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'Star Trek S.C.E Book One: Have Tech, Will Travel' - Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 10:12 am
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BOOK: Star Trek S.C.E: Have Tech, Will Travel
AUTHOR: Keith R.A. DeCandido
PAGES: 392
GENRE: Science Fiction

Need a gigantic, marauding starship explored? Is your global computer system starting to break down? Call in the crack team from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. can build, rebuild, program, reprogram, assemble, reassemble, or just figure out everything from alien replicators to doomsday machines. Just don''t expect them to perform miracles -- unless they absolutely have to.

Captain David Gold, his first officer Commander Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci put their lives on the line to save a colony world threatened by a deadly alien and rescue a ship trapped in the ravages of interphase.

Join Starfleet''s miracle workers for a wrenching journey through the new frontier!

I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely thought out and fits well in Star Trek Canon. There are a few things that bothered me, but nothing that really detracts from the book. The flow of the book is like episodes in a series, as if SCE was the newest show on TV. This helps to keep the reader into the book, but I'm sure if they were to adapt it so each mission was one book, it would work just as well. Doing that would give you a better chance to witness the interaction between the characters more. But for the sections they have, they still managed to get the characters across.

I love how they made a series devoted to Engineers. Being the victims of the Red Shirt Syndrome (they even changed their shirts to Yellow, and if you've ever seen the movie First Contact, you'll notice the syndrome still follows them. Poor engineers), they finally get their moment to shine and to show that not ALL red shirts are named Ensign John Smith.

One little quirk in this book was the inclusion of TNG's crew for the beginning, and the presence of Geordi LaForge throughout most of it. I figured it must be to help grab readers who are fans of the series and get them into the book, instead of simply introducing the new cast. While it was cute, I think Geordi could have left after the first mission. However with the TNG crew it did make for a good introduction to the Corps of Engineers.

My major miff with the book was that each section was done by a different author. While for the most part between the author's they get the characters voices right, there are a few places where there was a goof up. For the most part LCdr Gomez feels slightly on edge having Geordi, her former senior officer, around. She feels like he's stepping on her toes, almost like he might swoop in and take her job. However in the second to last section, we barely see mention of Gomez as Geordi steps in due to his knowledge of the Borg. There is not much mention of how she feels about this, which was a little downer.

And as in the episodic way that the Star Trek series on TV likes to leave us hanging, this book ends with a 'Too Be Continued...' that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat! I enjoyed this book so much, that since I finished I've been hunting down book 2, but so far without any luck. Will have to order it online.

So if you're a Star Trek fan looking for a good read, or even someone who might be interested in this genre, definitely grab this book. :)


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