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QAPLA - FULL OF HONOR
on 6 November 2012
The Klingon Bird-Of-Prey 'owners workshop manual' an official Star Trek product is literally Filled With Honor and it was an honor to review it! Published by Haynes, it numbers 123 pages filled to overflowing with important commentaries, discussions and full color in-depth technical diagrams of the B'rel Class BOP. As some of you are aware the BOP was originally a Romulan design, adopted by the Klingon Defense Force and subsequently adapted by the Klingons for multi-role duties at a time when they were still at war with The Federation. Following the various accords and treaties, and especially following the defense of Federation outpost Deep Space 9 less was seen of these remarkable craft by the Federation as the Klingon Empire choose to pursue other enemies, new conquests.
Lavishly illustrated by the legendary Rick Sternbach and much of its technical material produced by author Ben Robinson the owners workshop manual not only discusses the various technologies found on board the vessel but also delves into the command hierarchy and the protocols expected of any Klingon warrior who would serve aboard her. Much of what you find in the book is presented in Federation standard (English) and in Klingon with a handy Klingon supplemental section in the last few pages of the manual for those of you who are not familiar with spoken or written Klingon. The book is so well written that any fourth year Starfleet cadet finding him or herself serving on board a Bird-Of-Prey could easily identify any major piece of equipment on board such a vessel and thus avoid possible conflict or disagreement with her Klingon crewmembers. The book even includes a complete breakdown of the interior layout of the vessel (deck plans) and even mentions by name other glorious vessels of both the B'rel and much larger version, the feared K'vort class. Yes, this manual has it all - Qapla' batlh je!
An absolute MUST for anyone who wants to KNOW how starships actually work!