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4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Chakotay's First Trek Oct. 26 2004
By D. Bell - Published on
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Old Wounds is an interesting new addition to the Star Trek: Voyager story and a good, fast read. All but two of the characters we have come to know & love are there: Chakotay, new Captain of the Voyager, with Harry Kim as his head of security; Admiral Janeway & Tuvok teaching at Star Fleet Academy, where Seven of Nine and the Doctor are members of a Think Tank and the Doctor continues his fight for Holographic Rights. Tom, B'Elanna, and their daughter are on the Klingon world Boreth searching for clues about why some think their daughter is a Messiah. Neelix is still in the Delta Quadrant; Kes' whereabouts are unknown.

On his first Starfleet mission as a Captain, Chakotay is ferrying some colonists back to their home planet, evacuated during the Cardassian War. His sister, Sekaya, is along as a spiritual advisor to the colonists, helping to make their reintegration into the world easier. Back on earth, Harry Kim's beloved Libby is combining her career as a musician with her other calling as a spy for the Federation, rooting out moles. And several new characters are included, most notably Dr. Jarem Kaz, a joined Trill whose last host was active in the Maquis, the ship's physician, and Astall, the counselor from a race called the Huanni, who are even more empathetic than Betazoids. Commander Andrew "Priggy" Ellis, a by the book officer, is his second in command.

The trip is uneventful until they near the planet, when things go horribly wrong. . .

It's good to see most of the old faces in a new Voyager adventure. I enjoyed this and am looking forward to the sequel.

One criticism: the book cover read Spirit Walk Book One. It didn't specify one of two, one of three, one of six thousand. It would have been helpful to know how many were in this series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyager books are Golden! Nov. 20 2004
By A. Scrymgeour - Published on
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The new Spirit Walk Voyager books are nothing short of amazing! The first 2 post tv show books, homecoming and farther shore, were marvelous captavating tales that didn't let the reader OR the voyager fan down at all!! The new Spirt Walk books keep up the great work with fantastic writing and great character insight! The author captures the crew of voyager perfectly in the amazingly fantastic super charged voyager thriller! I just finshed reading parts 1 and 2 and would reccomend ANYONE who ever had a slight INTEREST in Voayger, to pick these books up! You really can't put them down until you have finished them! My only comment is i want MORE!!! I can't wait for the next Golden Voyager books to come out because Spirit Walk 1 & 2 were so great!!! From raw cookie dough to ferocious looking gentle Klingon babysitters, the 2 Spirit Walk books do not dissapoint in the slightest!!! They need to make an animated series or an animated movie out of the 4 Golden Voyager books that are out because these books are the BEST!!!

I look forward to hearing about when the next Golden Voyager books are going to come out!!!!

Pick these books up folks, ANY fan of Voyager or Star Trek is SURE to love em!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Homecoming Oct. 9 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Like the new Star Trek Titan novels, our other favourite First Officer gets a well-deserved promotion to Captain of USS Voyager. And brings along plenty of old and new interesting characters for the ride. We are introduced to Chakotay's sister Sekaya - and congratulations to whomever chose Sekaya's portrait on the book's front cover - yowsers! Apart from Chakotay, the spotlight is also focused on Dr. Jarem Kaz, the new Trill Chief Medical Officer, who has quite a few secrets of his own he needs to deal with. Also interesting and believable is the unresolved tension between the old Voyager crew and the veterans of the Dominion War. This kind of interpersonal conflict is much more believable than the conspiracy-fuelled actions of the previous Homecoming duology.

The first half- to three-quarters of the book is revisiting old characters and introducing new ones. Thats fine by me, as Christie Golden has a much more confident grasp of the characters by now. The result is a much better written book with more believable character motivations than what transpired in Homecoming. I still didn't enjoy these as much as the Star Trek Titan novels, but its still worth a read to revisit old friends. And I hope to see more adventures of the new Voyager in the future.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyager Season 8 with Captain Chakotay Nov. 26 2004
By Picardfan007 - Published on
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Too bad the actor; Robert Beltran didn't get the chance to portray this character for a TV episode. Chakotay shines in this new book by Christine Golden. It's almost like reading an episode adaption only it isn't! I wish that the two book format was one of choice for the editors. The six and seven book sagas really get too drawn out. This one pits the old Voyager crew against the new recuits that have joined the ranks. It is like going home again with this series because the books transend anything the TV show has done with it's uneven quality.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a Slow Continuation, But Still Keeps My Interest... Dec 14 2004
By George Buttner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a trekker or a trekkie, but I enjoy watching the shows and reading the novelizations. "Voyager" was probably my favorite installment of the show and up until now, I've very much enjoyed Golden's novelizations of the continuation of the story.

"Spirit Walk: Old Wounds" mainly focuses on Chakotay, who is now Captain of the Starship Voyager and his new crew. While there are a lot of interesting ideas set up, the book focuses far too much on middling interpersonal issues and conflicts. Basically, this a book where for large stretches of time, nothing very interesting happens and then you get something that's only somewhat exciting. Although some time is spent with Janeway, The Doctor, Paris and Torres, I really feel that these best characters of the series are largely ignored, particularly the show's standout - Captain Janeway. She's turned into some big-time Admiral who is off running diplomatic missions and doesn't seem to have that old spark. Did I mention that Commander Tuvok is entirely absent from the story, save only a passing mention?

I'd say that "Spirit Walk: Old Wounds" did just enough to keep my interest to make me want to continue reading Christie Golden's novelizations of the continuation of "Voyager." I'm really looking forward to the next edition becuase if Golden properly pays off what was set up in "Old Wounds," then "Enemy of My Enemy" should be a very good book. I just really hope that the format for this next book is a lot different because if not, I will quit about halfway through, like I felt like doing with "Spirit Walk."

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