centuries after the destruction of their planet the Dokaalan
struggled to survive among the asteroids that became their
new home. They were not a species prone to giving in and amid
the hardship of their people they have begun an ambitious
project to terra form an entire planet to become a new permanent
home. However the lives of the Dokaalan have been jeopardised
by the secretive activities of a group of aliens. Using a
mixture of stealth and sabotage this alien menace have subverted
the terra forming efforts of the Dokaalan and endangered their
existence. For if the plan to turn the planet into a new habitat
go awry the Dokaalan will be left stranded among the asteroids,
dependent upon the radiation...
The follow up to A Time to Sow, A Time to Harvest
is an impressive effort. The authors have perfectly blended
tragedy and success to play with the emotions of the reader.
In order to save the Dokaalan Picard and the Enterprise must
overcome the multitude of obstacles of the harsh Dokaalan
environment. It soon becomes apparent that rather than help
the Dokaalan the Enterprise may have been used to hinder them
- used like a pawn in a cosmic game of extinction or survival.
This realisation brings Picard face to face with an old adversary
and leads to the realisation that saving one people may destroy
As the story unfolds it reveals well crafted characters and
a well thought out series of events that actually surprised
me. There wasn't a happy and clean ending everything didn't
turn out perfect as I expected as seems to happen in a lot
of Star trek fiction. One moment I was lulled into a false
sense of security by the flirtations of two crew members fully
expecting some happy connection between the two only for this
peaceful moment to be ripped apart by a double murder.
authors made me feel attached to the characters and this worked
excellently with the way the book presented me with the answers
but the characters with little or none. A tried and tested
technique but was kept fresh by the way the authors blended
in those little moments of surprise and tragedy to keep me
It is an excellent book and there isn't a simple conclusion,
there are no genuine 'bad guys' and by the end you realise
that the enemy are just the same as the Dokaalan just using
different methods to survive.
book is a strong addition and a must have for all Next Gen
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