Star Trek
I.K.S. Gorkon
A Good Day to Die - Book 1

Author: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Pocket Books
.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 5714 5
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These are the voyages of the Klingon defence force vessel I.K.S. Gorkon. It's mission: To explore strange new worlds... to seek out new life and new civilisations... and to conquer them for the greater glory of the Klingon Empire...

Now this is an interesting concept, and one that should have been looked into years ago. A new slant on the Star Trek Universe, and one that will appeal to most fans - take the Trek Universe we all know, but look at it from the point of view of the flagship of the Klingon Empire and its crew.

It is around six months after the events that unfolded in Deep Space Nine's final screen episode, What You Leave Behind, and Captain Klag and the crew of the new Chancellor class Klingon vessel Gorkon venture into the unexplored Kavrot Sector, they stumble upon a strange planet populated by the Children of San-Tarah, a powerful warrior culture, who offer Klag a challenge he cannot refuse. The Gorkon crew and the San-Tarah will engage in several martial contests. If the Klingons lose, they will go and never trouble the planet again - but if they are victorious, the San-Tarah will cede themselves to the Empire and Klag will have single-handedly conquered an entire world.

Okay, not the most original of premises, but it serves its purpose well to allow us to be eased into this series - although readers of the Diplomatic Implausibility (TNG) and The Brave and the Bold novels will already have met Klag and his trusty crew. It's hard not to warm to the main characters - although I have some concern that it won't be long before the writers of this series start to humanise the them as the TV writers did with the Ferrengi (Quark, Nog and Rom) and the Cardassians (Garek). Once you have regular characters, you can't help but do this and it may take away some of the mystery surrounding the Klingons.

Having said that, I am really looking forward to seeing how this promising series evolves. It has very encouraging beginnings.

Ray Thompson

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