I.K.S Gorkon: Enemy Territory by KRAD Review Thread (Spoiler!)

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  1. Defcon

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    I.K.S Gorkon: Enemy Territory by Keith R.A. DeCandido


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    [LEFT]Blurb:
    The Elabrej Hegemony
    For centuries, the Elabrej firmly believed that they were alone in the universe, and that no sentient life existed outside their home star system. But their beliefs are shattered when a controversial exploration vessel of their own making encounters -- and fires upon -- an alien ship. The aliens return fire and destroy them -- then come to Elabrej to investigate....
    The Klingon Empire
    While exploring the uncharted Kavrot Sector, the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon learn that their brother ship, the I.K.S. Kravokh, was fired on by an alien vessel and subsequently destroyed it. After setting course to investigate this new people, the Kravokh disappears -- but a massive alien fleet is gathering at their last known location. Captain Klag must determine what has happened to the Kravokh, and who this new foe of the empire is....
    As two civilizations prepare for war, the secret agendas of both the Elabrej oligarchs and Klingon Imperial Intelligence may serve only to deepen the conflict -- and Captain Klag may also face a mutiny.

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    My review from 2005:

    I can’t concur with the Fourth Oligarch, this book is not “a piece of very bad fiction” (p.69), quite the opposite : It’s a good read.

    Again Keith R.A. DeCandido was able to write an interesting story about the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon, this time with minimal losses among the more heavily featured crew members, even Klag’s first officer survives the book and stays on board. ;) There’s not that much “large-scale” stuff in this novel, in my opinion it is more focused on the actual mission than the previous two books. That’s not a bad thing, since the Elabrej Hegemony is an interesting place for a mission, with it’s not humanoid species and self-centered world view. It’s intriguing to see how their scientist(s) rate the Klingon race as inferior, only because of their, from their point of view, unusual appearance. It’s like an analogy to the old saying “Don’t judge the book by it’s cover.”, since in the end the Oligarchs have to see that they are losing the war, although the Klingons are so much less developed in their opinion. One thing I found to be strange is how “open” the I.I. Agent Trant allows Lokor to present him as something special before his agent status is openly revealed. I can understand that Lokor isn’t to motivated to keep his secret, but shouldn’t Trant be more confidential until he has the command of the Gorkon and try to restrain him?
    The characterization is once again one of the main strengths of the book. Like with the story there are no major revelations or developments, but a steady and balanced development. The one crewmember who goes through the biggest character change is the chief engineer Kurak. I certainly hope her change of mind is explained a little bit more closely in books to come, since her change of behavior is a little bit to suddenly for my taste without further details about her state of mind. The only people I would have liked to get more info about, are the mutineers, I think this subplot was cut a little bit to short. Somehow the (tried) mutiny just happened and wasn’t far enough on the forefront to get more informed about the motives of the actual mutineers and the mood among the other crew members.

    Overall “Enemy Territory” is a good, balanced I.K.S. Gorkon “episode” without involvement in a big multi-book story arc, but an interesting mission.
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  2. DS9forever

    DS9forever Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I remember liking the Klingon politics in the novel more than the aliens - although Martok is great whatever novel he shows up in.
     
  3. Technobuilder

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    I loved this book. I was crushed when I realized we wouldn't be getting another Gorkon Book after this one. Loved the Klingon Politics, loved the perspective of the Klingon Farming Matriarch. Really wanted to see more of where the storyline was heading.

    KRAD writes Klngons like Una writes Cardassians... with nuance and soul.
     
  4. Defcon

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    I think you are mixing this book up with Klingon Empire: A Burning House.
     
  5. Technobuilder

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    Oops you're right. I shouldn't post late at night. This was the one with the mission to conquer an alien people that shifted from full scale invasion to honorable combat right?

    I remember liking the concept of seeing the world through the eyes of Klingon 'Enlisted' Ground Troops. I remember liking the native people and how the Klingons came to see them as more equal that most of their other subject worlds.
     
  6. Deranged Nasat

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    Not that one either. :p That was books one and two.

    This one is the Gorkon investigating the fate of one of its brother ships and then stomping on the dysfunctional alien empire that destroyed it. :)

    Like most KRAD books, this one was solid rather than spectacular; a nice enjoyable read. I certainly liked having a strange-new-worlds, crew-mixed-up-in-alien-politics story told from the Klingon perspective (I particularly love the part when the Klingons, today playing the role of 'wise, advanced visitors from the stars', lecture the Elabrej rebels on how they should be causing maximum mayhem and violence or their cause is a sham. The Klingons can be teachers too, in their way).

    The Elabrej... has anyone else read the book Dread Empire's Fall: The Praxis (which doesn't involve a Klingon moon)? It's a pretty hilarious novel, in which a brutally rigid empire finds itself too dysfunctional to either revolt properly or put down a revolt. Its society is just completely unable to adapt to the situation, regardless on whether a given person is trying to usurp the order of things or preserve it. One long string of incompetence and bloody-mindedness that's really quite beautiful to observe. The Elabrej put me in mind of that. Of all the nations and races introduced or explored in Trek, the Elabrej are one of those that I have the least amount of hope for. They're a sad people, really, but entertaining.
     
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  7. Technobuilder

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    Hmm... I mean I only read them once about a decade ago but yeah, I guess that one didn't really register then. Looks like it's time for a re-read. Of course this is not the first time entire storylines just disappeared out of my brain.

    Oh well. It's KRAD writing Klingons... I'm sure it was a good book. :guffaw:
     
  8. Enterprise1701

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    If the Klingons are used in the next movie, then KRAD needs to be hired as a consultant.