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An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward set during the original Five-Year Mission! For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting infor An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward set during the original Five-Year Mission! For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus. After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries.


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An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward set during the original Five-Year Mission! For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting infor An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward set during the original Five-Year Mission! For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus. After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Agents of Influence sees a trio of undercover operatives extracting themselves from Qo'noS and making for Federation space and sees the Starship Endeavour getting itself into a predicament involving the Klingons when it pick them up! :D Agents of Influence's pace from the start is frenetic with you never knowing to what extremes the Powers of the various sides are willing to go to accomplish their mission this puts the characters themselves right through it with you never knowing what is going t Agents of Influence sees a trio of undercover operatives extracting themselves from Qo'noS and making for Federation space and sees the Starship Endeavour getting itself into a predicament involving the Klingons when it pick them up! :D Agents of Influence's pace from the start is frenetic with you never knowing to what extremes the Powers of the various sides are willing to go to accomplish their mission this puts the characters themselves right through it with you never knowing what is going to happen to them! This adds a great a tone of tension that runs through the story that will keep you on edge as the story unveils on different fronts and works like an onion with a palimpsest of of events taking place in different regions and ships etc all the time that will keep you on your toes all the time! At the same time the attention to details is all there! The internals of the various ships are all covered in great detail as the crews battle to outsmart their opponents and keep the ships running! The innovative attempts to keep things running are brilliant and Chief Petty Officer Christine Rideout is hilarious right out the door which ties in perfectly with the humour running throughout the book. Dayton Ward puts his characters through the wringer! All the characters are here from Kirk, Spock and the gang and thrown in on top of all this are are a range of returning and new characters as well from the crew of the Endeavour under Captain Khatami and the undercover team led by Commander Morgan Binnix which are also setting up new adventures and the book clearly leaves thing ready for further books! Kirk's and Khatami POV gives us an insight into how starship command and McCoy and Spock's humour is also on display which add a great tone of humour to the proceedings which adds to the other tones of Agents of Influence brilliantly! Spock's command of the Enterprise is ably handled as well and his dealing of the Klingon situation is brilliantly handled even with everything else going on! The addition of Admiral Nogura and the undercover agents also add to the intricacies and politics of everything going on and develops the characters even more fleshing them out and setting them up for further adventures! With everything else going on as well we also get to see events that are taking place on the Klingon homeworld and the Klingon High Council with the characters are displaying a three-dimensional nature that really brings the Klingon actions to the front as well! The looks at Chancellor Kesh and Novek at the Klingons home estate neatly mirrors the homes and estates you see of Federation Council members and estates as well really emphasising their commonalities but also how different they are at coming up for solutions - the Klingons will always be direct but the Federation is more considered in its approaches and this adds to the tones underpinning the events taking place in the book and shows us the driving for behind the decisions that the characters are all making in Agents of Influence! At the same time this answers previous plot points and at the same time set up new ones for future books. For example Chancellor Kesh and his friend Novek and the rest of the High Council mirror Nogura and Starfleet commands actions and this works brilliantly ramping ups the to and froing between the powers! At the core the Agents of Influence shows us a scenario where different ideologies seem to clash but can work together and be reconciled and work together for the betterment of working together and breaking down the tensions between them! Agents of Influence does this all while maintaining a frenetic pace that never lets up from the beginning in a story that is a brilliant rollercoaster ride full of plot twists that you won't see coming at all! The Orion Syndicate as well provide random elements under Captain D'Zinn and Melac and the characters are clearly set up for future use and are three dimensional and developed from the start! The addition of the espionage on both sides works brilliantly and the danger they pose is brilliantly handled and will also keep you guessing throughout! Agents of Influence keeps you on your toes and you will be trying to guess who is who from the beginning! Agents of Influence is full dynamic world building and set pieces from starship combat, scientific endeavour, to ground combat on a asteroid! Agents of Influence really packs it in and you will be up late with this one! Crisp High Five and Highly Recommended!n Get it When You Can!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    Utterly fantastic! It's been a long time since I've read a "Star Trek" story that was in touch with its Cold War roots...and I'm pleased to say this one not only embraces those roots, but ends up flowering into a tight, exciting, claustrophobic thriller that manages to juggle multiple characters without turning any one of them into ciphers. By far the best old-school Cold War-style Trek story since the TNG episode "The Defector".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    Their cover blown, three Federation Intelligence Agents flee the Klingon Empire with vital information carefully gathered over three years at the highest levels of the Klingon government. When their rendezvous with the U.S.S. 'Endeavour' ends in disaster, Admiral Nogura orders Kirk and the 'Enterprise' crew on a dangerous rescue mission on the edge of the Neutral Zone. Ward's novel helps make the Federation feel larger and politically more real, especially with the repercussions of the abortive re Their cover blown, three Federation Intelligence Agents flee the Klingon Empire with vital information carefully gathered over three years at the highest levels of the Klingon government. When their rendezvous with the U.S.S. 'Endeavour' ends in disaster, Admiral Nogura orders Kirk and the 'Enterprise' crew on a dangerous rescue mission on the edge of the Neutral Zone. Ward's novel helps make the Federation feel larger and politically more real, especially with the repercussions of the abortive rescue by the 'Endeavour' crew. The characters are well drawn and the plot is straightforwardly, but compulsively presented.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vladimir Ghinculov

    Pretty boring and predictable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Leto

    Fun read. Great read for old school Star Trek fans. While 2020 we are in hell, this is a good way to distract you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Beet

    I really did enjoy this book it was good to see that it's the federation who infiltrate Klingon society with the help of the three Starfleet intelligence agents featured in this story love the scenes when the endeavour (the starship sent to get them out) encounters their own problems in rescuing them I like that the author devoted equal time to both the a story and the b story the scene when Kirk and co are trying to find the endeavour in the asteroid field was good as was the scene where they h I really did enjoy this book it was good to see that it's the federation who infiltrate Klingon society with the help of the three Starfleet intelligence agents featured in this story love the scenes when the endeavour (the starship sent to get them out) encounters their own problems in rescuing them I like that the author devoted equal time to both the a story and the b story the scene when Kirk and co are trying to find the endeavour in the asteroid field was good as was the scene where they have a bit of a fight on the asteroid with the Klingon crew and the endeavour crew and Kirk involved as well I also liked the idea of the endeavour having a spy who is a Klingon report back to the Klingons on the activities of the endeavour crew overall a very well written star trek novel

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Loved this one. I usually enjoy Dayton's books, and my favorites are the ones set in the 23rd century, especially connected to the Vanguard series (even tangentially). clandestine espionage/military themes Trek books are also some of my favorites (yes, here's VAN again :) , and the combination of TOS and espionage usually provides a great reading experience. So it's no wonder I was excited for this novel since its announcement, and it certainly lived up to the hype, and then some! I loved seeing th Loved this one. I usually enjoy Dayton's books, and my favorites are the ones set in the 23rd century, especially connected to the Vanguard series (even tangentially). clandestine espionage/military themes Trek books are also some of my favorites (yes, here's VAN again :) , and the combination of TOS and espionage usually provides a great reading experience. So it's no wonder I was excited for this novel since its announcement, and it certainly lived up to the hype, and then some! I loved seeing the USS Endeavour after the too-short Seekers series and actually this seems like book #5 in that series, co-starring the Enterprise crew for a 'series finale' (not much different than their appearance in the end of the VAN series..).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Weeks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great Trek novel! I loved the broad approach author Dayton Ward took, showing us the perspectives of Klingons, spies, Orions, the crew of the Endeavor, and, of course, the TOS crew. At first I was a little put off due to the absence of Kirk & co. in the first third of the book, but Ward was able to give them their due and tell a better story by including these perspectives. The ending was intense and very well paced. I almost audibly cheered as I was reading the portion where the Enterprise swoo Great Trek novel! I loved the broad approach author Dayton Ward took, showing us the perspectives of Klingons, spies, Orions, the crew of the Endeavor, and, of course, the TOS crew. At first I was a little put off due to the absence of Kirk & co. in the first third of the book, but Ward was able to give them their due and tell a better story by including these perspectives. The ending was intense and very well paced. I almost audibly cheered as I was reading the portion where the Enterprise swoops in and stops the Klingons. Very well written sequences by Ward made it quite easy to “see” the climax scenes in my head. Wonderfully done and EASILY my favorite novel by Dayton Ward to date!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aron

    4.0 Stars. A good solid TOS story. Sometimes Dayton Ward's writing can get on my nerves, especially when he has the characters talking to themselves in the first person,...it can come off pretty rough & unpolished. However, he mostly refrains from that here and what we get is a very good story about Kirk and the gang. I was impressed with the plot and really enjoyed this book. Basically the Enterprise is sent to assist the Endeavor in salvaging the extraction of three undercover Starfleet Intell 4.0 Stars. A good solid TOS story. Sometimes Dayton Ward's writing can get on my nerves, especially when he has the characters talking to themselves in the first person,...it can come off pretty rough & unpolished. However, he mostly refrains from that here and what we get is a very good story about Kirk and the gang. I was impressed with the plot and really enjoyed this book. Basically the Enterprise is sent to assist the Endeavor in salvaging the extraction of three undercover Starfleet Intelligence agents that had infiltrated the Klingon homeworld. Highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Escaping today's world on the Enterprise with Kirk in the original series was a wonderful vacation from "the new normal". Klingons, spies, a starship with a woman captain crashed on an asteroid with Kirk and Spock each working separately to complete the mission given them by the head of intelligence. Well-written, a good story, lots of action and good characters. Lots of "extras" in this story. Generally, Dayton Ward always tells a good yarn.

  11. 4 out of 5

    PrincexofxFlowers

    I would pay actual money to read/watch an entire spin off series about the crew of the Endeavor. Agents of Influence introduces such a delightful cast of new characters and uses them in excellent concert with the Star Trek characters I already knew and loved. There was never a dull moment and the writing was engaging and sharp. A very enjoyable read. (The Fight Club reference nearly ended me.) I would pay actual money to read/watch an entire spin off series about the crew of the Endeavor. Agents of Influence introduces such a delightful cast of new characters and uses them in excellent concert with the Star Trek characters I already knew and loved. There was never a dull moment and the writing was engaging and sharp. A very enjoyable read. (The Fight Club reference nearly ended me.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    For me, it’s always seemed odd that the Klingons would engage in so much espionage. It doesn’t feel like a very honourable practice, but it speaks to the Klingons as a stand-in for Soviet Russia during the Cold War. This is a light, entertaining read. There’s lots of action but nothing too memorable for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    NephriteON

    The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in June 2020. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/06/19... Star Trek The Original Series: Agents Of Influence by Dayton Ward Hello once again to my readers and fellow audio aficionados! With apologies to Sgathiach I feel compelled to talk about Star Trek and thankfully there is quite the collection of audio versions of Star Trek novels to discuss! Personally I’m not a massive Trek fan but I certainly enjoy The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in June 2020. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/06/19... Star Trek The Original Series: Agents Of Influence by Dayton Ward Hello once again to my readers and fellow audio aficionados! With apologies to Sgathiach I feel compelled to talk about Star Trek and thankfully there is quite the collection of audio versions of Star Trek novels to discuss! Personally I’m not a massive Trek fan but I certainly enjoy Trek and consider myself a casual Trekkie with The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine being my personal favourite series. Agents of Influence is a TOS era novel written by Dayton Ward a man with quite the history when it comes to Star Trek spin off media. Ward has written – either solo or as a joint effort with frequent writing partner Kevin Dilmore – more than 30 Star Trek novels and stories across the last twenty years with Agents of Influence being his most recent. He has also twice won the Scribe award from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers which spreads across all licensed media and is considered quite the achievement in the field. According to interviews with Ward, he also acts as a consultant for CBS and Paramount who own Star Trek when it comes to spin off media assisting among others Simon and Schuster and the comic publishers IDW Publishing. The plot of Agents of Influence is as follows: For years Starfleet Intelligence has had undercover operatives deep within the heart of the Klingon Empire. These operatives have been surgically altered and trained to look, think and act like a Klingon to assist in gathering information. When three of these agents fear exposure they execute last resort extraction procedures. Their recovery goes awry so Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise and his crew must find out what they can while attempting to avoid an intergalactic incident that could reignite the war between The Federation and The Klingons. This novel is just straightforward fun from start to finish! Having Kirk, Uhura, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew caught up in an intrigue of spies alongside the crew of the USS Endeavour and various interested parties was a listen that flew by. The characters we all know and love are most definitely on fine form with their inner voices being perfectly captured by Mr Ward. It’s clear he’s been writing these characters for twenty years! This really feels like Star Trek! On top of that the book original characters – be they new to this novel or carry overs from previous Star Trek novels – also seem very true to the TOS Era. With particular mention to Captain Khatami and Lieutenant Commander Yataro of the Endeavour and the main leader of the undercover agents Morgan Binnix all of whom acquit themselves wonderfully and you grow more and more fond of them throughout the piece. Technically this novel takes place in the final year of the ‘Five Year Mission’ and is a follow on from some previous novels by Ward but you don’t need that information to enjoy it as – aside from a few mentions of previous encounters between the crew of the Enterprise and Endeavour in vague terms – it doesn’t really have an impact on the plot. I also have to commend Mr Ward for writing some rather entertaining Klingons and some very fun banter throughout! It might not be on the same level as The Trouble With Tribbles, The City On The Edge Of Forever or The Conscience Of The King but it is very entertaining Star Trek and sweeps you up in the adventure! When it comes to the audio edition things are also firing on all cylinders. The narrator is a Robert Petkoff who has narrated the vast majority of Star Trek audiobooks in recent memory. His narration is certainly enjoyable, being able to convey the personality of the characters while also making clear the threat of the situation. I particularly enjoy his Klingons – he certainly knows how to speak the language (avoiding the anger of Trekkies world wide probably) – as well as Chekov, Sulu and Scotty. His accents for these characters are very broad in most cases but he’s clearly having a lot of fun. I half keep expecting Chekov to mention ‘nuclear wessles’! On the other hand when things get serious you feel yourself getting caught up. Be it internal tensions and distrust within both the Federation and the Klingons or a traditional Star Trek action scene with lots of phasers firing and the odd bit of unusual tactics I certainly enjoyed Petkoff’s narration. I did happen to notice a Deep Space Nine audiobook focused on one of my favourite characters with Mr Petkoff’s narration so I may well be listening to him again in the not too distant future! In conclusion this really was a lot of fun. It might not be as thought provoking as previous Star Trek adventures but it definitely felt like a classic adventure for Kirk, Spock and the others and I couldn’t help but smile through a lot of it. I hope I can persuade some of my readers to give this a listen or a read, return to the original ‘Five Year Mission’ and join me in finding out about the Agents of Influence! Sayonara! Nephrite

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ernest

    Agents of Influence (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Dayton Ward 06/9/2020 Pocket Books / Star Trek Late in the Enterprise’s 5-year mission, Admiral Nogura sends Kirk and the crew on a mission to recover Federation intelligence agents after their escape from the Klingon Homeworld, as well as the crew of the Endeavor, which had originally been tasked with the job but ran into…difficulties. Ever willing to take the risky away missions, Kirk winds up conducting the search for a damaged and possibl Agents of Influence (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Dayton Ward 06/9/2020 Pocket Books / Star Trek Late in the Enterprise’s 5-year mission, Admiral Nogura sends Kirk and the crew on a mission to recover Federation intelligence agents after their escape from the Klingon Homeworld, as well as the crew of the Endeavor, which had originally been tasked with the job but ran into…difficulties. Ever willing to take the risky away missions, Kirk winds up conducting the search for a damaged and possibly destroyed Endeavor in an asteroid field in the neutral zone that has strange radiation that plays havoc with sensors. Spock gets to stand by with the Enterprise while he and Scotty figure out what’s going on with the sensors, and Jim gets to bait Orion Pirates in a disguised Starfleet intelligence runabout. Dayton Ward is no stranger to Star Trek novels or short stories. with dozens of works to his credit, so it’s no surprise that he nails the feel of the TOS crew, James T. Kirk, commanding. If I’ve got any complaint, it’s that the movies have made Kirk’s Klingon konflict too central to the story, making space seem too much like Cold War 20th century Earth, and not enough like the grand adventure TOS could be. Regardless, it’s a good read for anyone hankering to get back to the original cast and story. (originally posted on Amazing Stories @ https://amazingstories.com/2020/06/sc...)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Bradley

    Great story, loved every page. Even though you bounced around from character to character , I like the way the author keep you entertained and engaged. Look forward to reading more by Mr. Ward.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Spinks

    It was a really good book and I'd read it again because it's a great book and and I'd It was a really good read and I'd read it again because it's a good book and I'd read it again

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anny Barros

    3.5/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kris Miller

    A fun Star Trek adventure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    This was my first TOS novel. This was a bone-a-fide page turner. The mystery and action. Spy thriller! It wasn’t the Enterprise crew from the 60s TV show. Yay!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was probably one of the most engaging, creative, and well-written Star Trek novels written recently.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This was pretty cool, still enjoy the original series and the characters. Well played!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Campbell

    Take this with a grain of salt....I’m not a big TOS fan so maybe this is biased but I wasn’t a fan of the novel. It felt like it went nowhere and there were repeating parts that were just told from different points of view but it never took the story anywhere or made a difference. I like this author but felt this book was real lackluster and had hope for more

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    Fans of Star Trek should listen to this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oz Trekkie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Piangenti

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Higdon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Douglas F. Buie Jr.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kay

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