Each book so far, has taken individual characters out of their usual environment and entangled them into a specific culture that has been at odds with the Federation. So far we've scrapped with the Breen, the Gorn and now the Romulans.
There are really two stories here; first, Spock is still on Romulus still trying to re-unify Vulcans and Romulans. This was established in the TNG television shows and makes for a nice transition to the book. The other plot line follows Benjamin Sisko as he continues to struggle to define his life and move on from his experiences in the Celestial Temple.
Both these plot lines happen at the same time as the Romulan Empire tries to avoid a civil war.
By the end of the book I have acquired a deeper understanding of the Romulan culture which will help underpin future novels.
To be honest, I'm a fan of Star Trek, but I find myself wondering how big a geek I really am. I read these books to try and recapture a bit of the sense of wonder and excitement I got from the television shows. This series definitely pushes our characters forward and it is those Federation characters I come to the books for. I am less interested in the political structures of every bad guy we've encountered.
That said it just means the series is not my cup of tea - it is not a reflection of the author's ability to write an interesting story. In each case so far, I've wished I was following the story from the bridge of a Federation ship but I've always come away feeling like the universe has been made richer for it. I just personally find it a bit of a slog to get through.
|David R. George III|