Lost Years: Traitor Winds No.3 (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1994
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This novel is one of the books that span the gap between the end of the original series 5 year mission and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Although the cover lists it as 'The incredible third book...' it is, chronologically, the second in the saga continuing right after the events of 'The Lost Years' by J.M. Dillard and coming way before the 'second' book, 'A Flag Full Of Stars' by Brad Ferguson.
Following on from the first book, the Enterprise crew have drifted apart, each taking temporary jobs on Earth and hoping to rejoin Kirk when the Enterprise finishes its refit. While Kirk continues his job as a trouble-shooter with Lori Ciana, Uhura teaches at the Academy, Sulu is a Starfleet test pilot, Scotty is overseeing the refit and Chekov enrols in Starfleet Security.
Chekov is asked by Mark Piper (from 'Where No Man Has Gone Before') to help in on a new project involving Klingon weaponry. When Piper reveals the real reason why he wanted Chekov on the project a shadowy conspiracy involving classified technology, murder and corruption is revealed.
Chekov is framed for a murder and at the same time Sulu is accused of stealing a new type of shuttle, The Wraith, which uses a cloaking device. With evidence firmly in place to discredit the two officers they both find themselves on the run and trapped on a planet with Starfleet Security closing in.
Uhura and McCoy both try to help but with the conspirators always one step ahead, Kirk tied up in a diplomatic conference and more murders the situation looks grim indeed.
Traitor Winds actually exceeds expectations and is a better read than 'The Lost Years'. The pacing is frenetic in places and you find yourself drawn into the paranoia of both Chekov and Sulu as they struggle to live long enough to find out who is behind the conspiracy.
It's great to see Mark Piper again, even if in print, and there are a couple of other guest appearances from other members of the crew including Chapel, Rand and Kyle - all of which add to the story. Graf also adds several characters of her own which really come to life, Leong in particular, and create a truly Classic Trek feel to the book.
The novels sweeps along without letting up for an instant with assassinations, terrorist bombings, jeopardy and a chase through the partially refitted Enterprise.
This is what Classic Trek is all about and a definite must have for any Trek library. Be sure to pick up both 'A Flag Full Of Stars' and 'Recovery' for the rest of the Lost Years saga.
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From within this setting, a plot against Starfleet from within appears. More would be telling, but mostly this is a plausible novel that actually gives a more comprehensive look at Starfleet and how the 23d century operates in the Star Trek universe than most Star Trek novels offer. I enjoyed this as a relatively quick, easy, and relaxing read, which is the real "mission" of Star Trek novels. Recommended to Star Trek aficionados.
I was "pretty sure" everything would come out "alright in the end" -- but the getting-there was *all* the fun and kept me peddling ever faster on my exercycle as I read. It's definitely of the "OMG I can't stand the excitement!" type.
I've hugely enjoyed the Lost Years books, wish there were more of them.
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