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A Klingon squadron is baffled by a strange phenomenon which destroys a solar system in their space. When a ship emerges, they are more shaken than a warrior should ever be, by the demons aboard it. Searching out help from the Federation to aid them against these new foes, they enlist Kirk and his crew. While Kirk finds some common ground with the captain of these strange beings, it is clear that a crusade to take back what they believe to be theirs will mean a battle for the entire quadrant...
Nice idea. The moral boot is not quite on the other foot, but these are not just mean baddies with a penchant for killing. Banished millennia ago from their home planets by another race, they will do anything to recapture those worlds, in a cause they believe to be just. They're after justice, and if our lads don't agree, that's just hard luck... There's a fair bit of Klingon stuff in the first half, which abates gradually once Kirk and the aliens get together for tea and biccies. It all melds together to a gripping conclusion, which does justice do the initial premise.
The characters are well-written; Carey gives us a good feel for the Klingons especially, but the Enterprise crew are fine here too. She avoids putting in gratuitous personal problems for minor characters to overcome, which is good. Just like in the series, Kirk, McCoy and Spock take centre stage, but that's forgivable. The aliens get more than a token alien-of-the-week exploration, but I would have liked some deeper insight into their characters nonetheless. This is a good story in its own right, a lot better than many of the TOS books which aren't in the library. I want to read the next part.
The Furies are back. Two generations after their failed first attempt, they have re-opened the spatial rift to their part of the Galaxy, and stepped through to our quadrant once more. This time is different. Now, they have a new weapon, to reduce their enemies to helpless fear. The first ship on the scene, the Enterprise crew must defend themselves against the might of the Furies - as well as the soul-wrenching fear which threatens to overwhelm them.
Nice plot. It's a lot more straighforward than the first book - go and stop them before any more come through - and the action takes place with correspondingly fewer players. Rather than bring in other characters here, the authors concentrate on the Next Generation regulars. The basic simplicity of the plot doesn't mean it's not handled well. It is. Yet again, it's a thoroughly enjoyable mix of tension and danger, with the added pleasure of seeing the crew put through the wringer for a change. I'm no sadist, but...
The Furies are dealt with in terms of individual characters, but on the whole this book tends to built on the characteristics of First Strike rather than create its own new people. I had some inital worries about the portrayal of the Furies - they did seem to be a lot more gratuitiously hellish than in the first book - but it doesn't seem to be anything to worry about in the book as a whole. In short, it's a good TNG novel, as well-written as any of the others, and does provide a very strong sense of continuity across the saga.
Sisko, Dax and Bashir are called away to see the Defiant, albeit one that's 5000 years old and the only survivor is the Dax symbiont. Meanwhile, at DS9, Kira has trouble with some Bajorans building nuclear weapons. When the wormhole starts to act strangely Sisko is forced to take the Defiant through it, knowing that it's the trip that will send them back in time. In both the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants the aliens, the 'unclean' who sent the Furies away, show up to threaten DS9, the Defiant and the wormhole.
At the start, the 'B' story seems frivolous in comparison to the real threat the Defiant faces, but then it turns into another version of the 'A' story. Dax is the central character in the story, mainly because there are two of them.
This book is very different from the other three in the series because the Furies aren't in it at all. But that is what makes this one better than the other three books. These aliens are much easier to imagine than the Furies and the weird effect they have on various people.
When the Voyager crew detect a distress call from a Federation shuttle they find a planet populated by Furies. They also find the Furies' plan to retake the Alpha Quadrant so set out to stop them.
The story is very good, but the writing is odd. It has to have been set near the beginning of Voyager, as many of the characters are unsure of themselves, and it does keep mentioning the differences between the Starfleet and Maquis parts of the crew. It also twice talks about various characters' 'hind legs'. How many legs does the author think humanoids have?
Fortunately, the writing isn't all bad, and the problems the author creates for the crew and the ways in which they solve them are very creative. And it certainly isn't the worst book in the Invasion series. This one is a very good ending to the Invasion story.