Doing something different today folks. Gonna talk about a book I just read, which is truly a first for me. Warning-minor spoilers.
I saw the description of this book and just had to check it out. Why? It was a crossover featuring Kirk and Seven of Nine!! Only in a book could this be possible, and I was intrigued!
Time Like The Past was written by Greg Cox who has written lots of Star
Trek stuff. So what is the plot? A diplomatic mission is interrupted by
some Orion pirates, and Kirk stumbles across a youg woman named Anika.
This is Seven, who years in the future and many light years
away had stumbled onto an odd artifact with the Voyager crew. In a
flash Seven of Nine found her self with Kirk and the crew of the
Enterprise. How did she get there? How can she get home? And what she
should tell them about the future, if anything?
What a great premise! Does it deliver? Yes...and no!
is a lot of good in this book. The mystery around how Seven got into
the past is very well done. It involves Kirk and the crew helping her to
find the answers on different planets and put the pieces together. It's
a good mystery and the characterizations feel strong. The characters
act as they should and having Seven with Kirk and co actually works. I
have read lots of Star Trek books
where the characters don't feel like Kirk and co at all and here the
feel is right. Of course along the way they debate what Seven should or
should not reveal about the future, which is Star Trek at its best.
There are also many callbacks to classic episodes which staid true to
the original episodes while expanding on them very effectively. For the
first 1/3 of the book I was hooked in and enjoying it.
What was so bad then? I don't want to give to much away but some of the scenes run a bit
to long. And then the mystery which is really cool gets stopped cold
for a very long space battle with the Orions. At this point the
crossover kind of fades away and it just becomes a story of Kirk and the
Enterprise fighting the space pirates. It is to long, Seven nearly disappears from the story, and quite frankly this has no impact on the main story aside from holding
it off for a few chapters. I skimmed most of it and missed NOTHING.
There is also a traitor in the story who was bloody OBVIOUS.
few other gripes. The Voyager crew basically get a glorified cameo and
that is a shame. I mean The Enterprise crew are there and all get
something to do, why treat the Voyager crew like they were secondary
characters? I mean would a chapter or two back with them discussing the
situation from their point of view
been so bad? Finally, the solution to the mystery was satisfying but
the ending itself was kind of...well, let's just say I wasn't thrilled
with how it ended. There was a lot of things Cox could have done and
instead he took the safest way out.
So should you check it out?
If you were a fan of Kirk or Seven of Nine than yes. There are some
fantastic scenes between the characters. It's a crossover that makes no
sense but the story works by focusing more on the characters then the
action. It's also a pretty breezy read even if the book is a bit long.
It just came out so feel free to pick it up or download it. These days
good Star Trek books are hard to come by.
Let me know if you liked this and maybe I will try it again sometime.