a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares
to launch its first warp 5 vessel - Daedalus. Propelled by
a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp
field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last
put the stars within mankind's reach. But, on the eve of her
maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker
III - "Trip" to his friends - discovers a flaw in
Daedalus's design. Despite Trip's concerns, the ship launches
on schedule. And, as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in
a catastrophic ion cascade reaction, killing all aboard...
concerned with the events that unfold for Trip 15 years after
the Daedalus disaster. Now serving as the chief engineer
aboard Enterprise, Trip is still haunted by the memories
of the accident.
When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving it helpless
before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship
- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate
rescue attempt, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront
the ghosts of Daedalus once again.
thoughts of the NASA Challenger and Colombia
accidents spring instantly to mind, I suppose these were also
at the forefront of Dave Stern's mind too when he penned this
novel. But, worry not. This is not an angst ridden story on
how we should keep pushing for the stars no matter what the
cost. No, thankfully this steers fairly well clear of that
admits that writing this book was not easy. Thankfully that
doesn't come across in the writing. But, this
is the first in a two part story and to be honest there is
barely enough to keep the reader engaged for one book, let
alone two. We'll see what they pull out of the bag for the
second book, but it's not looking too promising.
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