Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Chapter by Chapter Enterprise

Well, things are going downhill for Kirk, aren’t they? He’s had to put a chief engineer who doesn’t like him in charge while he chases Spock’s only chance to get his brains back before their first contact drifts into Klingon space, and their new friends aren’t much help. Plus Spock is currently a prisoner of one of those Klingons and time is running out. Meanwhile I’m having trouble being drawn into this tale. We have two chapters and an epilogue to go. Let’s see if something goes right for our heroes this time.

The first half of this chapter isn’t all that interesting. Spock nudges Koronin to a spot the flyers go to heal themselves but she thinks they’re going to visit the leaders. Kirk finds Stephen and Lindy and convinces them to head back to the ship and…no, wait, Lindy decides to ignore Jim and convinces Stephan to join the search. If I were in Jim’s place I would probably just toss the whole captain thing aside. Nobody seems to like him, much less follow his orders and I remind you there is only one full chapter left. They find Spock just as the Klingons arrive so a high-ranking father can save face and get revenge to get back some alleged prototype Koronin supposedly has.

Stephen decides to “fix” Spock right here on the worldship so Kirk sends Sulu back on Stephen’s ship with Lindy and Athene. And for the first time since this thing arrived she listens to him and goes. Koronin has also jumped into space using her ship’s maneuverability against the other ships but then realizes that even in death she can strike back at them and heads to crash into the worldship, since parts of it has a nasty habit of exploding as a defense…only she’s planning to make a big enough boom to take out the planet and the aftermath taking out either Starfleet or the Klingon Empire. (Speaking of Starfleet, her little pet ended up with Spock but has now made friends with Sulu.) So Kirk plans to use the shuttlecraft to at least knock her off-course. We learn Stephen’s ship secretly has weapons and Sulu considers using them, but an errant shot could damage the planet anyways and decides he’s the only person to really trust Captain Kirk. Which I can assume is the only reason for that revelation because it’s otherwise pointless.

The chapter ends with Koronin’s ship crashing without blowing anything else up and the fate of the Copernicus, Kirk, Uhura, and Spock unclear to anyone who has never heard of Star Trek, thus making this the first time any chapter in this book has made me want to keep reading. There hasn’t been a decent hook between chapters until now because in the few times something resembled a cliffhanger it was with someone I didn’t care about or didn’t care about during this story. That’s not good.

One more chapter and the epilogue to go and we can wrap this book up. Stay tuned.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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