Emerging victorious from another David-eats-Goliath encounter with the Morthan Solidarity, the Star Wolf licks its wounds and makes its way home. The ship's unwelcome reception at Starbase is no surprise to readers of David Gerrold's preceding book, The Voyage of the Star Wolf
. The cast of now-familiar characters are joined by some new faces as they and their not-quite-yet-captain Commander Korie struggle to rebuild the ship. They face enemies on all sides as they deal with Morthan sabotage, attempts by the fleet to break up their ship for spare parts, and an impending Morthan attack that no one else sees coming.
This book really should have been packaged with The Voyage of the Star Wolf
as a single offering. Although it stands on its own reasonably well, it fixes some flaws in the previous book. In Middle of Nowhere we finally see into the minds and cabins of the Star Wolf's crew and gain some sense of their motivations and concerns. It would be better still if less of this perspective were sexual, and more richly emotional or intellectual. But the main characters at least achieve a second dimension to their personalities, a dimension lacking in the previous book. And Commander Korie's flashbacks build a more credible emotional link with his lost wife and sons.
If you are hooked on the Star Wolf and its Star Trek seen-through-a-glass-darkly universe, this book is for you. If David Gerrold's first book in the series fell a little flat, this sequel could still save it for you. After reading it, I was convinced to move the next book in the series, Blood and Fire
, a little higher on my recreational reading list.