Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Series: Star Trek: Discovery, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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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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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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Great Story, Poor Performance

This story gave a fantastic view into one of Phillipa and Lorca's early experiences in Starfleet. We got to see them respond to a tragic and high stakes incident. Unfortunately, the performance was dry.

Phillipa was heroic, intelligent, and compassionate, helping others through direct medical care and even performed a daring rescue. It was great getting more of the Prime version of her considering how early she died in the show. It's easy to see why Michael and Saru respected and admired her so much.

This is the first time we actually get Prime Lorca at all, so it's fascinating to compare him with Mirror Lorca. While this version of Lorca is on the side of good, he is still violent, prone to outbursts of righteous anger, and willing to break protocol when he sees fit. I can easily see this version of the character making similar choices that Mirror Lorca did on the show, but for good reasons.

MAJOR SPOILERS

I also find it interesting that the last chapter shows Lorca in prison being held by unknown individuals in a violent culture with him having no idea how he got there. It seems clear that the book is setting up the reveal that Prime Lorca is still alive and being held prisoner in the Mirror universe. If I'm right, that will be an excellent twist for next season.

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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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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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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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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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overall decent book but I wanted more excitment

The book was pretty good but I wanted to have more excitment. I felt that the story was lacking action. There was only one moment in the book that got me excited to read more and it was over so quickly. The ending was also a let down. It drones on and on and then finally reveals why and it was disappointing.

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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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  • Dunc
  • 02-04-19

Not as captivating as it felt it should be

This book covers the events of the Tarsis 4 incident. Which was a huge tragedy however only covered by two lines of dialogue in TOS.

A good book to flesh out this event however I just felt it missed the mark. It was trying to be dramatic without the drama. Which all happens in the first few chapters and could not peak again.

Still a good book.

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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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  • Scott
  • 03-26-19

Good.

Not as well written as the first novel but not a bad listen, better narrator this time around.

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  • Philip Cooper
  • 02-14-19

Average story line.

The story is a classic Star Trek style Pulp Fiction. Unfortunately, the storyline does nothing unpredictable. The narrator is good but not amazing. I was hoping for a better story about the past of these two characters. The ending is quite strange however I think it is due to it connecting to a TOS episode. Lorca is painted as an unpredictable psychopath who it is hard to believe could ever get into the star fleet academy.

Not great but not bad.

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  • M. K. A. Venner
  • 01-28-19

Cumbersome and a bit clunky, but a good story

I would listen again to this. However, this narrative is overly filled with interesting but distracting and unnecessary back story and excessive descriptions of how people are dressed, where they were from, how they were feeling - rather too much 'telling' than 'showing'. I felt it detracted from the pace of the story, which is well constructed and thought through.
One liner 'dialogue' lines are frequent, which I find irritating and superfluous, more showing technique could be better employed. Also, people 'sigh' rather a lot!

The narrator sometimes makes it difficult to tell the characters' inner voices from the story narrative, but he does have quite a good way of varying the characters and can be quite engaging. Other times I get the feeling he was just reading outloud and sometimes was totally disengaged. Overall, not bad. But I would prefer more energy from a narrator. I like January LaVoy as a narrator, in the Voyager series btw.

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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