Gateways Book Three: Doors Into Chaos: Star Trek The Next Generation (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Gateways Book Three: Doors Into Chaos
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One of the better Gateways books, this time around we get to see how the crew of the Enterprise-E handles the chaos that the active gateways cause. Like the others and losing a star for it the ending of this book is actually in another book. While at DC Comics, he became involved with the Star Trek franchise, and authored a number of novels and stories set in the Star Trek universe. Robert Greenberger. More than , years have passed since the Iconians first created the network of interdimensional gateways across the stars.

Known to those who came after them as 'the Demons of Air and Darkness', the Iconians vanished from time and space millennia ago -- or did they? The aliens are trying to sell control to the highest bidder. Worf gets involved. There's some nice character moments and a huge battle. The book ends on a cliffhanger.

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A good read. You don't have to read books 1 or 2 in Gateway series to understand this novel. It was definitely worth getting for the 99 cent sale price, but I don't know if I'll ever re-read this one. Sep 11, Dustin rated it liked it Shelves: future , sci-fi , tie-in , star-trek. One of the better Gateways books, this time around we get to see how the crew of the Enterprise-E handles the chaos that the active gateways cause.

Like the others and losing a star for it the ending of this book is actually in another book. Apr 17, Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , star-trek. Just slightly above average, but has a nice, epic feel to it, and offers the big picture of the Star Trek universe. Oct 27, Matthew rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi , star-trek-relaunch , published-in I'm jumping into the Gateways series of books part way through, because this is where they fit in the current timeline I'm following. This begins a story that's pretty intriguing, but I found the actual presentation of it to hinder things.

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It's a bit of a jumble and very hectic. An extended space battle in the middle is nearly impossible to follow wi I'm jumping into the Gateways series of books part way through, because this is where they fit in the current timeline I'm following. An extended space battle in the middle is nearly impossible to follow with all the different factions involved, but the writing here only makes it more complicated. Keeping things simpler and sticking to one or even two points of view throughout it would have helped. It's a nice adventure with the TNG crew, I wish it just had a bit better pacing and focus.

The characterisations are all a bit off which is distracting, there's numerous lines of dialogue which I could never imagine Picard and his crew saying. May 09, Rick rated it it was amazing.

Book Review - Star Trek Gateways book 3 Doors Into Chaos I'm really starting to dread seeing the words to be continued at the end of each one of these books. All of the 6 books are going to conclude their stories in one large finishing story book 7 which encompasses the 6 different series of Star Trek that are included Original Series, Challenger , Next Generation, Deep Space Nine , Voyager and New From the. This book was another outstanding read and it was great to see the next generation cr Book Review - Star Trek Gateways book 3 Doors Into Chaos I'm really starting to dread seeing the words to be continued at the end of each one of these books.

This book was another outstanding read and it was great to see the next generation crew spreading their wings into different positions and responsibilities. Continuing the story of the 1st book including the aliens from that book, it falls to captain Picard and his crew to solve a mystery that is now more than years old. The TNG installment of the Gateways saga continues.

Doors Into Chaos

Unlike the book preceeding this one, "Doors Into Chaos" picks up certain storyline elements from the initial book in Gateways. The "Iconians" wish to make a deal with all Alpha Quadrant powers, the gateways will go to the bidder who can pay the most. However, these Iconians open the gateways to generate support for their venture, but with so many species spanning the galaxy, conficts quickly erupt.

The Enterprise-E is sent to contain a certain area of conflicts and eventually uncovers the real purpose of the gateways. Like the previous books in the Gateways series, this one hangs with a cliffhanger that isn't resolved until the final book. With some help from Q, Janeway is returned to Voyager , where the perpetrator of the recent violence is dealt with. Soon, the vessels in the ad hoc fleet are sent on their way home.

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An interesting conclusion to No Man's Land , but in some ways, "In the Queue" was a little unsatisfying. For one thing, Q is often used as the answer to anything strange or out of the ordinary. Generally speaking, the television series didn't overuse him, as his awesome power is simply too easy to use as an out.

However, he appears in many novels and other media to a startling degree at times. Sometimes his powers just seem like too much of a cop-out, a deus ex machina to the plot. In this case, also, his motivations are suspect to me.

Sure, he has a special fascination for Picard and Janeway, but these always seemed like exceptions to his general disdain or lack of empathy for "lower" lifeforms. The resolution to the problems in the fleet were the highlight of the story, with an interesting conclusion to the violent escapades. This part of the story saves the rest from failing due to the "Q solution. The two captains find themselves in a bizarre world that seems to follow the pattern of Calhoun's beliefs in the Xenexian afterlife.

There, they are continually faced with mortal situations. When they die, they automatically restart their journey until they are able to get past the obstacle in question without perishing. Xenexian belief holds that if they outlast the day, they will live forever in this afterlife, continually doing battle with others in this realm.

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Needless to say, the prospect is very appealing to Calhoun, who is even given a chance at a reunion with his father. Of particular interest is his relationship with his father, and what made him the man he is today.

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This conclusion felt like a very strange departure from the beginning of the story, and it certainly does take a left-turn from what I was expecting when I started this series. However, rather than being the impressive, god-like enigmas that Picard expected, the Iconians are somewhat of a disappointment. They seem to have stagnated as a culture, and they don't even know how to operate their own equipment. They consult their records about how to shut down the Gateway network, and send Picard on his way.

His journey leads him to a planet which supports a pre-industrial population surrounded by the ruins of the formerly-great Iconian civilization. There, Picard must find the devices that control the Gateway network and find a way to shut it down. On the way, he meets a number of people who help and hinder his attempt. During Picard's time on the planet with the controls to the Gateways, he does a lot of moralizing and a limited amount of "interfering" in the lives of the people he encounters.

I would be somewhat interested in some sort of follow-up to the influence that Picard has on the people of the planet, especially since nearly everyone he encounters refers to him as a "young god. A satisfying conclusion, if a little pat.