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on 10 September 2015
This is the second book in a trilogy of stories which features a number of Star Trek entities, from ‘Next Generation’, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Voyager’ worlds. The story (and the trilogy) were written by David Mack, a prolific author in the Star Trek universe. So you know you’re in safe hands here, for continuity, characterisation and the whole Star Trek experience.
In this second book of the trilogy the action continues direct from the end of the first book, ‘Gods of Night’. The main narrative takes place in February 2381. The flashback portions tell the story of Erika Hernandez, the captain of the starship Columbia, the fate of which we saw in the first book. Hernandez’ life has taken a turn nobody could have imagined, and she is now living out the years from 1519 until she again catches up with the present day narrative of 2381. That may sound odd, but it makes sense in the context of the environment of which she has now become a part.
About two-thirds of the book seem to offer little in the way of forward motion of the narrative, with the Enterprise, Aventine and Titan starships making their own way to where they must face the biggest threat ever known – not only to the Federation, but to the Cardassians, Romulans, Klingons – every race is under direct threat from a danger that nobody really has any idea how to face. Each of the starship captains is also facing their own personal dilemmas – Picard is under threat from his past, Riker’s wife Troi is facing life and death decisions, and Dax has her own personal past to catch up with. These very personal stories, and the personal stories of the other personnel that we get to see within the Federation and with their allies, give a very ‘immediate’ emotional impact to this much larger and broader story, which is nicely balanced. It’s in the last third of the book that the action really ramps up – and what action there is. It’s all there, and I can’t imagine how all these threads can be resolved without some serious consequences in the third and final book of the trilogy, ‘Lost Souls’. I have really enjoyed this trilogy so far, and I look forward to reading the third book.