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09/21/2004 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: Stargazer-Enigma"

Enigma (Star Trek Stargazer, Book 5)
Written by Michael Jan Friedman
Published by Pocket Books
272 pages, $6.99
www.simonsays.com/st

Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett

A mysterious alien agressor is attacking Starfleet ships. It has the ability to bypass all Federation shields and defensive techonologies. It attacks, renders the Starfleet vessel lame, boards the Starfleet vessel, leaves all aboard alive but unconscious, and then retreats without taking anything or anyone.

Enter our intrepid Commander Picard, at the age of 28, captaining the USS Stargazer. Even at this age Picard has created the famous ability to be inserted in the most trying situations only to come out victorious. Picard and crew are ordered to help form a line of defense against the alien aggressor, as it seems hellbent on plunging directly into the heart of The Federation - Earth.

Onboard the Stargazer, unnoticed by fellow crewmembers, is a spy, the key individual who can solve the question of the alien's motives. A witness to the spy's secret data transmissions puts the criminal in a holding cell. Unfortunetly, as interrogations and incarceration go on, the spy cannot remember why he was sent or who sent him; in fact he can barely remember his real name. Trailing one of the alien attack formations is a tiny Starfleet shuttle with a half dozen crewmembers aboard. One of them is Picard's first officer and best friend, Gilaad Ben Zoma. Another is Arlen McAteer, an ambitious admiral with an ax to grind against Picard.

Enigma is an entertaining weekend read on the beach, with a number of absorbing personality storylines that prove to be a solid rip current to the main tidalwave of excitement.

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