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SCE: What's Past Book Three: Echoes of Coventry

By Jacqueline Bundy
Posted at June 14, 2006 - 10:28 PM GMT

Title: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #63: What's Past, Book Three: Echoes of Coventry
Author: Richard C. White
Release Date: May 2006
Format: eBook
ISBN: 1-4165-2047-3

Ernest Hemingway once said, "First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write."

Richard C. White certainly knows his subject, having spent fifteen years in military intelligence as a cryptanalyst and linguist, and with Echoes of Coventry - his first foray into the world of the S.C.E. - he establishes that he knows how to write as well. The third book in the six-part Starfleet Corps of Engineers: What's Past mini-series, Echoes of Coventry transports the reader back in time to the height of the Dominion War.

Before he joined the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci, Bartholomew Faulwell served as a cryptographer for Starfleet Intelligence during the Dominion War. Among the missions Faulwell carried out are some he can never disclose to anyone. But when a new crewmember innocently asks Bart what it was like to be in the war, he finds himself remembering a secret mission on an ice-covered moon that he would rather not recall: a mission that changed the course of the war.

Echoes of Coventry may not be an action packed adventure tale, but it is surprisingly compelling. The straightforward character driven narrative draws you inside the closed and confined world of Project Mungin, a secret post established by Starfleet Intelligence to listen in on transmissions within Cardassian space.

Faulwell's hopes for an uneventful tour are soon shattered when their probes start to pick up encrypted transmissions between the Dominion and the Breen and it becomes a race to break the code before the tides of war sweep away everything they hold dear.

Both regular readers of S.C.E. and anyone interested in learning more about the Dominion War should find Echoes of Coventry a very pleasing read.

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Jacqueline Bundy reviews Star Trek books for the Trek Nation, writes monthly columns for the TrekWeb newsletter and the Star Trek Galactic News, and hosts the Yahoo Star Trek Books Group weekly chat.

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