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'Star Trek: Dark Victory' - William Shatner

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Aug. 31st, 2006 | 12:14 am
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posted by: creamsodaangel in tikitealog

BOOK: Star Trek: Dark Victory
AUTHOR: William Shatner
PAGES: 303
GENRE: Science Fiction

The Mirror Universe is a dark and twisted reflection of our own, where all that is noble and compassionate is instead cruel and barbaric. Now our universe has been invaded by the other reality's most feared tyrant: the dreaded Emperor Tiberius, the Mirror Universe counterpart of James T. Kirk. Just as Kirk survived his own era to live into the 24th century, so has Tiberius returned from the past to menace a new generation of Starfleet heroes.

And only Kirk can stop him.

With Spock, McCoy, and Scotty at his side, and teamed with Jean-Luc Picard and the valiant crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, Kirk is propelled into his most personal and dangerous mission yet as he fights to uncover the secret of Tiberius' return and learn the terrible truth behind the madman's nightmarish plans for the Federation.

But how can he defeat an enemy who knows Kirk's mind as well as he knows his own?

There's only one word to describe this book: crap. Probably not the best way to start off my first book review, but it's true.

Originally when I bought this book, I thought 'Oh, the mirror universe, ought to be good'. Well, that was before I realised who the author was. Not that I have anything against Kirk being the main character, but I have a feeling that because Shatner wrote this, this book is so horrible.

Kirk and Tiberius are the protagonist and antagonist respectively, but the way they act around all the other characters overshadows the strengths of those characters! Both Picard and Janeway are in this book, and while both considered to be highly respected Starfleet captains, Kirk comes in from 100 years in the past and basically tells them that they're wrong, he's right, no matter how out of the loop he's been. Now with Janeway I can understand, because it was Mirror Janeway, but he was still on HER ship. But the way he talks to Picard, as if he is some Crewman, it just doesn't make sense!

I have to admit, this book did start get interesting with the introduction of Doctor M'Benga and the conspiracy she faces. The way the mystery loops back into the main plot helps to keep this book from putting me completely to sleep.

Unfortunately, this book is apparently apart of a series!! It made me very disgruntled to be reading, and all of a sudden I see: TO BE CONTINUED! ... um, excuse me? Since when do books not come to even a little bit of a conclusion?? No M'Benga mystery solved, no explanations of how Kirk was in the 24th century to begin with, nothing.

This book being apart of a series does explain a lot. The first few chapters I was really confused as to who some characters were, and how Kirk and Tiberius got to the 24th Century, and it glosses very quickly through how the characters from the Mirror Universe got there in the first place. However, there is nothing on the cover of the book or in the description on the back that implies, even in the slightest fashion, that this book is part of a series. Only until you hit that last page that says there's another book, Star Trek: Preserver. But alas, no thanks.

I doubt I will pick up another book by William Shatner EVER again.


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