Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Report #27 - Kobayashi Maru

Hmm... been a while.

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

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