Legacies #2: Best Defense by David Mack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Best Defence is the middle novel of the Legacies trilogy and written by David Mack. The style is subtly different to the previous book and it was interesting to compare the way the two authors wrote and made me wonder if the needs of the overall story were parceled out in terms of the strength of the writers. So without getting too spoiler heavy the mysterious artefact protected through decades by the Captains and First Officers of the Enterprise is out in the wild, the Romulans and Klingons are in play and elements outside of the Federation are eager to see Klingon/Federation talks in the shadow of the Organians utterly fail.
As the Enterprise and Captain Una continue to clean up their own mess the delegations led by Sarek and Gorkon meet to discuss a peace treaty on the planet of Centaurus, the home at this time of one Joanna McCoy. Kirk and company have their work cut out for them as delegates mysteriously vanish and agents of chaos are ready to strike. Una stranded in the alternate universe has to understand her new world and find those who have been exiled here before her not forgetting the native Jatohr who will not be too pleased to see her again. To rescue her crew and so many other including the Usilde may be impossible but one thing is for sure the Jatohr invasion forces can not be allowed to enter into our universe no matter what the cost.
Best Defense was a riveting read, more action in this second novel of the series and always a delight to see Klingons and Romulans full on and of course Gorkon and Sarek serious points plus Amanda and Joanna bonus points galore. Kudos to David in creating the alternate universe, we still have a lot to learn about the world of the Jatohr but one thing for sure, it's alien.
The first two novels of Legacies have not disappointed, the bar has been set high for Purgatory's Key.
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