SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Section 31: Control

Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack

Synopsis:
No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

Review:
Julian Bashir and Sarina Douglas find themselves on the run again. But this time from more than just Section 31. When they uncover a huge secret that leads back to the beginning of the Federation, they have no idea how encompassing it is.

This latest Star Trek novel is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. While Bashir’s story plays out, we get flashbacks to early in the Federation as well. With plenty of familiar characters, from Data and Lal to Bashir’s long-time friend Garak and many more – Star Trek fans will enjoy the nostalgia and fun interactions. Mack has developed an impressive storyline of intrigue and suspense. My favorite Kirk quote certainly fits here: “I take it the odds are against us; and the situation is grim.” I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling novel with a surprising finale.

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