Daedalus's Children

Author: David Stern
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 7646 8
Available 05 July 2004

Crippled by a freak accident,
Enterprise has crossed over into an alternate universe - and into the middle of a civil war set off by a brutal warlord who has used technology stolen from the Daedalus to enslave his people...

Daedalus's Children sees the crew of the Enterprise forcibly removed from their ship, imprisoned and brutalised by their captors, Captain Archer and crew soon find themselves confronting an even more immediate challenge than escape - subtle biochemical differences in this universe that make their continued survival an impossibility. Every hour they spend in this parallel continuum brings them closer to death.

Yet Archer discovers that, in order to recapture Enterprise, he may have to cripple his ship once again. And even if he manages to find a solution to that dilemma, one last survivor of the doomed flight of the Daedalus stands between Enterprise and her safe return home.

Dave Stern's second, and final book, in this series certainly caught me off guard. After the disappointing events in Daedalus, he manages to turn things around for the conclusion. As I mentioned in my previous review, it's not that Stern's writing was dull, just that the events were stretched a little and I was concerned that this follow up would be more of the same.

Thankfully the pace is upped and the events are much more interesting. While this book is gripping and entertaining, I still think that the two books may have worked better if the events had been condensed into one volume.

Ray Thompson

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