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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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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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