by Andy Mangels

They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation.

Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost.

Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he's forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands.NO LAW.

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A planet is trying to choose between the Federation and the Romulans, but only the Romulans seem to have all the facts. Section 31 steps in to give the planet to the Romulans in exchange for a list of agents inside the Federation. He is also recruited by Section 31 and must choose between right and wrong.

So, if you loved this book, you will probably enjoy Cloak.

Rogue kick off after Picard and his band of time correcting crew get back from Earth following the events of First Contact! :D The book throughout does have humour as well which perfectly fits the characters Riker and Troi comes though for example brilliantly when interviewing Grelun who incidentally admires Picards drink of choice! :D Picards reaction to Section 31 and how is friend Cortin Zweller could have got involved with them is brilliantly handled! :D At the same time the Tal Shiar being headed by Koval are as sinister as you would expect and are also trying to use Section 31 which really rams home the epic level the book works on! :D So you along with the Federation will find yourself trying to work it out and the conspiracy that surrounds all this is neatly handled!

'Rogue' is a plodding book in which it feels like barely anything happens. The trusty Next Generation crew all feel right and it's easy to imagine the dialogue coming out of the actor's mouths.

Rouge was a good book that I felt suffered from being something that Star Trek is not good at. The other thing I felt they did well involved the reveal of the novel, where the thing our antagonists are after fits in line with previously established technology and interest. Unfortunatley, where I feel the novel did not do well was the espionage. Oh, and immediatley following, before even getting an agreement from the new recruit, says: "the very safety of the Federation depends upon Section 31's coninued secrecy." I know you don't want this to turn into 500 pages about how best to recruit an agent, but even a second meeting before you drop the big bombshells would have been nice, it felt very rushed. But the moral ambiguity, the "ends justifying the means" is done so half-heartedly and given by a character that even self identifies as someone who couldn't get opportunities or promotions until he joined Section 31.

This is the 2nd in a series of 4 books pitting Section 31 (a plot device from the series Deep Space 9) against other familiar Star Trek casts. In First Contact, Hawk was one of the famous Star Trek "Red Shirts." He was a member of the Bridge crew that we've never seen before, there to be seen interacting with the alpha-cast for a short time until a big battle comes along and someone has to take one for the team. He attacks Picard, forcing Worf to blast him off the hull and send him spinning into the void of space.) Anyway, Hawk is one of the main characters in this book. They made Hawk gay in this book with a long-term partner on the Enterprise. The final scene of the book, back to post-First Contact again, is Captain Picard and Hawk's partner taking a trip to Mars together to give condolences to the family.

As an openly-gay man, he has been a longtime advocate for greater visibility of gay and lesbian characters in various media, especially comics, including the coordination and moderation of the annual "Gays in Comics" panel for Comic Con International since it was begun in 1988.