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Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code (Star Trek: Enterprise) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2016
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About the Author
Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, and Live By the Code, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines.
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Despite the above praise, I'd rate this book between 4 and 4.5 stars due to what I'd call editing issues. Reading through some the reviews for this series, it seems Bennett likes to have multiple sub-plots that can continue on in subsequent stories, which is also true here. I didn't mind that much, because the author handled it quite well. My issue is with the quality of Phlox's sub-plot in that I didn't find it very interesting, except for the details about Denobulan life/culture. A subjective statement of course, but one thing I think many can agree is that it hurts the pacing of the overall storyline and could've easily been cut down. This wasn't the only sub-plot that I thought needed some trimming, and the Ware plot-line was fairly anticlimactic, but this may be a good example of 'less is more.'
Let's be honest here folks, if you're not a Trekker, specifically regarding Enterpise, it's highly unlikely you're going to just randomly pick this book up. However, while I'd recommend starting from the beginning of the series, if you liked the show(s) and want to revisit the characters mostly still intact there should be no problem getting into this storyline at book four like I did. Keep them coming Christopher Bennett!
Not BAD, just not anything about which to be excited.
The entire genre seems to be bent on keep characters alive. Authors kill off characters, the next author contrived to bring them back to life.