Top critical review
Not bad, not great.
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2008
This is not a bad story, but it isn't all that great, either. For one thing, it shares a major problem with the series, one that is a major potential problem with any prequel: if you don't have any major events occur, it's boring, but if you DO insert major events to spice things up, the question arises of why these major events were never alluded to in the previously written, later-set stories. In the case of Enterprise, this trap is sprung when the series has the Xindi kill seven million people in a major attack, and the entire third and fourth season are spent trying to prevent them from finishing the job of wiping out humanity. Is it REALLY likely that in 78 original series episodes, (plus 6 movies) over 150 Next Generation episodes (plus 4 movies) over 150 Deep Space 9 Episodes, and over 150 Voyager episodes, numerous of which deal with events in the history (Genetics Wars, General Green & the third world war, the Bell Riots, First Contact, the Romulan War, etc) there is NEVER even a MENTION of a little thing like an alien attack that killed 7 million people, and ALMOST resulted in the destruction of all life on earth? I just don't see it. Yet this book, being set as it is during the period in the series that this takes place, suffers from this major flaw of the series.
Further, the majority of the plot merely rehashes much of what was dealt with during this period in the series: the conflicts between the Starfleet personnel and the MACOs, and the gradual acceptance of those two groups for each other.
If you are completely unfamiliar with Star Trek, and thus could not possibly care less about the lack of continuity between Enterprise and the previously established canon, you may enjoy this as simply a fairly decent action-adventure space opera with some character interaction. But if you are a fan, even if you don't care as much as I do about interseries continuity, if you've watched episodes of Enterprise during the third and fourth seasons of the show, there's nothing much new here.