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on 5 February 2015
I want to start by echoing what a couple of other reviewers have said - I can't understand why this book has got so many good reviews. As a hard core Star Trek fan, proud owner of over 330 novels (3/4 of which I have actually read) and all the episodes of TOG, TNG, DS9 and Voyager, as well as all the films, I do like to think I know my Trek. So you can imagine my disappointment when I started this book.
Diane Duane's books have always been hard-going for me; I find her over-use of description trying to say the least and this book is no exception. In fact in my opinion she surpasses herself with pages upon pages of, quite frankly, useless description. At the risk of spoiling this for others, she dedicates an entire chapter to how the physical planet of Vulcan was created. This is great for astronomy/astrophysics students, perhaps, but not for a work of fiction that is supposed to be entertainment! Then there is the silly 'mixer' party that is supposed to be a way for all crew to catch up with each other before a new mission. To be blunt this is pointless and lends nothing to the story. Or as my dear, late, grandfather would call it - padding!
I also found her characterization all wrong. Most TOG fans have loved the love/hate relationship that goes on between Spock and McCoy and most of the Trek authors have been able transfer that to the books with no bother at all. But Ms Duane has McCoy all but openly antagonizing Spock during an officer's briefing, and as for Kirk - she has him positively gushing at his crew.
In a nutshell by the time I got to page 88 I'd found only about 6 pages that were actually related to the story itself. It was at this point I could take no more and gave up. I couldn't finish the book which is incredibly rare for me and needess to say I will not be keeping it.