As a beginner in the Voyager novel department, I chose Dark Matters, not due to its exciting plot, but due to Goldens exceeding reputation as a brilliant Star Trek novelist. This book ensures that she lives up to her reputation. From the Prologue to the final page, each chapter keeps you enthralled, yearning to turn to the next page. As fans of the series might know, Janeway and her crew are a formidable force in the Delta quadrant. However, rather than focusing soley on the action (like other writers do), Golden explores each character's personalities. The best books are invariably the ones which you imagine as an extended episode and like Equinox, Caretaker and so many 'to be contined....' episodes, so does the book end in a similar manner. However, should you have no knowledge of the plight of Voyager, this book is still for you due to Golden's excellent introduction to each of the main characters. However brilliant, the book does have it's foebles. For instance, at parts of the book, one is not aware where the crew actually are. Nevertheless, who am I to criticise. Simply Stunning. I cannot wait to 'Voyage' to the next book. Cloak and Dagger stuff? No, just transparently brilliant.