, whose book reviewers are notoriously hard to please, ran a very
nice review of A Time for War, a Time for Peace
. The review was by Anthony Brown (who is, I believe, the same guy who gave The Brave and the Bold
one star), and had four out of five stars.
The first paragraph is only tangentially related to the book, but it's brilliant, and I'm going to reprint it here:
One of Star Trek's besetting faults is its tendency to ignore anything outside of Starfleet, or, indeed, the Enterprise. No awkward reporters, no authority figures beyond the mad admirals and the occasional token politicians... Tony Blair would have been in clover in the Trek world. It's a situation that was memorably sent up by one fanzine, that depicted Kirk's appearance on Newsnight (or its like) immediately after The Wrath of Khan--'So, Admiral, why did you think that it would be a good idea to give a 300-year old, superhuman, war criminal his own planet, without even checking in with Starfleet command? And now that it's got your first officer killed, do you still reckon it was such a good idea?'
Brown goes on to say that the book is "refreshingly different, and a strong conclusion to a saga that's just hit its stride. The expected, easy answers to the inevitable pre-Nemesis
crew shuffles (Whither Wesley? Why is Worf back aboard the Enterprise
? What happened to his successor/predecessor, Christine Vale?) are avoided, in favour of more interesting approaches."
The review's in Starburst
#317, the one with Brent Spiner and Scott Bakula on the cover.