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Killing Blow: Errand of Vengeance Book Two (Star Trek: the Original Series - Errand of Vengeance) (Bk. 2) Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2002
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Although good, I found bad that is this book just feeds into the third (the first in the series more finished a story with just the series subplot open). Secondly, Kell makes choices and decisions and seems to change them much too easy.
I'm really looking forward to the third and final.
This story, like the first novel in the series, is told largely from the perspective of Lt. Anderson. Anderson shows the reader the Klingons from the Klingons' own perspective. Even more interesting, he shows us the Federation from the Klingon's perspective. And even more interesting, this novel succeeds in showing the reader the Klingons as Lt. Anderson comes to perceive them. For Anderson is undergoing a cathartic transformation in this story well beyond the intention of his Klingon masters. While he was indoctrinated to believe that humans and other Federation races are honorless scum, he comes to understand human beings from the perspective of a human being. While somewhat predictable, author Ryan handles this transformation very well.
I bought this series via my Kindle. It was great being able to finish one novel, and instantaneously download the next installment thereby continuing through the series uninterrupted.
This is a pretty well-written novel, and an engaging, quick, and enjoyable read. Perfect for a beer and chips afternoon, which is precisely what I intended it for. For those of us who love the "Star Trek" universe, it does not get any better than this.
Recommended for all Star Trek fans.
Kevin Ryan had co-authored two Star Trek novels before the ERRAND OF VENGEANCE trilogy for the original Star Trek series. In addition, he was an editor on the line for a number of years. Next year will see the publication of two ROSWELL novels he has authored.
With a sure hand and a deep working knowledge of the Star Trek universe(s), Kevin Ryan has skillfully engineered another Star Trek novel that will keep readers glued to the pages. The overall punch of the ERRAND OF VENGEANCE trilogy is awesome, combining the history of the Klingons tightly interwoven with the Star Trek history diehard fans are so familiar with. The pacing of the novel, like the previous one, feels very much like an episode of the television series, never dwelling too long on any one character or situation, then moving on quickly to another set of characters. Ryan also manages to pull off a romance that is realistic and touching, yet never slow the pace of the stories that he's unfolding. His actions scenes are real grabbers, reaching out and pulling the readers into the battle. The bar fight was great and set up the tragedy at the end very well.
The only things that jarred in this novel were the remembrances of Lieutenant Justman (Admiral Justman) that happened in the past. Those sequences kept running through on-going action encountered by the other characters. Perhaps if they had been framed differently, or if a header had been placed in the text to warn the reader of the impending time jump, they would have gone more smoothly. Still, the scenes and story were interesting and showed more history of the Klingon interaction with the Federation as well as Justman's own motivation.
As the second novel in the ERRAND OF VENGEANCE trilogy, KILLING BLOW doesn't stand on its own. It shouldn't. The novel is a piece of an intricate whole that is a mesmerizing tale. Editor John Ordover's vision in creating Star Trek TOS novels that weave new tales through the known mythos from the eyes of regular crewmen rather the more traditional viewpoints of the stars is a grand experiment that is succeeding. The concept brings freshness to the series that is fun and plays fast and loose because anything can happen-and probably will-to the primary characters outside of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Anyone looking for a really well done Star Trek trilogy or well-done space opera in general should put these three novels on the required reading list.