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

Lieutenant Saru is a Kelpien, a member of a prey species born on a world overrun by monstrous predators...and a being who very intimately understands the nature of fear. Challenged on all sides, he is determined to surpass his origins and succeed as a Starfleet officer aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou. But when Saru breaks protocol in order to prove himself to his crewmates, what begins as a vital rescue mission to save a vessel in distress soon escalates out of control. Forced into a command role he may not be ready for, Saru is caught between his duty and the conflicting agendas of two antagonistic alien races. To survive, he will need to seek a path of peace against all odds, and risk compromising the very ideals he has sworn to uphold....

©2018 James Swallow (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Great!

Third book is the best in this series yet! I'm looking forward to hopefully more books set around the crew of the Discovery.

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Great New Addition

Fear Itself is a great new addition to the Star Trek: Discovery book series. I enjoyed learning more about Saru and his background. It was also good to see our friends from the Shenzhou again. I also have to say that I'm really enjoying all of the new unabridged Star Trek books from all of the series that have come out recently. Please keep it up!

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  • Joyce
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 06-08-18

Love the book!

Love the theme of facing the fear and overcome it! Suru is the main character not Philippa or Michael which made me a little skeptical before I started listening. But once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Love the book which is much better than drastic measures! Robert is the best narrator, ever!

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Good, but nothing special

Although I liked this book, it feel it's pretty standard Trek stuff, with few new reveals about DCS or Saru and few insights overall. Still a good book which I enjoyed. 4/5

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It turned my 14 year old on to Star Trek

It was a little slow at first, but with the introduction of species I don't recall before, it was necessary. But, as my son said, "it REALLY picked up at the end."

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Nature

Saru's struggle to go against his own natural while simultaneously being forced into a command is a suspenseful story.

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best Discovery book so far

This one really understands the characters in a way the first two didn't quite get. the aliens are interesting and intriguing. it's really fascinating to get more of Saru and thr Shenzhou's backstory. his relationships with Georgiou and Burnham are especially well defined and feel real. I enjoyed it.

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Suru's first command

The story was fascinating it did not give more insight into the Suru's past but it did give more understanding about the lengths he will go to overcome his own failings. As well as hints into Burnhams true feelings about him and made the Shinjo come to life as we got to spend time with the original Executive officer. All in all the story was a solid mix of action as well as exploration both physical and metaphysical.

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Good story - problematic voice acting

The story was fine. Can we seriously please stop having white people do horrible Asian accents for Georgiou, though? You're embarrassing all of us. Including yourselves.

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