Star Trek
Errand of Vengeance: I
The Edge of the Sword

Author: Kevin Ryan
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99
ISBN 0 7434 4598 8
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New recruit Lt Jon Anderson joins the crew of the Enterprise as tension mounts with the Klingons. But Anderson is no ordinary Starfleet office - he's a Klingon agent on a mission to sabotage Starfleet's finest vessel and kill its captain...

Whatever else you say about Ryan's plot, you can't call it original. But that does not detract from the book's overall entertainment value. All our favourite characters are present and correct, all in style and faithfully recreated: you can hear the voices in your head as you turn the pages - other Trek authors take note.

But there's a problem at the heart of the book. The original crew may be all present and correct but the Klingons are a variety never found in the show's first outing - these Klingons are the honour-obsessed variety that thundered through modern reincarnations of the Trek universe.

But The Edge of the Sword is still a good, solid read that leaves you wanting to launch into the next instalment of the saga.

Anthony Clark

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