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01/11/2005 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: A Time for War, A Time for Peace"

Star Trek
A Time for War, A Time for Peace -- Book 9

By: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
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Review by Kathy LaFollett

...and they lived happily ever after.

Okay, that's a bit slim on the story line to be sure. But, book 9 dishes closure from the very first page. It's a bit rough writing a full storyline explicit review without being a spoiler. And some of these endings are too good to spoil.

Book 9 offers up an insightful and explicit ending to all the character lives as well as the Federation history. Standing applause to the authors for tackling such a monolith property as Star Trek. We are given a rich and pleasing view into the cause and effect of life on a Starship, political goings-on inside the Federation and galactic size viewpoints. Truly, as a whole the series is an astounding compliment to the very core of Star Trek.

Within three hundred and forty-one pages the author leaves us standing on the precipice of new beginnings to old endings. The reader is left hopeful for the future that is Star Trek, and at times a bit sad. In the last pages of book 9 we say goodbye to one of the most intriguing characters to be created for the Star Trek/Next Generation story. I felt quite a loss at that moment, not to mention shocked.

A strong sense of believable humanity is painted on each and every entity, human, and being. The reader will find themselves caring very much about these beings. Revealed are the foibles and weaknesses of the Federation as a political organization. Yet, the crew of the Starships, who still orbit named and unnamed planets, remain to uplift and strengthen the core values prescribed by the Federation. There is hope in the individual, even if the whole is weak and challenged.

As a whole, the series of 9 books is an absolute read for any Star Trek, Deep Space 9, and Next Generation fan. Even Scotty, Spock, and the great Captain Kirk are brought in for a curtain call.

I should think, that somewhere in some galaxy, Gene Roddenberry is smiling with satisfaction, that his ideas and ideals are still holding strong.

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