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Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference (Star Trek: Enterprise) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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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.
Top customer reviews
It doesn't help that there's already been a Section 31 novel this year by David Mack (S31 Control), so Trip's quest to bring them down falls flat here. The several relationship subplots don't go anywhere, and I for one would like to see a new (to this series) villain besides the Orions. The only interesting subplots to me were the seeking out new life and civilizations (where have I heard that before?) and when the Essex crew had the limelight, which were by far the least focused on.
Stronger editing would've worked wonders on this book. Fifty pages (or more) could've been cut and not effected the story a bit. POI is easily the weakest, and most heavy-handed, of the Rise of the Federation series. Hopefully at least the majority of plot lines in the next book are new, or there's a return of open storylines from the show to replace this soap opera style POI took on. If you're new to this series I'd recommend starting from the beginning, naturally, but if not I'd say hold off on POI unless you're a completest.