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The Final Reflection (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 16) [Kindle Edition]

John M. Ford
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Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But on a mission to Earth, Krenn learns a lesson in peace. Suddenly he must fight a secret battle of his own. His empire has a covert plan to shatter the Federation. Only Krenn can prevent a war -- at the risk of his own life!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1251 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reissue edition (22 Sept. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCOQB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I first read this novel over twenty years ago & this is a reacquisition, having lost my original copy in the interim. The late & sadly missed John M Ford was notorious for never repeating himself & his two Star Trek franchise novels are no exception, his other ST novel 'How Much for Just the Planet' being a broad comedy pitting the Enterprise bridge crew against a sympathetic bridge crew from a Klingon cruiser. 'The Final Reflection' is serious, & told almost entirely from the perspective of Klingon orphan Vrenn as he progresses from a harsh gladiatorial training school through adoption by a senior Klingon admiral to distinguished service in the fleet, with his career taking a strange turn as he is required to escort a Federation diplomat to his homeworld & back, dealing with Federation machinations & meeting several well-known characters from the Star Trek canon. The novel repeatedly references the Klingon game for which the nearest human equivalent is chess, & allegedly had a significant influence on the more sympathetic portrayal of Klingons in the ST:TNG series which was released a few years after this novel. The Klingons are given a distinctive & convincing belief system, & their harsh militarised society & relations with other races such as the Federation, Romulans & Vulcans are rendered more believable. Several space battles are well described & show the influence of Ford's knowledge of wargames systems such as Star Fleet Battles (he also contributed to FASA's ST RPG) . Overall this book scores on several levels - as a story of personal progress & fulfilment, as a valiant attempt to make the Klingon culture comprehensible if not necessarily likeable, as a reminder that the Federation has its own faults, & also simply as a cracking read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "This is the war they wanted." 23 April 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Classic Star Trek with #10: The Final Reflection by John M. Ford.
This book is a rather curious one. It starts with Kirk being given a copy of said book and the author writes a fake preface as if he'd written it in the future. Although the stardate suggests this takes place sometime after the events of Star Trek IV it is referenced in Strangers From The Sky which actually places it between Star Trek I and II.
The novel is an examination of the Klingons and much like Diane Duane's Rihannsu Series (see novels 4, 21, 95 and 96) it creates a very different version of the Empire that we have come to embrace through the stories created since Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Set in 2227, the story centres around the life of Vrenn, a Klingon boy who has lived on the homeworld - an orphan whose entire bloodline is now extinct. As a child he was trained and used in the game of `klin zha'. This is like the Klingon version of chess. There are many variations but a popular entertainment is to train children in combat and use them as the pieces in a live action game while the Thought Master controls them from a board elsewhere. When pieces are captured or removed from the board, the player actually dies.
Vrenn is adopted by the Master Thought Admiral of another house who tutors him, tells him of his true lineage and sets him on the path of command in the Imperial Navy. Life lessons are hard fought and hard won for Vrenn but he soon discovers the fine line of command.
He is tasked with escorting the first Federation Ambassador to the Klingon homeworld from Earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Star Trek spinoffery 23 Jun. 2011
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If you only read one Star Trek novel make it this one. Crafted with wit and a love of the show. We didn't get enough from John M Ford and we should cherish what we have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Star Trek Novel 7 Sept. 2012
By Kambei
When I first saw this book on the shelf back in 1988, i was intrigued. The Classic Trek Klingons had always held a fascination for me ever since I first saw the great Commander Kor (John Colicos) in 'Errand of Mercy'. A Star Trek book without Kirk, Spock or McCoy? It does not suffer for that but just works supremely well as a Trek novel, but as a general science fiction book. John M. Ford does a wonderful job weaving all the narrative and sub-plots together with action and moments of dark humour, but still manages to give us interesting, likable three dimensional characters in a morality tale without the preachiness that was forced down our throats by The Next Generation. It also strays well away from the formulaic plots of the rest of the many ST and ST: TNG novels I have read.
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