Tor, Jun 2002, 21.95, 335 pp.
Archeologist Waneta Young uncovers a strange looking red crystal infixed inside a piece of pottery found at a dig on a sacred mountain in the Eastern Cherokee Nation. The crystal contains an ancient destructive power guarded by anointed Cherokee shamans against those who will abuse the frightful force.
However, the human freedom resistance and the competing Taelon factions learn of the find and each struggles to take control of the red crystal. Each group assumes possession means world domination. However, unleashing the genie from the bottle may prove more dangerous and deadly than any of the competitors realize as only the Cherokee Nation understand this doomsday machine that the red crystal contains. Emancipated from the crystal prison will mean the end of the world unless Waneta the chosen one retains control of a force that none of the triad will be able to direct.
This reviewer planned to invoke the fifty-page rule expecting to waste a half an hour reading GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT: LEGACY because long running TV series adaptations into novels usually lose steam after a few novels. However, instead this reviewer finished a great tale in one sitting. Glenn R. Sixbury does the impossible of adhering to the nature of the TV cast while enhancing their known personality quirks and traits (Zo'or's depiction is amazing) yet provides freshness with a strong tale that includes the trifecta conflict and a deep look into Cherokee mythos. Fans of the series will relish this powerful action-packed tale while those not familiar will enjoy a strong speculative fiction novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner