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Kathedrale (Mission Gamma, #3)

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  754 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Peace talks test the morality and resolve of two longtime enemies, the Bajorans and the Cardassians. But when politics and diplomacy fail, a strange alliance of alien religions offers unexpected hope for lasting peace.

Meanwhile, a mysterious ancient artifact challenges the crew of the Defiant by 'restoring' crewmembers who have survived life-altering transformations, prop

Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 2011 by Amigo Grafik (cross cult) (first published October 2002)
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Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe how awesome the DS9 relaunch has been! Ends on a cliffhanger but wow the two stories in this novel are both great!
Maya Dworsky-Rocha
This was a bit of a mixed bag. Love the continued Bajoran political drama, the larger issues and more personal stories of those being left behind by the Federation: Kira, Ro, and Quark's difficulties specifically... but my god, the extent to which I could not muster a single shit to give about the Gamma Quadrant. Like, I was worried about Nog, and the Flowers For Julian bullshit rubbed me in all the wrong ways, but overall just kinda bored the fuck out of me.

Also Morn is on the cover? But he's
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Regarding the alien object," Bashir continued, looking in Ezri's direction as he spoke, "all we really know is that an intelligent and perhaps extinct species built it more than five hundred million years ago for some purpose which remains obscure. We also know that this structure possesses certain higher-dimensional characteristics that we don't fully understand. We really don't have any other information - except for the alien text file we downloaded from one of the thing's internal comput
Jonathan Koan
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Cathedral is the third book in the Mission Gamma Series. It was written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels, and was released by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster in October 2002.

This book felt very mediocre in some areas, particularly the DS9 storyline. In other areas, such as the Defiant storyline, the story really shined. The disparity between the two really makes the book difficult to rate.

The Defiant storyline was superbly done, perhaps some of the best Star
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andy Mangels and Michael Martin pair up for the third installment in DS9's relaunch series quartet, "Mission Gamma". Cathedral carries on directly from the events of Book 2 as Shar is left to deal with the effects of Thriss' suicide... thankfully, Cathedral is Andorian Drama Lite, instead tackling everything from arguments of faith vs science to deadly political machinations.

As the Defiant approaches the half-way point of its Gamma Quadrant expedition, Vaughn and the crew encounter two warring s
Jim Fulner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cathedral has been the best of the "Mission Gamma" Mini-Series inside the DS9 Relaunch. returnreturnFor the first time in the series the portion of the story that actually takes place in the gamma quadrent is as interesting as what is happpening back on DS9. returnreturnThe Defiant send Bashir Nog and Ezri out to explore a new part of space in their shuttle craft. Nog somehow turns the subspace frequency into some annoying subtonal ferengi music. This ends up being important later in the story. ...more
This one has my favorite Gamma quadrant plot so far -- a strange alien mystery and character-driven. The station plot was more like a bridge to set up the final book, but still full of intrigue as it is.
A.K. Johns
Oct 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you just want the review of the story because you’re up to date on all of the other books that follow the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV series, then skip ahead. However this book will make a lot more sense for those who aren’t up to date if they consider the following.

The book literally follows a number of others that continue after the series ends, so it may help you to remember the events in these episodes as most of the novels are not stand alone stories and they all feature the new crew i
Christian Hamilton
Pleasantly surprised by this book! While the first two “Gamma” books have been middling, in my opinion, this one was top notch.

In the Gamma Quadrant, we see Ezri (and by extension, Dax), Nog, and Bashir struggle with a mysterious entity cleverly referred to by the alien species guarding/attacking it as a cathedral/anathema, or at least the translation software says so.

While Ezri and Bashir struggle with their loss of personhood, Nog has the opposite and actually sees the return of his missing
Caleb Dorsch
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is several warp factors ahead of Twilight and This Gray Spirit in terms of pacing and intrigue. It really is a page turner, unlike Twilight. In terms of sci-fi concepts, it feels almost Voyager-esque and had almost an “It’s a Wonderful Life” kind of vibe. Everything happening on DS9 and elsewhere leading up to Bajor’s acceptance to the Federation results in quite a few twists and surprises. Ultimately, Yevir has a strong, borderline redemptive arc that makes him more likeable over the ...more
Piper Harris
Mar 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really loved this character study for both Julian and Nog. And in addition to that there's a lot of cool action, diplomatic intrigue & religious politicking going on back on the station for Kira to struggle through (which of course she does, because she is Kira and she is awesome).
I still think Ezri needs some work before she stops being slightly annoying to me, and also the DS9 relauch leaves out a little of that soocially awkward, nerdy + annoying side of Julian that I obviously adore. But o
Kevin Galbreath
Apr 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the let down in narrative, structure, etc. of the 2nd book this was a breath of fresh air.
The story continues as Vaughn and the crew of the Defiant explore the gamma quadrant, while Kira and those on DS9 deal with the pending entry of Bajor into the Federation.

A much more enjoyable read with good characterizations, new races that you can envision, and problems that have interesting solutions.
Also there is a twist ending that I'm sure no one saw coming.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Compared with how the other two books so far in this series have been, this one wasn't that great. The solution to the problem the crew of the Defiant run into was abundantly obvious right from the get go. It did, however, end with a cliffhanger. I hope that the 4th book is better. ...more
William Sariego
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A fine continuation of an amazing series. Far superior to most Star Trek novelizations. Looking forward to see how book four wraps this up.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Highly recommended if you enjoy the world of Deep Space Nine. Beloved characters are alive and complicated in the novel.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m reading all four parts. The first two books were good but dragged. This one moved along much easier.
Carmilla Choate
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really fun DS9 relaunch book. If you liked the previous ones, you'll like this one too. My only real complaint is it ends on a major cliffhanger, so be ready to read the next one ...more
Sax is my Axe
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid addition to the DS9 continuation. I like that all the authors in this series are making the time to develop the characters. The best part of the show was the characters and delving into WHO they were/are. I have found it to be the better part of each of the stories, and this book in particular gives us a view of "alternate choices" regarding four of the characters.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly probably a 4.5 rather than just a 4...I really enjoyed this book! I loved the Gamma Quadrant story arc especially, but the Alpha Quadrant story was great, too...I didn't see the twist at the end of it coming!

One thing I loved about this book is every time I saw something (whether it be an event, or a bit of a character's introspection) and thought "But what about X?" a few paragraphs or a chapter later the books would bring up X. Most books leave loopholes or gaps in the logic that leav
Maurice Jr.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Defiant crew stumbles into their second straight turf war, and this time the universal translator can't even bridge the communication gap to find out why one group of ships was attacking the single ship. Rescuing injured crewmen from the alien ship earned trust, and the opportunity to explore the area further, which brought an away team consisting of Ezri, Nog and Dr Bashir into contact with an alien artifact they called a cathedral

Back on Deep Space Nine, Colonel Kira and Lieutenant Ro prep
This is the third entry of the Mission Gamma series, and it's not as good as the first two. The Gamma Quadrant story is pretty predictable - something strange happens to Bashir, Ezri, and Nog, and the solution is obvious from the beginning. In the end, everything is back to normal, and there is very little insight into the amazing object they interacted with.

Bashir, Ezri and Nog become introspective as they deal with this mystery, and their thoughts were somewhat interesting. But there are bett
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deep Space Nine relaunch continues, both with story and quality. The book is effectively split between the Defiant's mission in the Gamma Quadrant (Mission Gamma) and what is happening back on the station. On the Gamma side, the story focuses on Ezri, Julian, and Nog after their contact with an alien artifact, a "Cathedral." This sets off a chain of events that places the Defiant between two religious sects that view the Cathedral either as something to revere or destroy. Back on the station ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'Nathan Burgoine
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing saga of DS9 after the relaunch of the books in "Avatar," this quartet, called "Mission Gama," takes us even further into the future past the point of "What you Leave Behind."

Basically, the Defiant is on an exploratory mission into the Gamma Quadrant, and in its absence, the Federation is ready to grant Bajor membership status.

Things aren't that simple, of course, and the political tensions on Bajor clash with the theological issues brought up in Avatar, and Ro Laren faces an unc
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The writing team of Martin and Mangels maintains the high quality of this miniseries for the most part. As has been the case with the previous books, I was more engaged by the story happening on the station than the Gamma Quadrant portions. However, that story wasn't bad. The characters in this novel come across as real and dynamic rather than one-note villains or heroes. Also, as a special bonus, it was a treat to see the enigmatic Garak, even if only for a few short pages.

Overall, I would give
Derek Oberg
I liked this one okay. The mission in the Gamma Quadrant is beginning to grate on me. It's starting to smack a little too much of the tired old alien/guest star of the week format that the TV show fell into so easily and often in its early days.

That being said, the stuff happening on the station and Bajor is among some of the best that this DS9 relaunch series has had to offer yet. So, I'm definately invested in continuing on.

(It was great to see Elim Garak again, if only for about 3 pages.)
Gul Macet provides the acceptable face of the Cardassian military orders throughout the book.

Some of the paintings of Tora Ziyal were displayed on DS9, but vandalized. If only Kira or Garak could have held them in keeping.

Garak rappels down some Obsidian Order ruins (from the Dominion War) and turns over a bunch of Orbs of the Prophets to Bajor, which seems to be in the midst of yet another nutty religious fad. Garak's wit and charm are not up to his best level, but forgivable a
This book was fine. I wish the Space MacGuffin had not been so much a MacGuffin, and I wish the book had given me more than three sentences of Garak (that really was cruel), but it was perfectly serviceable and enjoyable. Actually, the Space MacGuffin did provoke some fairly interesting soul searching, and I am really into the whole Jem'Hadar storyline these relaunch books have going on. Also, the plotline with Ziyal's pictures was very affecting - only sort of in the way a Karan Johar movie is, ...more
Christina Farr-Thompson
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