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Brinkmanship (Star Trek: Typhon Pact #8)

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An all-new novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which tensions escalate between two powerful forces in interstellar space.
The Venette Convention has always remained independent, but it is about to become the flashpoint for a tense military standoff between the two power blocs now dominating interstellar space the United Federation of Planets and
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Matt Randall
Jan 23, 2013 Matt Randall rated it liked it
As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador's rudeness, Peter Allen's paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense. But that never really happened. Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state. I'm not sure what the point of the novel was. It doesn't really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Armen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, lgbt
This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis. I also really liked the further insight into a much more mature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series. I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden:

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Sean O'Hara
Previously on Star Trek: The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.

This time on Star Trek: The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.

So to some extent the series is getting repetitive -- pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show-down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one. And you know what, I don't care -- the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing
Oct 22, 2015 Nis rated it really liked it
Very nice ending to the Typhon Pact series. Exactly the kind of political thriller I expected the series would be full of.
Crystal Bensley
Dec 22, 2015 Crystal Bensley rated it really liked it
A good political thriller where you learn alot about the Tzenkethi.
C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
The Typhon Pact novels are an interesting experiment in Star Trek literature. They are, in simple terms, an attempt to create a power to rival the Federation which is simultaneously hostile to the Alpha Quadrant's "good guys" but not something which can be just ignored as long as no one crosses the Neutral Zone. This isn't really all that original of an idea since the Klingons used to occupy this role in the Original Series and the Cardassians/Dominion had it for the period they weren't at war ...more
Nov 02, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This is the final book in a series that is too long, so I am happy to finally be finished with it; the only thing I like about this book is that Ezri Dax is in it a lot.
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
In this exciting edition to the Star Trek Universe, tensions are becoming higher every day. The Venette convention has turned to the Tzenkethi coalition for protection and has allowed three of their bases for the coalitions’ use. But if these bases are garrisoned, they would unacceptably close to Federation, Cardassian, and Ferengi space. Captain Ezri Dax and his ship the U.S.S. Aventine are sent to investigate what exactly is going on in these new Tzenkethi bases.

Meanwhile, Captain Picard takes
Oct 04, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next book in the Typhon Pact series takes us to the Tzenkethi and a non-aligned power, the Venette Convention. The Tzenkethi wish to lease bases from the Venetans right on the borders of three Khitomer powers, which include the Federation. Naturally, Starfleet sends representitives to the Venetans in an attempt to stop the leasing process. What ensues is, as the title points out, a case of brinkmanship with one side accusing the other of various misdeeds while, at the same time, inching ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether it is the publishing order, or by intention, this book, the 8th and final in the Typhon Pact series seems to be out of place.

The past two books would have been a much better ending to the series than this book is. That's not to say that the story or writing of this book is in anyway inferior but rather that the impact and conclusion are a much more sombre note.

Una McCormack does a fantastic job balancing two unique societies and the Tzenkethi portions of the book are just fascinating and
Ron Turner
Feb 09, 2015 Ron Turner rated it it was ok
It was okay. There are three plots and none of them really went anywhere.

1. Picard and Crusher join Federation, Ferengi and Cardassian diplomats for talks with the Venette Convention, a small power that is strategically located and have fallen under the sway of the Tzenkethi. The diplomatic intrigue is cool. I rather liked the Ferengi female diplomat Ilka. I thought the Venette were interesting. But Crusher was out of place. She just bumbled on along.

2. Ezri Dax investigates possible Tzenkethi b
Paul Lunger
Oct 02, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it liked it
With the Typhon Pact novels, there have been at times more hits than misses, but Una McCormack's latest, "Brinkmanship" falls into the latter category. The story is a dual plot involving the Venette Convention a race that was once up for Federation membership that got forgotten about due to the Dominion War & Borg invasion. They've now taken up sides with the Tzenkethi which concerns the worlds of the Khitomer Accords. The Enterprise is dispatched to a peace conference to hopefully stave off ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Nathan rated it it was ok
On the whole, I am loving the Typhon Pact book series. That being said, this one was the first that, in my opinion, could be described as a letdown.

Throughout the entire story, everything was falling apart due to machinations that the characters (and reader) were quite oblivious to, and when the big reveal finally came, it was a bit lackluster as well as anticlimactic. There was also the matter of the characters staying in character... Some of them really didn't. There were a few times when I c
John Carter McKnight
I really should've liked this book immensely. I'm a big fan of diplomatic/political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times. Unfortunately, this fell flat.

One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices: a large part of the appeal of tie-in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads. McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same.

One of the subplots involved a deep-cover agent going nat
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 14, 2012 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
The novel lives up to its title. For 2/3 of its length, I was thoroughly hooked to the diplomatic games, conniving, back-biting...until the final moment, when it seemed as if war was going to break out. If that had been the entire plot of the book, I would have granted it five stars.

However, I found the attempt to highlight the Tzenkethi homeworld & culture rather bland in comparison to the success of other "Typhon Pact" novels in this area, especially with the Breen. It reached the point w
Feb 07, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
I don't think I've read a Star Trek novel in about 20 years, I gave up watching DS9, I watched the reboot movie but hated it because it was so sexist! This book was totally the opposite of that! It had such a good cast of women, there were women starship captains, diplomats, spies. It was like the universe was actually made up of 50 percent women! It was brilliant! I was also really happy that Beverly and Jean Luc had gotten married!!! Something I thought only happened in fan fiction! As I ...more
Eddie Glade
Sep 21, 2015 Eddie Glade rated it really liked it
One of the better ST books from the last few years. I'm a big fan of both Picard and Dax, and as you can tell this book features them. There's a fair amount of diplomacy, but it doesn't bog down the narrative like some other ST books. There's also a fun espionage subplot that goes through the whole book and is pretty compelling...McCormack keeps you guessing until the end exactly what will happen to the spy and what her importance is the the whole situation. Doesn't exactly tie up the "Typhon ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: trek
I normally like the political side of Trek in the novelverse, but this left me cold. Too much posturing and too little sense in this one, and it didn't seem to advance the overall Typhon Pact story at all.

Also, my delight at having Beverly as a viewpoint character was quickly smothered by the large amount of pages devoted to Ezri Dax and the U.S.S. Mary Sue. Yes, I knew it would happen -- she's on the cover -- but I still don't have to be happy about it.

Unless something happens in The Fall tha
Glenn Crouch
May 18, 2013 Glenn Crouch rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I quite enjoyed this latest instalment in the Typhon Pact :)

I liked the way that the Author successfully explored the two "Alien" cultures and fleshed them out nicely - yet still left me wanting to know more about them.

Also was nice to have a book that is primarily about the Diplomatic side of Star Fleet that TNG did (does) so well.

Whilst those who have read all the Typhon Pact books will understand the setting best, I think this would be an all right book as a stand alone (ie for TNG fans who h
Mar 02, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, fiction, tv, women-writers
I'm pretty sure this is the kind of Trek that Gene Roddenberry would've hated. Hence, I love it! What does the Federation look like to outsiders? Not as benevolent, beneficent and benign as we might want to think. What's it like to be an on-the-ground diplomat? Sucky, especially when you're Beverly Crusher (and Jean Luc Picard doesn't fare any better).

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Raymond Masters
Jan 09, 2014 Raymond Masters rated it really liked it
I liked the story. It wasn't as sophisticated or packed full of information as a David Mack book, but it had heart and it was a good story with Dr. Crusher at the forefront. This is something of a rarity. While she's not my favorite character, I think she needs a little more spotlight than she's had over the years. McCormack has heart, and I enjoyed her depiction of Ezri, too. Probably the most surprising aspect of the book was just how much it dealt with the Tzenkethi. It showcased them A LOT ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Jd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow,this is a great Star Trek story. This one gave us some fascinating insight into the Tzenketh, who we've only gotten few bits and pieces on to this point. The storyline with the Venetan was equally interesting as we saw all of the different groups plot against each other. Since this is a Una McCormack story we also got some great material on the Cardassians. it was especially nice to get some more details on the Enterprise's Cardassian crewman, Dygan, who hadn't played this big of a role in a ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Jimyanni rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A well-written but rather depressing book that succeeds in telling a story of Realpolitik in the Federation's dealings with its neighbors. The problem is, the entire point to Star Trek is supposed to be that Starfleet and the Federation are better than that, that humanity by that point in the future has learned to live up to its ideals rather than sacrificing them for political advantage. The conflict can be there, certainly, but ultimately, the triumph is not supposed to be the "winning" the ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Not sure how I feel about how the main problem was resolved/solved. Besides that I really enjoyed the book, and had good tension through out the book. The ending kept it from being an amazing book like Zero Sum Game but up until then was pretty good. I am not saying the ending sucked, just that it did not live up to what the rest of the book gave in terms of enjoyment.
Oct 26, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Another hit from Una McCormack. I very much enjoyed Brinkmanship, and highly recommend it for the political thriller aspect, the fascinating exploration of interesting characters, and the continued building of the very intriguing Tzenkethi culture. I have to admit that the tension had me wondering up to the very end how the Federation was going to get out of this situation without going to war with the Tzenkethi and the Typhon Pact. McCormack weaves an engrossing tale that kept me guessing ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad way to finish the series! The introduction of the Venetans and the Tzekenthi was interesting and I liked the Cardassian spy parts.

Where this book slowed down and got dumb was that Picard, Crusher and Madame Ilka were written very plainly. There was none of Picard's eloquence, Crusher was written flatly. Madame Ilka - a female Ferengi diplomat - was written as if she were another flat character.

Still - a good story and I read it in like 2 days.
Nathan Burgoine
Oct 04, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it
Not a lengthy review or anything, but I'll say this: I need to see the Federation turning back into the shining example it used to be, and soon. Don't get me wrong, it's compelling to read the Federation coming back from a place of near desperation - but I'm ready for that trip to be underway. I'm really getting frustrated with the darker trek this has become. Yes, there were moments in the shows that were dark, but the overall tone was more triumphant than this Typhon Pact plot.
Jan 14, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek, 2013
I really liked this one as well. Political intrigue is always more interesting when you add Cardassians to the mix. But I did not see that coming, with the Cardassian operative choosing to stay and be reconditioned as a good little Tzenkethi! I really liked that, though I felt bad for her and for Corazame.
Michael Bergquist
Jun 26, 2015 Michael Bergquist rated it liked it
Another installment of the Typhon Pact. Not as good and captivating as previous novels - but - it wasn't bad. My biggest issue was the ending... I was left saying to myself "what the Gre'thor? did i miss a page or something?". Perhaps I don't this this one is required reading for the series - other than learning more about the Tzenkethi social structure...... it didn't seem to add much.
Feb 06, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, 2014
A very gripping story of diplomacy coupled with some good old cloak and dagger... and all of it in the Star Trek universe of the Khitomer Accords and the Typhon Pact.

Even though it seemed very similar to the Cuban missile crisis, it didn't really matter as it was masterfully portrayed in this scifi setting.

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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.
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