Star Trek
S.C.E. - Foundations

Authors: Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 8300 6
Available 05 April 2004

In the twenty-fourth century, the
U.S.S. da Vinci and its S.C.E. team led by Commander Sonya Gomez roam the galaxy, solving the technical problems of the universe in a state-of-the-art ship. But the road to the da Vinci was a difficult one, as the S.C.E. had to go through its share of the growing pains back in the twenty-third century...

Even as the da Vinci spearheads a dramatic rescue of a runaway vessel, Captain Montgomery Scott recalls his younger days as the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain Kirk - and his own encounters with a much different Corps of Engineers. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone, to the planet Beta III in the wake of the Ladru computer, to the uncharted regions of deep space, Scotty joins forces with the battered old U.S.S. Lovell to bring the S.C.E. into the future.

If you are a huge Scotty fan, and relish the telling of tales where it takes pages and pages to describe a team tunnelling through a planet's surface to reach its goal, then this book is for you. If, however, you enjoy action adventure and daring space battles then you'll hate this book.

It's well told and is a riveting reading... but just not action packed. Instead, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore take us through different eras, each with its own S.C.E. - the very men and women who keep everything mechanical ticking over in the Federation.

If you've read previous S.C.E. novels, then you'll probably enjoy this. If you're coming to this fresh, you're going to need to concentrate a little to make sure everything sinks in.

Enjoyable and certainly a worthy addition to the Trek stable.

Ray Thompson

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