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First Frontier

By David A McIntee

Book review by Jamas Enright

The best thing I can say about this book is that it's average. Nothing stands out as amazingly brilliant, nor is there anything to condemn it. (If you haven't read the book, don't read on).

The Tzun Confederacy was well developed by McIntee, but only made them mildly interesting. I became a bit confused as to which part of their race did what, and totally failed to picture any of them. Even their ships, with their software-controlled shapes, were ill-detailed.

Major Kreer is the only character other than the Doctor and co. who seems more than two-dimensional. There were contradictions between the ways he acted as Kreer, and after he was revealed to be the Master. After the revelation, he was more 'Master-ish', but before he was different enough to make me doubt, at times, that he would turn out to be the Master.

To me, the Doctor and co. weren't totally necessary. As the Master does away with the Tzun himself at the end, what purpose does the crew actually serve outside of being shot at and imparting information to the reader? Perhaps their roles should have been reconsidered and made more pertinent.

As I said, this book is very average. If it wasn't for the Master, it would probably be totally worthless.

This item appeared in TSV 42 (January 1995).

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