Star Trek: Prey: The Hall of Heroes (#3)
by John Jackson Miller
Review by Jon Guenther
Pocket Books/Star Trek Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781501116032
Date: 29 November 2016
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If there were any doubts whether John Jackson Miller could pull this off, they were fully dispelled when I read Hall of Heroes, the conclusion to the Star Trek: Prey trilogy.
This final novel was much better than I had anticipated, as the first book kicked off the trilogy pretty well, but the second book was a bit of a letdown. Not so with Hall of Heroes. In this final trilogy, we join things in full swing where Lord Korgh, a protege of Commander Kruge (defeated by Captain Kirk in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock), has managed to sway citizens of the Klingon Empire to throw off their peaceful alliances and return to their former, militant days.
This last novel had a better pace and more powerful storytelling; it did not suffer from the drag of its predecessor. First, there is considerably more action and less needless exposition. Second, Worf plays a more central role to the story than in the previous books, a role that actually becomes pivotal as he helps bring the truth to light and returns to his position as commander aboard the Enterprise, which is where he should have spent most of his time in this trilogy. Also, the unique plot threads Mr. Miller dropped throughout were successfully concluded without holes. The ending was very strong and highly satisfying.
Any con for the book could be said for the somewhat predictability of the conclusion. I did get one major plot twist at the end, excluded here to prevent spoilers, and this made it more enjoyable. There seemed to be a bit less "sacrifice" than I would have expected for a story of this magnitude, which was a strike against the realism, but I cannot call this more than a minor detractor. Insofar as the overall book, I highly enjoyed it and found it superior in execution when compared to the middle of this trilogy.
To summarize, Star Trek: Prey: Hall of Heroes was a top-notch effort by John Jackson Miller. If you've been following the trilogy you won't want to miss out on this tantalizing conclusion. Overall, an enjoyable holiday read.
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