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By: Susan Wright
Book #1 of 7
Scattered throughout the galaxy are Gateways capable of transporting
matter and energy across unfathomable distances. Left behind by a
long-vanished civilization, these mysterious portals offer a means of
exploration - or conquest - many times faster than warp travel. The
technology responsible for the Gateways has been lost for at least ten
millennia, but that doesn't mean it can't be found again . . .
Having defeated the hostile computer program guarding an abandoned
Kalandon outpost, Kirk and his crew are exploring the artificial
planetoid in hopes of discovering the secret of an ancient apparatus
that hurled the Starship Enterprise over nearly a thousand light-
years. Unfortunately, the reactivated Gateway has attracted the
attention - and avarice - of various alien explorers, including a
mysterious race who claim to be none other than the enigmatic
There are 7 novels in this series, each with a semi-unique story.
They all involve the Gateway but each deals
with different characters in the Star Trek universe.
Since only books 1,2 and 7 deal with original series characters,
these are the only books reviewed here.
Remember the original series episode with the Kalandan named Losira?
Well, this book continues that story - literally.
The prologue is, in fact, the last few moments of that episode, word for word.
Then chapter #1 continues the very next moment in the story.
As I have said before in these reviews, I enjoy books that continue
original series episodes, and this is no exception.
The story and characters are well written and it holds your interest well.
My only complaint is the way the story ends, or rather, doesn't end.
Each book has a "cliff-hanger" ending that will be resolved
in the final book in the series.
Update: Books 1 through 6 were published in paperback,
but Pocket Books has decided to dig into our pockets even more
by publishing the final book in hardcover.
What a rotten thing to do!
There is no reason to publish the last book in hardcover
except to take more of our money so I've decided
not to buy the final book until it's published in paperback.
That means I have to wait a year or so but there's so many
other Trek novels to read that I can wait.
Sometimes you just have to take a stand.