As the Federation and the Klingon Empire continue to spiral
to all out war, the deaths of Sam Fuller and Jon Anderson,
on the abortive attack against Starbase 42, inextricably
links the lives of Sam's father, Jon's lover and the Klingon
Karel. With tensions rising, the Enterprise is refitted
as a war ship and Ambassador Robert Fox's mediations seem
destined to fail...
initial reaction to the book was not good. The prologue, whilst
adequately setting the scene, is arguably overly melodramatic.
Fuller appears to have fought hundred of battles on hundreds
of worlds in only a twenty-five year career and you get the
feeling that either the character has got to be one of the
unluckiest security officers in Starfleet - to have gotten
into a battle every six to eight weeks - or that the whole
tone of the book is going to be over the top.
I know it sounds like nit-picking but if you don't grab the
attention of the average reader in the first few pages then
you are likely to loose them. If you can get past the prologue
(in fact just skip it, Sam is dead, his father is sad) then
you will be rewarded with what is actually a very good book,
which subtly examines the themes of heroism and honour. The
characters rather than being black and white stereotypes have
secrets and motivations which I am sure will be further examined
in the subsequent two novels.
of the problems with trilogies is that they are akin to a
three act play. The main task of the first book is mainly
to introduce the characters and set the scene. The danger
here is that it can all be a little dull; it is good to report
that there is no shortage of action, as Fuller remembers his
first personal encounter with the Klingons at the battle of
Donatu V twenty-five years before.
proof of any book, that forms a series, is: would you want
to read the next one? Not only do I look forward to book 2
of Errand of Fury, I am intrigued enough to seek out
Kevin Ryan's first trilogy Errand of Vengeance and
give that a whirl. So, buy it, read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy
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