- Series: Star Trek: Titan, Book 4 (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (November 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416526943
- ISBN-13: 978-1416526940
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sword of Damocles (Star Trek: Titan, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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It started off well with spooky-sounding phenomena such as 'darklings' and "occultus ora'. (These are not really part of the plot.) Then we come to the planet Orisha and something called the Eye, which rains down devastation on the Orishans' planet and keeps destroying their civilization for no known reason. Their entire culture revolves around appeasing their wrathful god. This was fascinationg--it really looked like this was going to be a great book.
After that, things start to get a little weird. And not in a good way. It seems there is a Time paradox, which means our heroes are stranded thousands of years in the past. And this means it is time for a big fat groan from Yours Truly. I love science fiction, alien beings and weird phenomena, but when there is a time paradox, it usually means that writers can dispense with a coherent plot. By coherent, I mean something that has cause and effect, plot resolution and suchlike boring, linear things.
And this author certainly does dispense with all of those things. The rest of the book becomes a crazy-quilt of scenes that I could never string into a coherent narrative. Some of the Titan crew land on the planet, where the Orishans are trying to kill each other off while cowering in terror from their malevolent god, and the wreckage of the Titan is seen crashing in burning flames. Deanna and Cmdr Vale are almost put to death by the Orishans, who blame them for bringing down the wrath of their god 'the Eye of Erykon". Or perhaps the planet Orisha itself has been destroyed. Or not? There is an Orishan who has become one with a spacegoing ship, which is wreaking havoc on the Titan (not destroyed, spoiler spoiler) and holding it in some kind of big-ol Tractor Beam that is going to squish them flat within One Hour (how do those commanding officers ever remain so calm during these doomsday countdowns?) Confused yet? I sure am.
Apparently the Eye of Erykon is some sort of device, or maybe a being, that can fold time. Why? How did it get there? Is it a malevolent god, a machine gone wrong, a cosmic accident? You are not going to find out. There is no real ending here, except the usual one: "Titan has saved the day and rescued yet another planet, and our heroes can now do the futuristic equivalent of riding off into the sunset."
Kind of makes me wish a cosmic time-folding mega-thingy would absorb this book and spit out a better one!
When I first began to realize this was going to be a temporal story, I got a little nervous, thinking "oh, no, reset button." In the end, thankfully, it did not turn out quite that way. I was most impressed with the story arc about a Bajoran member of Titan's crew, Jaza Najem, who figures centrally in the temporal theme, but who also has his own demons to battle. Faith vs. science (vs. faith) comes heavily into play, and it all struck a very deep chord in me.
For those of you who enjoy space battles in your books, there were a number of those. For those of you who like the "'shipping" aspect, there was plenty of that, too, though I've gotta say the Riker/Troi conflict seemed a little out of proportion to what the conflict actually turned out to be. Still, I gotta hand it to Will and Deanna: They ain't divorced yet! Living in a closed community such as a starship, it cannot be easy separating the personal from the professional, but these two do an admirable job.
Though I'm not much into ship diagrams, it was nice having Titan's included in this book. Congrats to design competition winner, Sean Tourangeau.
In this story the crew of the starship Titan respond to a distress call from their sister ship Charon and become trapped in an unstable region of space that keeps slamming them with destructive waves of energy. The stories focus bounces between the perspective of the crew aboard the USS Titan as they try to save the ship, and the perspective of an away team trapped on a nearby alien world as they try to save themselves and the planet from destruction.
Overall the book handles things decently, only stumbling on a few occasions. Without going into spoilers, a certain major plot twist happens off screen and we only learn about it afterwards in flashback form. The event in question is fairly important to the story, so the seeming lack of concern when it happens comes across as quite jarring. One point of concern for me in this story was a continued trend of having Captain Riker tipping back and forth on his views of Starfleet protocol, seeming to shift views with every story. My only other gripe with the book is how it occasionally starts going into detail about large numbers of junior crewmen who simply aren't very important to the story.
The plot itself is decent, staying in the tradition of past Star Trek works. Its self contained nature means that the story doesn't need any prior knowledge to enjoy, but also limits it to being largely irrelevant in the grander scheme of Star Trek.
The next book for the Titan's crew is the Star Trek: Destiny crossover miniseries, an excellent trilogy that I highly recommend for all Star Trek readers.