Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
Date: December 2003
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SF/TV Tie-in [year 2153]
Rachel A Hyde
By Dave Stern
far, books set during the fifth incarnation of the classic series
have been few and far between so it is good to find a new one, and
a two-parter at that. This tale focuses on the character of Trip,
and we learn a little about his past, as well as how he is tried
and tested under exacting conditions. Thirteen years previously
he was one of the team working on the ill-fated ship Daedalus, the
first ship capable of a warp-5 speed. Prior to its maiden voyage
he discovered a problem, but the flight still went ahead with disastrous
consequences – it exploded, killing all aboard including his
mentor, the brilliant Brodesser. Now, a captured Suliban vessel
brings it all back again as Trip attempts to analyse its construction.
Soon events take a strange turn when a planet with a supposedly
pre-warp civilization turns out to be rather more advanced, and
Trip and Hoshi find themselves taking part in a war that seems to
have nothing to do with them. Or does it?
This is an exciting and
entertaining tale with quite a few surprises in store for the reader;
the strongest entry yet in the series of novels based on Enterprise.
In a series that can perhaps be faulted for not having enough main
characters, it is inevitable that most of the people in this story
are not from the ship. Here it is played to advantage as Trip and
Hoshi meet some interesting new aliens and if this had been an episode
it would have been a particularly strong one. I, for one, look forward
to an equally suspenseful conclusion to this adventure.