Bless the Beasts (Star Trek: Voyager) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1996
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes good books.
It's funny and it could be sad too.
Now the whole rest of the book is the premise of the Prime Directive. Prewarp civilisation, not supposed to contact them, theoretically your supposed to die rather than violate that, but *they* contact her- so that should take care of that, but the Prime Directive is still the focus of the rest of the book. They ask for the metal they need. They get it. And get pretty snarky when its not up to Federation high standards. Its free you wankers. Rude rude rude.
Sardalia isn't at war with Micaszia. Yet. But Sardalia and presumably Micaszia, though its not directly said, suffer from the gray plague. But Micaszia is doling out the alleviating enzyme that can only be gotten from the flesh of the Darra, another (unknown to either inhabitant) sentient species on the planet (think whales or dolphins with teeth)cared for by the M-s.
Tom and Harry have disappeared but apparently sensors are in worse shape than they were in TOS time because they can't be found out of all the birdlike Sardalians on the planet.
Captured and put to work on a 'whaling' vessel, Harry 'discovers' the Darra are sentient because they come for food when called. (Later on, that idea is solidified when the Darra help them when they are drowning.)
In another cliche of bad writing, Janeway discovers the whole history of the gray plague which no one talks about, in a museum computer (a cliche plot device and a contradiction all in one - no one talks about it, but they have a museum for it) when she wanders away from an official function by herself (Sardalia has no guards? for government functions?).
They aren't allowed to help the Sardalians medically- even though every other incarnation of Star Trek has humanitarian aid allowed to non-Fed members at various times (the series has been inconsistent with this).
Chakotay finds Tom and Harry through scar tissue on Tom's chest (????, not the incredibly different biology, but scar tissue).
Holodoc finds a cure and Voyager pays the Sardalians for the metals with it, not violating the Prime Directive as they see it. But then they totally do by showing the upstart rebel looking to overthrow the Sardalian government a fabrication guaranteed to make him look nuts and ruin his credibility and his chances for continued subterfuge, strengthening the current government. Is that not pretty much a heinous violation of the Prime Directive?
And Voyager happily leaves.
Without telling the Sardalians that the Darrans are sentient. But since they have the cure, they won't need to kill the Darrans, right? Except maybe for sport. Thanks alot Voyager.
Look for similar items by category