Star Trek
Homecoming - Book One

Author: Christie Golden
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6754 X
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After seven long years in the Delta Quadrant, the crew of the Starship Voyager must now confront the strangest world off all: home. While the return means reunions with long-lost loved ones, for some, such as the Doctor and Seven of Nine, it brings the added challenge of forging new lives in a Federation that seems to hold little place for them. But as Janeway and her crew go their separate ways a mysterious cybernetic plague strikes Earth, transforming innocent people into a new generation of Borg, and it looks like Voyager may be to blame...

Hurrah! Thank God this has finally been tackled! I came away from the final episode of Voyager a little miffed! For seven long years we had been behind the crew as they fought tooth and nail to traverse the vast distance from the Delta Quadrant back to Earth. And what happens in the last episode? "The Earth! Hooray! We made it! The End - roll credits!"

Now, thanks to Homecoming, we get to see how the ex-Marquis members of Voyager integrate back into the Federation; how Janeway becomes an Admiral (events already revealed in Nemesis; and how she reacts when reunited with Mark and his wife.

There is also something strange about Harry's girlfriend. Why is she so willing to renew their romantic involvement on Starfleet's orders? And why is it that Seven of Nine quickly alienates a crowd who are gathering to welcome her home?

Homecoming could have been a real dog's dinner if it had been rushed, but thankfully it is being spread over two novels. The first builds the tension in just the right way. We want to see the crew home and settling into their new surroundings, we don't want to see them rush out on a new adventure like they never moved on and this helps to add a certain amount of credibility to the characters and the show we grew to love over seven years.

If the second novel is only half as good as this, then it will still be a must read.

Amber Leigh

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