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By: Diane Duane
At last, the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire
have agreed to meet on neutral ground to attempt to resolve the tangle
of intrigue and conspiracy that began with the hijacking of the U.S.S.
Intrepid many years ago - but the meeting may be as dangerous
as the war they hope to avoid.
As a show of good faith, the crew of the legendary Starship Enterprise
has been ordered to attend the talks. In their informal charge is Romulan
renegade Ael, the wanted fugitive who, with Kirk, served as a catalyst
of the current troubles. Kirk must represent the interests of the Federation
first and foremost, but the best approach to an agreement
remains muddled in the ever-shifting Romulan order.
And the visiting Romulan party is as fractious and divided as their troubled
world. Among the Romulan nobles in attendance are the hero and popular
Senator Arrhae, who secretly helped rescue Dr. Leonard McCoy from a
Romulan execution, and the very men and women who put McCoy on
trial for treason - and tried to carry out the sentence.
As Kirk and crew attempt to renegotiate a delicate peace, and Romulans
attempt to restore their tarnished honor, it becomes increasingly apparent
that their only course of action is to prepare for war!
This book was a bit more interesting than the last one,
but still not as good as most Trek books these days.
Diane Duane knows her characters and knows how to write Trek,
but it's just not a very interesting story. Sorry Diane!
It says "To be continued . . ." on the last page!