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Best Enterprise novel to date
on August 20, 2004
'Daedalus' by Dave Stern is undoubtably the best Enterprise novel to date, and echoes with the hallmarks of great Trek.
The story of part 1 is centred around Charles 'Trip' Tucker, Chief Engineer of Enterprise and one of the leading actors in the show.
Basically, Trip and Hoshi are forced to abandon Enterprise in the cell ship after their ship is crippled and boarded in a sneak attack. From there, they are picked up by the opponents of the forces that took control of Enterprise, a desperate military organisation on the verge of collapse.
This puts Trip in a delicate position, does he use his Starfleet technology on training to aid his new allies, even though it would violate the Prime Directive?
Matters are further complicated when it is revealed that Starfleet technology had a hand in starting the war, and that the enemy now have their hands on even more advanced technology in the form of Enterprise.
The story is exciting, gripping, and character centred, all the good things that you want from a Star Trek novel.
The writing itself is a little unorthodox, and not quite like any previous form of Trek writing. Stern is a very factual, practical writer, and writes a novel with the minimum of verbose descriptions and the maximum of dialouge. This is not a bad thing, but it is different to previous authors.
The dialouge itself is extremely well done, and Stern really conveys the characters thoughts and intentions through it. One of my favourite scenes from the book is during Trip's initial meeting with Marshall Kairn, when Kairn puts the hard word on Trip about joining the Guild. The scene shows just how desperate things are for the Guild, and sets the scene for the rest of the book.
But overall it is a solid story, and definitely the best Enterprise novel to date.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to any Star Trek fan.