In Alien Hands

William Shatner, Author Eos $23 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-105275-0
A sequel to Delta Search, this second novel in Shatner's Quest for Tomorrow series continues the story of Jim Endicott, who carries in his DNA the secret of a supercomputer made of linked human minds. Endicott is pursued by secret agents of sundry races, including representatives of the two alien empires--the wolflike Albans and the reptilian Hunzzas--that surround humanity in the 23rd century. As the novel progresses, Endicott sees combat as a mercenary soldier and as an implausibly gifted space pilot, saves the Alban government from a nuclear booby trap and befriends--and is befriended--by the powerful of several races, taking on the Hunzza, who aim to destroy Earth, in the process. Shatner's pacing never flags; his aliens (particularly the comic Tick) are more than respectable; and he adeptly handles the concept of the human race as a third-class power. Endicott develops so many powers, however, at a rate dictated by plot rather than by logic, that the novel finally loses much of its plausibility. This is old-fashioned space opera, but Shatner's superhuman protagonist may not keep today's readers turning pages with the same zeal as he might have two generations ago. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1997
Release date: 12/01/1997
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.