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Star Trek: The Romulan Way by Diane Duane

Star Trek: The Romulan Way (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Diane Duane (Author), Peter Morwood (Author)

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Title:Star Trek: The Romulan Way
Authors:Diane Duane (Author)
Other authors:Peter Morwood (Author)
Info:New York : Pocket Books, 1987.
Collections:Your library, DD
Tags:type: mass market paperback, star trek, genre: science fiction, read 2014

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The Romulan Way by Diane Duane (1987)



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I like this - I've liked it for years. Not quite as much as the first book, My Enemy, My Ally - partly because the main character here is a new one, not Star Trek canon. McCoy shows up half-way through, but he's more catalyst and trigger than character (there are a few - very few - scenes from his point of view). Arrhae/Terise - a Federation deep-cover agent on Romulus (ch'Rihan) - is the major character, both in POV and in action. And I find her mildly interesting but not as captivating as Duane's take on the canon characters. Interspersing the story with chapters from...Terise's monograph on Romulans and their history? Something like that - makes it interesting, but somewhat hard to read. Every time I'd get caught up in the story, the history chapter would knock me out - and every time I got interested in the history, we'd jump back to the story, with too much tension and momentum leached out of it. It's an enjoyable book, mostly because it expands my knowledge of the Star Trek universe (unfortunately, Paramount didn't make this stuff canon...I think it's a lot better than what they chose). As a story, it's only moderately good. Still, I've reread it over and over in the years since it was first released. A moderately good Duane (or in this case, Duane/Morwood) is still better than a lot of other books. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Feb 5, 2017 |
I found this a slog.  Alternating chapters of a thin plot with a long-winded history of the Romulans/ Rihannsu and how they developed from their split with the Vulcans.  Even at my most involved state of fandom it would have been much too much, and now that my ardor has cooled, well, let's just say I'm glad I finished it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book is the final Duane/Morwood colaboration I have read starring a member of the TOS command crew - in this case the indomintable Dr McCoy, though he doesn't take the lead role. That honour goes to the Federation agent Terise LoBrutto who had been in place for eight years trying to get the social background of the mysterious race known as the Romulans to the Federation and the Rihansu to themselves and the Elements.

Like the later 'Spock's World', this tells in separate chapters the history of the Rihansu as they escape from a Vulcan that had grown too tame for them under Surak and the story of Terise and Dr McCoy's imprisonment in the household where she is head of the servants.

Although so aspects of the novel are rather improbable, the shear joi de vivre of most of the storyline carries you past that slight problem. ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 28, 2015 |
The Romulan Way is widely considered one of the best classic Trek novels for good reason. Written before Star Trek: The Next Generation began to form a more solid canon interpretation of the Romulans, the novel gives an insight into the culture and history of a race millennia old, similar to Duane's treatment of the Vulcans in Spock's World. The Romulans are rendered in careful detail as a powerful, passionate, honorable, and highly independent people who are at the same time highly distrustful of outsiders and deeply isolationist. In order to prevent a civil war on Vulcan between the followers of Surak, who prized logic and restraint, and the followers of the Romulan founder S'task, who valued passion and power, the Romulans left to find a new home, and invented their own language and religion along the way.

Interwoven with this account of Romulan history is a framing story involving Dr. McCoy's capture and imprisonment for war crimes by the Romulans -- an incident planned by Starfleet in order to send McCoy to investigate a deep-cover Federation spy on ch'Rihan (Romulus) whom they fear has "gone native." We see the current state of the Star Empire -- in a politically fractious place after the events of the preceding novel, My Enemy, My Ally, in which a high-ranking Romulan officer betrays her own people to prevent government-sponsored atrocities -- through the eyes of both McCoy and the spy, Arrhae, who is masquerading as a servant in a Romulan noble house. Arrhae -- born Terise Haleakala-LoBrutto -- still recalls her loyalty to the Federation, but has grown to love the Romulan people and worlds as well, and the tension between these serves to drive much of her story.

As usual, Diane Duane is a master of her craft; she writes both humans and aliens with believability and fluidity, in a distinctive, lyrical language. The characters always feel like real people, rather than cardboard cutouts. Her cowriter (and husband) Peter Morwood is as skilled an author; to this day I can't tell who wrote what, which I suppose must be a good thing.
Most of all, both of these authors love Star Trek, and it shows. ( )
1 vote starlitwaters | May 23, 2014 |
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Among many issues we are still unsure of, one fact makes itself superevident: they were never "Romulans."
Arrhae ir-Mnaeha t'Khellian yawned, losing her sleep's last dream in the tawny light that lay warm across her face, bright on her eyelids.
The words "I have lost my best student to madness" are the beginning of the breaking of the Vulcan species.
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Arrhae broke out all over in cold sweat at the sound of him. She was not wearing a translator, and he spoke Federation Standard, and she understood him. Nit that this should have been strange, of course. Arrhae's composure began to shatter, and she kept walking, steadily, to be well out of sight before it should do so completely.

"I'm Doctor Learned E McCoy," he said. and O Elements, it was a native Terran accent, from somewhere in the south of EnnAy, probably Florida or Georgia. Arrhae made herself keep walking, without reaction, without any slightest reaction to the language she had not heard from another being in over eight years, and had stopped hearing even in her dreams.

"I'm a Commander in the United Federation lf Planets' Starfleet - and what your people have done is a damned act of war!"
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They are a race of warriors, a noble people to whom honor is all. They are cousin to the Vulcan, ally to the Klingon, and Starfleet's most feared and cunning adversary. They are the Romulans -- and for eight years, Federation Agent Terise LoBrutto has hidden in their midst.

Now the presence of a captured Starfleet officer forces her to make a fateful choice -- between exposure and escape. Between maintaining her cover -- and saving the life of Dr. Leonard McCoy.

Here, in a startlingly different adventure, is the truth behind one of the most fascinating alien races ever created in STAR TREK -- the Romulans.

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