Foundations (Star Trek: S.C.E.) Mass Market Paperback
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Set within a 24th century framing story that sees the crew of the USS da Vinci attempting a dramatic rescue of a runaway vessel, authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore take the reader back to three key S.C.E. missions set during the 23rd century in a tale that explores the origins and evolution of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers.
Utilizing flashbacks to tell a story certainly isn't original but it definitely works well in this instance. Each of the three flashback stories is a complete and interesting story on their own. Ward and Dilmore know how to engage your attention from the opening paragraph of a novel and spin a highly entertaining tale.
Originally released as an eBook trilogy in 2002, as a full-length novel Foundations is an even more effect story without the recapping needed when a story is broken down into individual parts. Well paced and carefully plotted, "Foundations" is mighty satisfying reading in a number of ways.
The 24th century framing story effectively sets up each jump back to the past while at the same time provides it's own interesting dilemma. Using the same characters, the crew of the USS Lovell, in each of the three flashbacks provides continuity and good flow to the overall narrative while at the same time allowing the reader to get to know and appreciate the characters, particularly Commander Mahmud al-Khaled. Al-Khaled, like the da Vinci's Commander Sonya Gomez, commands a crew of unique individuals you can't help but like.
Ward and Dilmore have a real knack for writing dialogue that very effectively brings the individual characters to life.Read more ›
"Foundations" gives the reader background into the starting of the SCE back in the twenty-third century the main character in this book is Captain Montgomery Scott now head of the SCE as he reminisis in retrospect abount some of the missions he was on either when serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise or when he was assigned to the U.S.S. Lovell before serving on the Enterprise, which, all in all, makes for interesting reading.
The U.S.S. da Vinci is the twenty-fourth century ship with state- of-the-art equipment, but the SCE had a very humble beginning back in the twenty-third century and these are the stories that are told through Montgomery Scott's eyes as he tells us what really happens. As the book starts out there is a run away ion drive on a Senuta ship coming from the Beta Quadrant through Klingon Space and the SCE and the da Vinci is right in its path so they pull along side and begin to correct the problem.
This story completes itself throughout the book a segment at a time as the SCE work to solve one problem as the next problem shows its head. There are three main retrospectives throughout the book as you read on. All of these are from writings of Montgomery Scott or his recollections as he is speaking to the da Vinci crew. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone comes a story of a reactor overload due to an ion storm on an asteroid relay station and how it gets solved. The next story is the continuation of what transpired on Beta III when Captain Kirk and the Enterprise left after the Landru incident.Read more ›
I enjoyed seeing the aftermath of the reckless Captain Kirk as he explored the galaxy. The problems he created and the SCE had to clean up, seemed very realistic and creative. Each adventure felt complete and help extend the adventures of the original Enterprise.
Since this was my first step into the SCE, I felt partially at a loss and out of touch with some characters. The book was great and I will be picking up more adventures with the SCE crew.
I have to give this one five stars and hope it inspires the editors at Pocket books to publish more e books about the original series era with our favorite engineer.