1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Titan continue their line of novels based upon the original Star Trek series with #4 The Romulan Way by Diane Duane.
Long before the Romulan culture was explored and written about in other Trek series, Duane built up their history and culture in a series on novels about the Rihannsu - or Romulans to us - and gave us a rather interesting insight into one of classic Trek's greatest enemies.
Due to publishing discontinuities, this second book of the Rihannsu was published in the UK before the first one, #21 My Enemy My Ally.
The full Rihannsu story line is written in this order; #21 My Enemy My Ally, #4 The Romulan Way, #95 Swordhunt, #96 Honour Blade and finally finished in The Empty Chair. This book is also available in `The Bloodwing Voyages' compendium published in 2007.
The story centres around Starfleet's deep undercover missions in Romulan space to learn more about their enemy. Starfleet Intelligence recruits Dr. McCoy to go undercover and start an investigation on one of their operatives who has gone silent for over 2 years - are they dead or have they `gone native'.
However, things go awry when McCoy's transport ship is attacked and captured by a high ranking Romulan warrior and he becomes the focus of a political power struggle on ch'Rihan.
His situation puts him into contact with the Starfleet operative and the adventure unfolds as the his escape is engineered.
The book is written with alternate chapters describing the passage of the first `Romulans' to leave Vulcan which can be a little dry as a history lesson, especially as they do not really add anything to the plot. This was covered in greater depth in the Vulcan's Soul trilogy by Josepha Sherman and Susan Schwartz - the writers obviously drawing from the details laid down here.
The characterisation is excellent and the pace in the non-history chapters is fast and the reader becomes emerged in the Rihannsu way of life. The people and politics are very intriguing and it's a shame that more of the book wasn't given over to this. There is a welcome addition with the Enterprise's only Horta crew member, Lieutenant Naraht who gets some great one-liners and causes merry mayhem as the book reaches it's end.
For those that enjoyed this saga then pick up #95: Swordhunt for the next part.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2003
Forget the recent Star Trek film, if you want to know more about the Romulans, the cunning and deadly enemies of Kirk, Spock and the Federation, this is the book you want.
Crammed full of insights into the military structure and mind set of Romulan society, this book also features a mostly solo adventure by Dr McCoy. Even in the most deadly circumstances the story has a nice edge of humour to it.
This is the best examination of a world and its people, short of Frank Herbert's famous Dune!
The other books in this series are an excellent expansion on the theme.