Star Trek Original Series Novel: The Romulan Way by Diane Duane
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  • I find it hard to empathise with someone immersing themselves in a non-human culture and I think most would feel the same way
  • The federation has obviously gotten a bit concerned that she has stopped reporting in and they hope McCoy will be able to find out why
  • The story doesn't suffer because of this and remains very enjoyable, however, the author does a good job bringing the dynamics of a Romulan noble household to life
  • One criticism is that the story assumes you are familiar with the original TV show and will reference events from that show with little or no explanation
  • I can, however, recommend it wholeheartedly as it got some interesting takes on a well-known universe

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      The sequel to “My Enemy, My Ally” follows Deep-cover Federation Agent Terise LoBrutto AKA Arrhae t’llhweiir who has her assignment on Romulus disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a high profile federation prisoner, one Dr McCoy.

      The plot is split into two independent sections which are a fantastic idea because it allows you to read the background material as a separate entry to the story. I liked this because it provided a swift and condensed version rather than trying to weave it organically into the narrative. Quite an attractive thing if all you want to do is skim.

      The story part is strong and the characters likeable but not relatable. I find it hard to empathise with someone immersing themselves in a non-human culture


      and I think most would feel the same way. Arrhae has suppressed most of her human side and is operating as a fully imursed member of Romulan society. So much so that she has very much gone native. The federation has obviously gotten a bit concerned that she has stopped reporting in and they hope McCoy will be able to find out why. There is even the suggestion that she has developed a form of multiple personalities as she seems to have trouble abandoning her Romulan identity when she first meets McCoy.

      The story doesn’t suffer because of this and remains very enjoyable, however, the author does a good job bringing the dynamics of a Romulan noble household to life. Its a lot

      of fun watch Arrhae yell at the other servants for not being “proper” It’s like an alian version of Downton Abby.

      Some faces from the previous book in the series reappear and despite the sometimes unnecessary federation focus, it retains a strong Romulan flavour. Which is, if you read this, what you want. Ael is back with the crew of Bloodwing. She’s taken it upon herself to commit grand larceny and destruction of public property in a combined hist/rescue operation. Lt Rock aka Naraht a wisecracking, rock consuming, phaser fire immune, one-man tank is back after literally leaping out of a starship in orbit and surviving.

      One criticism is that the story assumes you are familiar with the original TV show and will reference ...


      • Star Trek Original Series Novel: The Romulan Way by Diane Duane
      events from that show with little or no explanation. The reference to the M5 incident is not going to carry much weight if you don’t connect that to the episode. The main character was previously an officer on the USS Excalibur. She seems unaware that this posting took her off the ship just before the Excalibur was destroyed.

      The background part really shines out as an example of world building. It is a fictional historical account of the Romulans journey from Vulcan to a new homeworld. It was both exciting and informative with a few interesting suggestions to how technology can influence society and even birth new religions. We discover how the Romulans lived for centuries on the generation ships before finding Romulus

      and how they used their version of Reddit to write the Romulan bible of the elements. Imagine stitching a holy text together from posts on the internet and the genius of the idea being a post by someone complaining that they lost their keys!

      You will enjoy this if you like Star Trek, that’s a given. However, you will also like this if you enjoy strong world building and intrigue in your stories. You will struggle with terms and plot points if you have no experience with star trek before as it was plainly written with fans in mind. I can, however, recommend it wholeheartedly as it got some interesting takes on a well-known universe.




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