Star Trek Enterprise Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett
The second entry in the ‘Rise of the Federation’ saga was a dull tale. The UFP hopes to have Archer entice the Rigel System to join. But various criminals including the Orion Syndicate stir up dissent. The undercover Tucker continues his work for Section 31 whilst being conscious of trouble ahead. Various lugubrious baddies make verbose plans. Captains T’Pol and Reed fade into the shadows as Archer gets all the visibility and cachet. This was just boring and cluttered with plotting centring on the tentative new UFP. I just didn’t care.
“It was a little unsubtle.”
“As opposed to Garos’s plan? His is so subtle I can hardly tell how I was supposed to work!”