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Star Trek Voyager: Protectors

Star Trek Voyager: Protectors

Author: Kristen Beyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

Following the destruction of four fleet vessels at the hands of the Omega Continuum, the U.S.S. Voyager and U.S.S. Demeter set course for a region of the Delta Quadrant far beyond any­thing previously explored. Captain Chakotay is determined to prove to Starfleet Command that the fleet’s ongoing mission is vital to Federation interests . . . and the key to doing so may lie in a distress call Voyager received nine years earlier but could not investigate.

Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway is recalled to the Alpha Quadrant for an evaluation period to determine her next assignment. Given the trauma she has recently endured, Admiral Akaar, Starfleet’s commander in chief, is questioning Janeway’s fitness to command the fleet. Janeway’s primary concern remains the fleet’s safety— for their mission to continue, she must find a way to secure the resources they require. But the uncertainty of her superior officers has left her powerless to act in their best interests.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I think this book takes place, immediately following the events in the Fall story arc. So Admiral Akaar is still trying to find allies. Between the Dominion and the Borg, the Federation does not seem to be changing for the better. The change in attitudes that some of the high-ups in Starfleet have is very disturbing. This book really concentrated on Janeway’s character, specifically her protectiveness when it came to her former crew. In fact there is some suggestion that one of the reasons that the whole Borg and Omega thing happened stemmed from Janeway’s inability to allow her crew to function on their own and take care of themselves. The future Janeway protected her crew to the point that she decided to alter the timeline.

Janeway is definitely going to have to come to terms with this particularly as at least two of her crew, Tom Paris and Seven, are being put in personal situations that could cost them. In the case of Tom, his mother is trying to get custody of his daughter due to the fact that they staged B’Elanna and Miral’s death to avoid the Warriors of Grethor. Seven is about to become a guinea pig for what appears to be a unexpected disease affecting planets that were transformed by the Caeliar.

Anyway, I’m interested to see what becomes of Janeway’s return. I think she could become a balance to some of the undesirable influences in the upper echelons of Starfleet.

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Star Trek Voyager: the Eternal Tide

20130225-215024.jpgAuthor: Kirsten Beyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: LI

Synopsis: I hate to use the blurb on the back of the book, but as I am so behind on reviews it will have to do until I get caught up!

As the Voyager fleet continues its exploration of the Delta Quadrant, investigating the current status of sectors formerly controlled by the Borg becomes a key priority. Two of the fleet’s special mission vessels, the U.S.S. Galen and U.S.S. Demeter, are left at New Talax to aid Neelix’s people, while the Voyager, Quirinal, Esquiline, Hawking, and Curie do a systematic search for any remnants of the Borg or Caeliar, even as the Achilles moves to a location central enough to offer aid to the exploring vessels as needed. As this critical mission begins, Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden, who has shared what little she knows of her mysterious past with Captain Chakotay, begins to experience several more “awakenings” as she encounters artifacts and places that make her feel connected to her long-lost home. She is reluctant to allow these visions to overshadow the mission, and this becomes increasingly difficult as time passes. But in the midst of this growing crisis, no one in the fleet could anticipate the unexpected return of one of Starfleet’s most revered leaders—a return that could hold the very fate of the galaxy in the balance.

Bluestokcing’s Learned Opinion: Part of this plot was a little bit strained for me-namely bringing Janeway back from the dead. I had often thought that killing Janeway off in Before Dishonor was a bad idea. I mean they had not long returned to the Alpha Quadrant. I think a whole time travel element would have been a less hokey way to bring her back rather than using Q. That said, I’m glad that she’s back. I like the explanation that they give for the origins of the Omega particle. If you will remember from the show that there was an Omega directive in addition to the Prime Directive.

The Omega particle is a very unstable element. It has the ability to destroy sub space for several light years. If any Starfleet captain comes into contact with this particle, they are to destroy it at all costs.

The Omega Directive started in the book Star Trek Section 31 Cloak by S.D. Perry. In that book it took Enterprise several months to return to unaffected space. In The Destiny Trilogy, we learn that the Caeliar have learned to successfully harness the Omega particle. In this book, we learn that the Omega particle is merely a shade of the real thing which has enough power to destroy the universe. The Omega particle exists in the Omega continuum which is the opposite of the Q continuum (possesses all the creative power of the universe).

I thought it was very interesting the way this author decided to take the Q. In every prior book, the Q have been portrayed as above it all. They descend to mingle with lesser life forms every now and then, but mostly they keep to themselves. It was interesting to see them have to deal with loss of life which is something they are totally ill equipped to handle.

I’m very curious to see how and where they will take Voyager as a series.