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Sektion 31: Der Abgrund

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Sie sind die selbsternannten Wächter der Föderation: Sektion 31. Im Verborgenen agierend und ohne jede Moral, sind sie niemandem Rechenschaft schuldig. Der rätselhafte Geheimbund der Sternenflotte ist dazu entschlossen, die Föderation um jeden Preis zu beschützen.

Wenige Tage nach den erschreckenden Ereignissen von "Offenbarung" steht Dr. Julian Bashir seinem schlimmsten A
Paperback, 279 pages
Published 2010 by Amigo Grafik (cross cult) (first published July 2001)
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Even the most well intentioned organization like Starfleet has a dark side, and that is...Section 31!

This is an unusual novel part of the book series Section 31 from the franchise of Star Trek, since while it's the third book in the mentioned book series (each one has a stand-alone story centered in a different character from a different spin-off), this particular book is also the third book in the "Relaunch" expanded universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, following the events started on, t
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrek
This is the best of a lackluster Star Trek "quartet".

Section 31 is a fascinating plot device & meta-commentary for the Star Trek universe, and yet it is ill-used in this unconnected series of novels.

I've heard good things about Disavowed, however....
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
I'm always up for Section 31 or Bashir stories. A great plot, I could see it as a two part episode or movie. ...more
Jason Pettus
2021 reads, #56. This is book #3 of my four-book read this month of the "Section 31" series of Star Trek "non-canon" novels, which by coincidence happens to be my first-ever read in my life of any of the now 850 Star Trek non-canon novels that exist, which gave me an excuse to write in much more general terms on the subject in my review of book #1, S.D. Perry's TOS-set Cloak, for those who might be interested in getting a primer on the topic. Following chronologically by show, that made book #2 ...more
Of the four Section 31 novels, this is the one I was looking forward to the most. After the nicely done re-launch of the DS9 saga in S.D. Perry's Avatar duology, I was eager to get my hands on this story to see how the story would continue to grow and develop.

Needless to say, I was not disappointing. The authors do a nice job of combining now only Bashir's mission to stop a Section 31 operative gone rogue, but also giving us some nice moments with the new regular DS9 cast (with the exception of
Maya Dworsky-Rocha
I find myself peeved.

Things I liked: Ro.

My issues with this book in ascending order of This Does Not Matter:

First: needs more Quark (and Nog, Shar, Kas, JAKE, even Kira). Pretty sure I have Bashir and Ezri poisoning. This does not matter.

Second: the B-plot was so boring that around 2/3rds of the way through the book I literally thought to myself: "man, this sure could use a B-plot that takes place on the station" only to realize that there was a B-plot I just could not bring myself to care abou
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SECTION 31: ABYSS features one of the most awe inspiring and wonder-inducing opening chapters not only in the history of Star Trek, but that of science fiction itself. A tribute to the ingenuity of Starfleet and its incredible engineers; the ‘section’ (pun intended) of the story also acts as a love letter to those Trekkies who prefer to call themselves Niners. You know who you are. The story itself takes inspiration from the second full length feature movie, made famous by that Despicable Khan. ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dax realized then that Bashir hadn't needed to stay and watch the explosion, but had forced himself to, making himself face the reality of his decision to employ the methods of his adversaries in order to defeat their purpose - knowing that he'd have to live with that decision to the end of his days.

3 1/2 stars. This was a well written and thought out story for Bashir. Considering his history with Section 31 in the DS9 episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Legis this didn't feel like "just" another
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-ds9
Really just 3 1/2 stars. Just a pretty fun ST, with pretty good writing. Fairly similar story to Zero Sum Game & Disavowed in that Bashir reluctantly accepts a covert Section 31 mission. Just not quite as good as Zero Sum & Disavowed but still entertaining. Teran'atar (the Jem'hadar who Odo assigned to DS9) plays kind of a big comrad in arms supporting role, which supplies alot of hand to hand combat/phaser blastin' cool action sequences. Which has really made me want to read David Mack's Warpat ...more
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of the first 3 Section 31 novels- great adventure for Bashir, Ezri and Ro.
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Review forthcoming
Kathy Peck
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ds9
I’ve been reading the DS9 relaunch books, most of them for the first time. In “Abyss”, a Section 31 agent named Cole sends Bashir on an assignment to find and stop another genetically engineered superhuman named Locken. Ezri, Ro, and Taran’atar (a Jem’hadar introduced in previous books, sent to DS9 by Odo to observe) go with him. The planet where they find Locken is in the Badlands and was once considered to be used as a base by the Maquis. Because of that, Ro had previously visited the planet a ...more
Christian Hamilton
This was a fun continuation of what we saw in the Avatar duology. Focusing on Dr. Julian Bashir, along with his relationship with Ezri, this novel sees Bashir fight his way once again through the shadowy intrigue of Section 31.

Along the way, Bashir works with Ro Laren and the station’s new resident Jem’Hadar to stop an enhanced individual like himself from committing genocide.

There are some nice threads in this novel that connect to the previous one. Nog’s plan to power the station works wonder
Jenny T
The best of the Section 31 series, set in the DS9 era after the television series ended. A genetically-enhanced Starfleet scientist calling himself the second Khan is building up his own Jem'Hadar army, threatening the peaceful local population (the arboreal Ingavi) and trying to start a war on a massive scale.

Our Heroes are Dr. Bashir, Ro Laren, Ezri Dax, and liberated Jem'Hadar Taran'atar. The story is fast-moving, with great characterization, and some interesting new developments. Also, a go
Brayden Raymond
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Sitting around a 3.5 for me. Obviously I would have loved to see the characters I know and love but the new cast are suitable. The ending pushes it above 3 stars. Alluding to more, the reveal of those who oppose 31 and a happy ending for the Ingavi. Otherwise it was a completely serviceable novel and an excellent Bashir focused one at that.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x1, 2021, x2, 2017
The DS9 relaunch is renowned for great characters, and interesting stories. And of course this novel continues where Avatar leaves off, but this time focuses on Bashir, with supporting characters Ezri, Ro & Taran'atar. Recommended!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.

Bashir receives a visit from a shady representative of Section 31 who wants him to track down a fellow genetically enhanced doctor who appears to have gone rogue. Ethan Locken was a pediatrician on the New Beijing colony until the Dominion wiped it out; the event sent him off the rails, and he headed to planet Sindorin in the Badlands where he took control of an abandoned Jem'Hadar breeding facility.

With Abyss' spotlight direc
A.K. Johns
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much more enjoyable than the rest of the Section 31 series. It seemed to actually be about 31 without it just being tacked on the end. Or maybe it was because it was a Deep Space Nine Book with Bashir as this is where the Section 31 idea was established.
However, if you have not read the following books, it makes it difficult to understand what’s going on, as there has been such a massive change of crew since the final episode of the TV series.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Avatar (
Michael T Bradley
Bashir x Khan.

Section 31 pulls Julian back in for another mission to take on another genehanced individual. This book isn't terrible, and at least tries to do some interesting stuff with Julian (is he at all tempted to join Khan 2.0???), Ezri (will she be slightly miffed if Julian joins Khan 2.0???), Ro (she hangs out with a race displaced by the Dominion War and gets to show off her knowledge of the Badlands), but the main crux of the story (will Julian be swayed?!) is a nonstarter since we've
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranoid people who like conspiracy theories
Interesting plot and good psychology, although there was one major disruptive pace change just before the book's climax. It was almost as though the author realized that he was nearing his quota of pages and had to skip over a few scenes. I literally had to go back and make sure that I did not accidentally skip a chapter.

Also, as a fan of the television seires, I had a difficult time hearing the characters speak the dialogue in the novel, which is a disappointing contrast from Avatar. Randomly,
Joe Hempel
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading books that star Dr. Julian Bashier. He really is a "gentleman black ops" spy.

And reading about Kahn in this book was never a bad thing....the DS9 relaunch really captivates me, and it plays out as well, if not better than its TV Show counter part.

One more book, and that will finish up the novels in the Twist of Faith Anthology
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this book, which happened to be about my favorite character (Bashir) and would recomend it to anyone, as a Highly suspenseful and angsty thriller
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Rumbell
This book started off with a James Bond/Mission Impossible sort of vibe and basically forgot halfway through. That would be fine if something compelling was going on, but there wasn't. Because this is a novel that bases itself in a franchise and references several books that came before it, which you don't need for reading this if you wanted to know, maybe there was a time crunch or a word count that they ran up against. Too bad, because the promise had its moments, but the last five chapters ba ...more
Piper Harris
Jan 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: staaar-trekking, own
This is it! The first time I've been genuinely excited to read on in the Star Trek novel series.
Not that the other books I've read have been bad, but they never reach the point that the series do, in my opinion.
This book changes all that. Especially that ending, where Vaughn and Bashir team up to take down 31!
Another couple points I loved:
The relationship between Ezri and Julian, which is this great nuanced look at an adult relationship (that feels so doomed).
The end with the cloning factory (t
David B
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Section 31 pressures Bashir into leading a team consisting of Ro Laren, Ezri Dax, and Taran’atar on a mission to stop a genetically enhanced individual from building his own invasion force of Jem Hadar warriors.

Like most Trek novels, it drags in places, but for the most part it is a terrific adventure that does a good job of developing characters and situations in the post-DS9 TV show relaunch. Sisko, Odo, and O’Brien are missed, but new characters like Vaughn and Taran'atar are welcome addition
Jim Fulner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All and all it was pretty good, though I felt the ending kind of fell apart and was a little unbievable. Dr. Bashir is again confronted by the NSA of The Federation, Section 31 an organization that doesn't exist. This time to stop a gemetically enhanced mass murderer who has threatened the unoverse and started his own Jem'haDar Hatching facility in the Badlands. Ezri conviences Kira to let her go along as Ezri and Bashire are not Jadziah and Worf. Ro's expertise at the badlands comes in handy ev ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read really positive reviews about this book that say it is really exciting and gripping. I didn't really find either of these things to be true. I thought the climax was pretty lame (no better way to put it) and the authors chose a convenient solution to the problem in the book in the end. Over all it was meh. ...more
S.J. Saunders
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unsurprisingly, my favorite of the Section 31 books thus far, as we're back where the storyline really kicked off with Bashir, once again getting roped into the most dubious branch of the Federation. Love me some lawful good angst!

4.5/5 The greater story is advanced in intriguing ways, and the ethical questions Bashir is forced to face mostly stick the landing.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, scifi
While this wasn't my most favorite of the Section 31 books, I thought that it offered a really interesting look at a Jem'Hadar character. It also put together some characters that I wouldn't have necessarily thought to pair together and did a pretty good job of it. ...more
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