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Publisher's Summary

An original novel based upon the explosive new Star Trek TV series on CBS All Access!

It is 2246, 10 years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the 8,000 people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony's governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It's hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they're too late - Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony's besieged food stores and safeguarding the community's long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand "Kodos the Executioner"....

©2018 Dayton Ward (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Not nearly as good as Desperate Hours

Compared to Desperate Hours, this book was stiff and difficult to listen to, I didn't even finish it. The writing felt more mechanical, in comparison. The narrator is generic, no real character. I absolutely loved Desperate Hours and that narrator and the inflection and quirkiness of her voice. Now I see there's another book out using this same narrator, which is a disappointment. I will attempt to read these books instead, in hopes that will salvage the stories.

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Getting my Star Trek Fix

I just barely started reading Star Trek Novels. I needed something to hold me over between Season 1 and Season 2 of Discovery and these books have been awesome. Although Desperate Hours is my favorite one so far, I loved Drastic Measures.

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History brought to life.

Great book. Superb narration. Highly recommend for all Star Trek fans! The events of Tarsus IV have been brought to life.

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Dayton Does it Again

Petcoff is perfect for Star Trek narration. Dayton's love of the franchise comes through but never overwhelms. Listen after the credits for a glorious Easter Egg.

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Pure Genius

Where does Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best Star Trek books I have listened to. I think Dayton Ward is a Genius.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures?

I really enjoy the connections to other stories.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr. Petkoff's performance was clearly superb.

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superb

loved it. the story answers a lot of questions. it flows perfectly and makes for a great and pleasurable listen.

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Fantastic background story

Dayton Ward has written a story that intertwines seamlessly with existing canon. He didn’t over do the fan service while still telling a story that keeps you excited to hear more.
Robert Petkoff’s performance is amazing as always. Nobody does Star Trek better these days. A+

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What a great story!

Dayton Ward does it again. Takes a character from a classic TOS and reveals a great story. If you love TOS and Discovery, this one is for you!
Also, how about that Post credit scene? No spoilers!

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Worth the wait

Very good story! Fills in a lot of Discovery's backstory behind the characters and their relationships. The only negative I have is that these don't use sound effects and music like the Star Wars audiobooks do.

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Good characters, lackluster plot

Be sure to stay past the end credits for a secret chapter.

Neat to see prime Lorca in action.

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  • Matt H
  • 06-10-18

I won’t get those 11 hours back!

I liked the context and background to the characters and the basic plot was ok but it really felt like it was a 3 hour book filled up with unnecessary over-descriptions of events to fill the time.
It also felt like it had been written by a vulcan auditor it was so ponderous!
I’m sure some people will love it so take no notice of my review but I would say this, if you are bored after 3 hours, consider moving on to something else, it doesn’t get much more interesting and the Epilogue doesn’t change that in my opinion.

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  • David Gould
  • 03-10-18

a very good ensemble cast

this is a great story full stop really flushes out the character of Lorca. well worth Reading or even listening to just for a massive spoiler at the end after the epilogue

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  • Dex Scott Etherton
  • 08-06-18

just. ....okay

obviously it was well read, it's Robert Petkoff!! But the story was long, drawn out and nothing really happens. 11 hours of dribble and could of been finished within minutes.

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  • Mr. D. R. Ladd
  • 04-04-18

a ok story

story of cronis the excucaner but a nice little bit with a very young Jim kirk