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Avatar Book One of Two

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avatar #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,290 ratings  ·  77 reviews


As the Federation prepares to launch a counterstrike against the Dominion, Colonel Kira Nerys searches for a way to prevent another galactic holocaust. But when a newly discovered prophecy propels Jake Sisko on an impossible quest and threatens to plunge all of Bajor into chaos, Kira is forced to choose between being true to her f

Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 2001 by Pocket Books
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Matthew Definitely not. It will spoil many things, and picks up after all the events that finish the show.

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The "Relaunch" Universe starts here!

The term "Relaunch" has been used on Star Trek to denote the novels written to expand the history of the TV spin-offs series set on the 24th Century of the franchise, namely Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager; and even you can include Star Trek: Enterprise, which it was set on the 22nd Century. This "Relaunch" term applies to identificate those novels considered canon in the franchise and they serve to continue
Jay Hawke
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Avatar Book I picks up a few months after the series left off. It was wonderfully nostalgic for me. Perry nailed a few of the characters, especially, Kira, Ro, Quark, Jake and Nog. Not so sure about Bashir and Ezri. Both were among my favorite characters on the show, but not so much in this book. Too much about their relationship. The story itself just starts to get interesting when it comes to an end. But alas, it's only Book I, and the sign that it succeeded is that I immediately jumped into B ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 100-books, star-trek
Having read S.D. Perry's work before I suspected I would not care for this book. To my surprise, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Taking place 3 months after the last episode and set to "relaunch" the book series, this could have been a great book. It isn't. Instead of giving us an update as to where our favorite characters are, the book starts with a dry, incomplete chronology of what happened in the series. The book is structured badly. The Enterprise crew's story should have started
Eric Stodolnik
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first foray into trying out a Star Trek novel. Being an adamant Trekkie, as with most full-fledged, card carrying Trekkies, I have seen every episode of every Star Trek series at the very least 3 times, in some cases of my favorite episodes, many more times than that. So, as with I assume most Trekkies as well, I was in desperate need of more Star Trek than exists, and new and novel stories as well... So it was inevitable... my desire for more Trek, and my love for reading led me to ...more
Jonathan Hord
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never expected this to be as good as it was. I felt like I was back in a brand new episode of Deep Space Nine. I'm so excited to continue this saga!
Michael T Bradley
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
So you're planning on relaunching DS9, one of the most breakthrough TV shows of the latter half of the 20th century, and you've got at least a decent budget to get authors. Why in God's name would you go for SD "tell tell TELL don't show!" Perry?

Look, I like navel-gazing in a novel. Toll the Hounds is my favorite novel, and basically even the people who like it agree there's probably a bit too much empty philosophizing in it. But Jesus, everything in this book is people just thinking about stuff
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIGHT FROM THE explosive beginning, through to the potentially cataclysmic and cliff hanger ending, AVATAR BOOK ONE is a pure joy to read. For fans of the series, it feels like a perfectly natural bonus episode in literary form, and one can imagine how DS9ers the world over will be treating this read as an awesome opening to the eighth season we were never going to get.

in short; the book is perfect. Characterisation is divine. The action scenes are awesome. The plot of the book twists and turns
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek, 2012, tie-in
I really enjoyed the start of the Deep Space Nine Relaunch. I always thought that it was a shame that this great show ended after 'only' 7th seasons. So I was really excited about being reunited with Kira, Bashir and the others.
It was a fast and easy read with an interesting story and it was well written. I really like the new characters. Especially Commander Vaughn and Shar. But I have to admit that I am not so sure about Ro Laren as new head of security. I never liked her that much and I don't
Derek Oberg
A perfectly acceptable geeky Star Trek book. When DS9 ended it was pretty obvious that there was no chance in hell they were ever going to get a film franchise, so the cast disbanded pretty much entirely. I was curious to see how a post-series novel would feel with no Sisko, Odo, Worf, O'Brien, Garak, etc. The answer... Bring in the Enterprise and Picard's whole crew. Doesn't make for the most inspired book ever, but it works. And honestly, if you're looking for inspired literature in a Star Tre ...more
Chris Sirois
Mar 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Deep Space 9 was an amazing show and when I discovered there was a series of canon books that continued the storyline, I leaped at the chance to read them. I hope this first book isn't a sign of things to come because God was it boring. I think I have to put most of the blame on the author who just TELLS TELLS TELLS all day long. I've never skimmed so many sections of a book before and just wanted it to be over.

I'll keep going with the series for now but not a good start.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
no idea why these weren't just one book, they're not very long. they are, however, entertaining and good.
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent early book in the ds9 relaunch. Must read part 2 asap!
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vacation
Couldn't have asked for a better relaunch to DS9.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
SF media tie-in novels usually have the awkward problem of giving extensive accounts of the thought processes of characters designed for a visual medium who don't need or bear that, but this is 'murica, & if you're jonesing for more DS9 plot after 7 seasons, then, by god, you can buy more.

On the character front, it's mostly satisfying.
*Kira Nerys is one of DS9's stronger characters & her in command makes an interesting dynamic (especially the suggestion that her religion leaves her expo
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Almost 16 years after the relaunch novels first started, I decided it was about time to embark on the next chapter in my favorite Star Trek series. Avatar, Book One picks up several months after the events of series finale "What You Leave Behind", charting Colonel Kira's difficult transition to commanding officer of Deep Space Nine.

With such a large proportion of the principle cast scattering in different directions when the TV series ended, author SD Perry does a nice job of rebuilding the sens
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I got into this after reading the amazing 'A Stitch in Time' by Andrew Robinson (the actor who played Garak). This was definitely a step-down in terms of writing style and literary quality, it read like a fanfic at times. But I am intrigued enough to continue, especially as I know S.D. Perry isn't the author of *every* DS9 relaunch novel.
Laura Fraser
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Surprisingly, not bad. I was missing my DS9 pals and decided to try these -- with extreme reservations, I should add. But Perry has done a decent job, at least with the characters. It's short, it's punchy, and it does feel like DS9.
Prinzipiell eine gute und interessante Story, teilweise aber etwas langatmig geschrieben.
Hmmm... I liked what there was of this book, but nothing happened!!!!!
Louisa Jenness
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not good as a stand alone book, but a really strong start to the series. Lots of cliffhangers! Can't wait to get the next one.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Get moving, Colonel," she said softly, straightening her sholders, her gaze hardening. She was the commanding officer of Starbase Deep Space Nine, arguably the single most important outpost in the Alpha Quadrant, and there was a matter on board requiring her immediate attention. How she felt about it - or anything, lately - was of secondary consideration.

I've always admired Kira's strength and determination which is something that comes through really well in the quote above. She's my favorit
Sean Randall
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, though were it the first part of a teleplay I think it would be a little too muted in scope to be overly successful. Still, things are setup well for a concluding part which I can only assume will pick up the pace.

I somehow "dig" the DS9 relaunch series a little more than Voyager. I suppose Voyager was always about the crew, as well as the ship - whereas DS9, though of course very character-driven, is more about Bajor and the surrounds first and foremost. The interactions of
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avatar is set after the DS9 series went off the air. I never got a chance to watch enough DS9 to be familiar with the Dominion or much of, well, anything DS9-related other than I remember a handful of characters' names. So, having said that, the novel started out and continued giving me the impression that Sisko would return from the wormhole (did he go there during the series? Actor leave the show or what?) since everyone seemed to miss him so much and some having visions of him. Then a side-st ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Deep Space Nine had always been my favorite Star Trek series. The complexieties of the characters, nuances of the storylines, and terrific acting combined to make it more than I could have expected (until the last season, when it got a little too soap-opera for my tastes).

Anyway, Avatar is more than a worthy continuation of the series. It utilizes the flexibility of the novel medium by including characters in the Star Trek universe outside of the normal DS9 cannon. It does not do so gratuitously
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Look, there are lots of reasons I could give this 2 stars: some not-buying-it battle outcomes; a don't-get-it fight between Julian and Ezri; some missed opportunities for foreshadowing that turned out not to be foreshadowing after all; and so, so, so much internal monologuing. Like, surely 80% of the book is 3rd-person-limited thinking, spelled out for us. If Hemingway edited it, you'd have about 2 chapters left.

So it's not for everyone. And yet, I find myself not regretting reading it, but I gu
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this was not much to my taste, hopping about and detailing battles and other space conflicts. However just after the 1/3rd mark (at the point where I was about to put it down) it picked up and got interesting. There is decent character development and conflict (internal and between characters) here and it was well drawn. I was eager to begin book 2 at the end .. yeah the cliffhanger caught me.

Basically once the author left off with the space maneuvers (which in my opinion could
David Bonesteel
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Deep Space Nine" was always my favorite Star Trek series and, although it's been more than ten years since this book was first published, I'm glad I finally got around to reading the relaunch. Since many of the most interesting original characters departed the station in the series finale, author S.D. Perry faced a major challenge in replacing them. She succeeded both at reintroducing the old cast and bringing in some new faces. It doesn't hurt that the crew of the Enterprise-E is on hand as we ...more
Jenny T
The story picks up after the end of the television series, and takes the characters and station we know in interesting directions. The Bajorans have discovered a new, very controversial religious text, and a Jem'Hadar soldier's trying to destroy DS9. Meanwhile, The Enterprise-E has stopped by to assist.

The new characters introduced were interesting and seemed to fit in well -- I especially liked Commander Elias Vaughn (formerly of Starfleet intelligence) and Shar, a young Andorian. The author co
David B
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Deep Space Nine" was always my favorite Star Trek series and, although it's been more than ten years since this book was first published, I'm glad I finally got around to reading the relaunch. Since many of the most interesting original characters departed the station in the series finale, author S.D. Perry faced a major challenge in replacing them. She succeeded both at reintroducing the old cast and bringing in some new faces. It doesn't hurt that the crew of the Enterprise-E is on hand as we ...more
Shane Amazon
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've recently rediscovered Star Trek Deep Space Nine the television show and I have decided that when I first watched the show I may have been a little to young to fully understand the depth of the characters and the amazing plot lines told. Given that I have watched the entire series over and have begun watching a second time I thought it would be a good idea to test the waters in the literary form. This book is very well written and the character development is easy to follow and enjoyable. Th ...more
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SD Perry (Stephani Danelle, by the way, though she prefers SD or Danelle) has been writing novelizations and tie-ins for most of her adult life. Best known for her work in the shared multiverses of Resident Evil, Star Trek, and Aliens, SD is a horror nerd and an introvert. Her father is acclaimed science fiction author Steve Perry. SD lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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