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In 2151, during the time of Johnathan Archer and the TV series Enterprise, a probe was found by the Vulcans. This probe was a distress call from a far flung planet that was suffering planet-wide seismic events that threatened to destroy it completely. It was discovered that the probe had been in space for 38 years. The Vulcans decided to to nothing about it since the events plaguing that world would have already taken place and there would be no rescue to mount.
Fast forward two hundred years to the days of the Enterprise-E, with Starfleet wanting to keep Picard out of the way, they are sent to explore the region to see what evidence they can find of the inhabitants of this poor world. They discover the planet had indeed been destroyed but were surprised to find the survivors had migrated to, and created a sustainable society, in the asteroid belt of the system.
Since the Dokaalan people had sent the distress call Picard initiated first contact with them. A crisis occurs while they are there and the Enterprise manages to rescue over 400 Dokaalans which goes a long way to enable the trust of the leadership.
This is classic Star Trek; exploring strange new worlds. It takes a while to discover that there is some internal strife going on that threaten the crew. This is a story that takes place over two books so I don't recommend reading A Time To Sow without having A Time To Harvest close by.
I really liked this first installment. I grabbed the second book without pause and just kept on reading.
|Dayton Ward (left) and Kevin Dilmore (right)|