Star Trek: The Lost Era
The Sundered

Authors: Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6401 X
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The year is 2298 and five years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk, the
USS Excelsior, commanded by captain Hikaru Sulu, is at the forefront of exploration, diplomacy, and the defence of the Federation. Unprecedented peace talks with the xenophobic Tholian Assembly trigger a deadly confrontation. Now Sulu and his crew are thrust into an unexpected conflict between the Tholians and a mysterious new enemy, the Neyel... whose origins, if revealed, could lead to war with Earth itself...

The Sundered is both well written and entertaining, which is a good start. It also sees Sulu wrestling with his conscience as he struggles to do the right thing. This book illustrates what an excellent captain Sulu would have made - dare I say to equal Kirk?

This book is also the first in a new series of books entitled The Lost Era, that charts the 70 years between Captain Kirk's disappearance and the beginning of The Next Generation. This story takes place aboard Sulu's ship and it's good to see Chekov, Rand, Chapel and Tuvok among his crew.

The Tholian threat is good, solid stuff and as Sulu takes the Excelsior into the thick of the action you can almost hear the klaxon sound for red alert.

If the rest of the series is written with as much passion and attention to detail then Pocket Books will have yet another great Star Trek line to add to its already impressive collection.

Pete Boomer

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