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Das kleinere Übel (Mission Gamma, #4)

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  698 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Chaos auf Deep Space 9!

Die Suche nach einem Mörder katapultiert Colonel Kira auf eine gefährliche Reise ins Herz der Föderation. Doch das Verbrechen ist nur Teil eines weitaus größeren und uralten Plans, dessen Aufdeckung einen Keil in den Alpha-Quadranten treiben könnte.

Das Raumschiff Defiant begibt sich derweil auf die Heimreise nach DS9. Schockiert erkennt Commander Vau
Published October 2011 by Amigo Grafik (cross cult) (first published November 2002)
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Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow that ending! Still going strong on the relaunch.
Jonathan Koan
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Lesser Evil is the fourth book in the Mission Gamma Series. It was written by Robert Simpson, and was released by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster in November 2002.

This is by far the shortest book in the series. It is so short that it is roughly ⅓-½ the length of the first book. The length of this book feels more like a remnant of the length of the Star Trek books in the 90s while the other three books feel more like the age of Star Trek in the 2000s.

Despite the s
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"So I now find myself wondering... which is the lesser evil? To complete what Shakaar started, when I know he acted ignominiously in his pursuit of it? Or to reject it, even though I know that a different evil may be attempting to pit us and the Federation against each other?"

3 1/2 stars. There's a lot going on in this novel, and it's one helluva ride. It's that kind of novel where you want to read "just" one more chapter before you put the book down.

The two main stories here are to figure o
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lesser Evil marks the fourth and final entry in the Mission Gamma Deep Space Nine relaunch series, in addition to being the shortest volume in the collection.

On the home straight of the extended mission to the Gamma Quadrant, Vaughn and the crew of the Defiant track a mysterious transmission to a planet which marks the final resting place of crashed Jem'Hadar and Borg vessels. Meanwhile, Kira must thwart an insidious parasitic species' attempt to infiltrate the halls of power of Starfleet Comman
A.K. Johns
Oct 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maurice Jr.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, ds9, 2018
The previous book in Mission Gamma series ended with an enormous cliffhanger. Fortunately this book picks up immediately after the events of the previous book, with the station locked down and Ro and Kira on the hunt for the culprit.

Like with the previous entries in the series, this book is divided into two main storylines. You have the relatively standalone adventure of captain Vaughn and the crew of the Defiant in the Gamma Quadrant and the ongoing events on DS9.

The stories on the station ha
Christian Hamilton
This was a very strong finish to the “Mission: Gamma” miniseries. While the first two books stumbled a bit - particularly the first book - the wonderful “Cathedral” and the excellent “Lesser Evil” really helped to make the series shine.

“Lesser Evil” was quite interesting. On DS9, we deal with the fallout of the death of Shakaar; in the Gamma Quadrant, we deal with a Borg (!) incursion and it’s relationship to Vaughn and Prynn; on Earth, we see the return of Miles O’Brien and Co. as they try to
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel provides a satisfying conclusion to the sequence dealing with the Defiant's exploratory journey through the Gamma Quadrant. An unexpected Star Fleet transponder signal sends Commander Vaughan to a mostly deserted planet where he is forced to face up to a tragedy from his past that he's never been able to deal with - the guilt of having to order the woman he loved to complete a mission that would kill her.
There's also a young Founder stranded on this planet who is alone, all her Vorta
Piper Harris
Mar 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: staaar-trekking
WOW still loving this series so much.
I don't even know how to deal with that ending.
Will fly into the next one.

More specifically I found that there was a lot going on in this, especially with the reintroduction of the Borg threat, the parasites from Conspiracy (I think it's the ones from that episode? Forgive me, it's been at least 7 years), Shar's bondmates causing drama, and a Quark and Ro romance that I still do not care about. But the story was balanced well and I really enjoyed the time w
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't really feel like a conclusion to the 4 book Gamma series as it sort of just ends with several loose story ends not resolved. The main A plot was interesting with a former TNG enemy coming back. The Defiant story definitely came across like a minor B plot with that resolved pretty fast. Overall the series was enjoyable even though several TV series characters aren't around anymore. New characters like Cmd Vaughn and the returning Ro Lauren fir in well. A thumbs up for any DS9 fan ...more
a satisfying end to this quartet, exciting plots that setup intrigue for future books. interesting themes on identity -- people who have become someone they're not (through alien intrusion), characters choosing the person they want to be based on their choices, etc.

much better pacing than previous books in the series, almost made me care about vaughn which is a feat.
Jim Fulner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly good wrap up to the "Mission Gamma" Series inside the DS9 relaunch series. However, the most memorable part was the ending, but not for the right reasons. It was really rushed and tried to poorly set up the next book in the DS9 relaunch, while actually not telling us anything. If your in the series, its worth reading. ...more
Maya Dworsky-Rocha
Bajor/Federation intrigue = 8/1o

Trill/symbiont intrigue = 10/10

...sigh... Gamma quadrant/borg intrigue = 2/10

If nothing else in this book quite sticks with me, Joseph Sisko teaching Molly O'Brien how to ride a bike is now safely ensconced in my personal hall of fame.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good conclusion to this series. Definitely my favorite out of all four. It ended on a cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see what happens next! ...more
William Sariego
What a hasty, chopped up conclusion to what had been an interesting series. 'Ends' with a lead in to another book. i won't read it on purpose! Lesser Evil is a well earned title. ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apart from one ill-advised goose chase of a chapter that attempted to make Vaughn into an interesting character, I thought this one was stellar. Absolutely swallowed it whole. 4.5 stars
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Review forthcoming
Christina Farr-Thompson
Meh...#3 was BY FAR the best of the series. This one was just sort of average.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story that kept me interested ! Indid not want to put the book down! Read it in two days !
S.J. Saunders
Sep 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gamma Quadrant mission concludes with a bang and the full extent of a threat is revealed back home. I'm in!

4.5/5 With what's set up at the end, I have high hopes for the next entry!
Carmilla Choate
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun one, this time a quick read
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Continuing the DS9 saga in book form,
this 4th book does justice to the mythos and points into a new (albeit expected) direction.

This book closes some pending threads from the last books and maybe not with the best result,
but it gives a sense of closure on those topics.

Since it's been a while and i actually am lazy, i'll just copy & paste a synopsis from someone else.


The book launches into the Defiant picking up a strange signal in the Gamma Quadrant, a signal that the ship's com
This book is pretty good, but then the last chapter comes along and hits you like a freaking mallet!

Okay, attempting coherency...

I didn't love Vaughn's storyline here. I wasn't quiet sure what the point of it was, and it seemed far-fetched, though it was nice to get a bit of backstory on him. Though, since the characters raise the exact same concerns, I'm confident things will be explained later, and this storyline will become important. Overall, it was interesting. Once again Ezri rises to the
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent ending to the Mission Gamma series of books in the Deep Space Nine relaunch. It lacks some of the emotional moments like the first book, but it is still very well written. In this novel, Defiant finishes up its three month mission in the Gamma Quadrant but comes across a most unexpected discovery surrounding Starfleet, the Borg, the Dominion, Vaughn, and the Founders. I actually wished this portion of "Lesser Evil" was more fleshed out as it could have become really interesting. Bac ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the conclusion to the Mission Gamma series. At the end of the last book (Cathedral), Shakaar is murdered during the signing ceremony to bring Bajor into the Federation. Now the hunt for answers is on. The series-long Alpha Quadrant story is mostly resolved, but now an even bigger threat looms (to be resolved in a later book).

Meanwhile, in the Gamma Quadrant, Vaughan finds another link to the past. This time his personal issues interfere with command decisions. Vaughan and Prynn's relati
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this was more like it. After the turgid, overlong first two books in the series, Mission Gamma picked up with the more concise Cathedral. This fourth and final book breezes along, capitalising on all the buildup following the pretty damn good cliffhanger from Cathedral.

The DS9 relaunch brings Bajoran politics back to the fore after it was largely sidelined for the second half of the TV series, and the complexities of its entrance into the Federation make for great drama. The connection to a
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ds9, star-trek
A faster-paced story that ups the stakes for future stories in the Deep Space Nine relaunch. Some good character moments for Vaughn and his daughter, Prynn, but the real meat of this story comes in the DS9 portions. The re-introduction of the parasites from TNG's "Conspiracy" makes for some exciting prospects for stories to come. Maybe not quite as satisfying a story as the previous entries in the Mission Gamma mini-series, but still a very solid effort and a fun read. I'm very excited for where ...more
'Nathan Burgoine
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest (and last) in the Mission Gamma quartet, this was another book in the continuing story arc from after the Domininon War and end of the television series. This one ties up many of the loose ends that had been left in the various other books so far, and in a very compelling and satisfying way - and then drops a bombshell into your lap at the end.

I'd suggest, as always, starting at the beginning with the Avatar duet that began the relaunch of the DS9 series, but hey, it's a good tale re
Robert Jenkins
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This was by far the best entry in the Mission Gamma series as part of the DS9 relaunch. Great character development for Elias Vaughn and Prynn Tenmei as they wrap things up in the Gamma Quadrant before heading home, and great mystery for Ro and Kira as they attempt to uncover the reasons for the murder of Bajoran First Minister Shakaar at the end of the previous book. The book starts out quickly and the pace only picks up as you go along. Highly recommended, but be sure and read the previous ent ...more
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