Friday, January 3, 2014

Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice Review

This week I decided to review Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow The novel opens with the USS Titan under Captain William Riker being recalled to Earth. Riker is promoted to the admiralty because the Commanding Admiral of Starfleet finds himself needing someone he can trust after a betrayal in the previous book. Then Tuvok finds himself assigned to a covert mission to a highly illegal Klingon prison with some surprising allies. Meanwhile William Riker’s former First Officer finds herself assigned to command a medical ship while carrying out secret work for William Riker and his allies which leads to signs of a dark conspiracy within the Federation manipulating recent events.
 I give this book 7.5/10. While still showing the high ranks of Federation politics as far too un-idealistic for my tastes given the core themes of the Star Trek setting the re-appearance of a favorite minor Star Trek Character of mine whom most people including me believed had been killed off screen helps balance it out, and the ending of this book is much less depressing than the ending of the previous book in The Fall arc in my opinion.  

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