Star Trek Enterprise: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin

Star Trek Enterprise was one of those TV series I started watching from a vague sense of obligation to the franchise, but came to really enjoy. I was genuinely disappointed when it got cancelled, and due to it finishing “before its time” I found the last season to be very rushed. I had also hoped that later seasons would have dealt with the often mentioned but vaguely described Earth/Romunlan war in the lead up to the establishment of the Federation.

It was with that in mind that I eventually started reading some of the novels that took the series further, including The Good That Men Do, The Kobayashi Maru and the two Romulan War novels, which culminated in To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin.

I can only admire the lengths people have gone to in describing why the Kirk era starships seem so much less advanced than this prequel, why Klingons look like humans in dodgy makeup etc – there has been a lot of ingenuity shown through the TV series and books alike. The storyline behind the Romulan War was quite interesting, and reading the books has certainly served to answer a lot of questions raised by the TV series.

The book was written solidly, with a good “back against the wall while fighting a losing battle” plot. I was a little disappointed with the resolution of the war, which seemed to owe more to serendipity than planning, however this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel.

Add a star if you always felt Enterprise the TV series ended too soon.


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