Next round of the classic review threads: I.K.S. Gorkon: A Good Day to Die by Keith R.A. DeCAndido Blurb: BEGINNING AN ALL-NEW SERIES OF KLINGON™ ADVENTURES! These are the voyages of the Klingon Defense Force vessel I.K.S. Gorkon, part of the mighty new Chancellor class. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds...to seek out new life and new civilizations... ...and to conquer them for the greater glory of the Klingon Empire! Newly inducted into the prestigious Order of the Bat'leth, Captain Klag, son of M'Raq, leads the crew of the Gorkon into the unexplored Kavrot Sector to find new planets on which to plant the Klingon flag. There, they discover the Children of San-Tarah, a species with a warrior culture that rivals -- and perhaps exceeds -- the Klingons' own, living on a planet that would be a great addition to the Empire. Klag could call in General Talak's fleet to bring the world under the Klingons' heel -- but the San-Tarah offer Klag a challenge he cannot refuse. The Gorkon crew and the San-Tarah will engage in several martial contests. If the Klingons lose, they will go and never trouble the planet again -- but if they are victorious, the San-Tarah will cede themselves to the Empire, and Klag will have singlehandedly conquered an entire world! The first tale in a glorious adventure that will be remembered in song and story throughout the Empire! Excerpt _________________ My (short) review from 2004: A Good Day to Die is a still good novel, but doesn't belong to DeCandido's best works. Although the crew and their interactions are very good, the actualy story surrounding the Children of San-Tarah wasn't able to fully captivate me. It felt to me like A Good Day to Die is mostly a set-up for the second novel Honor Bound, and the story here is mostly used to be the groundwork for the resolution of the main plot in Book Two. That this novel gets a good rating from me on its own, is ,as mentioned above, a result of the great characters and interactions between them. Especially the ground troops are good for some entertaining scenes Overall A Good Day to Die isn't the high Point of DeCandido's career, but definitely worth a look as a set-up for the next book and because of the great character work.