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A sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the U.S.S. Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired. Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimentA sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the U.S.S. Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired. Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden-- and heretofore undreamed of-- capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to his Empire-- and restore his own lost honor. The destination of the Klingon ship is Dekkanar....

Title : Rules of Engagement
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ISBN : 9780671661298
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 245 Pages
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Rules of Engagement Reviews

  • Mike Crate
    2018-10-17 23:29

    Rules of Engagement is a Klingon centric novel set well within the worldview I believe created by John M. Ford or at least that's where I first came across this variant of the Klingon culture. Kasak sutai-Khornezh has had the "honour" of taking out the first ship of any new class and when the ground breaking vessel IKS Hakkarl is set for her first flight he seizes the opportunity to do a little privateering with a goal to claim a Federation world for the Empire and as it turns out take epic revenge upon Captain Kirk for a certain incident with Tribbles years previously.The Enterprise is assigned to oversee the removal of Federation personnel from the planet Dekkanar after a change of administration has made it anti-Federation, strict policies prevent the three Starfleet vessels and crews from making for use of the capabilities leaving them open to aggression, not the ideal time for a Klingon Battle Cruiser to turn up regardless of motivations and of course with the Organians always looking over everyone shoulder.This is a very entertaining novel set in the time after Kirk had regained the Enterprise after his stint at the Admiralty, it also adds the deeper story element of how the Federation/Starfleet has to deal with worlds who turn their back on membership along with the balancing act of an enforced peace with the Klingons. The Klingon characters are well written and time and time again we see a good solid antagonists can make all the difference to a movie/tv show and even a novel. In Kasak sutai-Khornezh we have a fellow commander who is intelligent and cunning and makes the most of his advantages to manipulate the situation and that makes our "heroes" all the better for it.

  • Stephen Fender
    2018-09-24 01:22

    I really wanted to like this book, but it just fell very flat. There were numerous things that kept poping up that REALLY bothered me.First off was the familiarity the author tried to establish with the characters. No other ST author I've read always refers to James T. Kirk as "Jim". As in "Jim said..." or "Jim acknowledged." or "Bones told Jim." It was the same for all the characters. It was if the author took the friendly names/nicknames and threw out everything else. Very not-Trek. The relationship between Kirk, McCoy and Spock (Or Jim, Bones, and the Vulcan, as the author constantly refers to them) was not at all Star Trek. McCoy sounded more like Spock, and Spock sounded like someone else entirely. Kirk was by far the worst.Secondly, all the data in the book about the Klingon's comes from John Ford's FASA RPG material. That, if used sparingly, is actually good. The author, however, slapped it on like a coat of latex paint, then went a step further and didn't explain any of the subtle quirks of Ford's work. The author makes several references to "The black fleet", which he never explains. Or why Klingons in this novel have really long names. Or (Lord knows why) the author kept repeating the phrase "the naked stars". Or what the hell a "Thought Admiral" is. It's all in the FASA books, but far from common knowledge. I was a big fan of the FASA RPG, but this novel beat it to death. Very un-cool. Third, this novel was written in 1990. The author tried (poorly) to write a novel that took place just after V'Ger (ST:TMP), yet constantly eluded to details that wouldn’t be revealed until Star Trek II, III, and IV (and probably VI, but I was zoning out at that point). Stick with your time frame, author, and forget "future speculation".Forth was the plot. It was like the Hunt for Red October, except less believable (if thats possible).

  • S.
    2018-10-02 19:24

    I felt like I had to work more than I wanted to in order to get through this Star Trek novel. Maybe a true Trekkie would disagree, but I also found the Klingons altogether too civil for my taste (although I did enjoy the insights into Klingon culture). When there are Klingons in the storyline I expect more action. Finally I didn't like the author referring to Captain Kirk as "Jim". Jim is for his close friends like Dr. McCoy and Spock. If you like Star Trek, you should read this book. If you like Klingons, then you shouldn't miss this one. But for everyone else, I think there are better Star Trek novels.

  • WonderGoon
    2018-10-20 00:33

    I'm currently rereading this. I enjoyed the book the first time I read it. The story is good, the characterizations are excellent and it presents an aspect of Starfleet that wasn't shown in any of the shows until Enterprise, that of the Starfleet Marines (not called MACO's, but still the same idea).A lot of foreshadowing for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was included, which was a nice touch considering the story takes place between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II.It's a fun read and I recommend it.

  • Mark A Powell
    2018-10-04 20:25

    When the Enterprise is sent on a diplomatic mission, the arrival of Klingons puts Kirk and his crew in a deadly situation. Morwood’s writing fails to capture the nuances of the classic characters well, and is often too dense for casual reading. Further compounding the problems, his pacing is maddeningly slow in the first three quarters of the book, and the conclusion is little more than standard episode-of-the-week fare. A weak plot, plodding and ultimately forgettable.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2018-10-06 21:30

    A rather fun & interesting romp. It has a great handle on the regular characters, presents the reader with a fascinating, irritating, and occasionally hilarious group of Klingons...and ironically manages to predict the eventual route of Federation/Klingon relations that will come to light in Star Trek VI & The Next Generation. A forgotten entry in the Star Trek series that could use some fresh publicity.

  • Erwin Beker
    2018-10-17 21:21

    So far i am really liking this book because of the klingons and kirk. Good details, Hope this will remain throughout the book.

  • Cate
    2018-10-02 21:38

    A bit slow in a lot of places, but the overall concept was excellent! Wish I could keep my cool in political situations--doubt I could have kept my temper. Very much enjoyed the book.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2018-10-09 23:12

    A book that tries to illuminate the Klingons and their culture, but somehow drops the ball at some point. Oddly structured.

  • Jason Bucky Roberts
    2018-10-04 20:21

  • Jonathon Laudinsky
    2018-09-24 01:37

    love klingons? don't miss this one

  • Travis
    2018-10-02 02:23

    Nothing special, just a good solid game of cat and mouse played between the Enterprise and the Klingons. Would have made a decent TV episode.

  • Sebas
    2018-09-24 01:38

    The very first Star Trek book that I read. There are a game that's kinda cool, and that's it. The use of Ford's FASA Klingons is overdone to the death and with the sublety of a stampeding rhino.