Star Trek
The Lost Era
Well of Souls

Author: Ilsa J Bick
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6375 7
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For 12 years, she was captain of the Federation's flagship. But while her exploits as commander of the USS Enterprise NCC-1791-C are legend, little has been revealed about Rachel Garrett, her vessel, or the unusual men and women of her crew. Until now...

After last months mildly disappointing The Art of the Impossible, the fourth book in the Lost Era series sees a spectacular return to form. Garrett, you may remember, made an appearance in the Next Generation television series in the episode Yesterday's Enterprise. Well of Souls gives readers the chance to get to know this intriguing Starfleet captain a little better.

When the archaeological find of the decade offers possible hints about an earlier Cardassian civilisation, it attracts not merely those seeking to quench their thirst for knowledge, but also parties with far less noble interests. Among the latter is the Asfar Qatala, a notorious criminal cartel with a disturbing connection to one of the Enterprise's highest ranking officers. Now Captain Garrett and her crew are swept into a maelstrom of kidnapping, extortion, and murder - as well as a desperate, secret struggle between the Qatala and its chief rival, the fledgling Orion Syndicate.

And beneath the surface of the frozen world on which the proto-Cardassian discovery was made, another drama is playing out that will force Garrett to make the most difficult decision of her career... amid ruins reputed to link the living with the ancient dead.

Ilsa J. Bick brings to live wonderfully Garrett, Castillo and the rest of her crew who we caught a glimpse of in Yesterday's Enterprise. If, after reading this you are not tempted into rewatching that classic Next Gen story, then there is something wrong with you.

Not just the best Lost Era book so far, but one of the best Trek books I have ever read.

Pete Boomer

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