Book Review: ‘Coda: The Ashes of Tomorrow’

November 2, 2021 at 5:19 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Coda: The Ashes of Tomorrow is the second book in the Coda trilogy, written by James Swallow and was released in October of 2021.

James Swallow takes the story baton from Dayton Ward and goes off sprinting and never stops. In this book, he dials the action, intrigue, suspense, character development, and story up to an 11! He truly leaves nothing on the field!

I was slightly disappointed in the scope of Moments Asunder. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a great book and certainly my favorite Dayton Ward book yet, but I thought that Ward made the story just too small for what was promised. However, James Swallow delivers EXACTLY what I wanted from the story. If I had my wish of what Coda would be, this book perfectly encapsulates it.

This book carries on the story of Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E as they try to convince Starfleet and the Federation of the growing threat of the Devidians. Swallow adds in more characters from Deep Space Nine, which adds some great character development as well as some nice nostalgia. The cover of this book features DS9(II) and Aventine, and that is completely justified. When you read the book, you will know why.

What sets this book apart from its predecessor is that it calls on some great scenes from classic Trek movies. There is a scene that was really reminiscent of a scene from Search for Spock, so much so that the characters even reference it. I absolutely loved that scene and it made it so I could not put the book down.

This book also made me realize how sad it is that the Lit-Verse is ending. Swallow reintroduces many characters that haven’t been seen in a while and it made me think just how much I love reading these series. This series really is a love letter to the fans, and I have to admit that this is fan service done right. Many have equated this story as Crisis on Infinite Treks. While as a story that is fitting, I would say that the fan service works more like Infinity War/Endgame than Crisis on Infinite Earths (that is to say, its done really well).

If I do have one criticism, the voice of Picard seemed a little off in this book. He seemed more like the voice of Picard from the show Picard rather than from this series. Maybe that is intentional, but it seemed off for me. Other characters seemed off in this book, but their circumstances are all explained whereas Picard’s isn’t. It is a minor quibble, but a problem I had nonetheless.

This book does set up the finale really well. There is something huge near the end that I think I know what it means, but will have to wait until next month to find out. It has me excited for the end, along with so many other facets of this story.

James Swallow is fast becoming one of my favorite Trek authors, and I’ve only read two of his books. I can’t wait to read more. Dayton Ward and David Mack were obvious choices for ending the Lit-Verse, but who their “middle-man” would be was less obvious in the fans minds. It could have been Greg Cox, Una McCormack, John Jackson Miller, Kirsten Beyer, or a lot of others. However, I think that getting James Swallow was absolutely the right choice. He handles everything well.

Overall, I loved this book. It handles almost every single detail to perfection. Five out of five! Well done James Swallow! Bring on Oblivion’s Gate!

Reviewed By: Jonathan Koan for Roqoo Depot.

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