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Devil in the Sky

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #11)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The Hortas of Janus VI are the greatest miners in the galaxy, capable of burning through solid rock the way humanoids move through air. Recruited to help rebuild Bajor's devastated mining industry, the Hortas could provide new hope for the planet's struggling economy.
But when Cardassian raiders abduct the Mother Horta, Commander Sisko finds himself stuck with twenty Horta
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Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published June 1995)
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Daniel Kukwa
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Ok...somewhere between pages 60 and 70 I simply gave up (and THAT rarely happens). There have been other really terrible "Star Trek" novels (I'm looking at you, "The Fearful Summons"), but this is one of those books that simply frustrates the hell out of me. Bland plotting akin to wallpaper, and the ultimate caricatured season one characters...which is astonishing, given that this is set in season two. Yet it reads like the authors only ever watched a season one episode like "The Passenger" for ...more
Craig
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Well Hortas are always fun to have around a whole litter of them on board the station definitely created its chaos. The solution to their problems was about as easy to figure out from page 10 so it was just a matter of watching it play out on the pages. I enjoyed Odo turning into a Horta and parading the babies around. However, no one really ever seems to know how to write Kira in these books - though she does eventually get pretty awesome near the end she is pretty much unbearable for the first ...more
Daniel Willis
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't read the Deep Space Nine books but bought this one due to the promise of the Horta from TOS. Unfortunately as others point out the plot and characters here were very one-dimensional. The Horta was just a plot device to add tension. In the end it was unsatisfying.

Reads like a TV episode, I could almost see where the commercial breaks would be. It actually would have made a decent throw-away episode for the series -- Hortas are eating Deep Space Nine! Can Sisko and crew save the s
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Wyatt Clark
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book thrilled and chilled me.
David Sarkies
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanatical Deep Space Nine fans
Recommended to David by: Deep Space Nine
Shelves: sci-fi
Return of the Horta
20 April 2012

This book brings one of the creatures from the original series to DS9: the Horta, a silicon based lifeform that can eat through rock and locate precious minerals. The Horta is brought to DS9 so that it can assist the Bajorans reignite their mining industry, though why they need to do that when they now have a wormhole to bring in any commerce is beyond me. I have noticed that others have criticised this book for its one dimensional and pointless characters, and a
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Stephen
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-ds9, star-trek
In the classic TOS episode, "Devil in the Dark", Kirk and the Enterprise were dispatched to a mining colony to discover and put an end to the monster that had been killing the colonists. The 'monster' turned out to be a silicon being, a Horta, who was waging a war of self-defense against colonists unwittingly destroying her eggs. Now a Federation outpost is again imperiled by the Horta, after a mother Horta is kidnapped and her eggs arrive on a freighter to Deep Space Nine as hungry orphans. The ...more
Sarah
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise seems promising, but for me the bad characterizations got in the way. The authors kindly inform us the story takes place during the second season, but the characters seems like they're based on their *very* early first-season portrayals--all stereotypes and one-dimensionalness. The book was published in June 1995 (which, if memory serves, would have been a month after the end of the second season, and DS9's sophomore year didn't allow the characters to develop in great leaps and boun ...more
Dianah
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books, star-trek
Remember the Horta from the Original Trek episode "Devil in the Dark"? Sure you do! It was a silicon based lifeform that was only trying to product it's eggs that a bunch of human miners had dug up? Well, the Hortas are back and this time one of them is going to help Bajor find any valuable mineral deposits the Cardassians left behind. The Horta that volunteers for the mission is bringing her 20 eggs with her. Now stop and don't think too much about that. Don't ask why a single rock creature can ...more
Eirian Houpe
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Ensemble Piece

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was as if I were watching a long lost TV episode of DS9 itself. Often that's not the case with the novelisation of a TV show, however here the characters and their interactions are true to the way they are seen on screen, and the dialogue is believable, including the language they each use. The story is tightly plotted and well thought out, and the authors don't skimp on descriptive passages just because the readers already know and
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Emese
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A Janus IV-ről egy anyahortát és 20 hortatojást szállítanak Bajor felé. a hortáktól várják Bajor természeti kincseinek gyors feltárását, a bányászat mgkönnyítését. Félúton az elő állomás, DS9 felé, az anyahortát kalózok rabolják el. Kira, Dax és Dr. Bashir a rablók után indul.

Ezalatt az állomáson Jake és Nog deaktiválja a hortatojásokat kürölvevő energiamezőt, a kikelő hortagyerekek elkezdik enni az állomást. FUN!

A könyv elolvasása előtt érdemes megnézni az Eredeti Sorozat Devil in the Dark. c e
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Mirrani
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite DS9 books of all time. The characters are very well written and it is wonderful to be able to include the Horta in that as well. The story is well thought out, even if the whole "Send x to Bajor or a Bajoran moon to get what you can from what's left" idea is a little overused in the novels of this season. You really get the feeling of watching an episode as you go through the pages and by the end you find yourself really feeling as if you'd seen it on screen. Good bala ...more
Travis
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Very clever book, that would have made a good TV episode.
A Horta ( the blobby alien that eats through rock from the original TV series) working as a geologist for the Federation is part of a group kidnapped by terrorists. It gets worse, as she left her young behind on DS9 and the kiddies are starting to eat through walls and important pieces of equipment.

Nice use of an older Trek character in a newer series. It was always fun when they would do that.
Susan
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well worth reading. Relaxing and a good diversion.
Angela
An alien species is abducted by the Cardassians and her eggs are hatching on DS9 causing havok. A good, quick read. It could have been a tv show, all the characters are spot on.
Samantha Salisbury
It was pretty good, but to honest I liked the subpolt with Nog and Jake more then the main story.
John Walkenford
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the bad reviews I see I enjoyed this one. It would have made a great couple of episodes of the show itself.
Denise
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Promising premise, but the oversimplified characterisations detracted from enjoying the story.
Aaron
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-ds9
Very fun fast read. The story starts out with very little lead up and jumps right into it.
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