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By: Dayton Ward
Delicate peace talks between the Federation and the Klingon
Empire become complicated when Captain Kirk discovers that
Starfleet prisoners of war are being held captive on a remote
jungle planet. Now, with the unexpected assistance of an old
adversary, Kirk embarks on a daring rescue mission, knowing that
if he fails, the Federation will deny all knowledge
of his intentions.
But powerful forces within the Klingon government are
determined to keep the shameful secret of the hostages'
existence, even if it means obliterating every last trace of the
prisoners -- and anyone who comes to save them!
Wow! What a great story!
Dayton Ward obviously knows the Star Trek characters well,
and he's written a story that's true to the original series.
(And finally, a novel that's not in a series, but a stand alone story!)
This story takes place after the events of the 5th movie but before
the events of the 6th, which is a time frame not usually chosen.
It deals with the transformation of the Klingons from what we saw
in the original series (ie. brutal, almost lawless Klingons)
to what we saw in the movies and TNG (Klingons with a code of honor.)
That's something that has bothered me since 1987 when TNG began:
The Klingons I was used to were a brutal bunch,
without any code of honor at all, and here was this new Trek series
showing us Klingons with honor and family loyalties.
How did this happen?
Where did this new type of Klingon come from?
Dayton Ward has given us a glimpse
of how this transformation came about.
A well written story that held my interest from first page to last.
I highly recommend it!
Trivia: This is the last novel that Pocket Books decided to number.
Too bad . . . they were so close to 100. They should have waited
and produced a special book for the 100th and made a big deal of it
and charged double the price as a "Special 100th Novel."
OK, wait a minute . . . that's not such a good idea. *smile*