Sub-Genre: Alien Encounters, Alt. Societies, Space Travel, Armed Conflicts, Adv. Technology, Adv. Medical
Captin Riker finds his Starship Titan trapped in space after responding to a signal received from her sister ship the ‘Charon’.
An energy force, called “the Eye” has them trapped and has a formidable weapon at it’s disposal – the ability to exist out of phase with Titan’s reality.
A survey shuttle sent to investigate the planet protected by “the Eye” is lost, and the status of its passengers is unknown. Riker is acutely aware of that fact, since one of the members of the shuttle crew was Deana Trois, his wife.
Unknown to him, or any other member of the Titan crew, was that the shuttle actually survived. Hurled into a time warp, and released in the midst of a battle between aggressive insectoid clans on the planet spiritually guided by “the Eye”.
And what’s worse, is both Riker and Trois believe their partner is dead.
The ‘Titan’ is Captain Riker’s command, and they’ve found an area in space with ‘darkling matter’. As they’re trying to determine what it is, a lowly cadet discovers a signal coming through the probe. A signal from another Federation ship in some kind of distress.
While researching, the Titan is trapped in an area of space that has caused them to lose 90% of their weapons and shielding systems. Unable to use any warp or Impulse engines, they are trapped, and at the mercy of a glowing orb called “the Eye” that is emitting energy waves that are battering the ship unmercilessly
A team is sent to investigate the inhabitants of the planet to see if they will ‘turn off’ their “Eye” so that the Titan can be freed.
The shuttle enters ‘the Eye’ and is transported through time to the planet’s past and then they are saved by the shuttle’s automatic safety systems before the shuttle crashes to the planet’s surface.
On the surface, the crew is broken up and have to find a way to stay alive, while in the midst of a clan war between thousands of insect-like inhabitants of the planet.
Deana Trois is torn between her husband back on the ‘Titan’, and her shuttlemates there on the planet. Within a short time of exploration, the separate teams find the wreckage of a Luna Class starship, the same as the ‘Titan’.
And now, feeling hopelessly lost with the demise of the three-hundred plus crew of the Titan, the explorers search for a way to save the crumbling world they find themselves shipwrecked on.
I read through the novel expecting to learn more about the Star Trek life and technologies. What I came away with was low character development, weak references to keep the story within the Star Trek boundaries, and a sense that this was put together from recent movies that the author may have seen.
The Epilogue left me dazed and wondering about its inclusion and scope, and even after finishing the novel, I still felt as if it was out of place, or incomplete at the very least.
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