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Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel
Cover Artist: Doug Drexler
Review by Jon Guenther
Pocket Books/Star Trek Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476765501
Date: 24 February 2015 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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This is the second Star Trek: TOS tie-in I've read and I was even more impressed with this one than the last. Tony Daniel has captured the spirit and wonder of the original series.

As in the previous book I read and reviewed, Foul Deeds Will Rise by Greg Cox, the author took a premise from the television episodes, this time season three's Savage Curtain. Savage Trade contains strong canonical elements in the form of the Excalbians, the part rock, part organic matter beings originally discovered on a volcanic planet.

The predominant enemies in the story are pirates known as the L'rah'hane, slavers that ultimately pose very little threat throughout the story, either to the Enterprise and its crew or the Excalbians. This made it rather tough to sink my teeth into the real conflict here, although there was enough action in the book to keep me reading. Yet, I still really enjoyed it. The characterizations were spot-on, mostly due to the excellent dialog (although there were times Mr. Daniel went overboard with the characters addressing each other by name in even the most casual conversations).

I did really enjoy the book on the premise of how close it was framed to the original series on the foundation of story and characterization. All the characters were there: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekhov. Throw in a cool, calculating Vulcan overseer and it's a great book for any Star Trek: TOS fan. In short, I really liked it!

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