To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh

To Reign in Hell The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh At last the untold chapter in the history of Star Trek s most notorious villain KHAN Searing and powerful To Reign in Hell masterfully bridges the time period between Khan Noonien Singh s twenty thi

  • Title: To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
  • Author: Greg Cox
  • ISBN: 9780743457118
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At last the untold chapter in the history of Star Trek s most notorious villain, KHAN Searing and powerful, To Reign in Hell masterfully bridges the time period between Khan Noonien Singh s twenty third century revival in the Original Series classic episode Space Seed and his unforgettable return in the acclaimed feature film Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan WhatAt last the untold chapter in the history of Star Trek s most notorious villain, KHAN Searing and powerful, To Reign in Hell masterfully bridges the time period between Khan Noonien Singh s twenty third century revival in the Original Series classic episode Space Seed and his unforgettable return in the acclaimed feature film Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan What truly transpired during Khan s long years of exile on the forbidding world of Ceti Alpha V, before the tyrant escaped to embark on a murderous campaign of vengeance against Admiral James T Kirk What horrific trials spawned Khan s insane lust for revenge Haunted by the memory of Khan s bitter accusations, Kirk now revisits Ceti Alpha V to discover for himself what ultimately drove Khan to madness There, buried beneath the desolate surface of a dying planet, Kirk and his allies find the untold story of their greatest foe and of the woman who loved him Lieutenant Marla McIvers of Starfleet.Along with Khan s genetically engineered followers from the twentieth century, Khan and Marla are left on Ceti Alpha V with the hopes of building a new life together Although the planet is savage and untamed, full of deadly predators and unexpected hazards, Khan dreams of carving out an empire even greater than the one he once ruled on Earth.But when catastrophe strikes, laying waste to the entire world, Khan and the others find themselves trapped in a desperate struggle for survival Now Khan must use every ounce of his superhuman strength and intellect to wage a fearsome battle against the planet, his peopled the growing darkness in his own soul.

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    1. This book was one of those that I find myself stuck in the pages of at three in the morning, despite needing to be at work at eight the next day. Disclaimer: this review will mean nothing to you if you aren't a Trekkie/Trekker. This book covers the time between the original series episode where Khan was exiled to Ceti Alpha V along with his followers and a former Starfleet officer who becomes his wife, and the second Star Trek movie: The Wrath of Khan. The book explains what Khan and his people [...]

    2. I didn't enjoy the beginning. I didn't need Kirk's side mission until the end, but once Khan's story started, I enjoyed it. Cox managed to link Space Seed and Wrath of Khan together, filling in some gaps involving characters who weren't there (Chekov) and odd costume choices (the glove and the Starfleet medallion.)I didn't agree with the characterization of Marla McGivers, nor that Khan loved her. The relationship on the Enterprise was abusive and controlling, they had no relationship that didn' [...]

    3. Greg Cox wrote the excellent books "The Eugenics Wars" parts 1 and 2 which told the story of Khan from conception all the way to his departure from Earth on the Botany Bay. Now "To Reign In Hell" fills the gap between the time The Enterprise dropped him and his followers on Ceti Alpha V to the beginning of the movie "Star Trek II". Author Greg Cox has the writing skills and knowledge of the world of Star Trek to craft an exciting and satisfying story. The writing leans toward the melodramatic bu [...]

    4. This was the third and final book in Cox's trilogy chronicling the "Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh."I thoroughly enjoyed this series - it was a true treat for a Trekkie/Trekker with vast knowledge of the many episodes and movies spanning 5 TV shows and (at the time) ten films. Cox wove so many little elements and details together in his wonderful retcon of both the Star Trek universe and our own real world.I preferred the first two books; they involved much more humor, fun, intricate connec [...]

    5. Having been a Star Trek fan forever, I found this to be a very good book that fits in nicely with the storyline before (TOS Episode 'Space Seed') and after (Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan). It actually cleared up some loose end questions that came up during the movie! For example, now I know how Khan knew of the Klingon proverb that 'revenge is a dish best served cold' when he never would have had the chance to meet a Klingon! Very nice work.

    6. Probably the best Star Trek novel I have ever read. The story of Kahn and his people living on Ceti Alpha V is very entertaining and fascinating. The story is also very tragic and you see the reasons why Kahn hates Kirk as much as he does. The death of Kahn's wife, Marla McGivers, was very well done and lived up to my expectations.

    7. This is a worthy companion to the Eugenics Wars book. The novel documents the time period between "Space Seed" and "The Wrath of Khan" answering most (if not all) the questions. Cox's keeps the characters alive. We understand Khan. We recognize his charisma. In fact, we almost get to like him.

    8. I enjoyed this quite a lot, but I'm a big Star Trek Fan. The writing was solid, although I might not have enjoyed it so much if I hadn't already wanted to read about the character of Khan and about the time on Ceti Alpha V. The story didn't disappoint in that way, though. Three and a half stars.

    9. You do not need to read the previous two books to enjoy this, in fact I'm going with: skip the other two in the series. The book almost got 5 * from me but again the framing sequences of Kirk, Spock and McCoy are superfluous BUT (minor SPOILER) they do serve well to address the "aftermath" of the events of Trek II, III, and IV and Kirk's "guilt" over effectively abandoning Khan.I ended up not "rooting" for Khan so much but like the X-Men's Magneto, by story's end, I get why he hates Kirk so much [...]

    10. Very well written and fast paced. From the moment I started reading, I had difficulty putting it down. If you enjoyed "Space Seed" and "Wrath of Khan," you will certainly enjoy this. The author captured the character's personalities perfectly. In fact, this SHOULD have been Star Trek V, instead of "The Final Frontier!" With the right direction, this would have won multiple Emmy's. Highly recommended. JUST READ IT!

    11. This book, and the other two in the series, are a good expansion of both the Khan and Gary Seven storylines.

    12. The final (?) episode in the Khan-saga. I am not so keen on this kind of historical flash-backs, although very necessary to fill some gaps in the overall story. But i have to admit that the triple storyline grabs the reader and keeps him clustered to the end. Tension galore: Kirk, Spock and McCoy discovering what happened in the past, the actual description of the harsh and adventurous life Khan and his followers led (the bulk of the book) and the meeting with the descendants of Erikson to round [...]

    13. "'No! This is not the end! Khan Noonien Singh will never surrender, not to this accursed planet and not to the treacherous vagaries of fate. Hear me now! I shall show you that the superior man never bends before the cruelties of fate, no matter how hopeless the odds. Let this entire planet die a slow and miserable death. Let Kirk and Starfleet forget us entirely. I will keep you and the rest of my people alive -- this I swear upon my sacred honor.' He shook his fist at the dust-shrouded sky.'Do [...]

    14. "To Reign In Hell" is the final book of Greg Cox's Khan trilogy. It's probably the best of the three, which isn't really saying much. It's not that the books are horrible. They're just mediocre, a flawed, but good read.Among the flaws is something most Trekkies, I suspect, actually liked about the series. Well, about the first two books, anyway. The first two volumes of the series featured numerous cameos or mentions of non-TREK characters like the Stepford Wives, Jamie Somers, aka, the Bionic W [...]

    15. Greg Cox brings Khan's story to a close with a dramatic novel of his exile by Kirk, as referenced in "Space Seed" and "The Wrath of Khan". The novel follows Cox's "Eugenics Wars" -duology, but is very different in style to those complex novels that charm with their broad settings and themes. "To Reign in Hell" is a streamlined and subtle tale of a protosociety trying to survive in impossible conditions.Cox's writing is mostly up for the challenge of creating a plausible tale of survival, the cha [...]

    16. All in all an interesting read for fans of the character. Cox makes great strides to try to fill in as many gaps as possible. He comes up with reasons for the glove (a good story, though I prefer it up to the viewer), the starfleet medallion, his closeness to Joachim, and so on. All told in a logically acceptable fashion. Nothing really jumps as a stretch, and perhaos the only question raised is that if they lived underground, why all the furnishings in the cargo bay? Perhaps the only real compl [...]

    17. Arg!! Come on, you have to write a really crappy Star Trek book for me to not enjoy reading it. However, Greg Cox managed to do just that. He took a great idea, add next to no knowledge of the Star Trek universe and a liberal sprinkling of contemporary references, and produced a piece of crap that I could only get through one hundred pages of.The most annoying bit was the author's mistaken assumption that the 1996 Earth that Khan came from was our world with our timeline. This, combined with cra [...]

    18. This book was so riveting that I put it down for ten yearsActually, it's a very good read. My first reaction to the original conditions on Ceti Alpha V (specifically, the gigantism) was "yawn," but that wasn't really fair to the book. I enjoyed seeing the maturation of the relationship between Khan and Marla; unlike other reviewers, I have no problem with the idea that something that started out as less than healthy might evolve over time to become a healthier relationship. (Or it might suddenly [...]

    19. Let me enlighten you all with my opening statement:I am NOT a Trekkie.I enjoy the first seriesAnd the second two movies.That's all.This book was given to me by my friend Sarah before she left [HER father, however, is a hardcore Trekkie. he owns all sorts of Star Trek books and DVDs, and they were giving stuff away so that they would have less weight to move with them.] for Japan, and it took me a couple of months before I finally got around to reading it. I'd suggest watching the Star Trek Episo [...]

    20. To Reign In Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox somewhat disappointing to me. Although the book enabled the reader to experience the superhuman Khan during his exile, I did not see the proud master of his destiny on Ceti Alpha V. Instead I endured his gruesome reduction to a victim struggling to cope with environmental chaos and human treachery. I admit that the book included plenty of action, uncontrollable violent situations, and a fascinating environment that held my interest. M [...]

    21. Having the details of the experiences of Khan and his followers on Ceti Alpha 5 put the events of Star Trek II in a different perspective. It's one thing to mention their hardships in a quick dialog, and another entirely to live out the terror and destruction along side them. It goes a long way to humanizing the super-humans. I enjoyed this book the most of the three, and I felt like the writing and storytelling was superior here to the two previous books. Greg Cox does an excellent job of bring [...]

    22. This is a fun addition to the Khan story. The first 80% of the book paints a vivid and tragic set of circumstances which show exactly how terribly Khan's exile has been. The additional information gives great new context for why Khan hates Kirk so much. I felt that the ending wrapped up a bit quickly and seemed somewhat rushed.

    23. This book makes me so happy! It stays pretty darn true to Star Trek, mentioning episodes and staying absolutely consistent with the movies. I absolutely hate the Ceti Eels and understand why Khan hates Kirk. I don't think Kirk meant to harm anyone, but I can understand why Khan hates him.I never thought I'd understand how Khan felt Wow.(Monika, you need to read this. Just saying.)

    24. While still a good book, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the two that came before it, since it no longer had the context of Earth. It details the perilous struggle of Khan and his genetically augmented people as they struggle on a world that is first very welcoming and then turned inhospitable due to the shifting of the planet's orbit.

    25. A fun, quick read. I would say for Trekkies only. It's full of fun references. I think Khan must be my all-time favorite trek character, and the book stays fairly true to him. To be honest I was hoping it would be a little steamy (I'm sure I'm not the only one swooning during Space Seed!) but it's not at all. Recommended though.

    26. While I realize that this book is constrained by the content of the movie, as well as the TV episode, it still felt rather bleak, and a struggle to connect the dots. There wasn't really a climax per say, and most of the action happens in the movie, but it did give a plausible, if rather depressing description of the intervening years.

    27. Although this is Book 3 of The Eugenics Wars, it stands alone as its own book, in my opinion: there are references to the Wars, but there is enough info that you don't need to have necessarily read the other two. Fun read, nice to contrast against Space Seed and TWOK.

    28. The two "Eugenics War" books are much better than this novel, also by Greg Cox. I was expecting more from this book. Disappointed in the story line and lack of excitement I felt with other stories about Kahn. Thumbs Down! :(

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