Star Trek: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel
The U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk is en route to the extreme edge of the Alpha Quadrant, and to a region known as the Vara Nebula. Its mission: to investigate why science outpost Zeta Gibraltar is not answering all Federation hailing messages. When the Enterprise arrives, a scan shows no life forms in the science station. Kirk leads a landing party and quickly discovers the reason for the strange silence—signs of a violent firefight are everywhere. Zeta Gibraltar has been completely raided. Yet there are no bodies and the entire roster of station personnel is missing.
This Original Series novel is a mystery with layers. The Enterprise crew must investigate what happened at the science outpost. In doing so, they track down the missing scientists as well as a mysterious race in the form of legendary characters from Earth’s past. The heart of the story is wrapped around this people group and why they have arrived.
Savage Trade is a fast-paced, fun read. An alien race from the Enterprise’s past makes a return. And their history brings the crew (as well as the Federation) mixed feelings as well as trepidation. This original story is engaging and entertaining – full of drama, intrigue, and a bit of romance. I enjoyed this latest installment from beginning to its climactic ending.