Book Review Death in Winter – Star Trek Part 2

Book Review Death in Winter – Star Trek Part 2

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A deadly plague is having a severe effect on their population and the Romulans are refusing to develop a cure in order to keep them in line. Watching over the Kevrata is, Sela, an old ‘friend’ of the Enterprise. A ruthless Romulan commander, Sela has little use for failure, weakness, or anything even remotely having to do with the Federation.

When Beverly arrives on the planet, she is betrayed by traitors and captured by Sela’s Centurions. Shot and in pain during her capture, Beverly is now the center of interest for Sela and a second Federation team sent to Kevratas to cure the plague.

The second team is led by Jean-Luc Picard and includes two of his former shipmates from the Stargazer. Their primary mission is to develop the cure for the plague, and then try and locate Beverly if at all possible. Even though Starfleet has written her off as missing-in-action, presumed dead, Picard is sure in his own mind that she is still alive.

His determination to find her weighs heavy on him and threatens the positive outcome they are looking for.

As two massive fleets arrange themselves for a major battle around Romulus, Picard finds his own battle with Sela and her Centurions since the traitor has once again offered up the Federation team to Sela.

With time slipping away to be able to accomplish any part of their mission, Picard and his team find themselves lost in the catacombs beneath a castle looking for the elusive underground. As they round a corner, green flashes begin fanning out towards them, indicating a Romulan trap and Picard knows this may be the end of the line. The mission might very well be over…

Appraisal

After only a few pages of story, it was clear that the author does not seem to spend a lot of time on character or storyline development since the characters appear matter-of-factly as it progresses. The novel relies heavily on the prior knowledge that the reader will have obtained by either watching the series, movies, or reading other novels by more visionary authors.

There is no real feeling of compassion for any of the characters until the very end, when there is a double kiss when the two main protagonists are safely back at earth. But even that is only for a few short, non-descript sentences. Without being drawn into the storyline, the overall pace of the story is forced to drag along giving the whole project a mediocre feel.

Being a devotee of the Star Trek phenomena, it is hard to accept the weak presentation of an otherwise plausible storyline that could have been an exceptional addition if the author had been able to bring the characters, places, and events to life for the reader.