The Entropy Effect: Star Trek by Vonda N. McIntyre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The mysterious appearance of a singularity has the Enterprise and more importantly Spock committed to an extensive study, six weeks into the mission the ship receives an "ultimate" distress signal, it can not be ignored. Upon arrival at Aleph there seems little to justify the emergency but with the ship and crew in need of a moment of rest and rejuvenation perhaps a milk run taking a prisoner to a nearby rehab facility is just what's needed. Tragedy then strikes, an attack on board with proscribed weaponry leaves two dead and one seriously injured and as the paranoia runs rampant the secrets Spock and McCoy are keeping makes them look ever more guilty of conspiracy and murder.
The Entropy Effect is a solid piece of Star Trek story telling, nothing really new here after all the ship often gets diverted for no real reason but the criminal activity and mystery adds a very welcome layer to an established trope. The novel was a lot better than I remembered and I really enjoyed some of the new characters introduced in the book a few of which turn up in Trek novels from other authors.
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