Goodreads: Ragnarok (Star Trek Voyager #3)

Author: Nathan Archer

Published: 1st July 1995 (Pocket Books)

Source: Charity Shop

Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)

Official Summary: “Hope flares for Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager when their sensors detect a signal that could lead them to a way home. But as the Starship Voyager races to the source of signal, the crew find themselves in the middle of a raging battle between two warring races, a battle that has lasted for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Now, to find a way home, Captain Janeway and her crew must make their way through the most violent space-born conflict ever known – with both sides determined to destroy them.”

(Disclaimer: I read the 1st/2nd book before this, also have watched the TV series)

Review: I liked it. Took me about 5 days to read it. (Nearly typed years then :P) I wasn’t in a rush, don’t get me wrong the book sucks you in. As soon as the action starts that’s it your in the action for the rest of the book. Now bare in mind the books are done by different authors so this does affect the style and some other things. The author of the 2nd installment didn’t really explain things or people too much. Where as with this book, the 3rd, the author explains quite a bit and uses the 1st book’s scenes as backing, it doesn’t use anything from the 2nd voyager novel. (2nd and 3rd came out 2 months apart which would explain the lack of mentions of the 2nd book)

(May contain some spoilers and hints of the inner story)

It was done very intelligently and logical. It wasn’t pew pew pew for the sake sake of pew. I did guess how it played out very early on in the book. It very arrogant to think you could just step into a 600+ years of war and bring peace. It wasn’t lets spend years building a relationship and reputation to attempt to make peace, more of an instant peace. The only way possible for that kind of peace in a short period of time, would be to become a new threat, a new enemy they could team up to defeat. 600+ years of war will only make a culture based on war. So you would have to respond with a war like strategy. Something Janeway or hell even Tuvok should have logically thought about. Pew. Sorry just like how that sounds. But yeah the way it all plays out is very logical, it not magical bullshit. It all explained or based in logic. Which is why the Star Trek books are always a good read.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Even if you’ve not watched the series or read the other books it is a good book. You don’t need to understand the world it based on, to enjoy the book. It a good story within itself as a solo book.