Finally read this because CLB is doing Rise of the Federation
. Yeah, I know everyone has said I don't need to read this book to read that book, I just wanted to get caught up.
There were two lines in this book I enjoyed. On page 142, after a snide remark to Hoshi and thinking about the V'tosh ka'tur, Vulcan's with out logic, T'Pol thinks to herself:
It occurred to her that even among the strictest Syrrannite orders on her homeworld, there might be no such thing as a V'tosh rik'ortal - A Vulcan with out sarcasm.
And the line at the end about peoples fates with Hoshi living on Tarsis IV which was going to be on "In a Mirror, Darkly Part II" but was cut.
Other then that I just didn't get into this book. You've got got a several years war going on that just seems to be glossed over. Was it 2 or 3 or even more times that we don't see a battle, just showing up afterwards. I'm not a big space battle guy and showing them all would get repetitive but the other end of the spectrum where we we join someone on the bridge saying "That didn't go well" after the battle repeatedly was repetitive in another way.
One thing that helped was speed reading any chapter that had Trip as a spy. I didn't mind it when that story line was brought up in Last Full Measure
and The Good That Men Do
but it started to fall apart for me in Raptor's Wing
and here I just didn't believe it for a second.
The year or 18 month gap that that takes place for no apparent reason other than they needed to wait while Trip was stranded in space and needed to spend that long with out warp heading to a planet.
Was there a reason for Travis to leave Enterprise in the first place? The first time we see him he's talking to his reporter friend about going back.
I guess all most of my issues, except for the Trip as spy stuff, can be blamed on the fact that the series was supposed to be a trilogy and cut to a duo but the reason really doesn't matter to me. If publishing/business issues cause a problem for a book they need to fix the book, not use the issues for an excuse for a poor book.
Just as it turned out turning Voyager over to Kristen Beyer was what was needed to revive that series I'm assuming giving CLB a shot at Enterprise will help out here. As it is now, what I assumed would have been a epic story has turned into has turned into a big snore.
The only reason this didn't rate poor was the sarcasm line. That cracked me up. So this gets a below average.