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Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures Paperback – February 6, 2018
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About the Author
Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, and the Star Trek novels Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Elusive Salvation, Armageddon’s Arrow, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.
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Sadly, I didn’t get a book that lived up to my expectations. Part of that is because I know the bad guy gets away. The characters don’t. (Also don’t judge me for giving out a spoiler for a 50 year old TOS episode. If you don’t know Kodos escapes and lived until he died on the Enterprise, you’re probably reading the wrong books.)
The entire slaughter of the innocent colonists on Tarsus IV has been done before and I realize it’s an important part of Kirk’s past, but I don’t understand the need to make it part of Lorca’s or Georgiou’s.
Surely the Powers That Be could have allowed Ward to write an original event to bring the captains of DISCO together? This book was a waste of potential. It could have been so much more.
Note to Simon & Schuster and the Powers That Be: NOT every DISCO novel needs to involve TOS characters to be interesting. Skip the crossovers and give us better stories with these new characters to make them matter to us.
This second novel is not as good as the first. “Drastic Measures” is set 10 years before the Battle at the Binary Stars. The main characters are Philippa Georgiou and Gabriel Lorca. The characters are so far removed from the Discovery time period that you sometimes forget that this is supposed to be a Discovery novel. The plot is based upon events described in the TOS episode "The Conscience of the King".
“Drastic Measures” is an entertaining novel. Dayton Ward does a good job of telling this story but it does seem a bit padded. There are sections that do not advance the plot much. I do recommend it to DISCO fans. I just wish it was set in a more interesting time and had more elements from the show.
I enjoyed seeing the younger Georgiou and Lorca, and I hope that future novels and stories will give us more looks into their respective careers before the events of Star Trek: Discovery.