To protect the cargo ships essential to the continuing existence of the fledgling Coalition of Planets, the captains of the United Earth's Starfleet are ordered to interstellar picket duty, with little more to do than ask "Who goes there?" into the darkness of space.
Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise seethes with frustration, wondering if anyone else can see what he sees. A secret, closed, militaristic society, convinced that their survival hangs by a thread, who view their neighbors as a threat to their very existence -- the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Russians of the old Soviet Union, the Koreans under Kim Il-sung -- with only one goal: attain ultimate power, no matter the cost. The little-known, never-seen Romulans seem to live by these same principles.
The captain realizes that the bond between the signers of the Coalition charter is fragile and likely to snap if pushed. But he knows that the Romulans are hostile, and he believes they are the force behind the cargo ship attacks. If asked, Archer can offer no proof without endangering his friend's life.
To whom does he owe his loyalty: his friend, his world, the Coalition? And by choosing one, does he not risk losing all of them? What is the solution to a no-win scenario?
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I really like this but...
Overall this is a great book story- I do not, however, enjoy the dirtying of some characters - it kind of ruins things for me- doesn't seem very Klingon for Krell to be gay, for archer and trip to use foul language, etc. star trek is supposed to be wholesome.
It's a good setup
It's a decent enough set up for the Romulan War mentioned on the original series and the next generation using the command test the Kobayashi Maru from the wrath of khan. This book covers it's origins. The author takes a lot of time name and place dropping from trek canon which slows up the story. Once the story gets going things take an interesting twist. It was a long but enjoyable enough read. Now onto the 1st book of the Romulan war
Great Star Trek book!
The second book of a new Star Trek series set during the time period of Jonathan Archer and the NX-01 Enterprise, it features a fan favorite who disguised as a Romulan infiltrates the Empire on a top secret mission. This book covers an important period of time for Star Trek and the developing Coalition of Planets as well as leads into the Earth/Romulan war that was never reached in the TV show due to it's cancelation after season 4.