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Summary: Past Featured Story

2384: As the Alpha and Beta Quadrants continue to recover from the Dominon War, Starfleet moves ahead with the launch of a very special ship, the USS Pearl. Based on the unique design of the Enterprise-C, the Pearl is assigned to Captain Henry "Hank" Harrison and dispatched to a colony on the outskirts of the Federation, New Haven, to investigate a suspected Maquis plot.

What Hank and his crew discover is something far more dangerous ... and destructive.

 

Star Trek Chronicles Book I cover


Chapters: 30    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Pearl, Harrison, Hank
Genre: Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek Chronicles
Completed: Yes    Word count: 79408    Read Count: 42612
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 22 May 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

A murder mystery!  Interesting start.

I really loved these lines:

Hank could see that he didn’t like giving out unpleasant answers, which made him wonder how he ever made it to the rank of admiral in the first place. In Starfleet, there is always an unpleasant answer to give. 

How true.

“Nothing,” Hank said as he got up and moved closer to the admiral, “I’d be doing absolutely nothing! There’s not a damn thing out there on the front lines to do anymore, and you know it. Space isn’t about the unknown anymore; it’s all about patrolling this, transporting that.” He grew quieter. “There’s nothing out there left to explore.”

I can see why he would feel that way.  Space is so huge, but after a while, the technology holds you in a stagnant place if you can't make a breakthrough to go further than before.  I can see why Enterprise-D-era people might feel like there was nothing left of the frontier and everything was politics.

Sounds like Hank is a bit of a dedicated drinker ... hopfully that won't be a problem for him.



Author's Response:

Yes, Chaper was filled with rather memorable lines.

 

Hank himself isn't much of a drinker...actually since he was in dock he figured what the hey. Glad you liked.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Love the descriptions of the Pearl.  Sounds like a beautiful ship.

Also really liked the interactions between the Admirals.  It's always fun when there's friction.

It ws good to learn more about Hank here, as well.  He's quite young, and a little brash!  It will be interesting to see how he develops.



Author's Response:

Yes, the Pearl is a beauty of a shif and the admirals are fracus all their own. As we'll see, Hank starts out brash and young, but by the end of the book he has himself a new view of things.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Party in engineering!

So we meet the brothers ... who are appropriately brotherly.  I hope Mark has a brotherly plan to get Chris back for badmouthing him in front of the captain, though.

So far, Hank seems like a little bit of a loose cannon.  That promises to be entertaining.  I only know him from the multiverse and he seems VERY different there, so I'm wondering exactly what kind of events await that could change him so.  I'll have to keep reading!



Author's Response:

Hank came from humble beginning and as such, the way he is now isn't the way he will be-lots is gonna happen to him.

 

As for the brothers, its the one thing I've always wanted in Trek-a brother duo of some sort. Everytime their are brothers in trek one seems good while the other is evil; mine aren't this way at all, though Chris is a tad overbearing and cocky, he isn't evil.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

"Flirtin' with Disaster" seems like the kind of song the superstitious among the crew might want to avoid.  Why do I think the title is prescient?

Interesting to see the dynamics of this new, haphazard crew.  Continued goodness.



Author's Response:

Yep-needed a good jam to leave dock with and this song fit the mood and the end of the book...so why not, right?

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Paul and T'Kel's friendship is nice.  It seems Paul is extremely work oriented and maybe a little reserved, so it makes sense he'd be friends with someone similar.  T'Kel is an interesting character.  She has a bit of conflict with the home culture, it seems.

Sweet tea.  Yum.

I wonder what the holodeck program is.



Author's Response:

Paul and T'Kel are a great study of friendship and tragedy, in my opinion. As you'll see through the book they are a nice pair, though the true fleshing out of their friendship comes in book II.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

And it's Bethany!  I love the french fry hanging out of her mouth like in your little story about them when they were kids.  He clearly has it bad for her.  Nothing like a little potential romance to spice things up.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 29 Jul 2010 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Wow, that was an exciting chapter!  Hank gets thrown into the fire along with his crew, and thanks to some unexpected help, he pulls through all right.  Nice to see Nvrell, and the convo between Hank and the Admiral was very well done.  

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 29 Jul 2010 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Well that was an interesting debate, and one to be expected from a colony with the strange goings on they've encountered.  Nice introduction to Daren.  I wonder what his beef is with Starfleet, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.  I was almost sniffly over the note his son left him.  What a sweet kid.  It's hard to be a parent and realize you've failed your kid, even in a small way, but kids are so forgiving.  Nice chapter.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 30 Jul 2010 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

Great chapter.  Wonderful dynamic between Tony and Leo, very real.  Sometimes funny, sometimes biting, but always a good read.  And oh, yeah, Parks?  "Captain's Property."  All.  Over.  Her.  Your friend is wise.  Of course, that's the shipper in me talking.  Loved the descriptions of the flight sim here.  Actually, loved everything about this chapter.

Embers of the Fire by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (129
Summary: Past Featured Story

Part One of the Star Trek: Gibraltar series

Embers Cover Art

The aging starship Gibraltar is brought out of mothballs to assist in Federation humanitarian relief operations within Cardassian territory in the immediate aftermath of the Dominion War. The crew quickly discovers not everyone shares the Federation's vision for Cardassia's future.

 


Chapters: 14    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 46818    Read Count: 29835
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 07 Apr 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 20 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice to get that glimpse inside Sandhurst's head as he takes on the challenge of his first command.  The detailed description of the post-war chaos and localized violence is realistic and gripping.



Author's Response:

Thank you for reading and commenting.  :)  Sandhurst is one of those people for whom the Dominion War created opportunities.  If not for the war, it's likely he would never have taken up the challenge of command.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 22 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

That bio-weapon is some horrifying stuff. 



Author's Response:

It is indeed.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 22 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Wow, that was an intense battle.  I really liked Faltyne a lot here.  And Sandhurst was clever, sending the Sojourner on a collision course.



Author's Response:

Sometimes pure desperation breeds brilliance.  Faltyne is an interesting character, and he certainly deserves better than he got in this circumstance.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 22 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Pava's a good friend for Sandhurst, keeping him accountable. Every captain needs a friend like that.

I'm glad Ramirez is all right -- I was nervous for her when she got shoved into an escape pod with a head injury.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 22 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

Wow.  Heartbreaking. 

 

I can't wait to see if future missions help Sandhurst become redeemed in his own eyes, and bring him closer to Ramirez.  I also wonder if Pava is to be trusted.  I mean, if Sandhurst wonders, I have to wonder, right?  After all, they're good friends.



Author's Response:

It's tough for a crew to start off on an assignment with a mission failure, and even harder for a brand new captain.  As for Lar'ragos, he's a complex creature, and nobody (including him) is ever fully sure of what he's capable of.

The Thirteenth Order by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (66
Summary:

2375: The height of the Dominion War. The Dominion has promised to shower glories upon Cardassia the likes of which it has never known--but the reality is another thing entirely. Four Cardassian guls have had enough of the Dominion's false promises, and are ready to put their complaints into action.

And on the desolate rock of AR-558, a Starfleet soldier fights for his life and is taken captive by Cardassians. But something strange is happening behind enemy lines that he never would have believed...


Chapters: 20    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Sigils and Unions
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: No    Word count: 87315    Read Count: 36017
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 30 Aug 2011
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 16 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter Twelve

Wow, that was intense!  Keep it coming!



Author's Response:

Thank you for reading! :-)

Reviewer: kes7 Signed Liked
Date: 15 Feb 2010 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter Fifteen

The problem with reviewing this chapter is that there's just so much to it.  It's densely written (athough it doesn't drag at all ... it's just really full of imagery and moments worth mentioning and I can't mention them all).

I'll hit the highlights, though I wish I had the time and energy to say more.

First of all the conversation between Macet and Spirodopoulos was fantastic.  Spiro's protectiveness of the men under him, and Macet's understanding and even being impressed -- that was a nice moment.

Then the shower ... you manage to always remind us in the little ways what the differences are between Cardassians and humans, and the story is richer for it.  Just top quality world building.  And then Spiro checking himself out in the mirror with the Cardassian armor on ... getting a small moment to think ... that was great.

And of course, we have the Vulcans.  Superbly written and handled from start to finish; the reactions of everyone involved were just spot on, from the Vulcans to the Trill to the human to the Cardassians.  A very moving scene, indeed.

Well done (as always).



Author's Response:

Thank you SO much for reading and reviewing!! :-)

I'm glad you liked the fact that Macet was impressed!  One thing I remembered from "The Wounded" was Picard's mention of his prior encounter with the Cardassians, and he approached them with shields down...and they were NOT impressed.  My explanation of that is that they were not only not in a good mood, but were insulted by the fact that (to their perspective) Picard did not consider them worthy of defending against.  Here, Spirodopoulos shows he DOES recognize the strength of the Cardassians...and Macet respects that.  This working relationship, I think, will be very, VERY different from the one between Picard and Macet.

About the shower...just in case you're interested, that "scrubber"-looking thing is meant to scrub old microscales off, kind of the Cardassian equivalent of using a loofah for exfoliation, except it's more necessary for them.

The mirror scene...that's one I'd really been wanting to write about for a long time.  There was no way seeing himself in that armor--REALLY seeing himself--wasn't going to have an impact!

Glad you liked the katra scene.  I wasn't quite sure about that, about having not just the Cardassians but the human uncomfortable with it...but I have to admit, it does creep me out now that I'm older and I consider the implications.

Thanks again!

Summary: Janeway has realized too late that a war between the gods is no joking matter.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Voyager, Alternate Universes, Crossovers
Characters: Janeway, Kathryn, Q
Genre: Alternate Universe, Drama, Horror
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: Judgement Day
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3028    Read Count: 1096
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 20 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Judgement Day 1

Wow, Janeway is not pleased.  This is a fascinating premise.  And so sad ....

You're My Only Pally by Mistral    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary: Post-Dominion War reflection between friends
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Quark
Genre: Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 960    Read Count: 913
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 03 Mar 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, I liked this!  The mood is very true to the feel of the end of the series; this seems very natural.  Poor Quark.  You nailed both of their voices, by the way.  Well done!



Author's Response: WOW! Someone read one of my pieces! Glad you liked it, Kes7! The voices were the easy part-it was the dialogue that tripped me up-it's an early piece before I had much practice.

Never and Always by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary:

(2239) Set off of part III, Merciless of the main arc; why Scott hangs on for as long as he does.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Family, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 621    Read Count: 820
[Report This] Published: 03 Feb 2009 Updated: 03 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 01 Nov 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ouch.   A painful but beautiful story of the love of a good man for his surrogate children.



Author's Response: Thank you. It was hell to write it; I'm glad it hits home.

Drunk by Lady Drace    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (3
Summary: Garak and Bashir get drunk. Cute fluff ensues.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Bashir, Julian, Garak, Elim, Kira Nerys, Quark
Genre: Humor, Romance, Slash
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3886    Read Count: 1342
[Report This] Published: 04 Feb 2009 Updated: 04 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 17 Sep 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was hilarious.  Garak took advantage of the situation, but didn't go too far.  I wonder what he would have done if Bashir hadn't fallen alseep when he did, though.  I feel for Bashir.  Hangovers are no fun at all, especially when you start remembering stuff you might regret ...

Compromise by SLWalker    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (2
Summary:

(2252) How do you live with someone you can never quite have? "Bluntly speaking, I spend a whole lot more time than healthy in cold showers." Far more mental than physical, though.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Corrigan, Andy (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Slash
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2715    Read Count: 743
[Report This] Published: 08 Feb 2009 Updated: 08 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 02 Feb 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Compromise

Boy, the mirror universe is messed up.  This was fascinating and touching and heartbreaking all at the same time.  I'm not a slash fan, but I am a good writing fan, and this deserves a compliment in that regard.  Well done.



Author's Response: Thank you! It probably makes a ton more sense in actual context, but I'm glad you enjoyed it even out of context. XD

Lost At Home by Mistral    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: A young Starfleet officer gets tossed through time and experiences a major historical event-but it's not something anyone would enjoy...
This takes place in one of those eras that are often overlooked in Star Trek history.
Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 13533    Read Count: 3360
[Report This] Published: 10 Feb 2009 Updated: 15 Sep 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 25 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 3: Critical Times

Reagan Carter?  Someone's parents had an ironic sense of humor.  I liked the imagery of T'Ela trying to comfort Mike, while also reacting to seeing the worst moment of Earth's history unfold in person, knowing exactly what whas about to happen and not being able to do anything about it.

This piece made me extremely glad that no reporters were actually broadcasting from the upper floors of the WTC on 9/11.  It was bad enough seeing the external view and the jumpers. Then again, one wonders how much more seriously 9/11 would have been taken in the long run had we seen something like this.



Author's Response: Thank you for your response. I was trying to create something "landmark" for the character to react to. I think this worked.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed Liked
Date: 11 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Lost At Home

This is a well written story, and absolutely chilling in its nearness to our time ... I hope you decide to pick this one back up.



Author's Response: Decided to, posted latest piece. Hope you like it.

Summary: A Three-Step Guide on how to Fall in Love in Starfleet Written by the Man Who Successfully Survived the Ordeal.
Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: McGregor, Tristan
Genre: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: Star Trek: Heritage
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4513    Read Count: 3343
[Report This] Published: 14 Feb 2009 Updated: 15 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 21 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 3: Step Three: Don't Waste Time (Or Learn from My Mistakes)

This was a sweet story.  I'm really glad I found the time to read it. 

Best Smile by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary:

(2228) - Six year old Montgomery Scott has already learned a few lessons, and one of those is simple: "People leave. Even when you don't want them to." Not quite his POV, not quite apart from it.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Distant Horizons, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 819    Read Count: 1137
[Report This] Published: 15 Feb 2009 Updated: 15 Feb 2009
Reviewer: kes7 Signed
Date: 29 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, this is a heartbreaking look at a gifted, misunderstood child.  He's his own person, and an enigma to those around him and maybe even to himself, if he thought it was important to think about such things.  And yet the rest of the world is a mystery to him, too.  But the mechanics of things ... that, he understands.  And he clings to it.  I think any child who grew up gifted, or an outsider, can appreciate this piece.  

It did break my heart that the mechanics of his life have already sunk in.  Cry = frown.  Therefore, do not cry.  *Hugs baby Scotty*

Loved this.



Author's Response: Thanks. He's definitely his own person, even this young.