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3.585 out of 53.585 out of 53.585 out of 53.585 out of 53.585 out of 5 3.59 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vonda N. McIntyre Narrator: George Takei, Leonard Nimoy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1988 ISBN: 9780743545365
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The USS Enterprise™ is summoned to transport a dangerous criminal from Starbase prison to a rehabilitation center, the brilliant physicist Dr. Georges Mordreaux, accused of promising to send people back in time, and then killing them instead.

But there’s more at stake than just a few lives. For Mordreaux’s experiments have somehow thrown the entire universe into a deadly time warp. All of existence is closing in on itself, and only Spock can stop the Entropy Effect.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/14/2014

    " A good B-level of Star Trek novel-- not awesome, not terrible. This was my 2nd time through it, as I had forgotten the rest. I thought the portrayals of Scotty and maybe McCoy were off, but it was nice to see Sulu getting some "screen time," as well as an affair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terence | 2/14/2014

    " Easily the second-best ST novel ever written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beansidhe | 2/5/2014

    " When I first read this book in high school I absolutely loved it. I read it later, around 2002 I think and didn't like it at all. The characters didn't seem to match what we see in the shows, and the time travel logic was somewhat flawed in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/5/2014

    " I've read this book many times, starting when I was just a kid and on through adulthood. It's a great story with original elements and truly fantastic original characters. The only flaws I see are occasional deviances in manner from the TV characters, an overuse of the semicolon, and a penchant for the melodramatic that gets a bit corny at times. Fortunately, though, the story is multi-layered and suspenseful enough to draw you in and keep the pages turning. Every trek book fan should have this one in their library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surreysmum | 2/4/2014

    " [These notes were made in 1983:]. Star Trek novels have played with time travel before, but this is the most satisfactory treatment of the theme I've seen. Nonetheless, one can't help feeling mildly tricked or cheated somehow, when an entire narrative line is suddenly wiped out on the basis that time has been changed. It somehow seems to defeat the nature of fiction! McIntyre shares with most female writers that insistence on the essentially emotional nature of the central triad in ST, but unlike some of the others, she is a good enough writer not to insist on analyzing it to death, but instead frames events which display the emotions naturally. One of the better ones in my collection of Trekkiana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 1/31/2014

    " Read this as a teen a couple of times. Liked it a lot at the time. Not sure what I'd think now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/25/2014

    " It's nice to see something set in the TOS universe treat time travel with the complexity it deserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 'becca | 1/19/2014

    " One of my favorite ever Star Trek novels. I'm currently reading another by the same author and am enjoying it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kadie | 1/18/2014

    " So amazing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deranged Pegasus | 12/30/2013

    " I loved how the effects of time travel were dealt with and the way that the book had you exclaiming that you had remembered a scene that was occurring for the second time though for the first time for the character traveling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 12/18/2013

    " Well written but I just don't care that much for time travel stories. They seem so deus ex machina to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmett | 11/29/2013

    " A little confused, but perhaps because I'm not well-versed in physics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 11/27/2013

    " Satisfied my inner and outer nerd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Huston | 11/14/2013

    " First of the various Star Trek novels out there, and one of the better ones. And Sulu gets to be a main character, finally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Bowden | 5/13/2013

    " It's unfortunate that this book came out so early in the days of Star Trek novels - it set the bar pretty damn high, and most of them just aren't worth a damn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 10/4/2012

    " Even though I have not read a Star Trek novel in forever, I remember Vonda McIntyre as being a writer who made that universe believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morbus Iff | 8/16/2012

    " For the first new Pocket Book, they have time travel, Kirk dying, Sulu beard sex, and lots of TAS-style creature characters. At times it's eye-rolling, but it's not a particularly bad debut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikael Kuoppala | 7/18/2012

    " A very good high concept sci-fi story that has been written quite skilfully. Intriquing ideas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 6/6/2012

    " Loved the fact that this one focused so much on Sulu. He gets so little attention in most stories (and on screen). (three and a half stars, actually) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monk | 10/31/2011

    " A fun diversion. But if this is, as many say, the best of the novels from the original series, the rest must be abysmal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Domin | 10/19/2011

    " Read the whole thing in one day sitting by the water. Whenever I put it down to get some Diet Coke or take a bathroom break, I spent the whole time wondering what would happen next. That's my idea of perfect vacation reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 4/28/2011

    " Loved the fact that this one focused so much on Sulu. He gets so little attention in most stories (and on screen). (three and a half stars, actually) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/3/2010

    " First of the various Star Trek novels out there, and one of the better ones. And Sulu gets to be a main character, finally. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beansidhe | 1/18/2010

    " When I first read this book in high school I absolutely loved it. I read it later, around 2002 I think and didn't like it at all. The characters didn't seem to match what we see in the shows, and the time travel logic was somewhat flawed in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 3/28/2009

    " Well written but I just don't care that much for time travel stories. They seem so deus ex machina to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 3/26/2009

    " A good B-level of Star Trek novel-- not awesome, not terrible. This was my 2nd time through it, as I had forgotten the rest. I thought the portrayals of Scotty and maybe McCoy were off, but it was nice to see Sulu getting some "screen time," as well as an affair.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 9/2/2008

    " Read this as a teen a couple of times. Liked it a lot at the time. Not sure what I'd think now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terence | 8/20/2008

    " Easily the second-best ST novel ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/11/2008

    " Even though I have not read a Star Trek novel in forever, I remember Vonda McIntyre as being a writer who made that universe believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 6/22/2008

    " It's unfortunate that this book came out so early in the days of Star Trek novels - it set the bar pretty damn high, and most of them just aren't worth a damn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 11/13/2007

    " Read this many years ago, prpably deserves a second read. Good combination of intrigue, tragedy and trekiness. "

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About the Author
Author Vonda N. McIntyreVonda N. McIntyre is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. McIntyre won her first Nebula Award in 1973, for the novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand.” This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake (1978), which was rejected by the first editor who saw it, but went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. McIntyre was the third woman to receive the Hugo Award. She has also written a number of Star Trek and Star Wars novels. Visit her online at VondaNMcIntyre.com.
About the Narrators

George Hosato Takei is a Japanese American actor and author best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six feature films and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He is a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics while still continuing his acting career. He has won several awards and accolades for his work in human rights and Japanese–American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum

Leonard Simon Nimoy (1931–2015) was an American actor, film director, poet, musician, and photographer. His most famous role was that of Spock in the original Star Trek series, as well as in multiple film, television, and video game sequels. He began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. He made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” in 1965 and went on to play Spock until 1969. Spock had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations. TV Guide named Spock one of the fifty greatest television characters.