Thursday, January 16, 2014

Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms Review

This week I decided to review Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms by Dayton Ward. At the end of the previous book Admiral Riker had requested that Captain Picard and the Enterprise seek out evidence of the true identities of the group behind the assassination of Federation President Bacco early in the miniseries after they discovered that the acting Federation president is deliberately covering up the true identities of the assassins, and his Chief of Staff was arrested and sent to a hidden prison for misuse of his powers after being implicated in the plot by one of the assassins shortly before the assassin’s death. Doctor Crusher is then contacted by a Cardassian doctor she has known for years who claims he has discovered secret information about the acting president. Information the acting president is willing to go to any lengths necessary to keep concealed. The story then becomes a three-way race against time as Doctor Crusher and allies seek to find evidence to confirm the truth about the acting President, the Enterprise seeks to rescue Doctor Crusher's party while evading attacks from Starfleet special forces trying to prevent the truth from coming out, and Admiral Riker and his allies on Earth seek to find the former Chief of Staff and keep him alive long enough to face trial. There are also a number of flashbacks back to the darkest days of the acting President's past, a time he is willing to kill as many as it takes to keep buried.
I give this book an 8.5 out of 10. I enjoyed the combination of present scenes and flashbacks to the past. While the acting president’s secret was similar to one of my personal theories regarding him it was different enough to be an interesting twist, and there weren't any tragic events that seemed added for the sole purpose of making the novel darker. I loved the implications of the end of the miniseries for the Star Trek novel franchise even though I believe they imply that my favorite running subseries in the franchise is finished.

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