Star Trek
The Lost Era
Serpents Among the Ruins

Author: D R. George III
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6403 6
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After the disappearance of Captain James T. Kirk, and before Captain Jean-Luc Picard took the helm of the
Enterprise, the Federation and the Romulans clashed head on in a confrontation that would change the course of history... The mysterious Tomed Incident of 2311 was the Federation's definitive confrontation with the Romulan Empire. In the midst of escalating political tensions among the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Federation, Starfleet goes forward with the inaugural flight of Universe, a prototype star ship that promises to revolutionise space exploration. But the Universe experiment results in disaster, ravaging a region of space dangerously close to the Romulan Star Empire, apparently confirming suspicions that the Federation has begun testing a weapon of mass destruction...

After last month's excellent Sundered, Serpents Among the Ruins attempts to up the stakes. An attempt that it nearly succeeds in doing. As the military build-up accelerates on both sides of the Neutral Zone, Captain John Harriman of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-B, is fated for a final confrontation with his oldest enemy at a flashpoint in history - with the Beta Quadrant one wrong move from the outbreak of total war.

It's edge of the seat stuff all the way as author David R. George III takes us back to a pivotal point in Trek's previously uncharted history. His writing is fluid and engaging and you won't be able to but this book down. In fact, I read this book in half the time it usually takes me because I couldn't put it down.

While the plot and conclusion may hold few surprises, the execution is faultless and I'm already starting to think of the crew of the NCC-1701-B as familiar characters. While this series is only two books old it is already establishing itself as a series of outstanding quality.

Pete Boomer

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