Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly, by Rick Barba
When a serial killer nicknamed the Doctor returns to San Francisco, Kirk is witness to the brutal attack of a fellow Starfleet Academy student with a narrow miss himself. The Doctor leaves behind victims, who appear untouched, save for missing organs that have completely disappeared. Dr. McCoy uses his expertise to investigate the strange circumstances surrounding the attack and a soot-like residue left behind. And Uhura is asked to help as well, utilizing her linguistic skills to determine what the killer is saying on captured evidence. Meanwhile, Kirk is trying to pass his next exam, and doing a bit of his own detective work on the Doctor – all while romancing a local waitress.
This story is set during the early Academy days for Kirk, McCoy, and Uhura as a tie-in from the latest J.J. Abrams Star Trek film. The banter between Kirk and McCoy and the blooming romance between Uhura and Spock are among the highlights. The characters are spot on. The technology and mysterious alien are fascinating. And the mystery and suspense are captivating. While marked to the young adult market, this is a fun read for Star Trek fans of all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie tie-in and hope to see more from this new series soon.