Just as the human race looks to the future, the time of another
is coming to an end. In a distant part of uncharted space
a world is dying, it's people the Dokaalan realising that
their world will soon be gone send out three unmanned probes
into the forbidding depths of space in one last desperate,
futile hope that they can be saved...
Time to Sow is set two centuries later than the events
described above. The discovery of one of these probes gives
Starfleet a convenient opportunity to send the disgraced Picard
and Enterprise on a mission that will remove them from
It is a simple assignment, locate the Dokaalan home world
and search for any remainder of their existence. However what
should have been a simple survey/ archaeological mission develops
into something much more when the Enterprise finds
a small colony of the Dokaalan still left. Against all odds
they have survived and now attempt to create a new world.
But amongst the survivors sinister goings on soon emerge as
the fragile remnants of the Dokaalan are ripped apart by sabotage
and murder, and the Enterprise has ended up right in
the middle of it - and just in time to share in the chaos.
Time to Sow is the third in the series and certainly does
no damage. Written by veteran trekkie authors Dayton Ward
and Kevin Dilmore, it is a book that smells of Next Gen.
Everything about it is just right; the scenario, the characters
everything. If this was televised it would fit in seamlessly.
the opening pages you get the sense that all is not well and
this feeling is well maintained by the authors. The pace starts
slow but when it picks up it doesn't stop. The Enterprise
is all over the place, as well as its crew, and the book manages
to mix action with subterfuge and diplomacy really, really
One minute you are on the Enterprise racing through
an asteroid field to save a colony from destruction, next
you are a shadowy agent infiltrating the Starship, then you're
somewhere else being shot at by another threat. It is this
constant change and excitement that makes this book the great
read that it is.
If you put it down, you'll be picking it up two seconds later,
and it doesn't disappoint. And, just like a two part in Next
Gen TV episode, it leaves you dismayed once the end arrives.
The ending is well timed - just as answers begin to be answered
they leave you wanting to know more.
book, despite being by different authors to the first two
in the series, manages to maintain the same atmosphere. This
is a great book, from a great series and should be read by
all Next Gen fans.
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