When the Star Trek: Titan
series began in 2005, it promised to be a new take on the Star Trek
universe. Featuring a diverse crew from all manner of species, Titan
would explore the frontiers, boldly going where no one had gone before. However, with the events of The Fall
was recalled back to Sector 001. Riker was promoted to the rank of admiral and charged with investigating the conspiracy within the Federation, while Commander Vale was left in temporary command of Titan
|The USS Titan will stick a little closer to home in this novel and, presumably, going forward.|
|Christine Vale, seen here in IDW's|
Hive comic, is now Titan's CO.
With this novel, Sight Unseen
, we get a new start for the Titan
and her crew. In many ways, this novel can be seen as the "season premiere" for another chapter in the Titan
story. Admiral Riker is assigned to be "sector commander" for the area of space that Titan
will be patrolling, and he has elected to keep his flag aboard the ship. Commander Vale is promoted to Captain and given command of Titan
. While many would assume that Commander Tuvok would be promoted to first officer, he retains his post as Security Chief while a new XO is brought aboard: Dalit Sarai, an officer with a somewhat checkered past. First introduced in The Fall
, Sarai aided President Pro Tempore Ishan Anjar in his attempt to stop Julian Bashir.
Another new character joins Titan
as well: Ensign Ethan Kyzak, a Skagaran who grew up on North Star, seen in the Enterprise
episode of the same name. The addition of Ensign Kyzak adds an interesting dynamic to the crew. Coming from North Star, a world founded by captured humans from the old west, Kyzak lends a sensibility to the crew not unlike the presence of Trip Tucker in Enterprise
|Ethan Kyzak is a Skagaran from North Star, the same species as this character, Draysik.|
's first assignment in this new region of space is to rendezvous with the USS Whitetree
and work with the Dinac. However, this mission is disrupted by the reappearance of the aliens from the TNG
episode "Schisms," whom Starfleet have designated the "Solanae." They are once again kidnapping crewmembers and experimenting on them, this time en masse, having brought the crews of both the Whitetree
and a Dinac vessel into their domain.
was an absolutely engrossing adventure, sucking me in from page one. It was a treat to see the Titan
and her menagerie of characters again. One of my favorites, Ensign Torvig, got his moment to shine, and all of the other major players such as Melora Pazlar, Ra-Havrei, Zurin Dakal, and Vale are adequately served by the story. Even the restored White-Blue is featured, one of the most unique characters on Titan
. And that is saying something!
On full display here are some fundamentals of good Star Trek
: the idea of coming together for the greater good; the fact that we are stronger when working in common cause rather than in opposition; great characters and an engaging story that never lets up. Several times in the novel I felt that the characters were in real jeopardy, and the crew does end up having to pay a painful price in the course of the story. Featuring James Swallow's trademark amazing storytelling, Sight Unseen
was a terrifically fun read.
A real page-turner that features everything that I love about Star Trek
novels. There are a lot of stories out there in the wider Trek
universe, but it is books like these that keep me buying Trek lit. I realize this has become a familiar refrain of late, but in my opinion this is the best of the Star Trek
novels released so far this year. They just keep getting better!
If you are at all a fan of Titan
or are a new fan looking for a good place to pick up the story, Sight Unseen
should not be missed. Ushering in a new and promising chapter for Titan
, this story has everything you could want in a Trek
More about Sight Unseen:
Also by James Swallow:
Next time on Trek Lit Reviews:
Next week, look for my review of the third instalment in the Mere Anarchy
series: Shadows of the Indignant
by Dave Galanter.