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on 4 November 2006
Presented well with some fabulous pictures of ships from the entire Star Trek genre. It is separated into seven chapters. Human Warp Flight, The Creation of a Legend, The Finest in the Fleet, Of Gods and Men, There will Always be an Enterprise, Delta Voyager, and Semper Exploro.
'Human Flight' incorporates detail 'photographs' of the early warp flight and the NX series of vessels including some fabulous pictures of Vulcan, Romulan, Tholian and Andorian vessels. It even displays the Bonaventure Class vessel depicting the transition from the Enterprise NX design to early Constitution type designs - which we are all familiar with.
The Second Chapter, 'The Creation of A Legend' is based entirely on the Original Series and Movies with excellent pictures of the Enterprise NCC 1701 from its drydock pre-launch (both 1701 and its re-fit) to battles scenes against the Klingons, Romulans, the Planet Killer and the 'Daystrom massacre' with a fantastic saucer and battle section battle scene against some Klingon Cruisers.
'The Finest in the Fleet' is orientated around the Next Generation with a great picture of the Calypso (Captain's Yacht) being launched from the Saucer module - something a true Star Trek fan always wanted to see! It has pictures of Nebula Class vessels (USS Ranger), The Intrepid Captain's Yacht in mid-flight, Constellation Class (USS Stargazer), Enterprise-C and D battling against the Klingons, Utopia Planetia, Starbase 29, Excelsior class vessels and the USS Altair (Altair class).
'Of Gods Men' depicts the voyages and adventures of the Defiant and Deep Space Nine. It also answers the question of what happened to the Columbia NX. It displays imaginative battle scenes - Federation and Allies fighting against the Dominion and the Breen.
'There will always be an Enterprise' depicts the voyages of the Enterprise - E from First Contact to Nemesis - nothing special here though - a couple of pictures, all of which, have been seen before.
'Delta Voyager' is what is being described - the Voyages of Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Some excellent pictures of battles with the Borg, Species 8472 and the crash landing of Voyager on the Ice Planet. It also has pictures of the Prometheus and Voyager's final battle with the Borg in full armour.
The Final Chapter, 'Semper Exploro' has probably the best picture of all, all seven Enterprise vessels and shuttle craft orbiting a base/platform above Earth. A surprise picture of a future Enterprise (possibly F if not G) is also included.
So why is it slightly disappointing? Well, though the pictures are good, there is simply little commentary. Some of the commentary that accompanies the pictures are quotes from famous philosophers or politicians and others are just purely based from that time line within the series. Commentaries are no longer than 8 small sentences and they seemed to be just slotted in with little elaboration. Furthermore, there is little in Chapters 5 and 7 - seven pictures in all - so very disappointing.
I would recommend this book to all true Star Trek fans however, beware, it is indeed light reading ;)