The Soldiers of Fear (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #41; Invasion, #2)
Dean Wesley Smith

Long ago, before the dawn of civilization, they were banished to the realm of nightmares. Now the terrors are real . . .
A generation ago, another Starship EnterpriseTM fought off a ship of exiled aliens intent on conquering all of the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet thought the foe had been repelled forever — until now. The Furies have returned in might warships even more powerful than before. But their weapons are more than merely physical, for these aliens are the origins of all the demons and monsters of ancient myth, and they have found a way to project fear directly into the minds of their enemies. To defeat the Furies, and save the Federation, Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM must first conquer the darkest terrors of their unconscious minds.

The Soldiers of Fear (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #41; Invasion, #2) book cover

“what was there to question? He and his best friend were going to die in the next few minutes. it was that simple.”

Because of the speed at which I read, these books are kind of like a feature-length episode for me. This one was certainly very enjoyable, and although the Redbay ending was predictable and Data’s immunity to the genetic queues underexplored, fitting into the work thus far was smooth and neatly managed. Guinan’s input was very televisual, too.

The length of the DS9 extract, the next novel, was a bit weird – this novel itself was just under an hour and a half of reading, and the “up next” sequence was a further quarter of an hour on top of that. Still, this is a fantastic series to come back to after so long without the old familiar episodes on rerun.

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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