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Hollow Men

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  25 reviews
At the turning point of the Dominion War, Captain Benjamin Sisko of Starbase "Deep Space 9" (TM), facing certain defeat by the relentless forces of the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians, went through with a secret plan to secure the aid of the Federation's longtime adversaries, the Romulans. What began as a desperate attempt to save lives became a descent into an abyss of dece ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 349 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Pocket Books
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Hollow Men by Una McCormack This novel is set after "In the Pale Moonlight".
Sisko and Garak travel to Earth for a conference of the allied forces. While Sisko's struggling with his role in bringing the Romulans into the war, Garak is debriefed by apparent Intelligence officers and tasked with making a former Starfleet officer and colleague of Sisko's, now turned into prime fighter for the peace/isolationist movement, disappear. Meanwhile, the station is lending help
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ds9, star-trek
Hollow Men was a great read! I admit to some bias, in that Elim Garak is one of my favorite Star Trek characters of all time, and Una McCormack writes him superbly. Although Star Trek literature is often painted with the "low-brow" brush, Hollow Men is anything but. Many issues are explored in this novel's pages, causing me more than once to put the book down and really contemplate where I stand on issues I felt were black and white. For example, a sub-plot of the book is Odo's suspicion and pur ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The characterization in the book was superb. Garak's dialogue especially was spot on, and often had me laughing at his quick and subtle wit.

One thing this book did really well was show characters dealing with things that happened in episodes set prior in a more fleshed out way than the series did. The main plot was fantastic, but I also really liked the subplot with Bashir.

As I said above, Garak really shines in this book. He's smart and savvy, and working towards his own ends as usual. This bo
This intriguing tale takes place almost directly after the infamous DS9 episode 'In The Pale Moonlight', and deals with the aftermath. Despite being written many years later, it fits in perfectly with the show's storylines at that point.

While the story could perhaps be accused of being a bit slow, it's an extremely enticing read. What struck me most of all is how well the author captured the characters; it's easy to imagine every line of dialogue being delivered by the cast of the show, and the
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
i'll read anything garak-centric. he is my number one dude.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
After wanting to read this book in May 2016 and then deciding not to until I'd watched a number of the episodes leading up to and surrounding it, I finally picked this book up again in January 2017.

Elim Garak is most definitely one of my favourite Star Trek characters and Una McCormack does a superb job of writing him. This book's Garak is no cardboard cut-out but a real three-dimensional character. While reading a character's lines in the actor's voice and seeing the actor performing a certain
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Deep Space Nine is notoriously the darkest of the six Star Trek series, repeatedly exploring corridors of the human experience that other series gave a wide berth. The horrors of war dominated the latter half of the series, and no character escaped the grim costs of war…especially not Captain Benjamin Sisko, who, in “In the Pale Moonlight” struck a Faustian bargain to save the Alpha Quadrant from outright conquest at the hands of the Dominion. What began as a devious exercise in manipulation end ...more
Amber Colored Wolf
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Patrick Hayes
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of DS9 and/or Garak, you're really going to like this. If this is your introduction to DS9, I don't think you'd really get the importance of what's going on. This book follows up a week or two after the episode "In the Pale Moonlight", and Sisko and Garak are called to Earth to contribute to a conference between the Klingons, Romulans, and Federation, as well as two member of the Cardassian government who escaped before their world was taken over by the Dominion. Author Una McCor ...more
Butch Rosenbalm
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
As this book is to tell about Captain Sisko's issues from his deal to bring the Romulans into the Dominion War, I was really looking forward to it. However, like most DS9 books, when Garak is a character, the author shows just how much they love him. Garak completely overshadows the book, to it's detriment. An interesting new character Thomas Roeder, former Starfleet officer turn peacenik, is given little room to be interesting and turns downright uninteresting as the book comes to it's conclusi ...more
Daniel Kukwa
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
The best DS9 novel I have ever read...and one of the best Star Trek novels in general. Una McCormack manages to weave a story into the very heart of the Dominion War...a story that hangs astonishing character development onto a serviceable plot. I have rarely read such exquisite examinations of any of Star Trek's main characters as I have in this novel...particularly Sisko. As for Garak...this could be the best prose voice ever given to the plain-and-simple tailor. A sequel to a powerful episode ...more
Wayne Highsmith
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I honestly quit reading it. Had alot of high hopes for this one. Got around to reading it. And it was kinda sluggish and slow. And I stopped with around 75 Pages to go. Garek's character seemed off at times. I doubt he is gonna let 2 Starfleet Officers take him for a stroll in a park while they ask him questions about Vreenak's killing. Could be wrong. But it doesn't sound right to me. The Anti War riot and Sisko and Garek running from it was downright hilarious. And it was good to see Adm. Leyt ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
A follow-up to the DS9 episode "In the Pale Moonlight" (which was, in my opinion, the best episode in the entire series)... In the end of the episode, Captain Sisko is haunted by the question of whether or not he can live with what he was done, and in a very haunting way, tries to convince himself that he can. This book shows that his living with what he has done is not as easy as he thought it might be.
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Strengths: It definitely captures the essences of the DS9 characters and a good follow-up to the episode "In the Pale of the Moonlight." It gets excellent marks for good ideas.
Weaknesses: You really have to be familiar with what is going on the episodes in the last 2 seasons of DS9 to really appreciate the story. Otherwise, the story is a little disjointed. Fortunately, I'm at the same time watching the last 2 seasons of DS9 on DVD.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the Dominion war, Sisko and Garak go to a conference on Earth. Meanwhile, Odo is trying to safeguard a shipment worth lots of money. I particularly liked the politics in this book, and the way Garak used them. This felt like Garak's story, a stranger on Earth who cant understand their customs and who doesn't want to be taken advantage of. The robbery plot is lighter in tone and quite amusing at times. It felt like it could have been a 2 part TV story. A very good read.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Una McCormack writes a deeply emotional novel about the aftermath of Sisko’s decision to bring the Romulans into the war against the Dominion by deceit, told in sixth season episode In the pale moonlight. This a fine portrait of Sisko, Garak, their similarities and differences.

Published in mass market paperback by Pocket Books.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-cardassia
The voices of the characters were dead on, something that cannot be counted on in media related books. Unfortunately, I didn't care about the mysterythe characters on the station were solving, and the action on Earth was too Sisko heavy for me. He is a character whose thoughts I wish would remain private.

Well-written and commendable. Bridges a gap, though, rather than expanding a world.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable read and a great companion to one of the greatest star trek episode: In the pale moonlight (DS9). Get your read on for more Garak stories, the author really nails down the characters mannerisms well.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent characterization, dialogue, and description. Suspenseful plot that twisted and turned and kept me hooked at every corner. I was quite confused by the implications of the ending however, although I may just need to think about it a while.
Joe Pranaitis
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I've read every Dominion War book that is out and this one just didn't have the punch that the others did but also considering that it's set before the Battle of Betazed. But it was still a good book and the author kept me intersted.
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
An extremely well written and thought provoking book that reminds me in a very good way of Pat Barker's masterful Regeneration-trilogy. The novel's political ambiquity works most of the time, but at times I expected sharper commentary.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Well-written and complex but perhaps need rather more than my own very passing familiarity with Star Trek DeepSpace Nine to appreciate fully.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Sisko and Garak go to a conference on earth during the war and get involved with peace protesters. Meanwhile back on the station Odo is trying to prevent the theft of a lot of latinum.
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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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