Day of the Vipers
Taking place decades before the events of Deep Space Nine, Bajor is a relatively isolationist planet minding its own business. Unfortunately, Bajor has come under the gaze of the Cardassian Union which needs resources for its native population. Seen through the eyes of several key players from a Bajoran ...more
It all starts when a Cardassian ship returns a lost Bajoran trading ship to Bajor. What is first seen as a friendly gesture by a race that some district ministers have contact with, leads to settlements of a persecuted religious minor ...more
Day of the Vipers is the first book in the series and outlines the period leading up to the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor, as well as the Occupation's early years.
What I most appreciated about it was how it shed light on the political dynamics. The Occupation didn’t just happen because the Cardassians were evil; there were economic and ...more
First off, the fact that I even picked this book up is a credit to the author or the marketing team or someone.
I admit, I am a "Trekker." In middle school, I read twenty or more Star Trek novels; I haven't picked up one since. They were enjoyable, but they were little more than your average action/sci-fi thrills and I needed something meatier as began to fulfill my role as a literary snob.
Aside from my hope for a Trek novel with more literary merit, what attracted me...more
This book specifically shows events that lead up to the occupation beginning. It's a character-focused story which contains very few recognisable people from the TV show outside of Duk ...more
However, if things happened according to the timeline used here, it would make certain characters considerably older than they seem in the series. I guess that could be chalked up to alien biology, but in the case a of one human character, I don't see how that would work out. Overall, I found that rather distracting.
As for the plot, I thought it did a really good job of showing just how insidious the Cardassians could be, how adept the Obsidian Order is at set ...more
Dukat's role felt forced and like the writer didn't want to make up their own c ...more
Anyway, the review.
This is not a fast-moving plot. Like, at all. There are a lot of people and they talk *a lot.* It’s sometimes frustrating, I think in part because I’ve watched DS9 and I know how this particular story ends (hint: it’s the Occupation. It ends with the Occupation). But when the plot does move, it’s really ...more
The story focuses on people with varied backgrounds. Cardassian characters include Dukat (on the cover), other military personnel with varying degrees of competence, and a priest. Bajorans of interest include a mid-level Bajoran politician, a l ...more
And I did. It delivered what ...more
James Swallow has managed to bring us readers closer to Bajor and its people than anyone has done before. Bajor comes to life as fascinating, spiritual yet a similar society to that of ours, with its pros and cons.
In the center of the story there is Darrah Mace, a Bajoran policeman, who ...more
ETA: actually, i have a TON of problems with this book. the main one is probably that gul frakkin dukat is part of the invasion force??? like. no. no. you could've used tekeny ghemor. you could've used enabaran tain. you could've used any number of cardassian characters as a reference to ds9. but you chose to completely invalidate the point of dukat's character: a guy born into wealth, never really had it hard, doesn't ...more
The prose ranges from functional to le ...more
Swallow is a capable author and although his word choice is occasionally odd and slightly confusing, his prose is at its best and most vibrant during casual conversation between characters. Swallow has a real gift for exploring casual relationships between characters and because his dialogue is s ...more
His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40000, Do ...more