April 2013 Cover Image
- 342 Pages
By: Greg Cox
| The Ephrata Institute is an intellectual
think tank at the outer fringes of the final frontier. Dedicated to
the arts and sciences, the Institute seems an unlikely target for an invasion,
but it proves easy pickings when the Crusade comes from beyond, determined
to impose its harsh, unbending Truth on all the worlds of the Federation.
Armed with weaponized gravity, the alien Crusaders will stop at nothing to
rescue the universe from its myriad beliefs . . . even if it means warping
the mind and soul of every sentient being they encounter.
Responding to an urgent distress signal, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew
of the U.S.S. Enterprise soon find themselves in conflict with the Crusade,
and facing individual challenges. When Kirk and Spock are transported
to the Crusade's distant homeland to confront the source of the invasion,
Sulu finds himself trapped behind enemy lines, while Lieutenant Uhura is
faced with possibly the most difficult decisions of her career.
As the Crusade sets its sights beyond Ephrata IV, it is up to the Enterprise
and its besieged crew to keep freedom of thought from being crushed beneath
the weight of worlds!
Why does the Federation always build these "think tanks" at the edge of known
space? Does it really make sense to do that? They're usually full of almost
helpless scientists and they only have the barest of defenses to protect
them. It would be like the United States putting its most vulnerable scientists
in a building sitting on the Iran border. Hellooooo.... This is just craziness!
You put those types of people in a very protected place in the middle of
your country where it's almost impossible for invaders to get to.
Anyway . . . I realize the author did this so that help was not close by
and to propel his story forward but I think a new way is needed to get a story
going. It makes the Federation look weak with the most idiotic planners in
Anyway, despite this criticism I actually did enjoy the story. It kept
my interest as this author knows how to write the familiar Trek characters.