Ranked Reading for July 2014

16158516Greetings one and all to another edition of Ranked Reading.

This month I have a non-sci-fi book but one that I’ve been asked by members of the crew to read and review. One of my personal favorite authors is Robert B Parker. Upon his death I feared that I would no longer be able to read the adventures of private detective Spenser or Paradise Mass. Police Chief Jesse Stone. It was with more than a little surprise that I found that these beloved characters had been turned over to new authors. Jesse Stone has been turned over to Michael Brandman while Spenser has been turned over to Ace Atkins. So, without further adieu, I present this month’s book “Robert B Parker’s Wonderland, A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins”.

Henry Cimoli is a former boxer and owner of the gym with a boxing area in the back where Spenser and Hawk like to workout has a problem. A Las Vegas casino owner is trying to force he the neighbors in his condo complex to sellout. Their objective for the property is to level the condos and an old dog racing track already in their control and put up a casino. After being confronted by a couple of thugs Henry does what he’s never done before . . . cash in a favor with Spenser. With Hawk working out of state on another job it’s up to Spenser and his new apprentice Zebulon Sixkill to get to the bottom of things. Many hard lessons are learned by Sixkill and the trail has he and Spenser paying visits to the Massachusetts mob. A professional friendship is also placed on the rocks as the erstwhile casino owner turns up dead. Ace Atkins nails both the Spenser and Zebulon Sixkill characters with a style reminiscent (in my opinion) to the great Mr Parker himself. This is a must read for any Spenser fan. My Rank: Admiral!

On a supplemental note. If your favorite character is “Jesse Stone” Michael Brandman has got that character down as well. I’m a bit long here but I would rank “Robert B Parker’s Killing the Blues a Jesse Stone novel” as Vice Admiral. Pick it up when you pick up “Wonderland” and enjoy the ride.

Until next time. The ship’s reading lamp is definitely . . . ON!


USS Tiburon General Meeting June 21st @ 1pm

The USS Tiburon is proud to announce the date of it’s June meeting!

What is a general meeting you ask? Well simply put it’s a meeting where members, friends and invited guests can come together and discuss Tiburon activities, events and socialize. There maybe game playing or whatever else we might want to do.

In order to celebrate the first day of summer we have decided to have the meeting outside!  Hoffman Park is located just behind Aurora Fire Station #2 (12600 Hoffman Blvd 80011).  There is a barbecue shelter located just behind the Fire Station.

Another change for this meeting is that we will be ending it a little early. Members are attending the Denver Outlaws Game starting at 5 pm.  The meeting will run from 1 pm until 3 pm for this month.

There is a parking lot on the Southwest side of the Fire Station that we are to use. Below is a image showing where to park.

USS Tiburon’s own Ferengi – Frak!

Caught on camera at this past weekends Denver Comic Con was the USS Tiburon’s own Ferengi – Frak!  A big thank you to the video taker, Scott Crosson for not only taking this video but allowing us to share it!

You can see Frak and a bunch of additional characters next month at the Colorado Sky Sox Star Trek Night!  So mark your calendars for July 26th!



Where to find us at Denver Comic Con!

DCC14-EntryMap-StreetLevel-01This weekend is Denver Comic Con and just like the last few years it’s even bigger then before!  The Tiburon display has grown each years well and this year is looking GREAT!  We have a resident Borg, Rubix, on display (rumor has it he maybe wandering the halls on Saturday) we have the USS Pioneer Holodeck Arch all setup for picture taking and lots of other cool stuff as well.   So if you already have your tickets make sure you stop by this weekend, if you don’t hurry up and get those tickets they sell out pretty quick!  Hope to see you there!


Ranked Reading for June 2014

ridelikelionsGreetings Readers and Tiburon followers for brand new edition of Ranked Reading. For the uninitiated to this column here are the basics. First, I read a book. Then, I give the book a Star Trek rank. The higher the rank the better I thought the book was. So a Fleet Admiral tops everything and is a must read, Captain is a better read than one I rank as Lieutenant, enlisted crewman is the worst and best given a wide berth.

Up for today “Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions” by David Mack. This book is set in the TNG / DS9 era of the Mirror Universe. Terok Nor has been successfully taken from the Klingon / Cardassian Alliance and General O’Brien and the Terran Rebellion have been attempting to hold their own and remove the oppressive Klingons and Cardassians from rule. Light years away Mac Calhoun and the crew of the Excaliber have formed an alliance of their own with the remnants of the Romulan Empire and is now determined to join his fleet with that of the Rebellion. The Klingons, however have a different plan in mind when the leadership of the Cardassians is quite unexpectedly changed. Others powers see opportunities to grab territory and when a major battle ends in a pyrrhic victory the rag tag Terran fleet finds itself at quite possibly the losing end of its journey. Can, or better yet will, Memory Omega (a group formed by long dead Emperor Spock more than a century before) come to the aid of the Rebellion before all is truely lost?

Overall this was a well paced story with a fair amount of action. We also find out what happens to the counter parts of several of our favorite characters from the “main” Trek universe which is a bit of a plus. My rank for this book: Commander

Until next time, the ship’s reading lamp is definitely . . . ON!

D Davenport (semi-retired Starfleet)

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