on such a big reveal that I can't wait to devour part two! A compelling adventure with some clever twists and turns. Most of the Enterprise crew are not around for most of the events in this book which is fine and hanging out with Trip is always good fun but I do wish that Hoshi had been better utilised. I didn't like the cheating but it didn't ruin the story. Fantastic. What an epic story that finishes on such a big reveal that I can't wait to devour part two! A compelling adventure with some clever twists and turns. Most of the Enterprise crew are not around for most of the events in this book which is fine and hanging out with Trip is always good fun but I do wish that Hoshi had been better utilised. I didn't like the cheating but it didn't ruin the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    PF

    Ethnocentric While the book is entertaining enough, superficially, I found it rather frustrating and ill-conceived that two separate species/races/cultures would have identical mores and ethical systems around marriage and fidelity, especially when we don't even have this here on Earth now, and this supposedly happens some centuries in the future. Ethnocentric While the book is entertaining enough, superficially, I found it rather frustrating and ill-conceived that two separate species/races/cultures would have identical mores and ethical systems around marriage and fidelity, especially when we don't even have this here on Earth now, and this supposedly happens some centuries in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    This book is my favorite out of the Enterprise novels. Can't wait to read the sequel! This book is my favorite out of the Enterprise novels. Can't wait to read the sequel!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Overall, an enjoyable book. The premise seemed fairly interesting, and Trip was depicted well (apart from one instance), along with the characters introduced, and the pacing seemed just right. There were some decisions that the author made that I felt lessened the originality, and impact that the story had. For one, what was suppose to be the big plot twist of the book, felt rather obvious and entirely overused on both the TV shows and subsequent novels. I would have liked a different approach tha Overall, an enjoyable book. The premise seemed fairly interesting, and Trip was depicted well (apart from one instance), along with the characters introduced, and the pacing seemed just right. There were some decisions that the author made that I felt lessened the originality, and impact that the story had. For one, what was suppose to be the big plot twist of the book, felt rather obvious and entirely overused on both the TV shows and subsequent novels. I would have liked a different approach that had something new to say. Secondly, for some reason, the author decided to depict all of the events of the entire book from 1 POV, Trip. While I realize it gives the book some focus, I feel the story would have been better suited by covering multiple POVs, considering the difference of situations. However, while Hoshi was physically there, it seemed the author was so focused on making this a Trip book, that he simply invented an excuse to exclude her, and that felt both obvious and bizarre at the same time. Thirdly, I found the dialogue to often repeat, rather than reinforce, what was just explained. While it didn't bother me too much, it made the dialogue feel sometimes unnecessary. Still, now that it's done, I can say that I enjoyed the read, and I'll probably jump right into the next one, and in the end, I think that's what matters most about a book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Enterprise finds a system that seems to have aliens like humans in it. Meanwhile, they are discovering how to use the Ion drive on the cell ship. The aliens are more of a threat than they thought and trouble ensues. This is a Trip story, so if you don't like the character then don't even bother reading this. It features a few flashbacks of Trip's life that are interesting. The story is very readable and quick paced. The twist is clever, and the book ends on a cliffhanger so that you buy part 2. Enterprise finds a system that seems to have aliens like humans in it. Meanwhile, they are discovering how to use the Ion drive on the cell ship. The aliens are more of a threat than they thought and trouble ensues. This is a Trip story, so if you don't like the character then don't even bother reading this. It features a few flashbacks of Trip's life that are interesting. The story is very readable and quick paced. The twist is clever, and the book ends on a cliffhanger so that you buy part 2. A good read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Barnes

    Wonderful book....This is a 2 parter that was never used on the t.v. show but I wish it had been. The books are mostly from the viewpoint of Tucker and Hoshie. If your a fan of Enterprise you should enjoy this book. Wish I had seen this storyline on the show because in my opinion the early demise of the show was because of the lack of original GOOD stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Somewhat interesting Star Trek book. It did keep my interest over a boring Sunday stuck with my son. =)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    A very quick and easy read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mikael Kuoppala

    A very entertaining novel with a nice insight into the character of Trip Tucker.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karl Schaeffer

    I never did get into the last Star Trek TV series, but I've enjoyed the books that have come out of the series. I need to find the 2nd book "Daedalus's Children". I never did get into the last Star Trek TV series, but I've enjoyed the books that have come out of the series. I need to find the 2nd book "Daedalus's Children".

  17. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Lacefield

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Blah. Main plotline not terrible, sub plot of nutritional problems due to mirror universe was stupid and didn't follow canon. Blah. Main plotline not terrible, sub plot of nutritional problems due to mirror universe was stupid and didn't follow canon.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Woodfield

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tirso Tonche

  23. 5 out of 5

    Florian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  25. 5 out of 5

    norman hoefler

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Babb

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim Zayed

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ca53buckeye

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Marie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

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