Margaret Wander Bonanno
reviewed by Randy Landers
Its not often that I will concede that a pro-novel is as good as a fan-fic novel. Not very often at all. And yet, with her latest book, Margaret Wander Bonanno manages to cement her place in my heart as one of the best Star Trek novelists, fan or pro, ever.
The subject: Christopher Pike. The captain who does not inspire me in any way. The captain before THE captain. And yet Bonanno does an exquisite job setting up Chris Pikes background, his relationships with the people whose fates affect his life in so, so many ways. We learn of Pikes history as a child, as a teen, as a captain and as a hero. We learn of the tragedies that befall his loved ones, and we learn of his fate on Talos IV. And we learn of Vina, who provides the impetus for Pikes recollections, their life and their love.
Its a captivating novel, one that engages the reader from the beginning to the end, and its probably one of the finest Star Trek novels ever published by Pocketbooks. Do not miss this one, folks.
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