Star Trek: Troublesome Minds

{4.5/5} “Occasionally a child has a telepathic ability that exceeds the strength of most Isitri. These children are undisciplined and have a tendency to push their thoughts and emotions on those around them. Usually, with training, this can be controlled. Every few generations there is a genetic mutation that produces what we call a ‘troublesome mind.’ Such a mind is not only uncontrollable, but also its telepathic aptitude is such that it can direct the minds of others.”

The Enterprise responds to a distress call and rescues someone who was about to be killed. Berlis is from a previously unknown race, the Isitri, who are telepathic. Then Captain Kirk discovers that Berlis is extremely dangerous and his own people intended to kill him. Berlis has the ability to control every mind on his planet — and possibly more.

Star Trek: Troublesome Minds by Dave Galanter was published in 2009.

The characters are presented with a unique and challenging problem. When Spock is found to be under the control of Berlis, Kirk is left without one of his most trusted advisors.

This is a intriguing story, with a focus is on Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Berlis, and a couple of other new characters.

I wasn’t sure about the logistics at one point early on, but the rest is great so I shrugged and moved on.

Galanter has written several other Star Trek novels and stories, including one section of Mere Anarchy.

The new Star Trek movie comes out very soon. To get you in the mood you could read this book or Allegiance in Exile or DTI: Forgotten History.

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