Mindshadow by J.M. Dillard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Enterprise comes to the aid of the planet Aritani and it's people who have turned their back on technology and love a more pastoral life. Raiders have been destroying crops and slaughtering people yet taking nothing, scans indicate vast mineral deposits which could be the motive for the attacks. Spock receives extensive brain injuries after going on a late night recon and has to return to Vulcan and even when planetary shields are created to prevent cloaked ships from entering the atmosphere the attacks continue...
Mindshadow wasn't a bad story at all, while the book is essentially a Spock story it also explores the moral and ethical dilemma of interfering with a culture and the complications of the existing dynamic and the value of said planet. We got some good McCoy in the novel as well and it's not the first time the Doctor has been smitten by a younger woman and Scotty gets some good coverage as well, I also liked Lieutenant Ingrit Tomson the security chief who goes on to appear in other novels.
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