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06/18/2005 Archived Entry: "Trek book review: Spirit Walk 2"

STAR TREK VOYAGER Spirit Walk
Book Two -- Enemy of my Enemy

Written by Christie Golden
Published by Pocket Books

Review by Kathy LaFollett

As a refresher you can read the review for "Book 1 -- Old Wounds."

Captain Chakotay and Sekaya, his sister, are being help captive on Loan II by a Changeling. The Changeling is an outcast Founder who has, for the last six years, been masquerading as Chakotay's second-in-command. For the last six years the Changeling has also been working in concert with the Butcher of Bajor to gain his shapeshifting abilities back, among other advanced alien DNA driven talents.

Crell Moset, the Butcher of Bajor, plans to use Chakotay's Sky Spirit DNA to create a super species that will bring him the fame and acceptance his warped little mind craves. Yes, this guy is warped and deliciously macabre. The Changeling has his own plans for Moset's creatures and successes, which prove his undoing in the end.

Leaving Chakotay and Sekaya to Moset's whim, the Changeling assumes Chakotay's image and infiltrates the Starship Voyager as a way to escape to Earth undetected. Dr. Jarem Kaz and Lieutenant Harry Kim become suspicious of their captain's odd and unusual behavior. They turn to Admiral Janeway and Lieutenant Commander Tom Paris for help. The assistance and talents of Seven of Nine as well as the Holographic equivalent of Dr. Moset himself, are required.

Ultimately, even with all the Starfleet talent called to arms it's left to Sekaya and Chakotay strapped to the laboratory tables of the Butcher of Bajor, to meet the threats through a "Spirit Walk" that can only yield one of two results; death or success.

Christie Golden delivers big with the finish of the 2 book series "Spirit Walk". Again, a quick four hour read, but riveting in detail, believability and turns of fate. Spirit Walk closes all the details left dangling in Book One, while offering a few new open ended considerations for (hopefully) more books down the road. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns while being drawn into the relationship between Chakotay and his sister, Sekaya. Sekaya is a wonderful character and I feel she could have stolen the show had the storyline permitted.

A great read. the Two Book series offers every detail a Star Trek fan could hope for, and then a few more to seal the deal.

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