This week I decided to review Star Trek: The Original Series: Foul Deeds will Rise by Greg Cox. When the book begins, the Enterprise-A is arriving at the Savinia system which is home to Pavak and Oyolo, two worlds that each have their own native sentient species and civilizations but whom are at war with one another. The war was sparked when Pavak, which had developed space travel first, made contact with the more hospitable, and resource-rich--but more primitive--Oyolo and negotiated a series of treaties which allowed Pavak to establish a number of mining operations and spaceport on Oyolo. However as time passed the Oyolu revolted, trying to drive the Pavakians back to their world while claiming that the Oyolu who signed the treaties had no right to do so. This led to decades of interplanetary war, and the Enterprise is scheduled to serve as the site of negotiations between the two worlds, aided by Ambassador Kevin Riley, former Enterprise crew member, and aide to Captain Kirk in the early days of Kirk’s time as an admiral. Kirk and Doctor McCoy travel to Oyolo to visit a camp of the civilian Galactic Relief Corps who are helping to rebuild areas of the planet devastated by the war. They stay for a play put on by the Relief Corps members and are shocked to discover that lead actress Lyla Kassidy is actually Lenore Karidian, who was sentenced to a psychiatric hospital twenty years before the book takes place after killing a number of people, and attempting to kill both Kirk and Riley in an attempt to eliminate anyone who could identify her father as the infamous Governor Kodos of Tarsus IV, also known as Kodos the Executioner. Lenore’s treatment was eventually ruled a success leading to her release and Kirk, who is willing to let bygones be bygones, invites her to the Enterprise though Riley is much less forgiving and not happy to see her at all. Meanwhile Spock and Scotty have been sent to Pavak to oversee the dis-assembly of the planet’s Protomatter warheads. But soon after Kirk and company return to the Enterprise, the head negotiator of the Oyolu is murdered, followed shortly thereafter by his Pavakian counterpart. While there is evidence implicating Leneore in both murders Kirk isn’t ready to condemn her without a full investigation. But when the secrets of her past are revealed to both worlds, Kirk must lead a strike team to rescue the Galactic Relief Corps members who have been taken hostage by Oyolu extremists demanding Lenore be turned over to them. And Scotty and Spock must escape Pavakian military custody after discovering a plot to steal a Protomatter warhead and use it to attack the Oyolu capital. But with Scotty and Spock too far away, and the Enterprise crippled by sabotage, only a surprising ally and a final desperate gamble stands between the warhead and millions of possible victims.
I give this book a 8.5 out of 10. The ending kept the tensions level high but was still a happy one. The story showed a great knowledge of Star Trek lore on the author’s part and there is one section of the story that I never saw coming because of how it tied to another of the original TV episodes besides The Conscience of the King which this serves as a direct sequel to. Maybe it is just me, however, but I feel that the connections to the historical events which clearly inspired the conflict between the Pavakians and the Oyolu were a little too obvious for my tastes.