It's not very often that I find myself unable to put down one of these books after the obligatory two or three chapters at night but Dayton's first novel certainly required finishing despite the hour. An intriguing plot dealing with both Kirk's early and latter years and the reappearance of one or two faces from the past - nice interplay as well with one or two of the other major characters giving pointers as to their future career paths . Basis of the book is the development of rapproachment between the Klingon Empire and the Federation overshadowed by the discovery of Federation Prisoners of War previously thought dead - and compounded by their discovery being an affront to the emerging Warrior's code in the Empire. However, a unique thread running through the plot is the long-puzzled transformation of the Klingon race (60's TV budgets excepted) from smoothies to wrinklies -whilst not fully answered in the book there are enough clues scattered about to give an indication of the final answer. An excellent read, definately requires a follow-up and deserving of five stars.
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