Invasion!: The Soldiers of Fear
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
1996, Pocket Book, New York
The Furies are back in the Next Generation Universe. An outpost set up after Kirk's encounter with the Furies (Invasion!: First Strike) to monitor that region of space is destroyed when a new Fury ship emerges from the wormhole. Picard's Enterprise is sent to be first on the scene to negotiate with or destroy the Furies.
This was very well written with a tension maintained throughout the whole book. Not so much of a focus on the technological side, but more towards the 'human' emotional side. Which is the difference between The Original Series and The Next Generation! This book was not as 'stand alone' as First Strike was, you can definitely tell that it was set up for a sequel, whereas the first book didn't seem to be. Probably because the next book is from Deep Space 9, which is set at the same 'time' as Next Generation so they can continue on immediately after the events in this book and now I'm sounding like a very, very sad Trekkie!
I found it a little predictable, but that's just because I watch/read too much Star Trek and they have to follow the conventions of the genre.
The Furies are fantastic 'bad guys' - better than the Borg, though not as scary.
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