Star Trek: Enterprise, Rosetta written by Dave Stern is a book about tranlations and the origins of the universal translator.
The main plot is about confrontation and understanding as Captain Jonathan Archer and the Starship Enterprise crew are traveling in uncharted space and run across a race of beings called the Antianna. The Antianna have complicated language and it falls upon Ensign Hoshi Sato to translate this language and find out whether they are friend or foe. As Archer stears clear of the Antianna and gives Hoshi some extra time to translate the Antianna language they run into the Thelasian Trading Conferderacy headed by Governor Maxim Sen who is all but going to war with the Antianna. The events in this book take place between December 27, 2154 - while the Orion womem were passangers on the Enterprise ("Bound") and January 19, 2155 - when a xenophobic group tries to stop the formation of an alliance between Earth and several alien governments ("Demons").
Jonathan Archer and Ensign Hoshi Sato are the main characters in this book, but Hoshi's character could have been written better as she didn't shine that well throughout this book. The book is wordy in places and get bogged down a little in the plot. Although I found that it was a fast read but the substance wasn't there and left me with a hollow taste. This book could have been written much better, but with most of the Star Trek: Enterprise series, could use a rewrite to make it more interesting.
There was action-adventure, mild as it was. There was dialog and character interaction making up most of the book, but as to deep insight this book was lacking.
I gave this book 4 out 5 stars as it was better than most in the Star Trek: Enterprise series, but it missed the mark as to the standard in the other series in the Star Trek universe. It is worth reading as you get a feel for why spacefarers need a universal translator.