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The crew of the Nautilus, a battered Starship of mysterious origin, is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise. The group claims they are freedom fighters from the future working to save the Federation from the Consilium, a group of corrupt power-seekers. The Nautilus crew members then seize control of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and a Starship from the future arrives to arrest tThe crew of the Nautilus, a battered Starship of mysterious origin, is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise. The group claims they are freedom fighters from the future working to save the Federation from the Consilium, a group of corrupt power-seekers. The Nautilus crew members then seize control of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and a Starship from the future arrives to arrest the renegades. Kirk must separate his true allies from those who wish to destroy the Federation....

Title : Crossroad
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ISBN : 9780671793234
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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Crossroad Reviews

  • Jerry
    2019-03-03 09:41

    A fun adventure featuring the original Enterprise crew!

  • Jesse A
    2019-02-27 05:56

    Not bad. A bit draggy at times. Not one of my favorites but decent.

  • Mike Crate
    2019-03-13 09:58

    The Crossroad Nebula was a recognised shipping hazard where ships and probes have mysteriously vanished, close by was the Federation protected star system of Tau Lyra whose people were not ready to make the leap into space travel but where showing impressive progress in other areas. The Enterprise while preparing to sow new probes detect a starship leaving the nebula, sensors indicate it is basically a Constitution class but with some minor anomalies in design and energy output. After a brief exchange the Enterprise secures the vessel and the small crew are beamed aboard. The very diverse crew (Vulcan, Klingon, Orion, Human etc) claim to have recently acquired the ship called the "Nautilus" and were attacked within the nebula and are fleeing the "Consilium" but that doesn't explain the existence of the Nautilus or the advanced bio-engineering embedded in the bodies of some of the captured crew.Crossroad in many ways takes its intent from the mirror universe trope without actually employing that narrative but there are many similarities. We get to see what the Federation and more importantly Starfleet could have been and given the right conditions and how humanity could be far more invasive and corrupt towards the galaxy than any of the current expansionist empires. I enjoyed the technology presented by the Nautilus as it set well outside the expected from Star Trek and this story may have stood alone as a piece of hard scifi dealing with the politics and machinations of a dominant galactic power.

  • Terence
    2019-03-07 13:04

    One of the better ST serializations. Hambly is remarkably good at creating believable, if not always likable, characters that raise what would be otherwise cliched plots above the average.

  • Bryn Hammond
    2019-03-10 08:48

    Dark for a Star Trek story and above-average writing. I keep a stash of Trek novels for comfort food but this was more than cookies. With grungy spaceships.

  • Helen
    2019-03-26 06:55

    Kirk, Spock, Nurse Chapel, Time paradox

  • Nicholas
    2019-02-23 08:58

    Average novel unfolds at a clumsy pace with a plot borrowing from ST:TNG’s fourth season Clues and resembling Doctor Who’s Warrior’s Gate. Hambly unwisely dumps a load of new characters (with names that aren’t exactly easy to keep track of) unceremoniously offering little to distinguish them, despite the characters harboring some big differences amoung them. In contrast no detail is spared in describing both the Enterprise and the Nautilus as well as the scorched remains of the planet Tau Lyra III, often sacrificing potential character and plot development for exposition on the color of the wafers onboard the starship. Hambly infuses the book with several themes but few of them are explored fully, especially that of nearing the end of the five-year mission for the crew. Aside from a few mental notes in Kirk’s head, Hambley uses Nurse Chapel as the conduit for this theme, an odd choice indeed although making for some poignant moments as the obvious detachment from the core crew Chapel experienced in the show is repeated here, making her character a very sad one indeed. The scenario involving telepaths navigating starships through space and how they are bred is explained in a very muddled manner and I suspect that my watching of Warrior’s Gate has more to do with my grasping it then the author’s own explanations for it. Perhaps in an attempt to steer the book away from falling into the quicksand of fan-wank, very little of the future is revealed and little or no continuity is established between both times however Hambly sabotages the potential for a truly epic story, confining to the Enterprise and the other two ships. An apparent last-minute filler erupts in which Ensign Lao, a character which Hambly keeps trying to portray as some kind of heir to Kirk yet offers no evidence of, goes crazy with the knowledge of the future and tries to blow up the Enterprise in a manner convenient to padding out the novel (he can’t just blow the ship, he wants it to blow up when Kirk beams over allowing the obvious scenario of Kirk not beaming over). The finale in which the crew realize something has happened and they themselves have covered it up and their decision not to uncover it is laughable not only in that it seems such an atypical response for this crew, but also for it is the most suited to that of the TNG crew not this one. As the title implies the novel deals with crossroads both real and metaphorical, Hambly being more adept in portraying the crossroads of life that Nurse Chapel has arrived in rather then those in the rest of the story

  • Paul Lunger
    2019-03-22 07:00

    "Crossroad" in the title of this book refers to a nebula that is partially at the center of this rather odd book from September 1994. The Enterprise crew taking a closer look at the Crossroad Nebula which lies near the off limits world of Tau Lyra III comes across a ship that comes out of the nebula & heads straight at this pre-warp world. That ship is the Nautilus which claims to be outrunning the Consilium & is from the 26th century. While stories involving the future & time travel usually work this one of renegade time travelers per se falls flat on its face because the characters themselves aren't believable at all. From a ship in distress to their takeover of the Enterprise to the arrival of the Consilium to the revelations about the future (including a nod at TNG), Hambly badly bumbles & fumbles her way through this story in ways not seen in a while. By the time all is said & done with the ending flat out makes you wish you hadn't read the book & honestly put this into the category of perhaps one of the worst time travel stories of all time.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-03-24 09:57

    It's an incredibly dark & intense look at a possible future, but I'm not sure it's as enjoyable as it could have been. There are a great many supporting characters, but many of them get lost in the pile-up of names and situations. The opening chapters treat the Crossroad Nebula as something the reader should already know about, and much of the first quarter of the novel feels like playing catch-up on details of an anomaly that could have been introduced in a far more straightforward manner. The re-set of the Enterprise crew at the end has some nice loose ends, but I'll be damned if I could explain the climax of this story as something other than "a hint of TNG's Yesterday's Enterprise". Overall, it's a book that I admire for its complexity, but I wish I could have loved far more than admired. What I do appreciate is that it's a story that also ends with the Spock-honed sentiment that "there are always possibilities"...and that's why it's still solidly "Star Trek".

  • Stephen Fender
    2019-03-20 07:04

    The author weaves a convince time travel tale into TOS, and she does a masterful job at it. I found that this one was one of those Trek novels you don't want to put down.The primary characters are true to form, while the secondary characters are dimensional and non-robotic. The detail which she describes "Nimo" and others like him is exquisite.I also enjoyed that she brought a derelict Constitution class (but yet, NOT a Constitution class) back in time. She made it mysterious and dark, while keeping it very familiar. I could almost smell the decay and abandonment of the vessel, feeling as if I needed a shower after walking its dimly lit and grimy passageways.There were a few loose ends that were never quite tied, but that's how it should be in a time travel story. All things considered, you never know what events you may change, and a few dangling ends should be expected.Very well done. I highly recommend.

  • Jonathan S. Harbour
    2019-03-17 06:40

    I rarely give 1 star to a book but this one was especially bad. The writing just doesn't work at all. Seems like an acquisition editor should have flagged this before it went to print, because it's so hard to follow along. The writing is a total slog. Familiar Star Trek characters do not behave like themselves--only partially, with a few tropes and cliché remarks, but generally not as expected. The story is just dull. 80 pages in and I started skipping ahead and after a few more chapters of nothing else happening, I just had to quit. I generally enjoy these Pocket Trek books but this was a rare exception. I realize it gets better in the second half, but by the time I got there I no longer cared.

  • Douglas
    2019-03-18 06:43

    This book had a great premise and I really did enjoy reading it. I often felt like I did not "get it" though and I think it is because the author and I have very different ways of thinking. I just could not get into her thought process and for that, i struggled through what I know is a really good story.

  • Kreg
    2019-03-08 07:52

    The only way the events in this book work is for it to happen in either an Alternate Universe or Timeline. Taken in that context it's not bad, but there were a few items that contradicted other things from earlier chapters (or even paragraphs!).

  • Anastasia
    2019-03-25 06:03

    I always love Barbara Hambly and although I've hardly seen any of the first star trek series I thought why not. I'm glad I did. For a tie-in book it got quite dark at parts, but picked itself up at the end leaving me happy and positive. A fun holiday read.

  • Mel
    2019-03-01 05:50

    Crossroad reads very much like an episode of the TV series. The weakest of Ms. Hambly's three Star Trek novels.

  • Emma
    2019-03-10 05:39

    This was my first introduction to Babara Hambly's work. I have gone on to read most of the books she had written since.

  • Gary Moore
    2019-03-03 08:05

    This one is a little far fetched, but entertaining.

  • Cyrus
    2019-02-23 12:45

    A good but confusing original series novel that shows you never know who your real enemies are...

  • Beth Gawthrop
    2019-03-16 12:41

    Ploddy in spots, action gets good about halfway through. Sweet Spock/Chapel scene in Chapter 18. Made the whole book worth it.

  • Joan
    2019-03-22 06:05

    Dark, angst ridden tale of the future. So very different to most ST novels.

  • Keith Bell
    2019-03-18 10:49

    Not the best but read it as it has ties with the Department of Temporal Investigations series by Christopher Bennett.

  • ral
    2019-03-12 06:57

    This was fabulous...

  • WonderGoon
    2019-03-15 05:49

    Good book.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-24 08:54

    I definitely do not want a yagghorth for a pet.