Star Trek
Surak's Soul

Author: J.M. Dillard
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.95, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6280 7
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Alone in a violent universe, her only companions barbaric aliens,
Enterprise's science officer T'pol has gone astray. The ultimate proof: her deadly reflex reaction to a threat to her human comrades. Has she betrayed her non-violent Vulcan heritage? Or must the teachings of Surak be abandoned when the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?...

Surak's Soul examines the grey area of human preservation. The novel asks the question whether or not an entire race should be killed in order to preserve another. Not an easy decision to make when talking about two alien races, but when the race threatened with extinction could be humanity then surely that choice is simple. Or is it? With the Borg, this was a straight forward question to answer, but what if the race destroying Earth are not aware that they are doing any wrong?

There are some interesting parallels drawn between a great Vulcan teacher and Earth's Gandhi and some of this great mans teachings are used as examples throughout the text.

While the conclusion is a little on the rushed side this is still a solid, readable story. An above average read from what is turning out to be an impressive collection of stories based on the Enterprise cast and crew.

Darren Rea

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