• Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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This book series is better than I thought

Each story in this series adds to the Star Trek Discovery world I love it and have enjoyed each one I read so far. I think this was either the third or fourth one I heard in this series, they're all good give them a listen.

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Star Trek doesn't need the Enterprise We have

Discovery
Now it's still going to use Tholiun's, (without the Tholiun web) and now I can listen to complaints about this star ship is not a constitution ship. Now it's a bucket of bolts and a mixed up timeline? I thought Captain Kirk's Enterprise was a constitutional spacecraft? I'm still not sure about the classification of Captain Picard's ship?Where do we go to now, where we thought no one needed to go there again?

I can complain about little things easily, but who will write about this new crew? Because listening to this new crew and their stories that I still need to go where I want to boldly dream I could go there to? I think while I'm working, it would be terrible if I could not listen this kind of stories again! authors have to follow an established timeline set by Gene Rotinbery (sorry spelling) and authors being limited to a timeline set! Final thought, fun to listen to, timeline was messed up!

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WOW!

An epic adventure! would love to see it on the big screen. Reminded me of the political conflict of our nation at the moment.

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Petcoff saves this story

kinda sorta struggled with this one. petcoff's narration is so good that I was able to somewhat get past the less than stellar story.

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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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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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Saru overcomes fear

For us inveterate Trekkies, a really enjoyable experience...well written and presented...how many voices can one presenter create?

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  • Ensign Frrranko
  • 07-26-20

Saru is a star

Great story. Well written and fairly well read. Taking Saru's perspective is highly enjoyable and I thought his character was well developed. There's a few details toward the very end that don't match canon but they are minor and don't interfere with the story at all.