Star Trek
I.K.S. Gorkon
Honor Bound

Author: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Pocket Books
.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 5716 1
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Captain Klag of the I.K.S. Gorkon - the newest inductee into the Order of the Bat'leth - has given his word to the Children of the San-Tarah that the Klingon Empire will leave them in peace. But Klag's old rival General Talak has ordered him to go back on his word and aid Talak in conquering the San-Tarah's world. Now Klag must stand against his fellow Klingons - but will even his fellow members of the Order, not to mention his own crew, follow him into disobedience? Or will they betray him to Talak?...

Honor Bound is the second in the I.K.S. Gorkon series of books based on the flagship vessel, and it's crew, of the Klingon Empire.

Being a new series Keith R.A. DeCandido has been given an almost free reign to create his own world, experimenting with characters and ideas to see how they play out. And to his credit he has managed to write a novel that is fresh and exciting and is sure to appeal to Klingon fans out there.

I loved the Klingon dilemma here. How can Klag go back on his word if he is to remain honourable? And how can he convince his officers that they should follow him in his disobedience. In the wrong hands, this could have be a messy affair. But, in the hands of DeCandido the story twists and turns and forces the reader roll with the punches.

There is also a glossary of Klingon terms at the back of the book - which is interesting and amusing.

An excellent addition to the Star Trek range. Hopefully this will not be the end of the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon.

Ray Thompson

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