With the Federation waging war against the Dominion, the Enterprise
is dispatched to enlist the aid of the reptilian species known
as the Gorn. But the Gorn face a crisis of their own - a revolution
that could provide the Federation with another enemy, rather
than a much-needed ally...
bold, painted artwork of Igor Kordey lends this book a distinctive
look, and his battle sequences involving humans, Klingons
and Gorn are gritty and eye-catching. However, when it comes
to capturing the likenesses of the Enterprise crew,
Kordey is sadly found wanting.
script is a little on the simplistic side, too, and very little
of the dialogue sounds much like the familiar characters that
we know and love - with the notable exception of Riker, who
makes good use of his prior experience of working alongside
Klingons. On a more nit-picky level, the Enterprise
"E" is referred to as a Galaxy class starship, whereas it
is in fact a Sovereign class vessel (the "D" ship was Galaxy
class). And - horror of horrors - Data uses a contraction
at one point! Kevin J. Anderson has turned in some excellent
work for the Star Wars and X-Files ranges of
books, but maybe The Next Generation isn't where his
true strengths lie.
back pages of this book reveal the detailed back story that
Kordey created in preparation for his visualisation of the
culture of the Gorn (who originally appeared in the "Classic"
Trek episode, Arena). It's a shame that more
of this background detail couldn't have filtered through to
provide us with a more inspired narrative.
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