Star Trek: The Klingon Gambit
Author: Robert E. Vardeman
Published: January 2, 1990
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The Klingons are hungry for war… their target: The Enterprise!
When Captain Kirk and his crew are ordered to Alnath II to challenge the deadliest Klingon starship Terror, they’re ready for anything–or so they think. But the defenseless Vulcan crew of a Federation science ship has been wiped out. The remaining members of the Alnath II mission have discovered a fabulous ancient city–but their report doesn’t make sense. The Klingon battle cruiser has the Enterprise in its sights, and is ready to destroy it.
But Captain Kirk can’t seem to make decisions. Spock has started to throw temper tantrums. And Chekov has disobeyed vital orders. The crew of the Enterprise are losing their minds… one by one… all victims of the Klingon gambit.
This is a small book and more like a regular Star Trek episode than any I’ve read so far. It was simple and straightforward, but detailed enough to add a little oomph! While the action and story were classic Star Trek, it was nice seeing inside the minds and thinking of the characters. I never really thought to compare Kirk and Chekov while watching, but it’s true that Chekov always has the passion that Kirk is so known for. Chekov is definitely the more impetuous, but I liked seeing the similarities. Plus, Spock showing some intense emotion is always a fascinating ride!! Overall, I liked this book and it fit in well with the franchise! Definitely not one for anybody who has never watched Star Trek, but Trekkies would definitely enjoy it!