Star Trek
Deep Space Nine
The Left Hand of Destiny
Book One

Authors: J.G. Hertzler & Jeffrey Lang
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 671 78493 5
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Under the weighty mantle of chancellor, General Martok led the forces of the empire to victory in the final Allied assault against the Dominion. Now, with Worf at his side as the newly appointed Federation ambassador to Qo'noS, Martok at last is coming home, bringing with him the hope of a bright new future for his people. But his return is met by treachery and upheaval. A usurper to the Imperial Throne has arisen - one who won't be satisfied until Martok is dead...

The Left Hand of Destiny is set shortly after the events that unfolded at the end of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV series. General Martok looks to be in trouble when a growing collective of Klingons decide that they would rather follow another Klingon who feels that Martok is not the man to lead the Klingon Empire into a new era.

Unfortunately this now not only means that Martok's life is in danger, but also that of Worf's and his son Alexander.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the fact that the opening chapter is concerned solely with one of general Martok's dreams. I was at a loss to see why this was included - especially as it was so long - other than to pad out space.

Another annoying problem was the fact that the writers, on more than one occasion speak down to the reader. In places this made it feel like a child's book - but thankfully there wasn't too much of this throughout the novel.

On the plus side, fans of Worf, and Klingons in general, are in for a treat. But, on the whole fans will be disappointed. Let's hope volume two is more engaging.

Pete Boomer

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