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Star Trek Voyager: a Pocket Full of Lies


Author:   Kirsten Beyer

Genre:      Science fiction

Rating:     LI


 An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Voyager from New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer—and the sequel to Atonement and Acts of Contrition!

The Full Circle Fleet has resumed its unprecedented explorations of the Delta Quadrant and former Borg space. Commander Liam O’Donnell of the U.S.S. Demeter makes a promising first contact with the Nihydron—humanoid aliens that are collectors of history. They rarely interact with the species they study but have created a massive database of numerous races, inhabited planets, and the current geopolitical landscape of a large swath of the quadrant. When an exchange of data is proposed via a formal meeting, the Nihydron representatives are visibly shaken when Admiral Kathryn Janeway greets them. For almost a century, two local species—the Rilnar and the Zahl—have fought for control of the nearby planet Sormana, with both sides claiming it as their ancestral homeworld. The shocking part is that for the last several years, the Rilnar have been steadily gaining ground, thanks to the tactics of their current commanding officer: a human woman, who appears to be none other than Kathryn Janeway herself… 

Opinion:  Time travel and the multiverse.  This sort of thing can give you a headache if you think about it too much.  Fortunately I enjoy it.  This book involves three of the species from the episode A Year of Hell.  For those of you not familiar with the episode, Voyager encountered a species called the Krenim. A Krenim scientist have created a Weldon that was capable of erasing objects, people, civilizations from time.  The scientist was trying to make his people the most powerful species in the sector.  But by erasing species (enemies) it had some unintended side effects namely his wife and Provence was wiped out.  This scientist had created temporal shields for his ship so they would not experience the effect of the changes being made.  They spent a couple of hundred years trying to undo the damage before Voyager stumbled onto them.  Voyager was a wild card that threw the temporal calculations off.  So naturally he tried to destroy Voyager.  It was a rough year for the drew, but in the end Janeway destroyed that ship erasing it from the timeline and thereby resetting everything.

Once the timeline was restored, the Krenim didn’t tamper with the timeline as much.  But there was two particular species that they were hell bent on annihilating- the Zahl and Rilnar.  This book explores why the Krenim wanted to destroy these species.
As far as the other Janeway, well if you’ve read Star Trek Voyager: the Eternal Tide, then you know that every Janeway in the multiverse died on the exact same day.  This othe Janeway died but then was revived.  Very interesting as to why this occurred.  Let’s just say our favorite letter of the alphabet is back. 

We catch up with Tom and B’lanna who have had a son Michael Owen.  The book explores more the aftermath of the effects on Nancy Conlon after her brutal alien takeover in Atonement ( I need to post this review).

Anyway, it was a very enjoyable read.  

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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.