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03/27/2005 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: I.K.S. Gorkon -- Book 3 Enemy Territory"

Star Trek
I.K.S. Gorkon -- Book 3
Enemy Territory

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

*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

The Elabrej Hegemony, a race that believes there is no other life in the universe apart from their own.

The Klingon Empire, a race that knows better.

Mr. DeCandido brings Captain Klag to the forefront (my personal first meeting with the Captain) as this book's leading man, or should I say, Klingon.

While exploring the uncharted Kavrot Sector the crew of the IKS Gorkon learn that their brother ship, the IKS Krovokh, was fired on by an alien vessel and subsequently destroyed. Setting course to investigate the new people, the Kravokh disappears, but a massive alien fleet is gathering at their last known location.

Captain Klag must find out what has happened to the Kravokh, and who this new and obviously foolish foe is.

Secret agents of governmental Elabrej oligarchs and Klingon Imperial Intelligence deepen the conflict and complicate matters within each empire's motives and actions.

And of course, Klag may have a mutiny on his hands. What Star Trek Captain doesn't have a mutiny on his hands?

Enemy Territory presented a very enlightening view through the eyes of the Klingon Empire rather than the Federation. The Hegemony present an excellent nemesis and counter example to the Klingon Empire. I found myself thinking, "They have NO idea who they are messing with" many times.

A Klingon perspective brought a lot of clarification of the empire, and the Klingon way of life and travel. After reading Enemy Territory I feel I've learned so much about the Empire, that I look forward to future ST reads including a Klingon or two.

Enemy Territory presents a believable and exciting view into a clueless society who just bit off more than they could chew with the attack on the Klingon Ship.

It is entertaining at times to read the reaction of the hegemony to their new realization to aliens such as the Klingons. Not only are their religious beliefs shattered, but The Elabrej find the Klingon's too hideous for comprehension. They are stunned at their appearance. Which is saying alot considering the Elabrej have 6 arms they use to roll around rather than walk, no head, and their "face" (I use the term lightly) is in the middle of a mass that connects all 6 arms.

The real treat of Enemy Territory lies in the perspectives between these two races and the familiar tone taken with the Klingon as lead hero. Klag proves to be a great warrior and character.

Enemy Territory provides humor, knowledge, history, and challenges to assumed moral absolutes. A great book indeed.

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