Amazingly and against all odds the crew of the Enterprise-E
managed to avert a war between the Federation and the Klingon
empire: a war that would have torn the quadrant apart. This
is only the beginning for the crew as soon bigger problems
Will Riker is missing presumed dead or captured, and the deposed
leader Kinchawn leads a deadly rebel force determined to exact
the highest possible price of the Federation and Tezwan civilians
alike. This is not the only one of Kinchawns goals as he also
seeks to put the Federation back on the war path with the
Klingon Empire. This leaves Picard and his fellow crew to
face determined and deadly insurgents, whose goals they don't
fully understand, on a hostile and war torn planet. Whilst
the leaders of the Federation play a deadly game of politics
that, if it fails, the price will be too huge to calculate.
Time to Heal is a brilliant book. The author David Mack
excellently captures the sense of a world torn apart by war.
The parallels between what occurs in the book and the events
that occur daily in Iraq are astounding. Whether this is coincidence
or an attempt by the author to capitalise on the views everyone
must have on Iraq is speculation...
The greatest thing the author does is create a sense of unease.
There is a lot of death in this book. It is very dark and
this is very well suited to the situations. You don't really
know what may happen next. People, often small characters
that you get to know in the previous books, die - a lot of
was left questioning the motives of those in power in the
Federation. The scale of the death and carnage was more reminiscent
of the Dominion wars. A down side is that the book not only
parallels real world events but is quite similar to the predecessors,
A Time to Love and A Time to Hate. Both set
on a world torn apart. But this time the author captures the
mood perfectly. It does feel unstable, there aren't a lot
of good and happy moments, It is a dark book. More late DS9
than Next Generation.
the down side, the plot-line with Section 31 and Azernal was
more unbelievable than believable. The ending however does
not disappoint- It is the best book of the series.
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