Dreadnought! by Diane Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dreadnought! was a Star Trek novel I always enjoyed reading and bares a striking familiarity to a certain recent Trek movie given a super secret starship with all cutting edge technology and weaponry being used to further an individuals agenda and force the Federation down a certain path.
In this story the central character is Lt. Piper a young officer who is posted to the Enterprise at the request of Captain Kirk after she shows an interesting approach to the demands of the Kobayashi Maru. Soon after arriving onboard and meeting her roommates the Enterprise is assigned the task of retrieving the stolen Dreadnought "Star Empire" and Piper's ID is attached to the demands of the "terrorists".
This was and remains an entertaining read, over simplistic perhaps but that was par for the course at the time yet the novel retains pace and tension as the factions fight for control of the ship but for different reasons. Kirk being thrown into the mix has to decide who he believes and how he'll use his command and influence to resolve the situation before and after the shooting starts. If you do enjoy the novel then many of the characters return in the sequel "Battlestations" another entertaining Trek read from Diane.
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