This becomes a two-perspective story switching from the actions of the away team trying to free the ship from the anomaly and the crew of the da Vinci coping with the attack while being led by an inexperienced officer.
Through the action the authors keep injecting moments of humor that serve to break the tension for the reader and the characters in the story. This kind of self-deprecating interaction is easily achieved among people with exceptional abilities and strikes a note of realism that I very much enjoyed.
I'm not sure if David Mack has read these stories although I feel he must have. There is a scene at the end of the story that was lifted and inserted into the end of Star Trek: Destiny. I do know that these three authors have worked extensively together so I'm pretty sure this kind of thing is more a tip of the hat then a lift. It's a form of compliment among authors.
In any case this story was very satisfying and I recommend anything written by Ward and/or Dilmore.
|Dayton Ward (Captain) and Kevin Dilmore (Navigation)|
|Cover of the omnibus collection|