Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours starts off with a bang and a leviathan. The colony on Sirsa III is a mining colony who possession of the planet was granted after studies revealed there was no native life on the planet. The colony is now under siege from a leviathan that rose from the ocean. The governor of the colony decides to break the long standing policy of having as little to do with the Federation and ask for help.
On the Starship Shenzhou, Captain Georgiou has her hands full with deciding who to promote to first officer and second officer. The two candidates, Lieutenant Michael Burnham and Lieutenant Saru, do not work well together at all and seem in perpetual competition. The tension from the promotions will have to wait as the crew of the Shenzhou are instructed to respond to the call for help. To insure the threat to the colony is solved, Starfleet also instructs the Starship Enterprise, commanded by Captain Pine, to rendezvous with the Shenzhou.
The book is populated by a few familiar characters like Mr. Spock and Ambassador Sarek, as well as the characters from the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. It has plenty of action and intrigue. Where did the leviathan come from? Is the colony responsible? Are the Shenzhou and the Enterprise working off the orders regarding helping the colony? The book will probably appeal more to the hardcore Star Trek fan. I am a fan of the two later series, Deep Space 9 and Voyager; no so much of the original series.
The narrator, Susan Eisenberg, does a fantastic job. She reads the book. She does not perform it; for example, she does not do different voices or accents for each character. She does project emotion and tension into the story. I would definitely choose a book narrated by her.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for giving me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.