SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation

Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward

The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.

San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.

New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future…

Elusive Salvation had me at Roberta Lincoln – I knew there’d be time travel involved. Kirk at the Enterprise meet a new alien race who need their help. The only problem is that they’ll need the help of friends from the past. This story jumps back and forth in time, but follows a logical pattern with specific characters that is easy to follow. New aliens, time travel, and a cameo from Guinan – this story had some of my favorite things from the Star Trek universe. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the familiar characters, with plenty of mystery, intrigue, and suspense. It was so fast-paced at times, that I found myself reading faster in excitement. Fans of the original series wont want to miss this latest, fanastic installment.

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