The strike/lock out sure took their toll; coping with the return to work and all the backed up mail.
I've also just returned from vacation.
Yes... been a while
a Star Trek: Enterprise novel
Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
This is not a test.
Up to now, in the Start Trek universe, the Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise meant to train cadets in a no-win situation. Since Enterprise takes place before the creation of the Federation of Planets it is a real plot line for the crew of the NX-01.
The basic plot is; the Romulans have developed a weapon that allows them to take over the functions of a ship via telepresence. With this new technology they capture the Kobayashi Maru and lure the Enterprise into a trap. When the Enterprise attempts a rescue the Romulans attack using Klingon ships that they also control.
A secondary plot line involves a spy mission with Trip Tucker disguised as a Romulan scientist.
During the TV series, I really liked the romantic involvement with Trip and T'Pol so I was glad to read more about that relationship in this book.
I have to say that all these tie-in books are mostly written to fans. Since I am a fan - I liked the book. It felt like an episode of the show that was never broadcast; there is some continuation from a previous book (which I now own) and an overall arc that will take place over several more books. It can certainly be read as a stand-alone, much like any TV show but the true enjoyment comes from reading all the books in the series