When the small and technologically insignificant planet
of Tezwa declares itself sovereign over a nearby Klingon colony
it appears a suicidally futile endeavour. However unknown
to the galaxy, unknown even to most of the people on the planet;
the Tezwan threat may not be as empty as it seems...
was a setting for a devastating trap, planned by the Federation
during the darkest days of the dominion war. Cataclysmically
powerful Federation made space artillery, was placed on the
planet on the border between the Federation and Klingon Empire,
in direct violation of the Khitomer accord, jeopardising the
volatile peace between the two superpowers. Now the militaristic
Tezwan government plans to use the artillery to expand its
influence. Knowing full well that the Federation cannot let
the planet fall to any Klingon reprisal lest the truth outs
about the true origin of Tezwan's artillery. If this does
happen the entire Alpha quadrant will be plunged into a devastating
war. So when then Klingons launch a fleet to invade Tezwan
the entire future of the Federation requires the Enterprise-E
to single -handedly take the entire planet of Tezwan and avert
the end of the Federation
Time To Kill is a very good read. It starts off with an
explosive beginning and keeps the action up for the majority
of the book. As the plot unfolds, it does feel more Tom Clancy
than Next Gen at times.
book also capitalises on the good work, already revealed in
the previous books, in relation to the feelings of the crew,
Will Riker and Beverly Crusher. The author, David Mack, uses
many smaller characters to look at the plot through a variety
of perspectives and this angle works well. Although it does
get a little confusing as to who is who after a while. Worf
makes a welcome appearance. The DS9 influence doesn't
end there however, as those shifty guys from Section 31 make
time on Qo'noS is welcome, but there doesn't seem enough diversity
in the book. It is too centred around the events planet-side.
While this may sound boring or stifling, it is actually pretty
well done. It is so different from any other thing I've read
in the series so far, and that that made it all the more enjoyable.
It is also well complemented by the intriguing subplots involving
all of the political hijinks at the head of the Federation
- as they desperately try to keep the truth from all sides,
especially the Klingons. All the while you wonder what the
involvement of section 31 will bring to the story.
thing the book does well is contrast the relationship between
Picard and Crusher and also that between Deanna Troi and Will
Riker. It keeps up the pace, and the reader's interest throughout
the whole of its 338 pages. A definite 'must have' for all
fans of the series.
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