Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Adapted)

  • by Greg Cox
  • Narrated by Anthony Stewart Head
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even centuries later, the final decades of the 20th century are still regarded as one of the darkest and most perilous chapters in the history of humanity. Now, as an ancient and forbidden technology tempts mankind once more, Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise must probe deep into the secrets of the past, to discover the true origins of the dreaded Eugenics Wars - and of perhaps the greatest foe he has ever faced.1974 A.D.: An international consortium of the world's top scientists have conspired to create the Chrysalis Project, a top-secret experiment in human genetic engineering. The project's goal is the creation of a new super-race to take command of the entire planet.Gary Seven, an undercover operative for an advanced alien species, is alarmed by the project's objectives; he knows too well the apocalyptic consequences of genetic manipulation. But he may already be too late. One generation of super-humans has already been conceived. Seven watches as the children of Chrysalis - in particular, a brilliant youth named Khan Noonien Singh - grow to adulthood. Can Khan's dark destiny be averted - or is Earth doomed to fight a global battle for supremacy?For more Trek titles, browse our special Star Trek section!


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More Setup Than Plot

I have listened to Part I, but have not yet purchased Part II. Frankly, I'm a bit hesitant after this lukewarm entry. It shows how full the <i>Star Trek</i> universe has become when everything seems self-referring:

<blockquote>Khan meets - and is nearly recruited by - Gary Seven. Khan and Seven meet "Flint" from the later TOS show <i>Requiem for Methuselah</i>. Kirk meeting Captain Koloth from <i>The Trouble with Tribbles</i> (are there really only three Klingon commanders??). Gary Seven constantly refers to other experiences such as meeting Romulan commanders, his knowledge of Klingon language and geography, Bajoran camps, etc.</blockquote>

If you like your <i>Trek</i> novels to neatly give you several coincidences, then you won't mind this. I find it more distracting than anything else.

Also, I was really expecting more - as implied by the title - of the "rise" of Khan. This book focuses primarily on Seven and gives little attention to Khan as a youth - except a couple of quick events to show him disliking world powers and corporations. Very little other background is given to someone who is supposed to be the focal character. The book ends just as Khan is beginning to make moves towards taking control.

I suppose Part II has much more about his actual rise to power and subsequent fleeing of Earth, but Part I has left me underwhelmed to the point that I'm not sure I'll continue.
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- Mark

An entertaining Trek book

This was a fun listen. Although the story focuses primarily on characters other than the crew of the Enterprise, it was very engaging. I was highly entertained by the well-paced plot and particularly enjoyed Anthony Steward Head's various characterizations. Well worth the price.
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio