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The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume Two

by Greg Cox

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Star Trek: The Eugenics War
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh
Author: Greg Cox
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published In: New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore
Date: 2002
Pgs: 338
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REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
20 years ago, Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln, undercover operatives for an unknown alien civilization, failed to prevent the Chrysalis Project. A genereation of genetically engineered advanced humans were loosed upon the world. They’ve spent those 20 years tracking the children of Chrysalis. Those children, now adults, are showing the world their abilities and their ambitions in all fields and endeavors. They know that they are superior and they are going to lead the world over the bodies of the inferiors, if necessary. The Children of Chrysalis vs the normal humans vs each other with the Earth and the leadership of humanity as the prize. The future is theirs...unless Seven and Lincoln can do something about it.

The secret history of Khan on Earth continues...before Kirk...before Botany Bay...a world in flames. _________________________________________________
Genre:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Science Fiction
TV, Movie, Video Game Adaptations
Star Trek
Hard Science Fiction

Why this book:
Khhhhhhaaaaannnnnnn!!!
Plus Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln.
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The Feel:
Strike One: Roberta referring to herself as a “alien sponsored secret agent babe.” The Meh is strong at that point. A few of those screeching moments like that cropped up through the book.

Word Choice / Usage:
The mirroring where Khan is attacked by Hunyadi with his earthquake/reservoir bomb. When Khan sees the damage wrought on the villages and all the devastation and loss of life, he ponders on Hunyadi’s attempt and failure to kill him and the weight of it falling on all those around him, ostensibly under his protection. This put me in mind of in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, when Kirk on the communicator said to Khan, “...old friend! You've managed to kill just about everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!”

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
It doesn’t make sense in this book that Roberta won’t use lethal force. I mean she’s fighting Khan and he doesn’t have any compunction against killing those who are opposed to him and neither do his soldiers and assassins. I seem to remember her and Seven being much more willing to use the deadly force option in Part One of this book. Seems OOC for someone caught in a war with a genetically advanced super being and his equally as adavnced minions to not fight fire with fire, as it were.

And then, she makes her daring escape with Khan’s assassins still in the building and uses the servo to detonate the building causing an implosion. She was worried about not using lethal force on them inside the building and then explodes the building with them inside of it, out of character.

Gary Seven is a ghost, barely there in the early parts of this book, with the excuse that in this timeframe, age is starting to catch up with him. In fairness, 30 years have passed in storytime since the last book. But Gary is the product of selective breeding, slowed aging, etc, etc. In his own way, he too is a modified superhuman.

Seven and his alien employers being aware of Landru doesn’t jibe. If they are so concerned with the continued prosperity of humanoids, why wouldn’t they be concerned with an society dominated by a computer like Landru? Doesn’t wash.

Trapped in militia bunker where the leader has herded his followers for a Kool Aid party or asphyxia, Roberta manages to contact Seven for a last minute rescue and the first thing she does is ask how things are going with him and the mission to stop a sarin attack. She’s in a bunker with a bunch of militiamen who have been sent there to die as a message to the Great Beast and, when she makes contact with possible rescue, her first words aren’t get me the hell out of here.

Would Khan accept the same offer from Kirk that he received from Gary Seven? I doubt it. He would rather burn than effectively send himself and his followers into exile twice. A bit too on the nose, even down to the dialogue, between the two offers.

Meh / PFFT Moments:
Not sure if the Suez Canal is deep enough for a submarine capable of carrying a Tomahawk missile to slip through without someone noticing it was there.

Relating every historical happening to Khan in some way is a bit overblown. Some would be alright, but not every one.

This novel, unlike Part One, is done more in the mold of a long Star Trek episode. It suffers from the A-story, B-story, C-story format, interrelated though they may be. The 3rd quarter of the book is more The Rise and Fall of Hawkeye Morrisson than Khan Noonien Singh.

This hit the too many easter eggs level a while back. But the Chateau Picard wine was a tipping point for me.
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Last Page Sound:
The framing elements of Kirk’s visit to Sycorax don’t really work. And provided a heavy anticlimax on the nadir of the story. This one doesn’t stand up to the first. The first is a much better book.

Author Assessment:
Trying to shoehorn every Star Trek cookie possible into the story doesn’t do the story a service.

Editorial Assessment:
Seems that an editor could have, should have paid more attention to this.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
not as good as I was lead to believe

Disposition of Book:
Half Price Books stack

Would recommend to:
no one
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  texascheeseman | Mar 13, 2017 |
Star Trek, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox – In volume one of this trilogy Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln destroyed the underground eugenics lab and rescued Khan Noonien Singh and the other genetically enhanced children. Then we saw them trying to guide and control Kahn as a teenager and young adult. In volume two, Kahn is an extremely egotistical adult who ruthlessly attempts to seize power on a global scale. We see him evolve into a megalomaniac who tries to control the world. However, some of his genetically enhanced comrades exercise their own power and refuse to bow to Khan as their leader. Khan’s struggle for power and his uncontrollable ego lead him to actions that put the entire population of Earth in danger. Seven and Lincoln battle to save the human race. It’s a well-written and compelling novel that includes suspenseful action, fascinating scientific content, many interesting characters and a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading the third novel in this series. ( )
  clark.hallman | Jun 9, 2014 |
I don't usually read Star Trek fan fiction, but these books were fun. Following around Gary Seven through through the 70's 80's and 90's in an 'Avengers (British)' style action adventure SF series relating to the coolest Trek villain was a lot of fun. ( )
  ACGalaga | Jan 17, 2011 |
The conclusion of Greg Cox's Star Trek story dealing with Khan Noonien Singh's rise to power in 20th century Earth, and eventual fall at the hands of Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln. Particularly intriguing to the erudite Star Trek fan, the story incorporates several other elements of the Star Trek mythos in a believable and interesting fashion. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 6, 2007 |
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A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study, but war and its organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.
--Machiavelli, The Prince
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Dedicated to the people and city of New York, who have survived worse than the Eugenics Wars
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Our diplomatic mission to the Paragon Colony on the planet Sycorax has erupted into a full-scale crisis - and a potential disaster.
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Book two of the compelling and fast-paced saga which charts the rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh -- one of Star Trek's most complex and powerful villains. Earth, late twentieth century. The story continues...The Chrysalis project -- an international consortium of scientists who have developed a group of genetically engineered men and women designed with superior intellect, strength and will -- have unwittingly unleashed a force which will prove their undoing. Designed to lead Earth into the twenty-first century, their experimental super-race has instead become Earth's nemesis. For the disarmingly brilliant but ruthless Khan has gradually asserted his superiority even over his fellow enhanced creations. No longer content to simply adjust the course of Earth's destiny here and there, his drive has reached a frightening maturity: he is determined to seize control of the entire planet. Gary Seven, extraterrestial agent, together with his human colleague Roberta Lincoln, finds himself the final line of defence in a brutal struggle for the future freedom of Earth -- can they prevent Khan from attaining his goal of total domination?

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Captain James T. Kirk must find the origins of the Eugenics Wars. One result of the Eugenics Wars was one generation of super-human children ; one in particular, Khan Noonien Singh.

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