The third and final chapter of Star Trek Prometheus is available now from Big Finish. In the Heart of Chaos rounds off the Star Trek Prometheus trilogy.
In Star Trek Prometheus the Federation races to discover the culprits of several terrorist attacks, sending their flagship, the USS Prometheus, to stop war breaking out in the galaxy. Individual instalments of the new trilogy from Big Finish are available to download for £9.99 each. If you have yet to sample these Star Trek adventures then a bundle of the full trilogy is available for £24.99.
It seems like only yesterday that Big Finish announced they had procured the rights to produce a series of Star Trek audiobooks. These were based on three novels from authors Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg. July saw the first two, ‘Fire With Fire‘ and ‘The Root of All Rage‘ being released and now, the third and final book has been released, ‘In the Heart of Chaos‘.
With the situation in the Lembatta Cluster having deteriorated quickly, fleets of ships from both the Federation and Klingon Empire are heading towards the borders. With the crews of the USS. Prometheus and IKS Bortas having joined forces, the captains from both ships, Adams and Kromm, are hunting for a secret weapons facility. Meanwhile the remaining crews of both ships have to hold down the fort. With fleets of ships on the way, the Lembatta Cluster is about to explode into war. An old enemy from the past is waiting in the wings. Adams and Kromm find themselves in a race against time to save the whole Alpha Quadrant.
Once again, Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg have pulled a delightful story out of the bag. ‘In the Heart of Chaos‘ works as any good final act should, with the characters all ready to play their final cards. It is fast paced, exciting and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Perplies and Humberg’s strengths lie in the characters they have created. In the previous audiobook, the crew of the Klingon ship were allowed to shine.
This time it is the turn of the crew of the Prometheus. The first story, ‘Fire with Fire‘ dealt with the characters in a way which felt a little too similar to other Star Trek crews that we have seen before. ‘The Root of all Rage‘ did a good job with giving some of the crew some character development but with the introduction of the Klingon crew and some cameos from legends in the Star Trek mythos, they felt a little sidelined.
Here however the crew come across really well. It is almost as if the writers had decided to wait for three novels before showing us what this crew can really do. Each character is given their distinct personalities, abilities and attributes in pleasing enough ways. The scenarios they are placed into also wouldn’t feel out of place in a non-sci-fi adventure. This time around the crew of the Prometheus are miles away from the other crews seen before.
References that add rather than detract
Perplies and Humberg also deserve considerable credit for not allowing the Star Trek references to get in the way of the overall story. ‘Fire with Fire‘ didn’t handle this too well and there were times in ‘The Root of all Rage‘ where this proved a problem. Not so here, in fact, it helped to elevate the story and it should prove to please any Star Trek fan’s heart! This conclusion is easily the best story from the trilogy. It also doesn’t need to be heard or read in conjunction with the previous two releases. Of course while this is advised, it does stand up as a cracking good story on its own.
Alec Newman continues to impress with his narration in this series. His voice lends itself to narration wonderfully. With a naturally soft voice, he is excellent at the quieter moments but he can also handle the tenser passages with ease. He is also one of those actors whose voice wouldn’t bore you reading the yellow pages. His soft, Scottish accent is just so pleasing to listen too. The story really rattles along at a real pace under his masterful narration.
If there was one minor quibble to be had with his narration it would be that he sometimes struggles with some of the stranger names for characters and alien species. That said it will hardly distract you from the events unfolding around you. Newman has already made a name for himself with Big Finish with his work on the ‘Dark Shadows’ range. One hopes this won’t be his only narration with Big Finish as his work across the previous three novels has been nothing short of superb.
‘In the Heart of Chaos‘ is a stellar conclusion to this recent trilogy of Star Trek novels from Big Finish. Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg have delivered some nice prose and they have been provided a stellar audio adaptation. Hopefully, they will believe that these novels have been done justice, Star Trek fans certainly do.
Alec Newman is just excellent, effortlessly bringing this powerful novel to life with his delightful narration. It is also surprising how close to the knuckle these novels have been in terms of mirroring real world events. Perplies and Humberg have really pushed the boundaries with how far Star Trek can go in terms of storytelling about war, terrorism, wartime propaganda and obscene terrorist videos. However, they have never felt tasteless, always adding an extra threat to the interesting creations in the form of the Renao, one of the most interesting alien species to have been entered into the Star Trek mythology.
Now the question on everyone’s minds is, will Big Finish continue to boldly go into the Star Trek universe? One certainly hopes so. If these three adaptations prove anything the people behind Big Finish are more than capable of handling the complex worlds and storylines of Star Trek. It would be nice to see Big Finish get the rights for the crew of the Prometheus and create brand new storylines with these exciting characters. One thing is for certain, Big Finish’s future is going to be long and bright and they will continue to travel at warp factor 10!
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