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Jon Korie is executive officer of a ship (Star Wolf) he really should be captaining. But a succession of "jinx" events have put him and the Star Wolf in unenviable status with the Star Fleet. Korie is also plagued with emotional pain and regret about the loss of his wife and son during the long-standing war with the evil Morthans. Now, with Captain Parsons on the Op Deck where he should be, the Star Wolf is sent to rescue the Norway, a disabled research vessel in a decaying orbit around a giant red star.
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Korie has bad feelings about the mission, and is concerned about why the Norway is out here beyond nowhere. When no response comes from the Norway, Korie heads an inspection team to determine the problem. The team finds that the ship is infested with bloodworms, a plasmacyte that is basically unstoppable as it breaches retaining walls and attacks humans. Korie and his team become infected.

Survivors on the Norway include the mission executive and the head scientist. Their evasive answers to questions increase Korie's feelings of discomfort. The Norway's intelligent computer system is of no help to them, but Captain Parsons decides to attempt a rescue of the team and "cure" of the bloodworm scourge. Against his better judgment, Korie agrees, and the Star Wolf is again involved in possible scandal and political controversy.

This book is based on Star Trek space and time; it's the fourth book in the Star Wolf series. There is hard science detail and interesting alien-human interactions.

The review of this Book prepared by K Cheatham

'Blood and Fire' is the fourth book in David Gerrold's Star Wolf series. The story opens on the deck of the Star Wolf, as the ship jumps through hyperspace in answer to a distress call of a derelict ship. Commander Korie is here (nope, no stars yet), as well as the other members of the crew from the previous books, with some new faces: Captain Parsons, and new members of the Quilla group. The main story arcs involve the mysteries of the distressed vessel, and the strange virus it holds, and crew member Brian Armstrong coming to grips with his loss and his relationship to the Quilla group.
The review of this Book prepared by Thomas Head

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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