Demons by J.M. Dillard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Long before the Federation was born or humanity even hoped for the Stars the population of the Hydrilla sector were wiped out and an extensive study by a Vulcan led expedition is unable to explain why. There were however some strange deaths within the expedition and upon their return the relatives of Sarek pay him a visit with a gift found when excavating the ruins of the civilization. Meanwhile the Enterprise is returning the last of the expedition to Vulcan when there is a brutal murder, the pattern is repeated again and again even on Vulcan, slowly a madness spreads consuming rational and intelligent beings turning them into sadistic killers...
Demons was a good read, I always enjoy stories that center on the Vulcan culture and to see part of Spock's extended family was interesting. You'll also recognize the well used scifi theme of alien possession and it's done in a clever way in the novel and never gets absurd. What adds a lot of depth is the writing for the secondary characters which is very strong and allows the main group not to be the focus of the novel, in many ways it's the Vulcans and Enterprise security personnel who make the story shine rather than Kirk and Co.
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