I would have to agree that Vardemann didn't know the Trek universe very well
at all. This book is a prime example of "never judge a book by it's cover"
to me, as it was my first ever ST novel, bought because I liked the Klingon
battlecruiser on the cover. Despite the fact that the Klingon ship in the
novel was a dreadnought! The characterisations were very off in my opinion,
but I have to give the guy his due as a sci-fi writer, if not a Trek one.
The story itself was actually pretty cool, now that I think back on it. I
just think his sequel 'Mutiny on the Enterprise' was even worse, even though
the sci-fi aspects again were pretty cool, like the planet they end up
Wow. This turned into a far more positive review than I thought it would!
2009/6/30 trevthurlow <tomswift2002@...
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <startrekbooks%40yahoogroups.com>,
> ASportzFan <asportzfan@...> wrote:
> > The Klingon Gambit (1981)
> > by Robert E. Vardeman
> > 158 pages
> > This short Trek novel from 1981 was very much like watching an episode of
> the original series. It was good enough, in that respect, and it wasn't
> that complicated, though the resolution wasn't very satisfying. Also, the
> two halves of the book were different in that, in the first half, the
> characterizations of Kirk and McCoy seemed off. They talked in a way I
> don't think they ever would, very formal in some instances, using words I
> don't think they would ever say. There were also a number of typographical
> errors that were annoying. The second half went smoothly, though, and the
> characters were fine. But, I also wonder if the author had done much scifi
> writing. He would use awkward terms like "ray gun" several times and things
> that someone "in the biz" I wouldn't think would use. There are many better
> novels out there. I'll be selling this one to Half Price Books.
> > ASF
> Robert E. Vardeman donned the guise of Victor Appleton in 1983 with "Tom
> Swift: Gateway To Doom", and again in 1992 with "Tom Swift: Microbots" and
> "Tom Swift: Mutant Beach". I've been in contact with Robert Vardeman through
> a Tom Swift group that I'm with. And I must say, his Tom Swift books are
> better than his Star Trek books.
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