Sub-Genre: Alien Encounters, Alt. Societies, Space Travel, Armed Conflicts, Adv. Technology, Adv. Medical
Captain Klag, commander of the Klingon Chancellor-Class vessel I. K. S. Gorkon, has been the recipient of an arm transplant that left his ship’s chief medical officer B’Oraq branded as a monster by her medical peers.
Klag himself is thought ‘less than a man’ by some, and works to build his strength back to how it was before he lost his own arm.
Klag’s Mother and brother teaches him the costs of betrayal as they plot to disgrace him.
Meanwhile, the Gorkon is undergoing repairs and several of the troop regiment trek off for a Yobta’ Yumpa’ feast, and learn firsthand that there is more to being comrades than regulations when they visit a farming world and get caught up in the local festivities.
Captain Klag brought his ship back from the Battle at San Tarah and left it in the capable hands of Commander Kurak and the Praxis Station repair crew. With repairs to be completed, the crew was given shore leave, as was the infantry regiment assigned to the I. K. S. Gorkon.
With the upcoming annual Yobta’ Yupma’ festival which celebrates the end of the harvest season, three soldiers and their squad leader head out to Krennla, a farming planet where the grandmother of one of the soldiers is celebrating the festival with her traditional feast.
During the festival conflicts between the farms arise leading to a winner-take-all match in the market circle, where only native farmers can participate for the honor and glory of the win. With bets made, it was on the line for the soldier’s host farm.
Captain Klag had his own problems with the betrayal of his family member and other Defense Force officers. Stemming from his surgically replaced arm from his dishonored father, his military peers and family thought him not a man but a lesser man, and his ship’s doctor that performed the transplant was shunned by her peers in the medical community as being a ‘monster’ for her actions.
It all boils down to a matter of honor for all the participants and an underlying intimate relationship helps propel everyone to the individual conclusions each character faces.
The novel is in the world of ‘Star Trek’ from a Klingon point of view. It offers a unique perspective of the inner nuances of Klingon society from the supportive roles of the farm worlds to the hierarchy within the High Council.
Four distinct storylines are incorporated into the novel, and it was a bit hard to keep up with the changing focus of each chapter. There did not seem to be a distinct primary theme as the subplots tended to be very overpowering.
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