Killing Time by Della Van Hise
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Killing Time has a lot going for it, the choice to use temporal manipulation offers so much to the author but alas also means you have to find a way to reverse everything and in that respect it can be a disaster waiting to happen. Events begin small as those on board the Enterprise experience strange dreams which get more vivid until the dreams become the reality and life aboard Enterprise is the dream. Kirk is back as a reluctant Ensign and serving aboard an Alliance starship under the command of Captain Spock. When Spock is ordered to prepare for an invasion of Romulan space doubts are raised over the validity of the orders, further investigations indicates a subtle but growing in balance in the minds of many of the crew and soon it's clear that the whole galaxies population could be affected. On the Romulan side of the border the Praetor is laying down plans to make use of Spock in an effort to change the course of the Empire but failure could mean a galactic war but as the madness spreads the worlds of the galaxy may not be around to suffer these consequences.
Killing Time was an entertaining story, I like the call backs to the original series episodes and time manipulation is never boring. It was also interesting to see humanity serving aboard Starships belonging to the Vulcan led Alliance and the idea that maybe humans were not that critical in creating a galactic superpower. Jerry Richardson and S'Parva were also welcome additions to the crew of the Enterprise/ShiKahr.
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