Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature - by David Mack (Star Trek: The Original Series)
The USS Sagittarius (NCC-1894) was an Archer-class Starfleet scout vessel in service in the 2260s. The ship is named for the Sagittarius constellation. Her crew plays a major role in this story.
◾Commanding Officer: Captain Clark Terrell
◾First Officer: Lieutenant Commander Vanessa Theriault
◾Second officer & Security Chief: Lieutenant Commander Sorak
◾Chief Medical Officer: Doctor Lisa Babitz
◾Medical technician: Ensign Nguyen Tan Bao
◾Chief Engineer: "Master Chief": Mike "Mad Man" Ilucci
◾Navigator and helmsman: Ensign Niszk
◾Science officer: Lieutenant Sengar Hesh
◾Senior Engineer's Mate: Petty Officer First Class Salagho Threx
◾Engineer's Mate: Petty Officer Second Class: Karen Cahow
◾Engineer's Mate: Crewman Specialist Torvin
◾Lead scout: Senior Chief Petty Officer Razka
◾Field scout: Lieutenant Faro Dastin
◾Field scout: Ensign Taryl
Locations: Alpha Quadrant * Taurus Reach * Nereus II (Arethusa) * Suba
Cast of Characters: All of the crew of the Sagittarius * Nimur * Kerlo * Doctor Tormog * Captain Atish Khatami * Captain Kang * Captain Durak
This story takes place in August 2269, a couple of months after the Starship Enterprise returns from a rescue mission at Camus II ("Turnabout Intruder") and approximately six months after the destruction of Starbase 47 ("Star Trek; Vanguard: Storming Heaven").
Seekers is the start of an exciting new series in the genre of Star Trek. Two Ships. Two crews. One new saga. Star Trek: Seekers will follow the exploits of two starships: The Constitution-class U.S.S. Endeavour (NCC - 1895) and the Archer-class U.S.S. Sagittarius (NCC - 1894).
Star Trek: Seekers is a sequel series to Star Trek: Vanguard. It features characters from the Vanguard saga and chronicles their ongoing mission of exploration in the Taurus Reach. This book forms a two-part story with "Point of Divergence."
The U.S.S. Sagittarius (NCC - 1894) is sent to the Taurus Reach, specifically Nereus II where a probe sent, several years ago, reported back some interesting data about some high energy activity. Now as the Sagittarius crew investigates, they can't find those signals. So they go in for a closer look. Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, (Shedai), this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization.
The Federation has sent in two of its finest starships on a quest to uncover the secrets it may yet hold. The Tomol are a primitive civilization living a bucolic existence occupying a lone island (Suba) on a remote world (Nereus II). Their culture is an enigma, centered on every member's commitment to a painful, fiery self-sacrifice upon reaching puberty. But one of their clan (Nimur) has shunned this obligation, triggering a transformation into a new, powerful life form. Therein lies the tale, the premise for the first book in this series.
The Klingons, ever aware of improving the Empire's lot, have sent a scouting party to bring back one of the Tomol getting ready to "Change." The Klingon's think that this race can hold the key to an interesting psionic weapon, a weapon of value, a new very powerful weapon added to their arsenal to serve the Empire's ever expanding rule.
Unknown to the Sagittarius and her crew, the Klingons are also planet side and observing the ritual called the "Cleansing," ever mindful of the "Prime Directive," a scouting (landing) party is dispatched to see why there are no longer any high frequency energy signals. As the Sagittarius crew approach the Tomol, the populace is in a ritual called the "Cleansing." This ritual is being performed next to an active natural gas vent that is burning a blue light.
After being forced to give up her newborn child, Nimur is getting very close to the "Change" and has to participate in the "Cleansing." The Tomol when they reach puberty go through a "Cleansing," this ritual has been ongoing for millennia. If they don't go through with the "Cleansing," they become all powerful beings and the telltale signs are a burning flame in their eyes. The "Cleansing" is a suicide ritual to preserve the way of life on the island of Suba.
With the Klingons added to this story, with their paranoia and distrust of everything Federation, makes for a very interesting story. Battles ensue, Klingon v Tomol, Tomol v Tomol, Starfleet v Klingon, and Tomol against everyone.
The Tomol are not an indiginous species to this planet. The Tomol DNA has been altered. The Shedai and the Preservers long ago at odds have left the Tomol in almost total isolation. It seems the Shedai have done some genetic alterations to the Tomol and the Preservers have left another of their iconic machines to watch over the Tomol. Much like in a previous episode involving Kirk and the Enterprise crew in the original five year mission.
David Mack has done a marvelous job of capturing the mystery, suspense, action-adventure throughout this story. The writing style is easy to read and makes sense as the story unfolds before the reader. There are some real, pulse-pounding scenes and Mack's writing ability shows. The prose is descriptive and at times graphic, but not to a point of obscene.
Mack has added another dimension to the genre of the Trek Universe. It is easy to see why he is a New York Times bestselling author. There are harrowing scenes, scenes with total destruction, and scenes that are tender in nature. All wrapped into this story. Mystery, intrigue, action-adventure are solid and Mack's storytelling ability makes the story "Second Nature" a perfect lead-off for the next installment, "Point of Divergence." That novel will be written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and will be available for September's reading list.
The characterization are spot-on, the ability to keep the story interesting as it moves along, and coupling with a unique writing style, all make for a nice vacation read. The hook at the end of the story is very interesting and warrants another episode in this adventure.
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Suspense, Adventure
For the reader some interesting related Star Trek novels:
Star Trek: Vanguard #1: Harbinger: Harbinger (Star Trek: The Original Series)
Star Trek: Vanguard #2: Summon the Thunder (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard #4: Open Secrets (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice (Star Trek: Vanguard (Unnumbered)) (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: In Tempest's Wake (Kindle Edition)