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05/20/2005 Archived Entry: "Trek Book Review: Engines of Destiny"

Star Trek -- Engine's of Destiny
By Gene DeWeese
Published by Pocket Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Montgomery Scott has decided to leave Starfleet after the death of James T. Kirk. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman named Guinan leads him to hitch a ride on the U.S.S Jenolen -- which crashes into a Dyson Sphere, leaving only Scotty to survive suspended as a transporter pattern.

After seventy-five years as a transporter pattern, Scotty is revived aboard the Enterprise-D -- on which Guinan serves as a bartender. Fate has not finished with either Scotty or Guinan. The engineer hatches an audacious plan to travel back in time and rescue Jim Kirk the moment before he would vanish into the nexus and bring him back to the twenty-fourth century without damaging the timeline.

Scotty's plan, however, does not go as expected. Though Kirk is rescued, the famed captain and the engineer, as well as Captain Picard, Guinan and the crew of the Enterprise-D, are trapped in an altered past where there is no Federation, and no human race. Sarek of Vulcan leads a ragtag collection of species fighting a losing battle against the Borg, who have swarmed into the Alpha Quadrant and assimilated Earth.

Starfleet's finest miracle worker must find a way to restore the timeline before the galaxy is overrun...

~*~

There's more than time travel involved with this book. Engines of Destiny actually stops time while you are reading. You actually feel as though your mind and brain are stuck in mud and you can't move and you can't think and you are stuck on the same sentence over and over and over and...it's Groundhog Day!

I couldn't finish this book. I WANTED to finish this book, I NEEDED to finish this book, hell I PROMISED to finish this book. But I just couldn't do it.

Engines of Destiny started out well enough, but at a certain point of the book, we are following no less than 4 threads of time which are being jumped, hijacked, twisted or fought at the SAME time even though they are DIFFERENT times from each other but AFTER the past of their future to begin with. What time is it?

Does anyone know WHY I didn't take calculus in College?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Bueller?

BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST.

So why am I reading a paperback that's trying to explain quantum theory, chaos theory, and relative probability in a blackhole? Either it's fiction, or it's advanced rocket science. I became SO stuck in the effort of trying to UNDERSTAND how all these factions and frictions and functions, and junctions were correlating (or not) that I forgot what the story was about and who was trying to do what in the FIRST place (or SECOND place).

Side note: No matter what; Kirk wasn't freaked out after coming back to life and he sure wasn't scared. I doubt anything bad happened to him. Or Scotty for that matter.

I did make it to page 196 though. Which is to say, I read the words, but I don't know what happened.

But I DO know that a guy can float in space as a data pack for 75 years and still come out the other end mentally normal.

(Which reminds me WHY can't my email, also a data pack, make it across Tampa successfully????)

Scotty is so normal enough he can jury rig a small space vessel to jump a time port of gravity and dust and light and end up just a few minutes ahead of the thing he tried to stop 75 years before and get Kirk before he dies.

But yet, the guys following THAT guy can't seem to understand how to jury rig a small space vessel to jump a time port of gravity and dust and light and end up just a few minutes ahead of the thing THAT OTHER guy tried to stop 75 years ago before, but they THINK they are a week or 3 days BEHIND that other guy, but they aren't sure and their droid isn't sure and their time traveling shape shifting hussy isn't sure either, even though she runs into her alter--time self on board the Enterprise and goes to a cabin and has tea with herself.

Reading the back of the book the two sentences that should have made me run like Forrest Gump, literally laugh at me now in retrospect:

*A chance encounter with a mysterious woman named Guinan leads him to hitch a ride on the U.S.S Jenolen -- which crashes into a Dyson Sphere, leaving only Scotty to survive suspended as a transporter pattern."

*After seventy-five years as a transporter pattern, Scotty is revived aboard the Enterprise-D -- on which Guinan serves as a bartender."

DeWeese, you jumped the shark on this one.

Which reminds me of a joke; A rocket scientist, a transporter pattern and a duck walk into a bar... the duck asks the bartender what time it is...

Replies: 1 Comment

Well, Kathy, I think people like you and me should write time travel books so people like you and me can understand them. I mean, String Theory? WTF?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05/20/2005 07:53 PM PST

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