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Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Paradise Drift Hardcover – October 13, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
There's no down time for the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant, even when taking some well-earned R&R, in this sixth book-length adventure based on the popular Gene Roddenberry television series. Shortly after being lured to the Paradise Drift recreational asteroid, Commander Dylan Hunt and his team find themselves ensnared in individual intrigues hidden among its amusements: Capt. Beka Valentine is being stalked by a bounty hunter skilled at blending in with the Drift's many attractions; irrepressibly promiscuous engineer Harper is poisoned by a former lover who tells him the antidote can only be found back on Earth; and Dylan discovers his ship is being targeted for takeover by an approaching Nietzschean warfleet. The multiple subplots keep the action brisk and allow Smith (Inda) to indulge in plenty of space opera pyrotechnics. Fans of the show will find this a perfect between-episodes time-bider.
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In the fifth Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda novel, Captain Dylan Hunt and his crew are at the recreational haven planet, Paradise Drift. Dylan hopes to bring it into the Commonwealth of Planets, and his crew is more than happy to leave the diplomacy to him and enjoy some of the many opportunities for pleasure that the Drift offers. But what they find is far from relaxing. Beka Valentine runs into a bounty hunter who once pursued her and quickly learns that he still wants her dead. Seamus Harper's fantasy is ruined when he runs into an old acquaintance who poisons him and refuses to cure him unless he agrees to help her. Meanwhile, Dylan finds negotiations far less simple than he had imagined when a Drift leader contacts the Nietzscheans, bringing them to face off with the Andromeda. Fans still smarting from the cancellation of the TV show will be pleased to see the series living on in such engaging stories as this one. Kristine Huntley
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This looks to be set sometime in Season 2. No Rev Bem, but we do get Tyr, and I don't think the new Commonwealth has been ratified yet (no 50 worlds).
However the bone weary crew quickly learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch as sh** happens. Harper is attacked by a woman who believes she owes him from a past transgression and a bounty hunter Steeleblade stalks Beka. However, Captain Hunt wants Director Vandat, but worries about political repercussions cause by his desires and to make things even worse, he loses a fortune in real money at the gambling tables while unbeknownst to him the ship is under attack. R&R is proving more harrowing than any operational mission.
The sixth entry, as with the previous Andromeda tales, is a fine science fiction tale that is clearly for fans of the series. The action-packed story line focuses on several members of the ensemble cast as each expects to unwind with a little fun, but instead ends up in some harrowing scenario. This will elate the Andromeda audience, but the multitude of subplots will drive new fans elsewhere. Still Sherwood Smith does a wonderful job with the familiar players as readers will appreciate R&R on Paradise Drift.