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By: Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz
One year after the end of the Dominion War, the Romulan Star
Empire comes under attack by a mysterious and alarmingly
powerful enemy calling itself the Watraii, a species with
a long-standing vendetta against the Romulans. Yet though
they remain tenuously allied, the Federation, the Romulans,
and the Klingons are unready to become embroiled in another
sustained conflict, forcing Ambassador Spock, Admiral Uhura,
Admiral Chekov, Captain Saavik, and some unexpected allies
to defy their governments in order to meet the new threat
head-on. But the first blood drawn may prove to be among
the dearest of all.
Unknown to the defenders, the secret behind the Watraii's
attack is buried in Vulcan's violent ancient past, during the
time of Surak himself, when the proto-Romulans - staunch
opponents of Surak's reforms - were compelled to take their
chances among the cold and distant stars. Now Spock must
begin the first leg of a long and dangerous road to learn the
truth . . . before his hopes for the future become ashes.
It was interesting to learn about the Vulcan split that created the Romulans.
That alone was worth the price of admission.
A decent story with good characterizations.