Round 4 of the Classic Review Threads. Voyager: String Theory, Book One: Cohesion by Jeffrey Lang Blurb: Lifting the Hem of the Universe Spirits unbroken by the failed promise of the U.S.S. Dauntless, Captain Kathryn Janeway's indefatigable crew continues their odyssey of discovery through an enigmatic region of the Delta Quadrant, encountering a system inhabited by a species that, according to known physical laws, shouldn't exist. These unusual beings, the Monorhans, hover near the edge of extinction; technology from the Starship Voyager™ promises life. Janeway, compelled by the aliens' plight, dispatches Seven of Nine and Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres to the Monorhan homeworld. But an unexpected shock wave crashes the shuttle carrying Torres and Seven, catapulting Voyager into a place beyond the fabric of space-time. As B'Elanna and Seven wage an interpersonal war, Voyager struggles to prevail on an extradimensional battleground against an indefinable enemy. But fate has determined that one is inexorably linked to the other: the insurmountable chasm separating Voyager from her lost crew members must be bridged...or all will perish. _____________________________________________________ My (short) review from 2005: Jeffrey Lang did the impossible : He made the most uninteresting crew roster in the whole Star Trek franchise actually work for me. Especially the chemistry between B’Elanna and Seven is excellent, you really get the feeling of a good old "Odd Couple" story. But the other characterizations are very good, too, Jeffrey Lang tapped potentials I thought they didn’t have. The story develops on a slow and steady pace after the beginning catastrophe and is able to be stand alone and the starting point for the following book(s) at the same time. The alien culture has potential, but is the only weaker point so far, a bit more background material beside Kaytok’s story about his grandsire would have been great. Overall a great start for a hopefully great trilogy.