on 21 February 2002
It's not very often that I find myself unable to put down one of these books after the obligatory two or three chapters at night but Dayton's first novel certainly required finishing despite the hour. An intriguing plot dealing with both Kirk's early and latter years and the reappearance of one or two faces from the past - nice interplay as well with one or two of the other major characters giving pointers as to their future career paths . Basis of the book is the development of rapproachment between the Klingon Empire and the Federation overshadowed by the discovery of Federation Prisoners of War previously thought dead - and compounded by their discovery being an affront to the emerging Warrior's code in the Empire. However, a unique thread running through the plot is the long-puzzled transformation of the Klingon race (60's TV budgets excepted) from smoothies to wrinklies -whilst not fully answered in the book there are enough clues scattered about to give an indication of the final answer. An excellent read, definately requires a follow-up and deserving of five stars.
on 30 March 2002
This book comes into my select group of the best Star Trek books. I don't normally read TOS books, but becuase this book had Klingons in, I decided to give it a go.
For an author who started to write in the "Strange New Worlds" competition Dayton Ward is excelent. He has even included some tlhIngan (klingon) words in there.
Although I haven't talked about the plot a lot, I don't want to spoil it for you because it is *so* good.
It fits in well with the films, being written after they have been created. Gorkon gets some mention, and the peace conferences set up the scene for STVI.
Read it or else!