Written By: Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg
Read by Alec Newman
Released by Big Finish July 2018
I had been pretty disappointed in the first Star Trek Prometheus audiobook, Fire With Fire. It felt like a lot of wasted time before finally starting to get into an interesting story and mystery...and then it just ends and leaves you waiting for the next book. So I went into The Root of All Rage expecting it to be more continuity and back references, and a real lack of anything fresh...but luckily, that nugget of mystery and story prevailed, and this second entry in the Prometheus tale builds wonderfully, and actually becomes a fresh new story. And though it still doesn't have a complete ending, the cliffhanging tease in this story is more satisfying than the end of the first book had been.
While the references and returning characters from Trek lore aren't completely missing, they aren't as overwhelming as they had been in that first book. Sure, Lwaxana Troi and Picard make an appearance in this one, and there are references to past episodes and characters, but the actual story of the Prometheus and the new characters are all expanded on in far greater detail. The mystery of what is going on in this region of space and why the once peaceful race has turned to fanatical terrorism begins to unravel...and I found myself far more engrossed in the story this time.
I will admit I was a tad disappointed that the big reveal that the being that may be causing all the havoc might be a reference to a single episode of the Original Series...but they left it open enough and added a more interesting major detail that left me quite interested to see it all end.
This second book turned me around on the series. The first book spent too much time showing off it's Trek history knowledge, but this one spends that same time building it's own characters and story. Instead of referencing other Trek works, it adds to the vast Trek lore. And that is a good thing.There are still some issues. I still don't think this series is accessible to newcomers. If they could skip all the reference garbage from the first book and pair it down, then launch into the story of the second book, it might actually work as a fun new jumping on point.
Beyond that there is still the issue of Star Trek phrases being mispronounced, which is not terrible, but it does leave the audiobook feeling like slightly less Big Finish love was poured into it than some of their other ranges. Still…story-wise this is a vast improvement on the first book, and I am actually quite interested to hear the conclusion in December. It may not be great for newcomers, and big Trek fans may be annoyed with some of the mangled Trek words, but there is a good story at the heart of this book.