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“Hail to the King, Baby!”
Star Trek: The Returned Parts I, II and, III
By Peter David
Review by: Brennan Palm

Star Trek: The Returned is probably one of the trekkiest book to have ever trekked. On top of that it’s also a good story. This three part book really surprised me due to the fact that most Star Trek (and Star Wars for that matter) books are over glorified fan service, and hold almost no entertainment value for all but the most diehard fans. These books more or less ditch that format and goes boldly where no one has gone before without completely abandoning its roots. I know it sounds confusing that I just said it was the trekkiest book to have ever trekked but at the same time different, but it just is.
I feel that Mister David was concentrating more on writing a good book than on writing a Star Trek book on which I praise him highly for. A few of the steps that made this book more good fiction than fan fiction included using a completely new crew and ship, including almost no appearances by any TV series characters, and slightly changing the usual Star Trek themes here and there.
As far as the story goes I’m not going to reveal much, as there are plenty of cliffhangers and massive plot twists and surprises, a few of them I didn’t quite grasp, as I haven’t read the other books in the series.
Our story begins with our main character, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun searching the planet Xenex for survivors of an alien attack and slowly deciding that once he finds the aforementioned aliens, he’s going to make them all dead aliens. Remember when I said the author changed the usual Star Trek tropes? Anyway Cap’n Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur decide to go to a pocket universe to kill all the hostile aliens. Once they get to their destination they meet with an alien species with similar goals and decide to team up even though the Excalibur crew suspect something’s up. Anyway the alien’s double cross the Excalibur and Big Mac’s rage is brought to an end as he realizes the aliens want to escape to our universe and end all other sentient life, like a bunch alien space Nazis. Q is also involved though the Excalibur crew does not know why.
Anyway this trilogy contained a final plot twist that was both massive and felt like it came right out of an unaired episode of the original series. The whole story was well written and very original and is easily worth every penny of its purchasing price. To Mister David I say well done. My only problem is that the last book had some twists that helped the story but didn’t match some of the characters personalities. 4 stars and for trekkiness I give it a Tribble / 10.

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