The Final Fury (Star Trek Voyager, #9; Invasion, #4)
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For ages they have sought to claim our worlds. Now, at last, we take the battle to them. . . .
Far from the Federation’s desperate war against the invading Furies, the crew of the “U.S.S. Voyager” TM encounters something they never expected to hear again: a Starfleet distress call. The signal leads them to a vast assemblage of non-humanoid races engaged in a monumental project of incredible magnitude. Here is the source of the terrible invasion threatening the entire Alpha Quadrant — and, for the “Starship Voyager” TM, a possible route home.
But soon there may not be any home to return to . . .

The Final Fury (Star Trek Voyager, #9; Invasion, #4) book cover

Treknobabble I can deal with, but deviation from the English language is pretty unforgivable. “I think we’re safer figuring out who all is here than remaining rigidly silent”, says janeway. who all is here?? That wouldn’t go out on air, would it? Then Tuvok comes out with the phrase: “one must assume a certain un interest in outdoor scenery”. “Un Interest?” It’s not even a word! He’s a Vulcan, and although he’s recently been shaken up by racial memories, everything else he says use words that … well. That actually exist.

Then there’s the phrase “for the entire rest of the bridge crew lay unconscious” (entire rest of?), and the command, “Aim manually using the computer!”Which sort of makes one wonder if she expected him to do an EVA with a torpedo and point it in the right direction without an explicit command to the contrary. This to Kim, too, because of course Ensign Kim is on weapons all the time.

As if that wasn’t issue enough … the captain again: “Lieutenant Torres is going to make it.” Janeway rose and crossed to put her hand on his shoulder. “You care very much about her, don’t you? I think Chell can use some
watch standing experience … why don’t you go down to sickbay.” never mind that that second question doesn’t have a question mark (we’re outside the boundaries of decent grammar now) but who’s B’Elanna’s other half here? “Kim stood without a word and hurriedly walked to the turbo lift.” Because it sure as hell isn’t Harry!

B’Elanna’s an interesting one too, because there’s this whole half-Klingon, half-Human struggle going on which is quite normal for her character, but also this huge thread of failure. “I disgraced myself. I am not fit to wear my uniform”, she says after being hit by a terror beam, but even before the weapon is used there’s a great deal about how she doesn’t fit in with the crew or know what she’s doing and is generally a useless waste of space. It’s almost laughably overdone.

And, though this is the final fury, nothing’s happened to them and they could be back someday. I suppose this was the case so that if another TV series came along something could be plausibly written up, but it does end the series a little awkwardly.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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