Broken Bow Written by Diane Carey Published: October 2001 I'm currently re-reading this book for the first time since 2002, when I first read it. I'm up to Chapter 12 and I'm finding the book is better than the aired episode, and even the characters are stronger and more fleshed out than they were in the first 3 seasons. I'm also finding it interesting how Carey has given both Archer and Trip more of a racist look at Vulcans in the beginning (kind of like how, if she had written a novel set in the 1920's, she might've had two white characters go from being racist towards blacks in the beginning to where they either accept blacks or stand them more), but then towards the end, with a subplot that shows another motive from Ambassador Soval, the two come to accept T'Pol, and really adds to the scene where Archer asks but doesn't ask T'Pol To contact the Vulcans to request she remain on the Enterprise. Plus I even forgot that Archer and Sato had some sort of history together. The aired episode seems to make it sound like Archer had selected Sato months earlier, and because the Enterprise wasn't expected to launch till possible after the current school semester was finished, had allowed Sato to remain in Brazil. In the book, Carey expands upon the relationship a little bit, but not in the more regular they'd been on a few romantic dates in the past...da...da...da...da., but that Archer had been friends with Sato for quite sometime (possible to where Sato's family had moved onto the Archer's block when Sato was a kid and Archer was a teen, and Archer had kept in contact with Sato through his and her Academy years) and their relationship on the Enterprise is more like a father-daughter. In the book Archer's two closest people onboard are Sato and Trip, with Reed and Mayweather being his next closest, and then Plox and finally T'Pol, who really has to work into Archer's trust. Anyway, it is a great book and a lot better than the aired episode.