Like other David Mack Star Trek novels, there is a lot going on and a lot of ties to other Trek novels as well as established canon. There has been a...moreLike other David Mack Star Trek novels, there is a lot going on and a lot of ties to other Trek novels as well as established canon. There has been a very strong political aspect in recent Trek novels set post-Nemesis, and this book continues that trend. I read this one because I enjoyed the last book in the series so much (by Una McCormick). I hadn't read the Typhon Pact novels, so at times I felt like I was playing catch up. The cast of characters and weaving of subplots was great, but since a majority of the plot centered on Bashir and his moral dilemmas while struggling to help the Andorian people.
The book leaves us on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I hope will be resolved by the end of the Fall series.
My biggest pet peeve is the feeling that some of the characters, Dax and Ro, acted out of character during the book. I have noticed this with Dax in other Mack books before, so I think this may just be that I see her a lot different that the author does.
I skipped the first book of "The Fall" series since it didn't get the greatest reviews and this was the book I was really excited about. Una McCormack...moreI skipped the first book of "The Fall" series since it didn't get the greatest reviews and this was the book I was really excited about. Una McCormack wrote "Never-ending Sacrifice," one of my favorite Star Trek books. In Never-Ending Sacrifice, she did such a fantastic job of fleshing out the world and people of Cardassia. Since this book deals mainly with Cardassia and everyone's favorite Cardassian, Garak, I knew I had to read this one right away.
I wasn't disappointed in the least. The only way I could see someone being disappointed with this book is if they are expecting an Enterprise-E story. Picard has his part in the novel and interacts very well with Garak, but he is not the main character here. Very few of the rest of crew even make appearances.
No. Make no mistakes. This is a Garak story. This is a Cardassia story. This is damned fine story.
It will also have lasting ramifications on the world of Star Trek literature. Major events happen in this book that can not be talked about without revealing major spoilers. Let's just say that, despite all of the rough times the Federation has seen in recent books, their darkest hour may still be yet to come. (less)
I've read a lot of Star Trek novels over the years. Some of them are amazing adventures that still manage to break new ground in a setting that has ha...moreI've read a lot of Star Trek novels over the years. Some of them are amazing adventures that still manage to break new ground in a setting that has had thousands of stories already written about it. Others are a bit formulaic. This one is extremely formulaic. It breaks no new ground. It isn't even super exciting. It is a basic adventure for the crew of the USS Enterprise. However, it gets the formula of the series so well that it ends up being a delight to read.
This could have been a lost episode. Tony Daniel not only gets the voice of the characters very well during the book, but he also seems to get all of the "moments" right.
The book also references a lot of elements from previous episodes of the original Trek series. When the characters are trying to stop an asteroid from hitting the planet, they think about and compare the situation to when they tried to stop a similar asteroid from hitting Miramanee's Planet (AKA Amerind) in "Paradise Syndrome." When talking about Starfleet's ban on Eugenics, Kirk and crew talk about their encounter with Khan Noonian Singh.....and there are the Horta! I don't think I am alone amongst Star Trek fans in my love for the Horta. They are one of my favorite Star Trek races, and I have always lamented that we saw so little of them on screen. Tony Daniel uses them very well in this book and writes them with such a great amount of voice and personality. The presence of the Horta pushed what was going to be an average book in to well-above average book.
Most of the Enterprise crew get good moments to shine during this story. I felt like the author planned carefully to make sure of this. It is fitting that Spock takes the cover, though. His role as the communicator with the Horta really gives him some great moments.
Kudos to the author for delivering a very well-planned Star Trek novel. He obviously did his homework. I couldn't help but feel that the author probably wrote this book after binge-watching all three season of the original series. It was obviously written by an author who "gets it."(less)
DC Comics has been reprinting this comic series from the late 80's and early 90's and since it may actually be my favorite comic run of all time, I ha...moreDC Comics has been reprinting this comic series from the late 80's and early 90's and since it may actually be my favorite comic run of all time, I have been buying them. Some of the early volumes in the reprints had problems with the color quality, but with this volume they did an amazing job of re-coloring and touching up the art for the reprint and the book looks amazing. It also collects some hilarious issues, including Guy and Ice's first date. I'm hoping they keep these reprints coming. I want to see Justice League Europe get this treatment too.(less)
This book isn't a challenging or long read. The writing isn't fantastic, either. It is good, just not fantastic. However, I give it high marks for exp...moreThis book isn't a challenging or long read. The writing isn't fantastic, either. It is good, just not fantastic. However, I give it high marks for exploring a part of the Dominion War that was only mentioned on screen. In DS9, the writers wanted to suggest that the war was going badly for the Federation by saying that a major member-planet had been taken by the Dominion. They chose Betazed.
This book follows up on this idea with Deanna Troi and the Enterprise recruited for a special mission by Starfleet in an attempt to liberate Betazed from Dominion control. The book includes cameos by the Defiant, Worf and O'Brien from DS9 and really ties in well with a lot of the events and story elements of the Dominion War as seen on the show. It bothered me when watching the show that we never heard what the Enterprise was doing during the war. This and some of the other Pocket Books fill in that bit.
I particularly like the ethical dilemma the story presents Deanna and other characters in the story. Is victory worth any cost? Like the best episodes of DS9, the characters have to balance the needs of the war against their high ideals and the fun in the story is finding out which one wins out this time.(less)