- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 18, 2001
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005JH31
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Overall, I liked the book, but there were a few things that really annoyed me, which is why I docked it a star. First of all was Rabin's constant wisecracking. Why, oh why, does every Jewish character have to be a comedian? For Jews to have "a good sense of humor" is as stereotyped as blacks having "a sense of rhythm." (This problem is not limited to this book. Whenever I mention my own research into Jewish themes in Star Trek, people invariably laugh. Would they laugh if I were researching African or Asian characters in Trekdom?)
My second annoyance was the idea that Spock had learned how to to "deadpan" jokes from Rabin in his youth. I have never seen Spock as a jokester. True, there is humor in the scripts, but this is from the POV of the audience, not Spock himself. We might laugh at Spock's literal interpretations of idioms and metaphors, but it is out of character for a Vulcan to be actually cracking jokes -- especially a young half-Vulcan who is trying so hard to fit into the Vulcan way.
Lastly, I found the constant references to "Lawrence of Arabia" rather strained. I realize this was an attempt to include Arabs along with the Israelis, but surely there is a better way to do this that by citing old movies. Would people in the 23rd century really pick up on obscure references such as "Aqaba by land"? And how do Arab readers feel about using a movie to define their culture? I would certainly be offended if a writer used "Fiddler on the Roof" to define Judaism.
In spite of these nits, I did enjoy the story. It provided some interesting background about why Spock chose to go into Starfleet, and some good conversations about war and peace. The characters were well-developed and the writing was excellent, especially for a first Trek novel. I look forward to reading more collaborative books by these two authors.
Well, the audio adaption of 'Vulcan's Forge' was a clear disappointment. The cliche burdened script had me yawning after the first few minutes. The author's attempt to make the characters come alive fails in most all instances. The dialogue is rarely clever, and the tepid storyline (interspaced with even more cliche ridden dramatics) almost made me give up half way through.
Likwise, the hardback version of this book is in the bargain bin (gee, I wonder why!) at my local bookstore. To be fair, I perused it for several minutes. Sadly, the unabridged story is even more tedious than the audio tape. The abridged cassettes actually saved me from more monotony.
It's poor stories and uninspired writing like this that make people chuckle at the literary quality and entertainment value of Star Trek. Only Nimoy's voice talents prevent this from being a 1-star stinker.
Captain Spock of Starfleet commands the science vessel Intrepid II, crewed by a mix of Enterprise veterans and Starfleet people drawn from elsewhere. It hasn't been long since James T. Kirk vanished into the Nexus, which means that he is presumed dead. Spock, McCoy, and Uhura are still striving to let their captain go, and to find their own way into the future. When David Rabin's call for assistance from the nearest Starfleet vessel reaches Intrepid II, Spock remembers the boy Rabin was when a mad traitor opened a Vulcan ceremony on Mount Seleya to a Romulan assault force. That ceremony marked Spock's passage into manhood, and the attack that desecrated one of Vulcan's most holy places launched two boys - one fully human and the son of a Starfleet captain, the other half Vulcan and the son of an ambassador - on a rescue mission that required them to survive crossing the fearsome Vulcan's Forge. Spock first thought about a career in Starfleet because of David Rabin and Captain Nechama Rabin, David's mother. As he rushes Intrepid II to Obsidian, he remembers that crossroads in his life.
This novel alternates its chapters between the "present" on Obsidian and the "past" on Vulcan, with Spock and David Rabin sharing adventures in both time periods. Once again Spock contemplates taking a new and unexpected direction, one that may even heal the breach with his father - Sarek, Vulcan's ambassador to the United Federation of Planets - that his decision to enter Starfleet caused. But first, he and his old friend (his first human friend) have to keep themselves alive and deal with a Romulan plot. A plot led by none other than his old nemesis, the madman whom he and David Rabin first faced when they were boys about to become men.
This is both a slam-bang adventure and an intriguing glimpse into the culture of Vulcan, Spock's world. The authors, publishing veterans as well as long time Trekkers, know the characters and their backgrounds inside out. Although I've been viewing and reading Trek since the first Original Series telecast, I suspect this novel could also be enjoyed by readers not previously acquainted with the Trek universe because Sherman and Shwartz do a fine job of providing smoothly integrated background. They also do well at integrating characters original to their story with the Trek-verse's characters. While the "mad Vulcan as villain" device has been used before, and may now be in danger of overuse, I can't hold that against these authors because they make it work so well. This is a smooth read, the kind that made me keep turning pages far into the night because I knew I wouldn't go to sleep until I'd finished it.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 EPPIE winner "Regs" and the "High Places" series