Thursday, August 23, 2018

Drastic Measures

Star Trek: Discovery
Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward
Release date: February 6th 2018
Read March 1st 2018

Previous book (Discovery): Desperate Hours
Next book (Discovery): Fear Itself

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Publisher's description:
It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

My thoughts:
"The revolution is successful. But survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. Your lives mean slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore, I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered, signed Kodos, Governor of Tarsus IV."
With those chilling words, Adrian Kodos sentenced 4000 colonists to death to ensure the survival of the remaining population of Tarsus IV. In this Discovery novel, we learn that Philippa Georgiou and Gabriel Lorca were on hand during these events and the crisis that followed.

Click here to watch my video review of Discovery: Drastic Measures, or click play on the embedded video below!

Final thoughts:

Dayton Ward's Drastic Measures does a great job in integrating Discovery characters into the history of Star Trek, while at the same time creating new and interesting backstories and lore for both Lorca and Georgiou. Especially in Lorca's case, given that this book is the most we ever see of this character from the prime universe. Readers should pay extra attention to the very last "bonus chapter" at the end of the novel for some possible hints about future developments on Star Trek: Discovery...

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My next review will be for a Voyager novel from the older numbered series: Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kirki Hoffman.

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