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The Book Nook: "Star Trek: Black Fire" (Sonni Cooper)


If you were to ask Jason what single franchise would come to mind when you mention my name, he would probably say "Star Trek".  I'm not a fanatic about it- but I do enjoy the shows, movies, tech manuals, and novels- in fact, I have quite a few of the novels in my collection.  Sonni Cooper's "Black Fire" is one of my favorites...

An explosion rips through the Enterprise's bridge- injuring Kirk and Spock.  Scotty and Spock discover a plot by a war-loving race called the Tomarii.  After being framed for the explosion, Spock sets out to clear his name... discovering some unlikely allies along the way...

As much as I love Captain Kirk, I especially love it when writers explore the other characters.  This Spockcentric novel is a fun adventure to read.  There's action, suspense, humour, tragedy, honour, drama, intrigue, and friendship.  "Star Trek: Black Fire" isn't just Star Trek, it's Star Trek as a space opera- and I loved it.  The writing is easy on the eyes, and flows beautifully.  It runs smoothly from humour to action, to drama smootly, and seamlessly.  The pacing is great- whenever I pick this book up, I have a hard time putting it down until I'm done.

The characterizations are spot on as well.  They are written so well, that you can honestly and easily imagine the voices of the actors uttering the lines, and giving the expressions described.  To be honest, I would've loved to have seen this book adapted for live action.

One of the problems that books in a franchise have- especially when written by multiple writers is that they often don't have to the tone and feel of the franchise they're part of.  Sonni Cooper's "Star Trek: Black Fire" nails it.  It perfectly captures the tone, feel, and spirit of "Star Trek: The Original Series" and its characters.  It's a "Good" at warp speed.


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