Star Trek: The Original Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise
by Greg Cox
Review by Jon Guenther
Pocket Books/Star Trek Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476783246
Date: 25 November 2014 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I found this quite an enjoyable Star Trek novel; that comes from an SF&F reader who isn't exactly fond of media tie-in novels. I've found most media tie-ins are pretty lackluster, but I felt this one was good.
I have to admit that on reading the back-cover blurb for Foul Deeds Will Rise, I decided to revisit the first season of my Star Trek: TOS DVD set to watch the episode "The Conscience of the King" first so I could have the back story fresh in my mind. While I'm glad I did, I don't think readers necessarily need to do the same. Mr. Cox does a very good job of explaining the back story.
I found this quite an enjoyable Star Trek novel; that comes from an science fiction and fantasy reader who isn't exactly fond of media tie-in novels. I've found most media tie-ins are pretty lackluster, but I felt this one was good. The author not only found an interesting premise from the original series, but set it between the fifth and sixth movies with the "A" version of the starship Enterprise. The characterizations were spot-on and you could practically hear the dialog coming from the main characters.
The plot (and sub-plots) in the book was also very rich and handled with the mix and pacing similar to the show. Characters were richly drawn and this book had it all: politics, romance, adventure, action, and mystery. It's a tall order and Mr. Cox came through the large majority of it in this book. The only 'con' I found was there were times I felt the book contained a bit too much exposition. Readers of media tie-in novels are already huge fans and don't need too much explanation. Whether a failure of author or editor I cannot say, but it wasn't so egregious I could not enjoy the book.
In the end game, Foul Deeds Will Rise met the challenge of keeping me interested until I finished reading it. I commend the novel for that. It can be difficult to hold the attention of this eclectic reader (and retired writer) and this novel met the challenge. True fans of the Star Trek series should find plenty to like about it.