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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • My Enemy, My Ally
  • Diane Duane
  • English
  • 11 April 2019
  • 074340369X

My Enemy, My Ally[Ebook] ➧ My Enemy, My Ally Author Diane Duane – Essayreview.co.uk Ael t Rlailiiu is a noble and dangerous Romulan Commander But when the Romulans kidnap Vulcans to genetically harness their mind power, Ael decides on treason Captain Kirk, her old enemy, joins her in Ael t Rlailiiu is a noble and dangerous Romulan Commander But when the Romulans kidnap Vulcans to genetically harness their mind power, Ael decides on treason Captain Kirk, her old enemy, joins her in a secret pact to destroy the research laboratory and free the captive Vulcans When the Romulans discover their plan, the Neutral Zone seethes with schemes and counter schemes, sabotage and My Enemy, PDF/EPUB ² war.


About the Author: Diane Duane

Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film forthan forty yearsBesides the s creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she s best known, the Middle Kingdoms epic fantasy series, and numerous stand alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live My Enemy, PDF/EPUB ² action and animated TV series on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as work in comics and computer games She has spent a fair amount of time on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has picked up various awards and award nominations here and thereShe lives in County Wicklow, in Ireland, with her husband ofthan thirty years, the screenwriter and novelist Peter Morwood Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is Runway Left, Hold For Clearance From her official website.


10 thoughts on “My Enemy, My Ally

  1. says:

    This was mildly entertaining mehok, but not great I do enjoy Star Trek , especially the original TV show, but this just seemed to drag It took about getting halfway through it before it became interesting to me The basic plot is that a rogue Romulan commander, Ael, discovers that the Romulan Star Empire is kidknapping Vulcans in an effort to harness and weaponize their mind melding mind reading capabilities Disillusioned and disgusted by such a dishonorable act, she and her crew def This was mildly entertaining mehok, but not great I do enjoy Star Trek , especially the original TV show, but this just seemed to drag It took about getting halfway through it before it became interesting to me The basic plot is that a rogue Romulan commander, Ael, discovers that the Romulan Star Empire is kidknapping Vulcans in an effort to harness and weaponize their mind melding mind reading capabilities Disillusioned and disgusted by such a dishonorable act, she and her crew defect to the Federation and persuade Kirk and his task force to cross the Neutral Zone and destroy the Romulans lab and rescue the captive Vulcans.You would think something like that would be a real page turner, and you d be wrong There s a couple things that I think could have made this book For one thing, there s no central bad guy villain the Romulans seems to be a faceless entity and this takes the edge off the plot For another, I think it misses the opportunity to really introduce us to the mysterious society of the Romulans and contrast it with that of the Vulcans Both originally were once one people, yet millenia before the Vulcans, yet split apart in what was known as the Sundering The Vulcan s chose to follow the peaceful, logical teachings of Surak and one of Surak s students, S Task, became heretical, and led a faction arguing that ways of passion, conquest, and duty with honor were the best way of survival for the species Expelled from Vulcan, these mavericks would become the founders of what would become the Romulan Star Empire Given the common ancestry, language, and biology between the two peoples, yet their radically different philosophies, histories, and culture, it would have been fascinating seeing the two peoples, poles apart on logic and emotion, interact and judge how each one sees the other but this book misses the opportunity to do that.Another annoying thing about this book is that, apparently, in Romulan society at least in this book girls rule, boys drool Romulan females seem to be the dominant, clever, innovative ones, while the males seem to be slow on the uptake, passive, or easily fooled I don t know why this was done this way maybe, it was part of an effort back when this book was written in hopes of broadening the Star Trek fan base beyond its likely overwhelmingly male demographic At any rate, it just seemed contrived I think this book may appeal to hardcore Trekkies, but it s not great in my opinion

  2. says:

    This book is one of my favorite rereads I can t believe I ve never reviewed it Duane s Trek novels come from a parallel universe where Trek, and its classic characters, are better than they actually were in a way, truer to canon than canon, pure Roddenberry There s a profound joy to her work aliens are wonderful, exploration is amazing, everyone has the potential to become their best self My Enemy, My Ally came from an era of Trek novels when really good writers could be tasked with expan This book is one of my favorite rereads I can t believe I ve never reviewed it Duane s Trek novels come from a parallel universe where Trek, and its classic characters, are better than they actually were in a way, truer to canon than canon, pure Roddenberry There s a profound joy to her work aliens are wonderful, exploration is amazing, everyone has the potential to become their best self My Enemy, My Ally came from an era of Trek novels when really good writers could be tasked with expanding the universe established in the original series it s of a piece with John M Ford s The Final Reflection a road not taken in fleshing out the Klingons Duane here gives us a rich Romulan culture which fits much better with what we saw in TOS than the canon of TNG and later ever did a people reserved but intensely passionate, a culture in decay, slipping from military honor to bureaucratic expediency It s also an exploration of a slightlywhimsical, slightlyintellectual Kirk, by contrasting him with a Romulan woman who s perfect foil his equal, and with no sexual tension between them One of the strengths of the book is how the reader well, me could fall madly in love with the Romulan Commander while still believing that she irritated and disturbed the living hell out of Kirk There s humor, horror, space combat, ground combat, psychology, culture, superb characterization, and a turning the cardboard and blinking lights TOS into a real, fleshed universe I love this book

  3. says:

    Dad was right, it was really fun Diane Duane just gets it, she gets everything about what made Star Trek great It was exciting, touching, and laugh out loud funny at all of the right times The old characters were spot on without feeling retread and the new characters were very interesting I went into this reading I m pretty sure I read it at least 20 years ago, but I can t remember, I may be remembering Ensign Rock from other books as a favor to Dad, but he was right and I was wrong, and n Dad was right, it was really fun Diane Duane just gets it, she gets everything about what made Star Trek great It was exciting, touching, and laugh out loud funny at all of the right times The old characters were spot on without feeling retread and the new characters were very interesting I went into this reading I m pretty sure I read it at least 20 years ago, but I can t remember, I may be remembering Ensign Rock from other books as a favor to Dad, but he was right and I was wrong, and now it will be recorded for posterity And now, thanks to Goodreads and the new series feature, we ve both discovered that Duane wrote additional books in the Rihannsu saga, so we re both looking forward to that

  4. says:

    A reread I d been meaning to pick it up for a while for one and reading a history of science fiction essay for Patreon that was really negative about tie in novels was the impetus I needed If you like Star Trek, this is a good Star Trek novel, and if you like Diane Duane s work, this is also a good Diane Duane novel, featuring many of the themes in her work including her central one of all different sorts of people the Federation here is far, far less human centric than on television, with a A reread I d been meaning to pick it up for a while for one and reading a history of science fiction essay for Patreon that was really negative about tie in novels was the impetus I needed If you like Star Trek, this is a good Star Trek novel, and if you like Diane Duane s work, this is also a good Diane Duane novel, featuring many of the themes in her work including her central one of all different sorts of people the Federation here is far, far less human centric than on television, with a variety of non humanoid aliens that would make a special effects budget weep finding their common humanity and fighting evil, in this case a Romulan Commander compelled by her conscience to seek out her enemies in the Federation to stop a terrible plot by the worst of her own people to gain Vulcan like psychic powers and weaponize them for warfare, conquering worlds by overwhelming force rather than honorable combat.Duane fleshes out the Romulans from cardboard faux Romans into afully realized and internally consistent alien culture that we see from the inside with Romulan Commander Ael s POV, one that does draw on Roman history but isn t strictly bound to it, and gives them their own conlang though a less fully fleshed out one than Klingon and naming conventions as well Ael is positioned not as a love interest for Kirk but as a peer, foil, equal, and eventually something of a friend to him, and there are numerous other Romulan, human, and alien female characters in major and minor roles as well.There are numerous touches that make this feel like amodern space opera than its date of publication would indicate, or perhaps some things that were set aside by the genre and only recently picked back up the Enterprise crew gets time off and hobbies one of Duane s original minor characters is restoring episodes of Tom Baker era Doctor Who to modern video formats for the crew s enjoyment , there is a plot relevant board game, Kirk is concerned about the crew s mental health and anxiety levels, food replicators are programmed with awareness of dietary restrictions we see this for aliens but there s nothing to indicate it s not true for humans as well , Duane explicitly notes that not all aliens would fall into a neat human gender binary and mixed human and alien crews are repeatedly addressed as Ladies, Gentlemen, and Others though there s no explicit inclusion of nonbinary humans Do note that there are a couple of passing fatphobic comments and a couple of bad dated descriptions of Asian minor characters one is introduced as an Oriental woman and another described as having slanted eyes, both near the beginning of the book , however, it s a shame these don t seem to have been revised in the newer edition either.Recommended if you like space opera, only a very vague knowledge of Star Trek is required if you have a vague idea of who the main crew are you should be fine, there are references to some episodes but enough context is given that you don t need to have watched them.I keep thinking I should read the rest of this series, and intended to pick them up after finishing this reread, but having done so I m not sure I will because the ending of this one seems so perfect

  5. says:

    Some of the other Star Trek books have been mediocre at best, but Diane Duane usually does an excellent job in her writingsand this book is no exception The story really drew me in, and I almost felt like I was watching the show instead of reading a book.

  6. says:

    My Enemy, My Ally is a Star Trek novel with characters from the Original Series When a Romulan Commander discovers that leaders of the Romulan Empire have approved a plan to kidnap Vulcans and harness their mental abilities, she is horrified at her government and decides to perform an act of treason When she contacts Captain Kirk, her old enemy, he is suspicious of her motivations, but recognizes the major threat that the plot implies As they work together, the Neutral Zone becomes apro My Enemy, My Ally is a Star Trek novel with characters from the Original Series When a Romulan Commander discovers that leaders of the Romulan Empire have approved a plan to kidnap Vulcans and harness their mental abilities, she is horrified at her government and decides to perform an act of treason When she contacts Captain Kirk, her old enemy, he is suspicious of her motivations, but recognizes the major threat that the plot implies As they work together, the Neutral Zone becomes aprovocative and dangerous place, as schemes are hatched and counter schemes exacerbate the threat Diane Duane does an excellent job at making the Romulans not justinteresting, butprofound This is a really good Star Trek novel

  7. says:

    Diane Duane has crafted a good basic story about a Romulan commander joining forces with the Enterprise crew to foil a despicable new weapon that she feels will be a permanent blight on the honor of the Romulan people It has some nice suspenseful moments and builds to a satisfying climax.However, it is also terribly padded There are pages and pages of exposition that do little to advance the story and belabor the character points that are being made Characters converse for pages about matters Diane Duane has crafted a good basic story about a Romulan commander joining forces with the Enterprise crew to foil a despicable new weapon that she feels will be a permanent blight on the honor of the Romulan people It has some nice suspenseful moments and builds to a satisfying climax.However, it is also terribly padded There are pages and pages of exposition that do little to advance the story and belabor the character points that are being made Characters converse for pages about matters that turn out to have little to do with later events Worst of all, Duane goes to great lengths to show us how the Enterprise crew is one big happy family They are always giving each other amused looks, gazing at each other with appreciation, and trading gentle, affectionate comments about each other Such a constant barrage of warm fuzzies grows tiresome rather quickly Fortunately, this aspect of the book grew less egregious toward the end of the novel

  8. says:

    The professional fan fiction of Star Trek novels are useful for finding new authors, and the biggest find I ve ever had from them is Diane Duane, who had written many very good books outside that universe This is where I first discovered her, and it is also one of the best Star Trek novels I ve read Thirty years after I last read it, several scenes still stand out in my memory.There are, perhaps, a few too many MacGuffins floating around There s artificial ion storms, 4D chess with a mini tr The professional fan fiction of Star Trek novels are useful for finding new authors, and the biggest find I ve ever had from them is Diane Duane, who had written many very good books outside that universe This is where I first discovered her, and it is also one of the best Star Trek novels I ve read Thirty years after I last read it, several scenes still stand out in my memory.There are, perhaps, a few too many MacGuffins floating around There s artificial ion storms, 4D chess with a mini transporter to time pieces in and out , and the big problem of the book, a Romulan project to enhance psionic potential But all of them relate to the plot fairly strongly.Part of the main point of the book is to take a closer look at the Romulans About half the book is from the viewpoint of Ael t Rlailiiu, a Romulan starship commander who feels that the Empire s latest project will only lead to ruin, and so makes common cause with one of her gravest enemies An interesting touch is that Romulan dialog is given untranslated, with only a character s reactions and internal thoughts providing a sense of what is being said Thankfully, it isn t done much as it would get wearying, but it is an interesting device for what we do get.There s plenty of action, and it s all well done, but there s plenty of build up and planning before that Duane introduces a number of new characters here, including Ensign Nahraht the only Horta in Star Fleet , which have been fan favorites since The characters are smart, and generally act like it there s an amount of but of course I planned for this that borders on the excessive , and of course there s the wonder of early Star Trek unburdened by special effects budgets Recommended for all TOS fans, and action adventure fans

  9. says:

    I picked MY ENEMY, MY ALLY up for fun, and while it was a pleasant enough read, I wasn t enthralled.There were good points Duane lets her imagination run wild with aliens Many diverse species, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, colors, and body types roam the pages freely and happily Duane s deft handling of science and the mechanics of the Star Trek universe made for a solid, high stakes adventure Ael was a fascinating, fresh character, and her and Kirk s relationship was well wrough I picked MY ENEMY, MY ALLY up for fun, and while it was a pleasant enough read, I wasn t enthralled.There were good points Duane lets her imagination run wild with aliens Many diverse species, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, colors, and body types roam the pages freely and happily Duane s deft handling of science and the mechanics of the Star Trek universe made for a solid, high stakes adventure Ael was a fascinating, fresh character, and her and Kirk s relationship was well wrought especially the ending.What majorly dropped my review star count was the plot s pacing The first 200 pages seem to exist only to set up for the last 100 pages, and while Duane s plethora of details build up the characters and world nicely, they can t hold my attention Put simply and horribly, I was bored and that s partially why it took me so long to finish the book.Once I got to page 201 though, the plot speeds up to break neck speed I was so on board for the ride that I nearly cheered Everything came together in a tight little bow, and I finished quick.To sum up, read MY ENEMY , MY ALLY if you have the patience for a very, VERY slow beginning and like exploring coolio author creations Otherwise, it s a bit of a slog

  10. says:

    Back in the day, before there were sequel series to the classic TV show, before the reboot, there were the Pocket Books Star Trek novels They built on the original stories, taking advantage of the novel format to create worlds and aliens and special effects impossible for TV or movies This was where my fandom was all these books.So one of the things I resented about Star Trek The Next Generation is that the show s creators completely failed to make use of Diane Duane s wonderful extrapolatio Back in the day, before there were sequel series to the classic TV show, before the reboot, there were the Pocket Books Star Trek novels They built on the original stories, taking advantage of the novel format to create worlds and aliens and special effects impossible for TV or movies This was where my fandom was all these books.So one of the things I resented about Star Trek The Next Generation is that the show s creators completely failed to make use of Diane Duane s wonderful extrapolations about the Romulan people The Rihannsu, as she called them, had a detailed culture and society and their relation to their distant cousins, the Vulcans, made the Vulcansinteresting as well My Enemy, My Ally is the first of Duane s Rihannsu novels, and tells the story of Ael t Rllaillieu, disgraced commander in the Romulan fleet, who joins forces with the crew of the Enterprise to stop her own people doing something dishonorable, horrifying, and evil.I always liked the Star Trek novels with main characters other than the Enterprise crew, probably because those books revealedabout those familiar characters by showing them at a remove Half this book is narrated by Ael, the other half by Jim Kirk, and there s a real beauty in how the two of them learn to trust each other a trust madedifficult by Ael s personal anger toward Kirk for his role in the downfall of her sister s daughter in the TV episode The Enterprise Incident Duane populates the book with dozens of supporting characters, all of whom have personality and strong character My favorite is Harb Tanzer, chief of recreation, which is sensibly tied to the medical department he s sort of an elder statesman kindly old uncle who turns out to be remarkably good in a crisis But there are Enterprise crew, and Vulcans, and Romulans, and the interactions between all of them are wonderful.One of the things I like about Duane s writing in general is her constant sense that there is meaning beyond what is obvious on the surface I hesitate to say she has strong themes in her fiction, because that implies a conscious, deliberate construction, and questions of love and honor and duty and friendship simply arise naturally from it Yes, even in a Star Trek novel Ael s character is defined by the fact that she chooses to betray her people in order to uphold a sense of honor her people have largely left behind What she discovers is that other races, while different, in many cases share the same values, even if they have other ways of pursuing those values And yet in the end we re reminded that Rihannsu do have a different sense of honor than humans, as Ael is forced to practice that honor at the expense of something that matters very much to her.This book was first published in 1984, and it has a few elements that remind you how old it is, specifically the use of tapes and cassettes with the computers though most of the computers are suitably small But some of it, particularly the concept of 4 D chess which is itself part of a recurring theme still works really well And, again, the characters are what sell this story Ensign Naraht, the young Horta ensign who s so very earnest Ael s crew, who look up to her as a mother but respect her as a commander Christine Chapel, a full doctor now with just enough screen time to remind you of the power these authors had to remedy some of the unthinking sexism of the 60s Lieutenant Freeman, obsessed with old vids and Doctor Who It s a huge cast of characters, and Duane is tremendously skilled to keep them all individuals.I picked this up again after several years because I came across an omnibus edition of the Rihannsu novels and felt like revisiting my youth It was wonderful to find that some things, at least, remain golden Now I ll have to go on to The Romulan Way, my favorite, and hope that too is as good as I remember

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