• Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Adapted)

  • By: Greg Cox
  • Narrated by: Anthony Stewart Head
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Adapted)

By: Greg Cox
Narrated by: Anthony Stewart Head
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Even centuries later, the final decades of the 20th century are still regarded as one of the darkest and most perilous chapters in the history of humanity. Now, as an ancient and forbidden technology tempts mankind once more, Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise must probe deep into the secrets of the past, to discover the true origins of the dreaded Eugenics Wars - and of perhaps the greatest foe he has ever faced.  

1974 A.D.: An international consortium of the world's top scientists have conspired to create the Chrysalis Project, a top-secret experiment in human genetic engineering. The project's goal is the creation of a new super-race to take command of the entire planet.

Gary Seven, an undercover operative for an advanced alien species, is alarmed by the project's objectives; he knows too well the apocalyptic consequences of genetic manipulation. But he may already be too late. One generation of super-humans has already been conceived. Seven watches as the children of Chrysalis - in particular, a brilliant youth named Khan Noonien Singh - grow to adulthood. Can Khan's dark destiny be averted - or is Earth doomed to fight a global battle for supremacy?

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More Setup Than Plot

I have listened to Part I, but have not yet purchased Part II. Frankly, I'm a bit hesitant after this lukewarm entry. It shows how full the <i>Star Trek</i> universe has become when everything seems self-referring:

<blockquote>Khan meets - and is nearly recruited by - Gary Seven. Khan and Seven meet "Flint" from the later TOS show <i>Requiem for Methuselah</i>. Kirk meeting Captain Koloth from <i>The Trouble with Tribbles</i> (are there really only three Klingon commanders??). Gary Seven constantly refers to other experiences such as meeting Romulan commanders, his knowledge of Klingon language and geography, Bajoran camps, etc.</blockquote>

If you like your <i>Trek</i> novels to neatly give you several coincidences, then you won't mind this. I find it more distracting than anything else.

Also, I was really expecting more - as implied by the title - of the "rise" of Khan. This book focuses primarily on Seven and gives little attention to Khan as a youth - except a couple of quick events to show him disliking world powers and corporations. Very little other background is given to someone who is supposed to be the focal character. The book ends just as Khan is beginning to make moves towards taking control.

I suppose Part II has much more about his actual rise to power and subsequent fleeing of Earth, but Part I has left me underwhelmed to the point that I'm not sure I'll continue.

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An entertaining Trek book

This was a fun listen. Although the story focuses primarily on characters other than the crew of the Enterprise, it was very engaging. I was highly entertained by the well-paced plot and particularly enjoyed Anthony Steward Head's various characterizations. Well worth the price.

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Is there an unabridged version?

If this was available as an unabridged version (I have the book, and there's so much good stuff left out), I'd give this five stars instead of four.

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Anthony Stewart Head did a great job

Anthony Stewart Head did a great job with the voices and telling of the story. The book was over too fast. looking forward to part two.

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Good Story but Too Short

I really enjoyed it I have read the books. But I would really enjoy an unabridged audio book.

The story gave good background to Kahn. it showed his thought process and machinations well.

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The full story of KHAAAAAN!

Ever wonder where Khan Noonien Singh and the other Augments came from? Ever wonder about the Eugenics Wars and how such a conflict might fit into our own history? Then look no further than this fantastic trilogy of novels, “The Eugenics Wars”. This first volume details the creation of the genetically modified supermen known as the Augments and the rise of Khan to become a world authority. It takes place in the background of real history and author Greg Cox manages to blend the Star Trek canon and the actual events of the past into not just a cohesive whole, but a gripping read that fills many of the gaps in the history of Star Trek’s single most iconic villain. Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Merlin”, “Doctor Who”, “Little Britain”) delivers a stellar performance that will fully immerse the listener into the world of the story and leave them fully engaged throughout.

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Gary 7 should have made it to the big screen.

The plot line of Gary 7should have been reintroduced when Star Trek made it back to pop culture.

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KHAN IS WONDERFUL

This is my fave character. Gary Seven is the best. Khan an Roberta Lincoln as we as Gary Seven make this a fantastic ride.

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interesting

interesting story to listen to while I was working, can't wait to see how it turns out in volume two

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excellent but it's an abridged version.

basically the Best of TOS combined with classic James Bond and a bit of Men in black. unfortunately while everything else is excellent the story is in abridged form and sliced into three parts which I find dishonest. this is why I give it three Stars overall.

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