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Shadow (Star Trek: Section 31 #4)

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They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost.
Someone or something is trying to kill Seven of Nine. As the crew races against time to save millions of refugees from a
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 16th 2001 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published May 22nd 2001)
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An above-average Star Trek novel, starring the crew of Voyager (NCC-74656, Starfleet Intrepid class, launched c. 2371, for you true nerds fans).

This book was better than expected! There is plenty of action, and I was entertained enough to finish it in just two sittings. All the fun crew members are here, including Sexy Nine, TwoBlocks, Captain Hairday, the Singing Physician, ChocoLatte, HairLicks, and the others.

If you automatically translated my made-up names above to the actual Trek character
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable enough conclusion to the series that has introduced some of the concepts of Section 31 to the other 3 Star Trek franchises. I did wonder how it would work, given Voyager's unique situation, but it was pulled off, and once I stopped trying to work out the protagonist, the story grabbed me. It built up quickly, introducing a number of issues and then intertwining them, ending with a delicious climax. The resolution was a little short for my mind, but so was the entire book.
Crystal Bensley
A fine Voyager novel that didn't really need the Section 31 bits I feel.
Eric Weiss
good story.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Shadow is just that. The Shadow where a good story could have gone, thrown by a publishing idea that doesn't understand its subject.

The story follows the crew of the USS Voyager, stuck thousands of light-years from home. Diverting from their journey to observe the majesty of a stellar collision, where they discover another ship -- the remnants of the civilization of this star system. They are running away, but will be unable to get to safety before the explosion of the stellar collision destroys
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story only has the remotest of connections with Section 31, but was ok on its own.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Well, if it's summer time, that must mean Pocket Books is once again ready to foist another Trek crossover, multi-book Trek series upon us. Last year's New Earth was good at first, sagged in the middle only to be redeemed in the end. This year, the Section 31 set kicks off with a series of novels examining the secret organization and its affect on the four shows. On paper it sounds interesting and like it has some real potential.

First off (from what I've read you can read these in any order with
Derek Oberg
I didn't like this one. It's the 4th in a series, and the first 3 were really good. This one was just dumb.

How to pit the Voyager crew (stranded 30+ years from home) against Section 31 (which operates within the heart of the Federation)?

The answer: Section 31 placed an operative on the ship to deal with the Maquis threat, who was then stranded with the rest of the crew in the pilot episode. Okay, makes sense so far.

The book takes place near the end of the 5th season of the show. All of a sudden
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two basic plot elements to this book. First, someone is trying to kill Seven of Nine. Secondly, a pair of stars is about to collide, killing millions on a ship carrying refugees from a world destroyed by the stellar collision. The attempts at Seven's life are taking place through the ship's computer, and they are affecting Voyager's ability to help the aliens.

It's a fine story, but pretty predictable. You, as the reader, know in advance that Voyager will find out who's responsible for
Star Trek Voyager: Shadow, the final book in the Section 31 series, is a fast-paced enjoyable read, reminding readers that sometimes, the enemy is within. Unlike other Star Trek books, where crew members acted against their Captain's wishes and/or Federation values, this book avoids all the pitfalls of such books, in that certain Star Trek books that covered such issues took themselves a bit too seriously and made it seem as if the authors themselves seemed to struggle with explaining why a seem ...more
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A series of suspicious accidents seem to be targeting Seven of Nine and this leads to the discovery that the secret Section 31 had an agent placed on board and that person has decided having a Borg on board is a bad idea and she's got to be gotten rid of.

Interesting idea and there's lots of suspense, but the characterization is uneven and the secondary plot of the endangered alien space ark that Voyager is trying to help, while kind of cool, feels a bit tacked on and obviously added to pad out t
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scif-fi
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Elizabeth Perez
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All star trek voager fans
This was about Voyager helping a ship in distress and then Voyager started having it's own problems. The cover makes it seem like it revolves around Seven but really it's the whole crew and a lot from the alien POV.

This was a fast paced read, it read like a mystery. There were a few parts that seemed a little off, mostly the characters weren't completely on par. This book didn't have as many light or humorous moments like many other Voyager novels did. I still don't understand why they were talk
Randy Tramp
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, more than watching Voyager on television. It took the reader to a different level, a level where the thoughts of the characters, specifically Janeway, could be seen.

Someone or something is trying to kill seven of eleven. At the same time, two suns are about to collide. The Voyager is there to observe.

They discover a huge non-warp vessel. The spacecraft will be destroyed if something isn't done. Voyager is there only hope. Problems arise.

Interesting plot and of course great c
Diego Calefato
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion the best Section 31 book out of the four in the series. If I had to rank them in order from best to worst, it would be ST: VOY - Shadow, ST: TOS - Cloak, ST: TNG - Rogue and lastly, ST: DS9 - Abyss. I am a fan of all the series of Star Trek (yes including Enterprise) and was impressed with the fluidity and constant ability that Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch have to keep you turning the page and make you hate the moment you must close the book to return to work. The ...more
Jenny T
A decent Star Trek: Voyager novel, if a bit predictable. When the ship's computer turns against the crew (particularly Seven of Nine), they must work against their own ship to fix the sabotage and rescue a ship carrying the only surviving members of an alien race from the inevitable collision of two suns.

Section 31 played only a minor role, really, and there was never a feeling that the crew or the aliens were in any real danger. But it was a good read.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Voyager decides to observe 2 suns colliding. Someone also appears to be wanting to kill Seven. Oh, and theres a colony ship that will be destroyed if Voyager does not help them. The section 31 aspect is handled differently here than the other books, not a huge conspiracy but the actions of one agent. It's an easy enough read but does seem to have been shoe-horned into the Section 31 umbrella. A good read.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I didn't like this addition to the Section 31 series. One of the main reasons is that Janeway learned if Section 31 from Seven of Nine. The Borg are aware of the group by assimilating members of Starfleet. That's bothers me a little.

Also the chapters that focused on the mom and daughter who were hurt when the Traveler was damaged ah no bearing on the story. They didn't even interact with anyone from the crew.

Overall though the Section 31 series was very good
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A book of three parts. The first is the "Voyager" action hour, transferred to prose...and it's exciting, engaging, and adrenaline-pumping. The second is the pre-war alien ark -- a fantastic idea, but one that deserved far more depth & detail than it gets. The final part involves a mother & child, and frankly, it did nothing for me...except long to get back to the more exciting material. The end result is a solid adventure novel, but one that had the potential to be spectacular.
The premise for this one was a little thin, owing to the fact that Voyager was 70 years away from the Federation but they still had to tie it into the Section 31 crossover that they were doing at the time. It's good for a Voyager story compared to the TV series. Most of the novels tend to be better written because the novel writers actually have to answer to someone.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out a little slow but picked up and kept me entertained. While there appears to be a Section 31 series of books, this one can stand on its own without needing to know much about Section 31. Characterization was pretty good and I felt this could be an episode of the show.
This is a pretty good read. The author spends a lot of time writing things from the aliens' perspective, but it does a good job with the Voyager crew. I've never been a Seven fan, but it still is a good ST story.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space
At the beginning of the book I got annoyed wherever the Section 31 plot line came up, because the other one was much more interesting to me. In the end, the plot lines converged more nicely than I thought they would.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Bringing Seven of Nine on board sets off a hidden program set up by the shadowy Section 31.
This causes some issues when this happens in the middle of a rescue operation.

Nicely done story. Feels like it would have made a good TV episode.

Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abby by: the tv series
A neat story bouncing back and forth through the alpha quadrant and delta quadrant and between Voyager and a less developed culture fleeing a solar collision. It was compelling and quick paced; by far the best of the trilogy.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is one in a series of 4 books that focus on the Starfleet Intelligence group Section 31. This book has to do with their involvement with Seven of Nine and an attempt to control her, from thousands of light years away.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read but the weakest of the series
I read this when it came out - very forgettable. For fanfic fans only.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed reading ST books, and the supposedly darker series like Section 31 appeal to me, but I just wish the writing was a bit better. Still, as nerdom goes, it could be worse.
Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written by authors who are obviously fans of the show.
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Dean Wesley Smith is the bestselling author of over ninety novels under many names and well over 100 published short stories. He has over eight million copies of his books in print and has books published in nine different countries. He has written many original novels in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and r
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