Book Review: ‘A Time for War, A Time for Peace’ by Keith R.A. DeCandido

November 30, 2021 at 7:11 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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Star Trek: A Time for War, A Time for Peace is the ninth and final novel in the A Time to series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Keith R. A. DeCandido and was released in October 2004.

The A Time to series had a rough couple of books at the beginning. It has some epic moments, but it failed to truly stand out from its predecessors. It made many promises, none of which came close to fruition until the end. The middle books were slightly better, but still missed a certain something. However, the last three books, written by David Mack and Keith DeCandido were absolutely fantastic. This book follows A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal very well.

The strength of this book is it’s dive into politics. This book analyzes politics in the Star Trek universe in a similar way to The West Wing. We follow a campaign and election cycle as Nanietta Bacco and Arafel Pagro vie for the Presidency of the Federation. We see how their aides place them in situations to make them look their best and position them with the people who will get them the most votes. If you’re a fan of action, there isn’t a ton in this book, if you’re a fan of politics, you’ll love this book. 

This book ties up many of the plot threads regarding the Riker/Troi wedding as well as Beverly Crusher’s starfleet medical job. It also adds a small caper regarding Worf and the Embassy. This was a fascinating part of the story that is over too quickly. DeCandido did a good job representing Klingons, but didn’t give them enough focus. Bringing back Kahless briefly was exciting, but overall that plotline lacked enough action to keep the momentum going.

This book also has a ton of humor. It is mostly based around characters getting idioms incorrect, which has always been a hallmark of Star Trek. DeCandido definitely nails all of the various elements that are positively Star Trek.

As you can tell from the cover, Montgomery Scott was a minor character in the book, and I enjoyed every page that he was on. He brought a refreshing change of pace to the series. This may be the end, but it still has unique elements to bring to the table.

Overall, this is a very well done book. There is excitement throughout and enough intrigue to keep the reader hooked. However, the action was often cut short by the need to switch to a political scene, and since the rest of the series was action based, it was a little jarring (even if it was not particularly bad). It was highly entertaining, but just didn’t reach the heights of David Mack’s books in the series. I give A Time for War, A Time for Peace a 4.5 out of 5. 

If I am giving the whole series a rating, I would rate A Time to as a 3.5 overall. It’s a pretty entertaining series, but does not hit the heights of Destiny, The Fall, or Prey.

Reviewed By: Jonathan Koan for Roqoo Depot.

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