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Star Trek: Prey: The Jackal's Trick #2 by John Jackson Miller
Review by Jon Guenther
Pocket Books/Star Trek Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781501115806
Date: 25 October 2016 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The Jackal's Trick is book two in the Star Trek: Prey trilogy by John Jackson Miller. The story picks up shortly after Star Trek: Prey: Hell's Heart, with the Klingon warlord Korgh's plan in full swing to restore his status as rightful heir to the House of Kruge.

As a good middle act of any drama, this book is much darker but I didn't find it quite as exciting. Most of the action takes place within the domain of the Klingon Empire, and the antagonists actually take center stage. Much of the novel takes on the tone of a political thriller, which I think was very much Mr. Miller's intent in this case. The character of Valandris remains central to the sub-plot involving the Unsung, which serve as the catalyst for the Federation heroes to uncover their plot to destroy the Federation-Klingon alliance.

This book also involved the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew much more, primarily Riker and the Titan crew, and it was cool this book contained a cameo with Tuvok and his own sub-plot. The most enjoyable part was the author dove deeper into each of the characters, particularly the antagonists like Buxtus Cross and Shift. I felt this enhanced the slower story line at many points, making the book much more interesting. Also woven throughout the story was the introduction of the Object Thirteen technology, which gives the meat into which LaForge and Tuvok can sink their teeth. I did feel the placement of Worf once more into the heart of the Klingon infighting and the Unsung felt a bit derivative of his role in the plot of the last book. I would have liked to see a different side for him, and the book lost points with me on this count.

Despite the slower pace to this book, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek: Prey: The Jackal's Trick. I foresee this will go down as a pretty awesome trilogy for any fans of the series, as well as for newer readers wanting the full gambit of what Star Trek fiction has to offer.

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