Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Report #106 - The Edge by Rudy Josephs, a Starfleet Academy novel

Book 30 of 52
Page count - 249

At last a story with a believable plot.

According to Wikipedia and Memory Alpha this is the second book in the series.  However, it reads like the first one. I guess that publishing has the same kinds of pressures as broadcast TV can have, where they feel compelled to release stories out of order.

In any case, this was the only book in the series that treated the characters like cadets and did not allow them to venture out of believable circumstances.  In this novel we find some students are prepared to take dangerous chances in order to compete and excel in the grueling environment of the academy.

In the 2009 movie, we see Kirk meet McCoy for the first time on the shuttle that takes them to the academy.  The film then cuts to "three years later," ignoring their time there completely.  In this book we get to see what happened the moment they stepped off the shuttle. We are also treated to see the major characters' first personal encounters with each other.

Leonard McCoy is central to this book, which makes me very happy since he's my favorite character from the movies.

This is the book that makes me wonder why the whole series could not have been structured this way.

NOTE - Unfortunately there is no web presence for this author. 

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