Re: Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm review thread
Indeed. The Romulans' conduct here was rather surprising for me in that the novel leans in the opposite direction to what is usually done with them in Trek lit. Where most novels, in my view, are concerned with the sympathetic or at least "honourable" aspects of Romulan culture (while ensuring the brutality and manipulation is still very much evident), this one highlighted their most disturbing behaviours (while ensuring their unique sense of honour and ethics were still notable). It was an inverted picture for me (which makes sense in that the Romulans as a nation are obviously straight-up antagonists here - no Ruanek, Charvanek, Cretak or Donatra this time).
Coridan as a potential "one off" was bad enough, but after Haakona and Draylax I thought, "holy crap, the Romulans weren't just the aggressive enemy, they were a full-on terror. They were the Dilgar from Babylon Five.
It makes me wonder what hard hearts might still remain even in the 24th century. The Coridanite and Draylaxian representatives on the 24th century Federation Council, for instance. They might very likely be thinking: True peace with Romulus? Never
. I'd hope differently, but I wouldn't be suprised if there were people on those worlds who privately cheered come 2387...
We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, and the best of us is washed away.