STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE THE GOOD THAT MEN DO
Published by Pocket Books
Edited by Margaret Clark.
In stores March 2007.
464 pgs., Paperback (ISBN: 0-7434-4001-3) $7.99
Click here to purchase Star Trek Enterprise:The Good That Men Do at Amazon
Following their previous best-selling and spectacularly-reviewed Star Trek work, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin have written another new Enterprise novel, based on UPN's television series!
For some plot details and excerpts, see below. But beware: there is SPOILER material below, especially if you haven't read shocking revelations at the tail end of Mangels and Martin's previous novel, Last Full Measure!
Editor Margaret Clark announced at New York Comic Con in February 2007 that in September 2008, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin would continue the Enterprise relaunch with Kobayashi Maru, telling major events in Star Trek history! Clark said that, "we will see the NX-01 and the NX-02 and the unfolding history of Starfleet and the Coalition Compact...and the Klingons... and the Romulans."
Pax Galactica. Enemies become allies. Old secrets are at last revealed. Long-held beliefs and widely accepted truths are challenged. Man turns to leisurely pursuits.
In this golden age, two old friends are drawn together. They seek to understand, and wonder how what they have long believed, what they have been taught was never so.
Over two hundred years ago, the life of one of Starfleets earliest pioneers came to a tragic end, and Captain Jonathan Archer, the legendary commander of Earths first warp five starship, lost a close friend. Or so it seemed for many years. But with the passage of time, and the declassification of certain crucial files, the truth about that fateful daythe day that Commander Charles Trip Tucker III didnt diecould finally be revealed.
Why did Starfleet feel it was necessary to rewrite history? And why only now can the truth be told?
Editor Margaret Clark announced at Shore Leave convention in July 2006 that The Good That Men Do will function as a sort of relaunch for the franchise, setting into motion some major events in Star Trek history! The book will also address historical inconsistencies from the Enterprise TV series finale "These Are The Voyages..." and address some shocking revelations at the tail end of Mangels and Martin's previous novel, Last Full Measure! Clark also revealed that Section 31 may have something to do with the plot, and pointed out to fans that Trip Tucker is standing in his EV suit... on a Romulan ship!
More of Margaret's SL quotes are available here.
On the Trek BBS, Margaret Clark made several comments on posts, including:
"In TATV we see that six years have passed, six years? In six years, no one has been promoted, no one has left the ship. No one? It seems there might be some problem with the holodeck program. And consider that the period of time between Riker and Archer is the same amount of time between us and the American Revolution. And I'm sure there is more we've forgetten about that time then we remember."
As to the identities of the two people who investigate the historical discrepancies, Margaret said, "I will say they are 24th Century contemporaries of Riker and Troi."
Later, explaining what needed to be changed with TATV, she said: "The Enterprise books were few and far between, because the show was in production, and I had a book, at the printers, that was contradicted by an episode, that had not yet aired, but would have by the time the book printed.... very complex. The books dealt with characters that the show wasn't. Hoshi, Mayweather. When I did books that involved the characters the show was using, we took care to make sure that they could not be contradicted, or I hoped that would be the outcome.
I loved what Manny Coto did in the fourth season, and there were many other shows during the three years that I liked and even loved.
Going forward. THE GOOD THAT MEN DO had to deal with that final show. (The reason for the framing sequence in Last Full Measure was that I knew there was going to be a year before the next ENT book, I wanted to give the readers a signpost.) That book will set up what we do in the future. And all of the crew will be involved. Keep in mind that this is the most tenuous time in Earth's history, daring to explore space, and knowing that we really don't have all the tools to deal with what is in front of us.
The possiblities are endless."
Recently, Andy Mangels added more fuel to the spoilers with posts in this Trek BBS thread:
"Hmmm, trying to figure out what I can preview without spoiling anything...
There are scenes on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Rigel X, Adigeon Prime, outer space, *******, and *******.
Cast members include all the regulars, plus several new ones, plus familiar faces such as Shran, T'Pau, Harris, and more.
The framing sequences (as Margaret revealed) take place in the future, and feature a pair of familiar characters investigating discrepancies in the history of the Federation, and the TATV holo-program specifically.
As Margaret has also revealed, Tucker is aboard a Romulan ship on the cover. And Section 31 is involved in the story.
Events from every season of Enterprise are referenced, including significant references to the Terra Prime two-parter. There are also references to events or characters from TOS, TAS, TNG, and DS9.
Things that happen in the book (some more than once): a spaceship battle, a ceremony, a speech, a wedding, a death, a really gory operation, a cover-up, a psychic mind-link, double-crossing, a warp jump, triple-crossing, rule-breaking, alcoholic consumption, a burial, piracy, a discussion about God, bonding, betrayal, asteroids, tears of grief, tears of joy, glowing worms, EV suits, dilithium, prayer, heavy rain, and a rescue.
Some events as seen in TATV are revealed to be completely true.
Some events as seen in TATV are revealed to be completely false.
ALL events as seen in TATV are revealed to be more complex than we saw onscreen.
The novel will set up future events that are very important in the Star Trek mythos.
How's that for some teaser info?"
He followed up with: "A few more nuggets for your anticipation:
This is our longest book yet, at around 121,000 words. Our previous longest was around 104-105,000.
There are over fifty chapters.
And a few other teasers I forgot: night-vision phaser-fight, evacuation, MACOs, sacrifice, mercenaries, defection, revelation, engineering breakthrough, breakfast, secrets..."
more news to come!
EXCERPT #1 FROM ENTERPRISE: THE GOOD THAT MEN DO
Posted November 9, 2006, the first of three teasers which will come pre-release. Please note that this has been edited down from the full version of this scene, and that certain elements of the scene will be familiar-yet-different from a scene in TATV:
Sunday, February 9, 2155
Lying on the narrow bed in his quarters, his shoulders propped up by a pile of none-too-soft Starfleet-issue pillows, Archer idly tossed a water-polo ball against one of the four walls of his Spartan cabin. Lying in the far corner with his face on his outstretched paws, Archers beagle Porthos watched the captain intently.
TPol was standing beside Archer, resolutely refusing, as usual, to sit in either of the rooms two simple, gray Starfleet-issue chairs. He wondered if his first officer found the chairs uncomfortable or if she wasnt simply trying to keep her distance from Porthos, whose scent she had often said she found disagreeable.
If were late for the ceremony, it will have far-reaching consequences, she said finally, clearly not content to leave that matter of the Aenar mass kidnapping alone until Archer had resolved it one way or the other.
Archer frowned, annoyed to be reminded yet again of the impending diplomatic event on Earth. If Shran hadnt helped us, I never wouldve gotten aboard the Xindi weapon. Have you forgotten that? This alliance is based on friendship and loyaltyexactly what Shran is looking for right now.
After a beat of silence, she said, very quietly, I dont trust him.
You dont trust Andorians, he said, his annoyance escalating another notch. Thank God the Vulcan Council is a little more enlightened. If theyre willing to forge an alliance with Andoria, the least you can do is give Shran the benefit of the doubt.
Though her Vulcan poise seemed to remain in place, Archer sensed that she was shrinking from his words, rebuked. He tried to soften his tone somewhat as he continued: When we met four years ago, I didnt trust you. For that matter, I didnt trust any Vulcans. You helped me get past that, remember? He paused, struggling for the words that would best explain the decision hed just made. I cant turn my back on him, TPol. Try to understand. Archer walked to the wall-mounted com unit beside which TPol was standing. He pushed the large button in the panels center.
Archer to Lieutenant ONeill.
ONeill here, sir, came the third watch commanders crisp reply.
Archers eyes locked with TPols.
Change our heading, Lieutenant. Were going into Andorian space. Best speed.
I want to follow the trail of that Orion slave ship. Ensign Sato will inform Shran and Theras. Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed will coordinate our efforts with theirs. Shran will provide us with the vessels warp-signature profile for our sensor scans.
Archer out. He pressed the button again, closing the channel, then headed for the door.
Captain, TPol said.
He turned to face her, Yes?
Permission to speak freely, sir?
I cant help but wonder whether you had already made your mind up to help Shran before you contacted Admiral Gardner.
Archer allowed himself an enigmatic smile. I can see how it might look that way.
Indeed. Especially given the fact that you never came right out and asked the admiral for his permission to investigate the mass Aenar kidnapping.
I suppose you also noticed that Gardner never exactly ordered me not to go after the slavers. All he said was that he couldnt order me to do it.
She raised an eyebrow and a look rather like a smirk twisted her lips. I will remember to mention that when I appear as a character witness at your court-martial.
Archer couldnt have been more stunned had she drawn a phase pistol on him and fired. Thats remarkable, TPol. Did you. . . did you just make a joke?
For your sake, sir, I certainly hope so.
Was that another one? he thought as he opened his door. He let his enigmatic smile glide right into a mischievous grin as he walked back into the doorway.
Sometimes, he said over his shoulder as TPol followed him, its a lot easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.