Captain James T Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise
have finally gone their separate ways. Spock, McCoy, Sulu
and the others are spread across the galaxy, pursuing their
own individual destinies - until an interstellar crisis touches
all their lives...
with retirement, and ill-suited to teaching at Starfleet Academy,
Kirk jumps at the chance to help his young nephews colonise
an uninhabited planet in a distant corner of the Alpha Quadrant.
He even manages to persuade Scotty and Chekov to come along
for the ride.
Kirk soon discovers that the hardy human colonists are not
alone on the planet they call Sanctuary. An alien race, of
whom little is known, has also established an outpost on Sanctuary
- for its own mysterious reasons. Suspicious, Kirk investigates,
only to discover a terrifying threat that strikes at the security
of the entire Federation.
Orion syndicate, a greedy pirate organisation, claims it wants
to join the Federation, but is in reality seeking to undermine
it and its power and menace are well described in the book
- you believe this is a bad bunch with bad things on their
minds. The principal action surrounding Kirk and the events
on Sanctuary moves along at a brisk pace and we also get to
follow the exploits of Sulu and his ship when it intervenes
in a major interstellar war. Spock and Uhuru come to the rescue
in a Klingon ship, dispatched by Klingon Chancellor Azebur
in repayment of a blood debt, but as the war starts to escalate
it becomes clear that time is running out for the Federation.
Last Roundup is well written and wholly involving making
it one of the better Star Trek novels. It would also
have made a very good movie although the actors from the original
cast are far too old to be saving the galaxy again on the
big screen. But in book form you can forget the wigs and beer
guts - almost.
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