Star Trek: Legacies Book 1: Captain to Captain
by Greg Cox
The last 500 words were cool. The basic premise of Captain to Captain is that there's a secret on board the Enterprise that has been passed down to each captain from the time of Christopher Pike. It's a device that allows travel through different universes. That's cool, and consistent with Star Trek lore.
As Fate would have it - and I don't want to give away too much - the Jahor (evil slug creatures) have taken over an idyllic planet, enslaved its inhabitants, in a quest for more natural resources since their own home world is in dire straits. Naturally, the Enterprise must intervene.
I like the idea of the story, and I think it's always a challenge to get the first story in a trilogy done right. Here, different authors tackled different books, which is another challenge, but that worked out fine for me. It is a Star Trek book, and fans won't be disappointed. But I do think there were opportunities for increasing the tension in the story and at times, it felt a bit flat for me.
This is the second Star Trek Original Series I've read where the Illyrian, Number One, is a major character (the other was Child of Two Worlds). I like her. The giant slugs were nasty aliens too.
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