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Review of The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
 
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Published Date: April 1, 2002
ISBN: 0743406443
 
tstarnes
April 7, 2017
 
The Eugenics War 2 follows the events surrounding Khanís ascent to power and his clashes with Gary Seven and company. While this book is a pretty good read and gives a lot of backstory for the Star Trek universe it doesnít quite hold up to the promise laid down in the first part of the series.

The big thing that works for this book is Khan himself and the relationship between Khan and Seven. Cox does an admirable job in translating the Montobon version of Khan into book form and then working that back into a younger version of the man for the early parts of the book. The growth of the relationship between Khan and Seven and their estrangement was also really well done. You can feel the tension between the two men and the pull of their past friendship. Overall the entire cast of characters, down to some of the secondary and tertiary characters, really works. They are generally believable, in a sci-fi sort of way, and fit their roles nicely

My one big gripe about this book is that itís kind of all over the place. I get that Cox is trying to move through a pretty large chunk of history and touch all the big milestones while getting Khan to the point of getting on board the Botany Bay, and he does manage to do that. But the execution really lacks focus. Coupled with the several times there are big jumps in time this lack of focus sometimes pulls the reader out of the story. That isnít to say that the book is unreadable, just that the first installment in The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh was good enough and had enough cohesion that it is more notable in its absence in the second book.

The other issue is inevitable. Because the basic outline of Khanís history was laid down in the 60s during the original run of the TV show, there are times when this book clashes badly with our actual history. While it is pretty distraction there is really no good way to get around that without doing some sort of massive retcon. I donít hold this against Cox because he was in a no-win type of situation but it still detracted a bit from my enjoyment of it.

Overall this is a good read and continues to give a solid amount of background for the Star Trek universe, and Khan is of course always enjoyable. While it might not hold up to its predecessor this installment is still completely worth the read.
 
 
 
 
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