Over on Trek Lit Reviews, Dan Gunther has been going through my various novels featuring Captain Klag and the I.K.S. Gorkon, and after reviewing Diplomatic Implausibility, A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound, and Enemy Territory, he now turns his attention to the Klingon Empire novel A Burning House, which, it turns out, was the last book to feature these folks as main characters. (They do show up again briefly in the Destiny trilogy by David Mack and also in my novel A Singular Destiny as supporting players.)
I love strong character moments, and this novel is packed full of them. I loved the look at Klingon culture in ways that we don’t usually get: rather than the usual focus on the lives of Klingon warriors, we see farmers, actors, doctors, and see the effects that poverty and change have on the lives of average Klingons. I felt that A Burning House was an excellent exploration of Klingon culture in general, and I would have loved to see where the series would have gone in the future. As it stands, the four books that make up the I.K.S. Gorkon/Klingon Empire series are some of the best Trek novels I have read, and it is almost criminal that Keith R.A. DeCandido doesn’t currently write for the Star Trek novel line. Come on, Simon & Schuster: give this man another contract!