Friday, February 14, 2014

Star Trek Voyager: Protectors review

This week I decided to review Star Trek Voyager: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer. The book opens with the offer to the recently resurrected Admiral Janeway to assume command of the badly damaged Project Full Circle, a fleet of quantum slipstream drive-equipped starships assigned to explore the Delta Quadrant which includes USS Voyager, is withdrawn.  She is instead ordered to return to the Alpha Quadrant on one of the Full Circle fleet’s few surviving starships while what’s left of the fleet is left to carry on their mission. Janeway undergoes evaluation by Starfleet, and must also deal with family issues involving both her family and that of one of her dead mentors, whose wife seeks to have her son and daughter-in-law declared to be unfit parents, in retaliation for the previous faking of the death of her daughter-in-law and granddaughter, an attempt to protect the granddaughter from a cult that was targeting her at the time. Meanwhile, the remnants of the Full Circle fleet respond to a distress call Voyager had received during her original journey through the Delta Quadrant which couldn’t be translated at the time. They find a number of destroyed worlds that were strip-mined to destruction and a single world containing species moved from the destroyed worlds that is dying due to the clash between various species of plants and animals now inhabiting it. They must decide how to help the world without violating the Prime Directive and eventually deal with the organization which had ordered the ancient strip-mining program. Also Voyager’s former EMH is summoned to help Axum, a former companion of Seven of Nine’s from her time in Unimatrix Zero. But then the EMH is removed from assignment to treat Axum after a faction within Starfleet becomes convinced that Axum might hold the key to treating a plague which has appeared on three Federation worlds attacked during the recent Borg invasion and Seven, accidentally linked to Axum by one of the EMH’s techniques used to treat Axum, begins experiencing visions of Axum being tortured before she is recalled by Starfleet medical as well.
I give this book a 8 out of 10. Despite the number of plots running through the book none of them feel rushed, though only two are resolved in this book. However, I find the recent trend of bringing almost every major Star Trek Character who has died back from the dead a little ridiculous. In my opinion they are going to that well far too often. Also, one of the unresolved plot lines is so ludicrous that I have trouble taking it seriously.  Still this is a very enjoyable book and I’m looking forward to where things go next, especially if my least favorite of the unresolved plot lines is dealt with quickly without turning into a running soap opera plot in space.

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