The 2nd entry in the 'Enterprise' relaunch after 'The Good That Men Do'.
As the newborn Coalition of Planets suffers from teething problems, the
Romulans are on the move. This insular, closed society are planning to wage
a terrible war against the other races and seemingly nothing can stop this.
Archer tries to get the Coalition to see the Romulans as a threat, meanwhile
Trip is still an undercover spy on Romulus and is finding it difficult to
avoid going native. Meanwhile the Vulcans know far more than they let on.
The Vulcans not only sabotaged humanity's race toward the stars, but they
are very well aware of just who the Romulans are.
Meanwhile a trading vessel called the Kobayashi Maru is about to become the
spark for inter-stellar war as Archer finds himself in a no-win situation.
As revealed in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan', every Starfleet cadet must
take the Kobayashi Maru test which teaches about no-win situations. Now why
do Starfleet Academy teach that and what is its origin? Well it is revealed
here, in all its ugly glory. Archer has to make a decision in this book and
his crew may never look at him the same again. It'll be interesting to read
all the fallout from this book in the next Enterprise book 'The Romulan
War'. Sadly Sato is completely overlooked in this book, hopefully that will
be rectified in future books.
This is a good read, albeit a bit slow moving. A lot of plot threads are
left dangling for the upcoming 'Star Trek: Destiny' trilogy and 'The Romulan