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Zero Sum Game (Star Trek: Typhon Pact #1)

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A spy for the Typhon Pact--a new political rival of the Federation--steals the plans for Starfleet's newest technological advance: the slipstream drive. To stop the Typhon Pact from unlocking the drive's secrets, Starfleet Intelligence recruits a pair of genetically enhanced agents: Dr. Julian Bashir, of station Deep Space 9, and Sarina Douglas, a woman whose talents Bashi ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 22nd 2010)
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Alex
There's a point toward the end of the book where first officer Bowers, confronted with the next crisis, half jokingly asks "never a dull moment, eh?" and the Amazing Captain Dax replies: "not if we're doing this right". I could see this doubling as an exchange between David Mack and his editor, because Zero Sum doesn't have dull moments either and very few of the quiet variety: mostly the nice introspection into Bashir's character, now that his DS9 "family" is all but shattered, with his friends ...more
Jarezal
No estoy en contra de un Star Trek gris. De hecho, DS9 es mi serie favorita entre otras cosas por tener más matices que las demás. Sin embargo, no puedo tragar con las acciones de este libro. Si los protagonistas fueran desconocidos podría tener un pase. Un espía de la Sección 31 y una Capitana implacable que no se detienen ante nada para llevar a cabo su misión, por el bien de la Federación. Perfecto.

En cambio, los protagonistas se llaman Bashir y Dax. Y a ellos les conocemos. Bashir es aquel c
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Wayland Smith
This book serves two purposes in some ways. The obvious one is that it launches the next big cross-over event among the various Star Trek lines, the Typhon Pact. It also checks in on some of the characters that have been largely unseen since the series finale of Deep Space Nine.

Most of the book is about Dr. Bashir, who continues his never quite being able to catch a break. He gets swept into the murky world of intelligence work by Sarina Douglas, a woman from his past he has strong feelings for
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Shawn Fisher
3.5/5

This book revisits DS9 over a decade after the end of the Dominion War, which ended in the DS9 series finale. Almost everyone has moved on, none of Bashir's old friends are around the station. Sarina and the Jack pack make a return here. Sarina manages to convince Bashir to go on a mission for Starfleet intelligence to infiltrate a Breen colony to recover stolen slipstream plans and to destroy any prototype. The Breen are part of something called the Typhon Pact along with the Romulans, Gor
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Michael Bergquist
!!!STOP!!! BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK, you MUST read Star Trek: A Singular Destiny. It didn't take long for me to have a LOT of questions when I started reading Zero Sum Game. In talking to a friend about my questions, she told me that Singular Destiny answers all my questions as it is the middle book between the Destiny trilogy & Zero Sum Game.

The main reason I liked this book so much was it dealt heavily with the Breen. A lot of information about them as a people & culture is exposed he
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Krista D.
Well, this is the lowest marking I've ever given a David Mack book and it was tough to do. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but I found I was able to put it down and go a few days before I picked it up again.

With that said, good story arc of Julian and looking to see more development there. Ezri? I didn't feel anything new was developed there. She was just filler, and really dragged the story down for me.
John Scott
Loved the book, bit of a weak start to the Typhon Pact series, given how important it is to the Star Trek universe as a whole. Loved seeing Bashir back in action, though. He was always one of my favourite Deep Space Nine characters, and my favourite of the doctors of all the series (movie, series AND novels). Already reading Seize The Fire!
Josh
Finally, a straight forward adventure from the DS9 relaunch, without being weighed down by interdimensional oddities, celestial experiences, or other lofty ideas that haven't been enough to carry the stories. The story here is fine, but the mechanisms by which our heroes escape is too over the top, and even other characters in the novel remark upon it (ugh).

Minor complaint: Mack gets in his own way with dialogue tags and telling us what we already know, which is most apparent during the Sarina
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Eric
This is the first book (of 8) in the second major mini-series in the Star Trek novels.

After the Destiny trilogy some of the less-than-friendly races, who fought against the Borg, have split away from the Federation to form their own coalition known as the Typhon Pact; much like the Cold War after World War 2.

The Breen and the Romulans work together, in a covert attack, to steal the Slipstream Warp technology from the Federation. Section 31 recruits Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax to mount their own c
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Barry
David Mack provides an excellent start to the Typhon Pact series with this explosive espionage-fuelled episode.

The standalone A Singular Destiny had Sonek Pran discovering that the multiple enemies of the Federation had teamed together to form a pact against the Federation.

The next episode in this ongoing story starts with the Pact stealing plans for the Federation's tactical advantage from a starship construction base near Mars. As a result, Doctor Bashir is sent to a Breen planet to recover th
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Adam Czarnecki
I am so thankful for these Star Trek books that have continued the story long after the show ended. The characters are so rich and it's nice to see them from time to time, and the new slew of writers that Pocket Books has penning them really stay true to what we know and expect from them. I look forward to each installment (in this case, almost a year in advance.)

This story takes place a year or so after the events of last year's saga with the Borg, with (thankfully) a completely new enemy: that
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Andrew
I read this book after Losing the Peace, but I'm not up to speed in all the events going on in the DS9 series. Mack does a good job opening the book on DS9 and brining the reader up to speed with what is going on there.

This story centers around Julian Bashir. In the beginning he finds himself at his usual job, helping patients at a space station that is not as exotic and far-flung as it used to be in past years. then he gets dragged into a plot to recover something very precious that was stolen
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Kaysea
Nophoto-u-25x33 I've waited for this series for over a year after reading the destiny novels (a must read in order to appreciate this star trek universe)and can safely say I was not disappointed. However, I'm not excitedly looking forward to the next set of books
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The book focuses mainly on Dr. Bashir and Sarina who undergo an espionage mission to sabotage slip-stream drive technology stolen from the federation by the Typhon Pact. Starfleet Intelligen
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Daniel
While reading this book, it felt as though I had missed a Star Trek novel in the DS9 world during the initial moments of Zero Sum Game. After Fearful Symmetry, there seems to have been a gap in the DS9 chronology where certain characters take fairly large changes in their lives, most of the old DS9 crowd is gone leaving Bashir alone on the station. He still enjoys spy games, but now he has a chance to live it, for the good of the Federation of course. What follows his, and his fellow genetically ...more
Bryan Williams
A good story to keep you "up to date" on the Prime Trek universe after the events of Star Trek Nemesis...however, I expected more from David Mack, one of the best Trek writers of the past several years. I loved his Vanguard series, and his work on the Destiny trilogy, and had high hopes for the start of the Typhon Pact series, but somehow this first book in an important galactic development fell kind of short. I don't know if Mack was distracted while writing this, or is waiting for things to de ...more
Eirian Houpe
Action, adventure... and one or two small things.

Whenever an author writes for the pocketbook Star Trek novels, I'm certain there's an awful lot of incidental information that they need to ensure that the reader knows and understands - things that they didn't necessarily write, or at least not in this particular book, but do they really have to infodump? That kind of thing is beneath an author of Alan Mack's caliber, and this, along with his making Bashir far more stupid than his genetic enhance
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Lance Schonberg
Sep 22, 2013 Lance Schonberg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Having said I'm not particularly fond of the multi-series crossover books in the past, I still seem to have picked up the Typhon Pact books as part of my journey back into written Trek for 2013.

DS9 was my least favourite series (which is not to say that there weren't some great episodes), so I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. I know I keep complaining that I'm tired of the fate of the universe, or at least the Federation, hanging on the plot, and maybe that's why I enjoyed it
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Linfer
Not as exciting as Mack's first intstallment of the Vanguard series, but then the background of that series offers so, so much more while the background of this one is rather meh imo. Doesn't change the fact that Mack rocks when it comes to telling stories.

The thing with Typhon Pact is...it's missing interesting characters and this comes from a big fan of Ezri and Bashir. But while some characters are equally interesting on paper or even more than on the small screen, Ezri and Bashir don't reall
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Horst Gutmann
Zero Sum Game takes place about a year after the events of A Singular Destiny and the Typhon Pact flexes its muscles by getting their hands on the schematics of the Federation's slipstream drive. What follows is some behind-enemy-lines action with Julian Bashir and his old flame, the also genetically enhanced Sarina Douglas with Ezri Dax and the USS Aventine acting as backup.

Sadly, after the extremely epic Destiny series, the plot here feels a bit flat. The focus is the infiltration of a Breen c
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Kristen
A very fun read. I'm not sure if it was so fun to me because it's the first Trek book I've read in well over a year, or if it was truly that fun. I don't care either way. But I do think I need to read all the DS9 relaunch novels. This wasn't one that confused you if you hadn't read the previous ones or anything, but it made reference to so may things that sounded so interesting that it piqued my curiosity. All the DS9 relaunch books are now on my Amazon wish list. Feel free to send me presents. ...more
Matthew Bowers
Reread. Another 3.5'er. Surprised to see I gave this 2 stars when I originally read it; it's not THAT bad. For Mack it's a bit underwhelming, I'll admit, and the plot is entirely too tidy and underdeveloped. The hints about how much has changed on DS9 in the five years since THE SOUL KEY feel cutesy and irritating as well. But the action is exciting, and as a character study / development piece on Doctor Bashir, it's pretty great.
Jimyanni
Extremely well-written book, continuing the story of the characters we met in the TV series DS9. For fans of the sereis, this is a must-read. For anyone else, the background plot might not make much sense, but the story itself is still a good one. And while it is a complete story in itself, it ends with a teaser for future plot complications. This is how "continued stories" SHOULD be done.
Butch Rosenbalm
Zero Sum Game by David Mack is the opening book of the "Typhon Pact" storyline of the Trek universe. Several of the "villain" races of Trek have banded together as an evil alternative to the Federation. In this book, enhanced Julian Bashir is recruited (again) by Section 31 via his former love, Sarina Douglas. She & Bashir go on a secret agent mission to Breen space after a theft of Starfleet's slipstream drive.
The book is one of Mr Mack's better works. While I never really cared for Bashir
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Crotched Mountain
If you are a sci fi fan like me, you have probably heard of the Star Trek television series Deep Space 9.

Typhon Pact - "Zero Sum Game" is a story written as an episode out of that series. It is the story of how Dr. Dashir of DS9 is taking from his mundane job as head Medical Officer and pressed into service as an agent of Star Fleet's SI core. He is to play the part of a spy as he, and his former lover Sarina go under cover to the Breen homeworld to recover stolen plans for an experimental "Slip
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Bernard Doddema Jr
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Gregory
I've never met a Star Trek story I didn't like...

I very much enjoyed this story.
Plenty of action, and I love Ezri Dax and Dr. Bashir.
Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Sarah
Bashir and his mutant girlfriend--pardon me, one true love--as a late 24th century *Mr. and Mrs. Smith*? Took a major, huge, gigantic suspension of disbelief to swallow that one. Mercifully, the chapters with the original characters romping about (including Not Dax and her merry little crew) were short, and Mack gets to show off his love for action, although I will readily admit one particular scene I swear he stole from *Wall-e*.

It's kind of sad to think that this book is one of DS9's last hurr
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Jason
Wonder what the rest of the series will bring.

Though still amazed that Dax ask for the impossible and always gets it, a little too often.
Peter Wilson
a great start into what i hope will be a great series of star treks future, going in new directions but going forward into the future
David Huff
Not a fantastic work of literature, but a good, fun read. Like an extended episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (and that's perfectly alright).
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of many Star Trek novels, including the Destiny trilogy and the acclaimed Vanguard series. His scripting credits include episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Mack's first work of original fiction, a supernatural thriller titled The Calling, was published to critical acclaim in July 2009 by Simon & Schuster.

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