SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L Bennett

Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T’Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan’s great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T’Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour investigate with help from their Vulcan allies, but none of them suspect the identity of the real mastermind behind the conspiracy to reconquer Vulcan—or the price they will have to pay to discover the truth.

Meanwhile, when a long-forgotten technological threat re-emerges beyond the Federation’s borders, Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer attempts to track down its origins with help from his old friend “Trip” Tucker. But they discover that other civilizations are eager to exploit this dangerous power for their own benefit, even if the Federation must pay the price!

Two distinct storylines are the focus of this novel. Archer, T’Pol and some other well-known characters are involved in trying to track down a saboteur that could affect Vulcan’s position in the Federation. And Reed, Mayweather, and Trip try to stop a dangerous, alien intelligence that takes advantage of unsuspecting civilizations.

Uncertain Logic is another exciting installment in the Enterprise series. Though, the crew of the Enterprise has gone their separate ways. The series doesn’t have the same sense of adventure and exploration, since they’re not all on the same ship, exploring the galaxy. Archer and T’Pol are involved in politics. And Trip is an agent with Section 31. Yet as a fan of the series, I appreciate seeing their future paths and fresh, new stories. This latest one is full of intrigue, suspense, drama, and engaging characters. The characters made the events on Vulcan worth reading. And I really enjoyed the Pioneer story and Trip’s involvement. I hope this “Rise of the Federation” line continues to come out with strong stories like this.

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