On the edge of uncharted space. . .
Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the Starship Enterprise™ find their way forward blocked by a mysterious alien vessel, piloted by a race they will soon come to know as the Antianna. Unable to decipher the alien ship's transmissions, unwilling to risk a battle, Enterprise is forced to veer from its planned course.
Almost immediately, they find themselves in the heart of space ruled by the Thelasian Trading Confederacy, who have also had dealings with the Antianna. The Thelasian leader, Governor Maxim Sen, is in fact in the middle of organizing a war against the Antianna, to eliminate the threat they pose to the Confederacy's trading routes.
Archer suspects Sen has other motives as well. He also suspects that there is a reason for the Antianna's seemingly hostile posture. But with the assembled races of an entire sector against him, he needs more than just suspicions. He needs facts. And only one woman can give them to him: Ensign Hoshi Sato. If she can translate the Antianna language, peace may just be possible. If not, war -- a devastating sector-wide war -- will soon result.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is excellent. The imagery and the charactization are both done extremely well. It's about a mysterious race called the Antianna that have sent a message that needs to be translated. Ensign Hoshi Sato has to go on board an alien ship with another species that is trying to avert a war, while also there was a plot that supposely Captain Archer died in the attack. It's a real page turner.
This story is mainly about Ensign Hoshi Sato, as she tries to decipher a mysterious language, while Captain Archer, and the rest of the bridge crew, are working to see past a governor's schemes. It's a great book! I was sucked in the moment I started, and enjoyed every page. You don't know too much more than the characters, so suspense is a big part for the first half of the book. Buy it if you like Star Trek at all!