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War Drums

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by John Vornholt

The planet Selva -- a lush colony world settled by a hardy group of humans, who found theplanet already inhabited by a small gang of young Klingons. When violence erupts between the two groupas, Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise™ are sent … see full wiki

Author: John Vornholt
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Star Trek
1 review about War Drums

Peace between the Federation and the Empire does not mean that there will not be local conflicts

  • Jan 4, 2010
Rating:
+3
Selva is a planet with lush vegetation, fertile soil and massive oceans that appear dead due to high ion concentrations. Due to the shifts of borders between the Klingons, Romulans and the Federation, it was available for colonization so a small group of humans colonized it. Unknown to everyone, a small group of Klingon children were already living there. The children are the survivors of a Romulan raid on a Klingon outpost, the doomed parents sent their children off on a ship, hoping they would survive. The ship crashed on Selva and the children had been living a feral existence, surviving the best way they could.
Rather than meeting each other and working towards the common good, the starving Klingons and the colonists were engaged in a bitter conflict and the Enterprise has been given the mission to end it. Each side has intense hate for the other and is in a killing mode, so the road to compromise is difficult. The presence of the male Klingon adult Worf aids in the interaction with the Klingon children and along with Troi and Data, the Klingon children are reasonably easy to persuade. It is the colonists that prove intransigent, even to the point where they defy, imprison and fire on the Enterprise away team. The situation is further complicated when the Enterprise is called away to help solidify a peace treaty, leaving the away team on their own. The colonists are aware of this so they feel that there is limited time for an armed resolution.
This story is a strong one because it takes as the premise the reality that although the Federation and the Klingon Empire are at peace, there remains a fundamental suspicion between the races, leading to the creation of local conflicts. Especially when there is a third force having the express purpose of sparking as much distrust as possible. The Enterprise crewmembers are masterful at defusing the situation and turning what could have been a massacre into a situation of mutual cooperation.

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