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12/28/2004 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: A Time to Heal"

Star Trek: A Time to Heal - Book 8
By: David Mack
Published by: Pocket Books
Available as a downloadable eBook

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Book 8 by David Mack offers the political mystery of a Tom Clancy work that sets this particular edition apart from the first 7 books. It also comes painfully close to today's headlines in a blatant (to me) yet whispered nod and wink.

The reader enters again the violent story of Tezwa and it's hidden secrets left over from the Dominion War. A new government has been put in place on the planet and all seems ready to proceed to peace.

If it weren't for those pesky WMD that the Federation had installed.

An insurgency seems to threaten the lives of the occupying Federation personnel as well as the very life of the new government. The reader is taken through war as thousands of Star Fleet personnel die to cover-up the lies planted by the Federation President and his top two cabinet members. Yes, Virginia, even in the world of Star Trek the President has no problem sending his soldiers to death for no real reason. At the cusp of the story's culminating revelation Picard states: "Thousands of lives were sacrificed here in the service of a lie."

He continues his thoughts saying, "All that we stand for has been betrayed".

Ambassador Lagan adds to their conversation, "What are we going to do about it?"

Therein lies the rub. In Star Trek land, the high road is taken, honor, morality, the greater good, respect for life, and decency is defended. It is impossible (unless you are a huge fan of our current occupation and president) to read the outcomes and unfurling of this story without a bit of heartache. Picard again, comes through and finds a way to solve an unsolvable situation with the help of noble and honorable leaders along his side.

Book 8 is a tightly written, riveting book. A fast read that offers believable intrigue, stunning war descriptions, striking character struggles and nemesis confrontations. Mr. Mack also dishes up a sweet endings to a number of key long term characters. It leaves a dedicated reader comfortable and fulfilled.

If Book 8 were the score for an opera, it would obviously be the crescendo to the curtain drop.

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