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12/02/2004 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: Spirit Walk - Old Wounds, Book One"

Star Trek Voyager - Spirit Walk
Book One- Old Wounds

Written by: Christie Golden
Published by: Pocket Books

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Captain Chakotay rejoins his ship Starship Voyager as Commanding Officer. Starfleet Command is skeptical towards his abilities and cynically wait for the new Commanding Officer to go back to his Maquis Ways.

Voyager's first mission with Captain Chakotay as Commander is the transport and repopulation of the Planet Loran II with the remaining displaced colonists. The crew expects a simple mission flight to Loran II, planetary inspection, offloading of colonist's and their belongings with a last check before departure home.

Such assumptions seem logical. Chakotay will have his sister, Sekaya on the mission as spiritual advisor to the colonists and the colonists themselves are gentle, peace-loving people.

But when the Voyager arrives at Loran II, they discover a large foreboding storm hovering over the colonists home. Chakotay and his sister Sekaya take the shuttle with a few other lead crew members to investigate.

What they find leaves all those onboard the voyager, the colonists and especially Sekaya and Chakotay wondering if they have only begun their mission. Questions, old threats, and a particular nasty Cardassian present themselves.

Spirit Walk was a very quick read for me, about 4 hours and done. This doesn't speak to the quality of the story. I did enjoy the overtones of American Indian History, Indian spirituality, and the transition of same into a fictional time and place for Star Trek Voyager to go. Quite nice.

Sekaya proves a far more interesting character, for me, than her brother Chakotay. The storyline itself, introduction of character lines and undulating political currents present a nice rhythm. Definitely a "vacation on the beach" book.

I'll look forward to the next in the series, as I'd like to know what that nasty Cardassian has up his slimy sleeve.

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