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The Crimson Shadow

(Star Trek: Typhon Pact)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced by either fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, see ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Alejandro
This is the second novel, part of the Star Trek book event titled The Fall. (To check my review about the first novel Revelation and Dust, you click HERE ). While I was enjoying more the experience of reading this second book of the event, I was pretty much convinced that I will rated with 3 stars anyway, however, when I reached the chapter 8, wow! Such amazing chapter that convinced me to gave it a 4-star rating, and when I reach chapter 10, WOW!, it was then that I realized that the book indee ...more
Sud666
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Crimson Shadow is set in the STNG (Star Trek Next Generation) setting. In the wake of the events of the Dominion Wars, Cardassia Prime is in a state of civil unrest. While the Enterprise and some of its crew do make an appearance, this story isn't about them.

As Cardassia goes through internal upheavals Starfleet is worried that the new government could follow in the Andorian's footsteps and secede from the Federation. There are elements of the old, and now defunct, Obsidian Order that want a
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Krista D.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book. It's not been since Mack's Destiny series that I enjoyed a Trek book this much.

Warning: This is a Garak book. Almost no TNG, including Picard. They are all side characters. If you never liked DS9 and Garak, you'll hate this book. For lovers of Garak, it's required reading.
James
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I skipped the first book of "The Fall" series since it didn't get the greatest reviews and this was the book I was really excited about. Una McCormack wrote "Never-ending Sacrifice," one of my favorite Star Trek books. In Never-Ending Sacrifice, she did such a fantastic job of fleshing out the world and people of Cardassia. Since this book deals mainly with Cardassia and everyone's favorite Cardassian, Garak, I knew I had to read this one right away.

I wasn't disappointed in the least. The only w
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Kat
Excellent! At one point I was so distraught I wanted to toss the book violently across the room and sob inconsolably into my mug of red leaf tea.
Aron
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Una McCormack book I've read & I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had read that she had a sociology educational background & it really comes through in her writing. Because this book isn't just an action-packed thrill ride but is really more focused on the characters & their reactions to a destabilizing political landscape. She writes all the characters we know & love very accurately, which is always a big thing for me in an ST novel. I didn't read the previous novel in the series & e ...more
Aaron
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book and beginning to like anything written by this author. Good intense and political plot. Look forward to more if her writings!
Daryl
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Una McCormack is an excellent writer and I have always enjoyed her Star Trek books. Her stories are in-depth and a "cut above".
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loving the series- very Cardassian centered story starring Garak.
Christopher
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Crimson Shadow sees us getting an insight into the Cardassian People and what has been happening following the events of the Dominion War! :D We get to see a Cardassian society that is still deeply stratified but is trying to come together! :D Though as you would expect there are those that are trying to through spanners in the works! :D On top of this fermenting apple cart are thrown in the Federation politics as Picard and Co have to deliver the Cardassian Ambassador Garak back to the Card ...more
Daniel
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
The Crimson Shadow continues "The Fall" series of Star Trek books, it is highly suggested you read them in order. Similar to the book "The Never Ending Sacrifice" this one takes place entirely on Cardassia and is heavily focused on its politics. This book centers on the Federation withdrawing from the planet following the Dominion War and starts out innocently enough as a murder mystery novel that spirals into something much larger. The question, "Who killed that Bajoran Starfleet officer?" star ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Leave it to another book focusing on Garak -- the most sublime of all "Star Trek" characters -- to become the best "Star Trek" novel I've read since...well...since the last Garak focused novel. These recent Typhon Pact-era books have been extraordinary: sophisticated, intelligent, powerful reads, and this one is particularly exceptional. Una McCormack has demonstrated such a command of the DS9-influenced corners of this universe that I'd be more than willing to have her write every "Trek" novel ...more
Michael Russell
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book. Some of my least favorite Star Trek episodes have involved criminal investigations, and I generally have not enjoyed when the crime-drama genre has been grafted into the series. I gave the evolving plot line a chance, though, and came to really enjoy the character of the Cardassian investigator. I also received a better understanding of the Garak character from DS9. The Enterprise crew have relatively minor roles in this book, as the author is very focus ...more
Kristen
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek, 2013
OMFG HUZZAH! HE'S NOT DEAD! That made me really sad for a minute. I should have known better.
Chris
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Fantastic novel. I couldn't put it down (except when life intervened), and every page had an interesting and compelling twist. Highly recommended.
Brandon Harbeke
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Round this up to 4.5 stars. This is a wonderful Star Trek story.
Stephen
After ten years of reconstruction, the Federation is preparing to leave Cardassia. Not all the locals gathering outside are there to wish its engineers and social workers a fare-thee-well, however. A new political movement representing the old Cardassia is growing in strength, and styles itself "Cardassia First". Infiltrating civil institutions and orchestrating riots, it promises to field a candidate against the Federation-friendly administration and disrupt Cardassia's growing relationship wit ...more
Mary
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 and a half stars, verging on five. It's not quite as excellent as "The Never-Ending Sacrifice"; unlike that novel, I don't think "Crimson Shadow" could be read as a straight SF novel by a non-trekker. But this is still an extremely good book.

I am biased, because I'm a passionate Niner and I love Elim Garak. But "the Crimson Shadow" is objectively well-written and almost scarily relevant.

On a conquered, damaged world, people struggle to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. A new pow
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Katbelle
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trek-lit
Well. After reading "Hollow Men", which was anentertaining little book fitting within a gap in canon, I decided to take on TCS. Having skimmed the first book in "The Fall" series, I was positive I'd understand. And oh boy did I understand. This book is... bad is not the word, because Ms. McCormack can write and I even enjoy her style. But I simply cannot enjoy - or even buy, or believe - the content of what she writes. Her vision of post-canon Cardassia tries very hard to mirror post-WWII German ...more
Christopher Lutz
Wow. A fantastic story that stands with the greatest Star Trek books I've read so far. What makes a government? What are the responsibilities of the people who are a part of it? How fragile are such responsibilities and what can fracture them? What happens when the government as an entity becomes more cherished than what it's supposed to stand for?Can someone who has committed so many heinous acts in his past overcome them to become a reformed person? This novel asks all these questions and more ...more
Patrick Hayes
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
The previous books in The Fall saga don't need to be read to enjoy this book because it follows Garak as he tries to build a relationship between Cardassia and the Federation. Naturally things go horribly wrong.

I'm a tremendous Garak fan so this was a wonderful read. One never knows is Garak is being truthful, even other Cardassians, and that's just one reason why the character is so fantastic.

I loved every bit of this book, though there is a character's passing that I found unbelievable. Howe
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Raechel
This book was... comforting. These, much more than in the first book in this series, were the characters I know and love. The feeling the author conveyed within these pages was amazing. Especially in the closing lines....
That being said, not a ton of plot actually occured in these pages, and nearly a fourth or fifth was spent recounting events occurring at the same time period as the last novel. Necessary, probably. Negative? In my opinion.
Preston Pendergraft
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was great story part of which goes back to the Worlds of DS9 series. This book starts before book 1 but it ties into events of it. I really enjoyed how the author wrote Garak, really sounded like him. Picard however came off a little off, maybe even a little aloof.... but don’t let that stop you. A really great story.
Richard Newton
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, thisnis really a story about Garak. He is one of my all time favorite characters. While it does more for the plot of the series than the first book, it is a really good story on it's own. When you read the interactions between the characters, you really can imagine the actors saying these lines. It's my favorite of the series.
Jimyanni
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Well-written story focusing on the events on Cardassia during the period of tie in which Nan Bacco was assassinated on DS9. I was hoping for something that moved the overall plot of the "Fall" series a bit more, which is why I've docked it a star, but it is a well-written and interesting story.
Jason
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent insights into the motivations and psychology of Garak. Historical contexts surrounding factions of Cardassian civilization also filled in many blanks. All in all, this book was well written.
Noelle Walsh
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, star-trek
I you are a Trek fan who loves the character of Garak, then I think you will really enjoy this book as it takes place on Cardassia and Garak is one of the central characters. The strength of this novel makes me want to go read the other books in the series that I've ended up missing!
Scott Williams
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is excellent. I really love Una McCormack’s work. I find it insightful, witty, and entertaining. McCormack has an excellent grasp on how to write for the Star Trek universe and I especially love how she writes for Garak.
Lindsay
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Without giving away too much (spoilers!), I loved this! But about half way through it I decided I was going to hate The Fall series. But there were so many turns that it was like a truly great mystery book.
Siria
This is the kind of undemanding read that's ideal for those times when you're waiting for a delayed flight in an airport—but the picture of Cardassian politics in general, and the maneuverings of Elim Garak in particular, that it presented was a little too straightforward for me to really buy.
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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.

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