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I.K.S. Gorkon, Book 3: Enemy Territory (Star Trek) (Bk. 3)

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A book by Keith R. A. DeCandido

For centuries, the Elabrej believed that they were alone in the universe, and that no sentient life existed outside their home star system. But their certainty is shattered when a controversial exploration vessel of their own making encounters - and … see full wiki

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Author: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Star Trek
1 review about I.K.S. Gorkon, Book 3: Enemy Territory (Star...

The Best Book In This Series So Far

  • Jun 20, 2008
Rating:
+5
"Enemy Territory," the third book in the I.K.S. Gorkon series by Keith R.A. DeCandido is perhaps the most vividly written of the Gorkon stories so far. DeCandido's knack for including solid character development in his story without suffering the battle sequences so key to the Klingon lifestyle takes the forefront in this tale. It opens with Shipmaster Vor Ellis of the Elabrej being awakened to the fact that her fellow crew members have located an alien conveyance, or ship. Her religious upbringing (as well as that of most of her people) has declared that there are no other beings in the universe except for the Elabrej. However, she finds herself and her crew members face-to-face with another alien race. Perhaps out of fear, she gives the command to fire on the alien ship. Unfortunately for them, the alien ship, the Klingon Chancellor-class I.K.S. Kravokh, returns fire and sets into motion a great battle between an alien race that thought it was alone and another that relishes a good fight.

After having not heard from the I.K.S. Kravokh in roughly two months, the I.K.S. Gorkon learns of a massive gathering of alien ships in the last known location of the Kravokh. Sensing an offensive strike, Klag and company, as well as a large fleet of other Klingon vessels, set out to investigate and possibly engage the enemy that brought down the Kravokh. What Klag finds is a one-sided revolutionary war on a planet that's more alien than anything he's witnessed before. When the Klingons join up with a separatist faction, things really get going. On top of all of this, Klag is also trying to weed out possible mutineers on the Gorkon.

DeCandido catches readers up with characters such as Wol, Toq, Rodek, Leskit, B'Oraq, Lokor and Goran. He allows these and other characters to take the spotlight from Klag to varying degrees. Wol is especially highlighted and one could argue that this particular tale is more about her growth as a Klingon warrior than any other character in the story. DeCandido also gives the reader a wonderful look into the social structure of the Elabrej hegemony as well as a solid understanding of certain members of the Elabrej race.

As stated before, DeCandido blends action and character development flawlessly. This makes the reader cheer on certain characters and develop a general dislike of others. It makes the death of some characters (both heroic and cowardly) that much more meaningful as well.

The story is briskly paced and each chapter demands the reader to keep going and not put the book down. As always, DeCandido sets up the the timeline for the story and includes a brief dictionary of Klingon terms used in the book. He also gives a brief overview of each of the Chancellor-class Klingon vessels.

This is the best book in the series so far. At the end of the tale, DeCandido promises that a new adventure for the Gorkon and its crew is yet to come. I hope that he's telling the truth. He's developed these characters so well that I've grown to like many of them more than some of those who are on television each week in reruns. This tale can be read as a standalone novel, but I highly suggest to anyone who reads it to please check out the first two books in the series.

Highly recommended.

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