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Zwielicht (Mission Gamma, #1)

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  902 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Der Beginn der Mission Gamma!

Es ist die Zeit...für eine neue Ära der Forschung. Der Dominion-Krieg ist Geschichte, und so macht sich die Besatzung der U.S.S. Defiant auf eine Reise durch das Wurmloch. Commander Elias Vaughn und sein "Korps der Entdecker" wagen sich in die unerforschten Regionen des Gamma-Quadranten.

Es ist die Zeit, der eine Zivilisation am Scheideweg
Paperback, 587 pages
Published November 2010 by Amigo Grafik (cross cult) (first published September 2002)
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-star-trek
The start of this book was a slow interminable slog where nothing happened except pages of unnecessary exposition. Indeed, with some sharp editing at least two hundred pages could be cut out without sacrificing plot or character moments just by deleting unnecessary explanation at every turn. The last third, when the plot finally started picking up some momentum, however was excellent and left me eager to start the next book, capturing what I love most about DS9.

There was way too much effort to t
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The universe is filled with unimagined wonders.

I really like the prospect of exploration that this novel brings. The Gamma quadrant still being unexplored to a great extent could, and does, bring new worlds and new species into the Trek universe.

The new race we get to know here is called the Vahni Vahltupali and their uniqueness is intriguing. Especially their way of communication which doesn't involve language in any way that I've heard of before. They speak through colors in their skin tha
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DS9 was the richest and most textured of any of the modern Trek shows, so the idea that it could continue long beyond our television screens and in a series of novels wasn't exactly a huge stretch. But the fact that it would continue and continue as well as it has is nothing short of a miracle. The DS9 saga continues on the printed page and if you're a fan of DS9 or just looking for a good Trek saga, you can't really go wrong with Twilight.
Twilight is the first of a four-book arc that delves in
Maya Dworsky-Rocha
This was a fun time. Or would have been, if it weren't for the author's tendency to reiterate every single statement a multitude of times, in a multitude of ways. Saying the same thing over and over again with slightly different words. Just repeating information that has already been readily made available to the reader on previous occasions, through both explicit and implicit means, in a continuous and unending fashion. Repetitive redundancies all over again.

Seriously, a 500 page book with may
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Its very long but the characters just get so many great moments its worth it!
Jonathan Koan
This was an entertaining start to the Mission Gamma series. I've only read one David R. George III book, and that was a pretty weak book. However, this book is a significant step up.

What sets this book apart is it's length. Not only is it 500 pages, but it has the smallest print I've ever read for a Star Trek book, which means that the story itself is the longest single book I've read in Star Trek. For comparison, this book is longer than both DS9 Avatar books COMBINED. A true tome, this book co
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twilight is the first in the four-book Mission Gamma series, forming part of Deep Space Nine's literary relaunch. Coming in at over 500 pages, the opus is a hefty read which chart's Starfleet's tentative first steps back to the Gamma Quadrant.

Given the green light by Starfleet Command, the Defiant embarks on a three-month exploratory mission to the Gamma Quadrant. Commander Vaughn soon encounters the Vahni Vahltupali, a mute species who communicate visually. With the new species' homeworld threa
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow to get started, but ultimately a very enjoyable read. I could have done with a little less of Vaughn's manpain re: his daughter, but the Bajoran/Federation politics were interesting, and basically all of the aliens were incredibly well done. Star Trek has a reputation for having mostly only aliens that are basically humans with face wrinkles, but not so in this book -- all of the aliens are actually *alien*. The plot on the planet was a little dragged out and the resolution was a l ...more
I just need to know that Nog is going to be happy.

(Twilight was totally okay - it was a bit over-written in some parts [this dude has some definite ticks - extending beyond the way words are arranged, actually - and they don't all work], and needed streamlining, and I also want to break up Julian and Ezri [not cause I don't like Ezri, I like Ezri, but would you want to look over your shoulder all your life for your bf's arch Cardassian ex??? no] but I wish they weren't doing it quite this way yo
Jason Pettus
(This is part of my ongoing look at the 850+ novels comprising the "Star Trek Non-Canon Expanded Universe." For more on what exactly non-canon novels are and why they can be tricky to review, see my very first Star Trek write-up, for SD Perry's Section 31: Cloak; or see here for the master list of all Star Trek novels I've now reviewed.)

2021 reads, #102. I have to confess, the main thought I had while making my way through my latest Deep Space Nine "Relaunch" read, 2002's Mission Gamma: Twiligh
Jill Carroll
The worst of the DS9 books so far. Not horrible, but not good.
Cons: prose ranges from cringeworthy to merely adequate, jarring bits of sexism/racism that would be out of place today let alone in a Trek future
Pros: good characterization and dialogue with Kira, Kasidy, Quark and Ro.
The overall story was decent. The author's style is overly wordy and dramatic for me, but it got there eventually. ...more
Christian Hamilton
I have mixed feelings about this book.

It starts off really strong - on a cliffhanger really. The character development is solid. The action is great. There is a huge build-up to the first long mission into the Gamma Quadrant. The lines ooze palpable excitement. Everyone gets upset when the mission is pushed back a day. We, the reader, are ready to finally explore the next "Final Frontier" of the Gamma Quadrant.

And then things just sort of flounder. I really like Vaughn as a character. His intens
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be brutally honest, despite the epic length of this opening volume of an equally epically long series, MISSION GAMMA BOOK ONE never really manages to scale the heights of the classic trek lore it attempts to mimic. Veteran fans of DS9 will no doubt devour it in a handful of sittings, but it must be said that Star Trek literature is meant to be a journey for the soul of the reader, as well as the brain, and thats where this book falls short.

There are no classic moments that provide the cheris
Out of all of the DS9 relaunch novels so far, this one feels to me like the closest thing to watching the actual show. While some of the previous stories have certainly been more fun and more exciting, this is extremely character-focused. It's also extremely verbose and needlessly long, but that helps to provide a lot of depth.

For the first time I felt like an author had really got under the skin of the characters and presented them to me properly. This is especially true for the new characters
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a slog at times, and Vaughn continues to be one of THE most boring characters (view spoiler), but overall, another enjoyable addition to the DS9 Pocket Books canon. The most compelling storyline continues to be Bajor's development as a planet & a people and the existential musings that surround discussions regarding its petition to join the Federation. They're doing a great job stringing along Sisko's abs ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt like what could've been a tight 250-300 page book drawn out into a 500 page slog. So much of it was overwritten, the parts featuring the old characters and the station were well done, but the new characters, (especially the amount of time spent on Vaughn when I think him the least interesting of the new cast, despite what the author obviously feels, and the Andorian's soap opera style problems) just made this book seem interminable. The relaunch seroes started off well and I hope it co ...more
William Sariego
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Set six months after the end of the series, this was a surprisingly good read. Much better than the usual serializations. Some old characters remain, and new ones are introduced, bringing a freshness to the narrative.
A.K. Johns
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure where to start with this book. If you just want the review 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 -

Star Trek: The next Generation
Series 5
Episode 3- En
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring but you have to read it to get to the good books.
Jim Fulner
This story could have got to a 4 or 5 star rating, however it didn't due to George's poor use of detail. He sets this in the wrong order. For example he spends two pages telling us how empty the walls in Commander Vaughn's quarters on board DS9 are, and spends the same number of pages describing First Contact with a brand new species unlike anything in Star Trek History. returnreturnThe story was good, going through Bajor possibly joining the federation again, Quark falling in love with Ro, and ...more
John Wilson
Book: “okay, for this scene you only need about two dozen words to set everything up.”

David R George the Third: “one hundred words, eh? Very well!”

Book: “no no no, for crying out loud! Two dozen words and don’t wear out your welcome!”

David R George the Third: “TWO HUNDRED WORDS, you say? And I should over explain every line of dialogue a character has? Challenge accepted!”
Vanja Ilić
Not bad, but a bit too long and unfocused.
Would work much better as two sepparate novels.
Still, the characters are well written and the part of the story that takes place on Deep Space 9 feels natural and compelling while the Gamma Quadrant part is pretty uninteresting and kept dragging.
BooksAndFrogs (Mervi)
"The universe is filled with unimagined wonders."

I guess, if it had been less time from watching DS9, I'd have enjoyed this more. I had forgotten surprisingly much but some of it came back while reading. Maybe I should re-watch the series before reading more DS9 novels. :)
Piper Harris
Feb 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, staaar-trekking
I am really loving where DS9 is going and I know I keep saying this but they're nailing the characters. I do miss the premier bashir content but i know we have the whole s31 for that. Vaughn and Prynn genuinely made me cry. On a whole i cannot WAIT for more. ...more
Les Hopper
In the 500+ pages of this book there's a good story worth reading and a whole separate one that I could take or leave. Overall it finished on a high note, but what a slog at times! ...more
Curtis J.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great re-introduction to post-TV series non-canon DS9. Love the new characters, especially the Andorian, even though I still miss Sisko.
Carmilla Choate
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in the DS9 relaunch series, though a bit sluggish and wordy in execution. Good use of established characters and an interesting Star Trek tale.
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