Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key Mass Market Paperback – Aug 30 2016
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Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, and the Star Trek novels Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Elusive Salvation, Armageddon’s Arrow, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.
Kevin Dilmore has teamed with author Dayton Ward for fifteen years on novels, shorter fiction, and other writings within and outside the Star Trek universe. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including Native Lands by Crazy 8 Press. By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2014, a short film written by Kevin, “Outside of Town,” was selected for screening in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
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In short too many characters most just left hanging in plot development. They contributed nothing to the plot whatsoever. Just plain bad.
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Okay... enough griping. All the making of Una into something of a super-being aside (And didn't they call the First Officers "Number One" even in Star Trek the Next Generation"? okay, I digress. Stepping off the soapbox... warning *Spoiler alert* We have in the first book discovered that beings from another universe/dimension have come into the one we all know and love as ours--giant SLUGS... but these are no ordinary slugs.. these have great intelligence, and have come into our dimension/universe seeking a means of escaping their own universe. In the process they enslave the inhabitants of a planet that the Federation gave one name--but the natives call Usilde... kind of arboreal creatures that can talk--but are not advanced enough to fight off the invading Jatohr (that's the slugs) who put them into forced labor camps. Along comes the Enterprise in the days of, well.. even before Captain Pike--under the command of Captain April... who decides something needs to be done to prevent the subjugating of all inhabitants of Usilde--problem is that the Jatohr have a device whereby they can just "zap" you out of existence. Given a landing party to command, even the seemingly unconquerable "Una" (who takes on a character totally foreign to the Number One we knew and loved on "The Cage") finds herself in a horrible situation... the landing was a disaster, many of her crewmates are captured or "zapped". What she does find out is that there is at least one decent Jatohr in the bunch who actually helps the irrepresible "Una" to escape back to her ship with the "Key" to the device making this cross-dimensional travel possible. All captains of the Enterprise since: April, Pike, and now Kirk... have known about this Key and told NOBODY except the latest incoming captain of its existence. So Una decides that she is going to outsmart everybody on the Enterprise, including Kirk and Spock, and steal the Key from where it's hidden in the Captain's quarters... to go back to that planet and try to retrieve her crewmates -- EIGHTEEN years later!
The second book continues along this theme bouncing back and forth between dimensions following the actions of Super Una and one furious Kirk realizing he'd been had by the prowess of the erstwhile Number One. But a call to another planet where peace-talks are taking place that would dramatically effect the relationship between the Klingon Empire and the Federation are going on--in the Centaurus system at New Athens. As if it wasn't bad enough that Una made Kirk look a bit silly (at least he could plead betrayal by a trusted ally).. ANOTHER individual ON the Enterprise turns out to be a Romulan SPY... and this one also completely outfoxes Kirk--steals the Key (which Kirk got back after having pursued Super-Una to the planet Usilde and granting her the opportunity to use it to go to "wherever" to see if she can find her crewmates she waited 18 years to go back and retrieve. Anyway, this Romulan spy is... yep... another Super Female! who totally dominates ALL the crew on the Romulan vessel with intentions of destroying peace talks at Centaurus so the Romulans can benefit from renewed hostilities between the Klingons and the Federation. Meanwhile... down on New Athens... we do find that the peace talks bring us back to the original series and Sarek, trying to negotiate with the typically bellicose Klingons, but with a likeable sort of fellow named Gorkon heading the Klingon delegation. Then the Romulans attack using that device the other Super-gal stole from under Kirk's nose... and they start wiping out and zapping delegates--beginning with Klingons who are now furious and see it as a Federation scheme.
A major redeeming factor in the story as it develops toward the end of book two--and again at the beginning of THIS book, is that one of those people training at New Athens is none other than Joanna McCoy-- yup, McCoy's daughter! Now THIS was interesting, we knew of her, and we were curious to know a little more about Bones and his earlier marriage and obviously difficult divorce--but we don't get far in that... the Romulan gal messes everything up... wiping out half of New Athens before Kirk finally seems to get the upper hand in a space-battle which culminates with the destruction of the Romulan ship--but not before Kirk gets the Key back... and from thence.... our storyline bounces back and forth from Kirk and the Enterprise.... and those individuals trapped in that "other" existence. I won't take it any further because this is a review of this THIRD book in the series; but I wanted to make sure everyone had all the background needed from the first two. I will concede that of the three, I found this one probably the best as it spent a great deal less time telling us about super-chicks who could destroy anything male, and actually tried to develop a plot as Kirk and crew wrestled with how a damaged Enterprise (from the battle with the Romulans) might be able to deal with both the Klingons who had by now discovered Usilde (and naturally claimed it) ... and the problem of trying to get Number One (yeah Una) back. Incidentally, by now both Gorkon AND Sarek were zapped off into that other dimension or universe or whatever. This would make them into a pair of interesting allies against forces with which neither knew how to deal. I won't get into any more spoilers--there's a lot more for the reader of this one to find out on his or her own. I just wish they wouldn't be so timid about having Chekov speak in the dialect we all loved from the old series "Keptin, an alien wessel is approaching!" Nope.. the new writers are just way too "sensitive" to actually use the dialect the older writers DID use. That aside, it's a decent story--but I'm going back to read one of the really early books again just to feel like I'm really watching TOS again. Live Long and Prosper!
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