Star Trek
The Lost Era
The Art of the Impossible

Author: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6405 2
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To the Cardassians, it is a point of pride; to the Klingons, a matter of honour. But the 18-year cold war between these two empires creates a vortex of politics, diplomacy and counterintelligence that will define an age, and shape the future...

What begins as a discovery that would enable the Klingon Empire to reclaim a lost piece of its past becomes a prolonged struggle with the rapidly expanding Cardassian Union, which has claimed dominion over a region of space that the Klingons hold sacred. Enter the Federation, whose desire to preserve interstellar stability leads Ambassador Curzon Dax to broker a controversial and tenuous peace - one that is not without opponents, including Lieutenant Elias Vaughn of Starfleet special ops.

But there are wheels within wheels to the drama unfolding in the Betreka Nebula. Within the shadowy rooms of the Cardassian Obsidian Order, Klingon Imperial intelligence, and even the Romulan Tal Shiar, secret scales are being balanced - and for every gain made for the sake of peace, there will be a loss.

The third book in The Lost Era series should have been a bit of a winner. The Art of the Impossible has all the ingredients for a classic tale. There are are the Klingons, the Cardassians and the chance of a good fight. But, sadly, this never really delivers what it promises.

The author seems to rely too heavily on familiar Trek territory. The House of Duras and Mogh are used as crutches to keep hardened Trek fans turning the pages. The only real exception to this was the fact that both Curzon Dax and Captain Kor are fleshed out a little more.

I applauded the previous two books in this series because of the fact that the authors were allowed to create more freely because they were using characters previously only seen briefly in the Trek franchise. This time, however I felt like we were treading all to familiar territory and that detracts from what this series originally set out to do.

Pete Boomer

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