Item description for The Voyage of the Star Wolf by David Gerrold...
The first work in David Gerrold's Star Wolf trilogy, this tale pits the human members of the Star Wolf space vessel against the superhuman Morthan crew. Captain Jonathan Korie, hampered by the loss of most of the human fleet to the Morthans and a nearly disabled ship of his own, faces the Morthan threat driven by the need for survival and the desire for revenge. A classic of military science fiction, the Star Wolf trilogy combines rapid action with powerful studies of military character. This replaces 0553264664.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100075 ISBN13 9781932100075
Availability 0 units.
More About David Gerrold
David Gerrold is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of dozens of books for both adults and young adults. He began his career as the precocious author of the teleplay "The Trouble with Tribbles," broadcast on the original "Star Trek" series and voted the series's most popular episode of all time. David lives with his son in Northridge, California. And while he admits he no longer believes his son truly is a Martian, in exasperating father-son moments - of which there are many - David believes he still acts like one.
David Gerrold currently resides in San Fernando, in the state of California. David Gerrold was born in 1944.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Voyage of the Star Wolf?
Just OK May 7, 2008
While admitting its shortcomings, I was a fan of the Chtorr series. I decided to see what else Mr. Gerrold has to offer.
The sci-fi elements of the book are excellent. The faster than light travel is explained in an especially imaginative way and the ships are described in detail.
Unfortunately, I must agree with some of the other readers in that the characters are not multifaceted in any way. Some characters include the engineer (who really wants to be Scotty from Star Trek), Brik (Worf from ST:TNG), and "the Bad Guys" (any of the evil Klingons).
While I really wanted to like this story, I found myself distracted by the cliches. Characters were introduced and killed (much like the random guy on the away teams) and the other characters would say "Oh, well" *shrug*. The story was just too close to a really bad Star Trek episode for me to be entertained.
Good Read Nov 4, 2007
I liked this book very much and plan on reading more of his work. Thanks for the great read. Rick
Nothing to see here Mar 14, 2007
I was inspired by Gerrold's work in the SF TV industry to check out this book with my book club here in the Pacific Northwest, but though we all enjoy the guilty pleasure of Star Trek, this book wasn't worth the read. We found it lacked strength in characterization, believability in character motivations, and especially did not suspend our disbelief with the plot line. The main villain is a superhuman cannibal (tired) named Cinnabun, or something, that melodramatically sneers every line. The plot just doesn't cut it with everyone unfairly blaming the crew of the last surviving starship in a space massacre for something ridiculous. The book is a fast read, thankfully, but unsatisfying. Maybe we'll try his much ballyhoo'd Chtorr series.
You didn't fill out your reports! Oct 15, 2004
The logic in this story is odd, and unintentionally funny. Here is an example. Early on the ship is disabled, computer inoperative, captain in a coma and dying, no star drive, and stuck in enemy territory. The first officers dilemma? Can he assume command because the computer isn't online to validate it. So, in this world it doesn't matter that the situation is dire or not...you must fill out the proper paperwork! What makes it even odder is how this "dilemma" is handled later.
The transitions between chapters is a bit abrupt and doesn't flow either. In one chapter the main character is combative and depressed. Next chapter he is organizing a party.
Another problem is that the main character is never described. That is, we don't know if he is black, white, red, or pink. Is he short, tall, human, or squid? The author goes into boring detail on what the ship looks like but nothing on the main character.
Of course there is another problem; the characters are all cardboard and have the typical cliché's throughout the story but no depth.
The main problem though is that the story is three acts and only one act really matters. The first act just drags on and the second act adds to the silly concepts of the first. The final act isn't too bad, and hence this reviewer gives the story 2 stars instead of one.
I wouldn't say it's not worth reading, but don't expect must entertainment value.
Good, Hard SF Feb 21, 2004
This is the way Star Trek the Next Generation should have been written. David Gerrold cuts thru the New Age, wimpy crap that plagues the modern TV series and delivers a book that gives the hard edge a star ship needs on the frontier where the bad guys would rather eat you than talk.
The book opens with the LS-1187 joining a convoy on the Silk Road. Only as soon as they join the ships, the Morthan Solidarity attacks and rips the heart out of the fleet. Commander Korie has mortally wounded captain, an untested crew and a severely damaged ship. On top of that he has the biggest warship in a 100 parsecs stalking him - the Dragon Lord. He performs the near impossible and brings his ship home, only to be sent out again (this time under Captain Hardesty) on a suicide mission.