Star Trek
What Price Honor?

Author: Dave Stern
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99

ISBN 0 7434 6278 5
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Ensign Alana Hart is killed in unusual circumstances and as questions are raised about her death Captain Archer must also deal with another tense situation - an escalating war between two civilisations...

What Price Honor? is an immensely engaging read. The story is centred around armoury officer Malcolm Reed and the young ensign he falls in love with. The chapters alternate between the present and the past, starting with the events after the death of Alana Hart and in flashback style we witness the events that led to her sad demise.

At times this narrative is a little on the confusing side, but as we get closer to the present everything slots into place and so that the reader doesn't feel alone, Malcolm also starts to become disoriented between what is the past and what is happening 'now'.

The secondary plot regarding interplanetary war has been done before, but there is another reason for these events, other than to fill out pages while the main plot is revealed.

One problem is that the blurb on the back of the novel seems to give away a huge part of the book - detailing events which are not revealed until the last few chapters of the book. Oh, and this information is also incorrect. The person who was responsible for writing it should be taken out and shot.

While the twist ending is well signposted it is still well executed. This series is still in its infancy, but if this book is typical of the quality that we can expect in the future, then fans of the series will not be disappointed.

Darren Rea

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