Friday, June 6, 2014

Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star review

This week I decided to review Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star by David R. George III. When the book begins, Captain John Harriman of the USS Enterprise-B and Lieutenant Demora Sulu have stumbled upon a temporal anomaly linking multiple universes while fleeing Romulan space after an intelligence gathering operation. They find their way back to their proper universe and return to their ship. The story then skips forward almost sixteen years. Demora is now captain of the Enterprise while Harriman has been promoted to admiral. The Enterprise stumbles across a world that was devastated and is now suffering an apparent nuclear winter. While investigating the world, a number of crew members, including Captain Sulu, find themselves trapped after passing through a one way portal to another universe. The nature of the portal allows communication to pass through and Captain Sulu orders her crew to contact Admiral Harriman for assistance in a plan to return home. However, while scouting the area around where the portal transported them, Captain Sulu is shocked to discover the remains of an escape pod belonging to the USS Excelsior, her father’s command, which vanished with all hands a decade before the Enterprise discovered the portal world. And Admiral Harriman must contend with a Tzenkethi fleet which has arrived and claims the system with the portal belongs to them.
I give this book a 7.5 out of 10. There really wasn't much wrong with it but it just didn’t grab my focus or entertain me enough to be rated higher, though I felt that reading it wasn’t a waste of time. Also I was hoping to learn more about the Tzenkethi but they have much less to do with the plot than the description of the book on the back implies. And I question whether making the lost ship that first discovered the portal Excelsior was just an excuse to add a few pages related to the relationship between the two Captain Sulus, and it felt a little too cliche at points. 

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