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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing

(Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Relaunch)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  49 reviews
An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine a direct sequel to the New York Times bestselling story arc, The Fall!

Deep Space 9 is once again becoming an important way station in the Alpha Quadrant for many different people with many different agendas. Uniquely crewed by representatives of different species from both the Khitomer Powers and the Typho
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published December 1st 2014)
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Solid reading!


Not all journeys seek an end. Some are their own purpose.

This novel, The Missing, is set right after the events on the book miniseries named The Fall, however, you don't really know to have read that miniseries to engage into this book, in fact, if you ever wanted to read Deep Space Nine in its "Relaunch" era (the book expanded universe), this is a good point since it's like the starting point to a new "era" for the series.

In fact, this book
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent DS9 story with some TNG characters too :)
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Two took only two hours to read this exciting, fast-paced, funny, poignant, rich novel. Una McCormack truly is the new queen of the DS9 universe, and this novel encapsulates everything I love about this corner of the "Star Trek" universe. It's also a surprisingly intimate adventure; the core group of characters is small, the settings used almost qualify it as a TV bottle episode...but the effects, as in all good DS9, are felt light years away. A truly wonderful escape to the final fro ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Star Trek story, fine parallel story lines, although I do find that they are all somewhat clunkily resolved.
John Yelverton
It's a decent "Star Trek" novel, but it's hampered by a couple of things. The first is that it's supposedly a "Deep Space Nine" novel, but there are very few of the original "Deep Space Nine" characters in it. The second is a villain race, with technology greater than the Borg, which shows up out of no where and disappears just as quickly. The story has a lot of human interaction, but very little suspense or drive.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys scifi, Star Trek, strong female characters
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but from now on I'll stop to consider any book by author Una McCormack. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the strong female characters, the storytelling, and the way political intricacies were dealt with. Action was included without dependency, but added interest to the tale. The storyline was easy to follow even if one or two of the vowel-heavy alien names became confused in my mind a time or two. I'm only sorry the book wasn't longer.
Eric Cone
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nach sehr langer Zeit kommt wieder mal ein DS9-Roman ans Licht der (deutschen) Öffentlichkeit. Die Geschichte spielt unmittelbar nach der Wahl der neuen Förderationspräsidentin auf Deep Space Nine und hat verschiedene Charaktere zum Mittelpunkt, die man aus den TV-Serien DS9 und TNG kennt. Auf der neuen DS9 ist Ro Laren inzwischen Captain, den Posten von Julian Bashir hat Beverly Crusher
übernommen, nachdem sie eine Pause von Jean-Luc Picard brauchte und Katherine Pulaski besuchte als Besatzungs
Scott Williams
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m one of those rare creatures who really likes Dr. Pulaski so I quite enjoyed this book. It does re-tread some ground that Trek has covered previously but there’s a bit of a new spin on it.

I enjoyed the excerpts of Captain Picard’s writing and I hope we’ll get to see more of Dr. Pulaski’s new mission. McCormack has created some new aliens that I would be interested in learning more about too.
M.R. Bowers
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, light-hearted story of DS9, one that makes for a nice break from the solemn and paradigm-shifting tomes of David R. George III and David Mack. Una McCormack knows what makes her three main characters--Ro, Crusher, and Pulaski--tick, and imbues them all with the force of personality reminiscent of the excellent actors who portrayed them, and then some.
Elliot Weeks
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! I really loved the mysteries and how both Dr. Crusher and Dr. Pulaski were featured. I actually really didn’t care for Pulaski on the show, but this book offered new insights and perspective. I’ve been rewatching season 2 of TNG as a result and have enjoyed her character far more than before.
Debra Cook
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The new Deep Space Nine is open for business and Katherine Pulaski stops by with her ship before heading to explore. She meets a strange species called the Chain who have off shoots of people visiting Deep Space nine under strange circumstances. A cardassian woman asks for help finding her lost son. This is what this book talks about.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read! I loved the Meta comments about Dr. Pulaski and Dr. Crusher. A bit preachy in spots, but overall, an absorbing adventure, and one I would recommend to all Star Trek fans.
Krista D.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Star Trek books I've read.

Also, it's a great "jump in" book for anyone who wants to give the books a try.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New book

It was interesting but not great. Poor plot that never really came together. Too many stories going at the same time
Judith Paterson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than average Star trek novel set on the rebuilt DS9 with some of the old hands from the station and some from the Enterprise.
Fast paced with relevant social dilemas to consider.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack While Ro is approached by Odo to act as an intermediary in the question of missing Cardassian prisoners of war in Romulan space, first contact is made with a new species, the People of the Open Sky, laid back, friendly, with lots of children. Meanwhile, Katherine Pulaski has joined the Federation ship Athene Donald dedicated to exploration, and crewed by a multitude of species, even non-allied ones like a Tzenkethi. In the last moment, SI ...more
Paul Lunger
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Una McCormack's latest offering "The Missing" takes us back to the new DS9 & is essentially a two-fold story with plots that while being unrelated does in fact offer some interesting possibilities especially with the latter. The primary plot (& the one for which the book is titled) involves Odo who is visiting from Bajor at the request of a Cardassian judge Nestor Mhevita Pa'Dan who has gone to him looking for answers about her son who was a POW on the Romulan front in the Dominion War & ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, sci-fi, star-trek
Meh. The author's note indicated she was writing while pregnant. Maybe she had baby brain, since this was not up to par. I've read others by her which were good.

Katherine Pulaski was an irritating character in the show, but she never reached the heights of true obnoxiousness that she did in this book. Even at the worst in TNG, she was still compassionate. She was fierce when she was protective of her patients, and stubborn, and arrogant. I felt in this book that she was simply wildly out of cha
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found The Missing to be another partially well executed existing universe novel, but only partially.

I liked the continuation of events in the Star Trek universe, not bombastic but a continued progression of existing political themes. The characters were treated respectfully with none appearing wildly out of character. And I enjoyed Ms. McCormack's choice for an all-female group of lead characters.

I didn't like several of the re - hashes of existing Star Trek tropes thrown out in the climax of
John Carter McKnight
A really nicely structured, fluid work built from a set of intertwining stories on themes of exile, immigration, refugee status, and belonging. DS9 is the perfect vehicle for a story like this in the Star Trek universe, and without making any explicit references (like some Trek writers are compelled to), she heavily recalls the pilot episode in a sense of establishing a home for a collection of misfit exiles, most of whom didn't want to be there.

DS9 stories of late have been a mix of geopolitic
This book could be subtitled the Redemption of Doctor Pulaski. The show did a disservice to her character, writing her to be a female version of McCoy while giving her a lazy, half formed prejudice against Data. In the early chapters of this novel, Beverly Crusher plays the part of Every Star Trek Fan Ever and elucidates these concerns. As Pulaski answers them, outright admitting she was an asshole about Data, she wins over Crusher, winning back an awesome, brusque doctor for the Trek Verse. It' ...more
Matt Randall
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ds9, star-trek
The Missing brings us back to Deep Space Nine in a way that made the series great. More than any other Star Trek series, the premise of DS9 allowed for "day-in-the-life" vignettes and on-going story arcs, and The Missing showcases those features expertly. I very much enjoy Una McCormack's writing, and I love that she feels free to experiment with different styles of narrative. For example, each chapter in The Missing begins with a personal log entry by Captain Picard, discussing various aspects ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A refreshing change in the "new" Star Trek continuity (as opposed to the novels that take place during the series themselves).

It's a tale of exploration that also deals with what a couple of main characters are going through. And it's also kind of nice to see Dr. Pulaski back. Though while McCormack does a great job with her, a little of her still goes a long way.

But it's nice that there's not some epic conflict going on. References are made to the "current" political situation, but it's not an
Picking up on numerous threads left hanging in the recent Star Trek books, The Missing follows three main storylines: Beverly Crusher settling in aboard Deep Space Nine, Katherine Pulaski aboard a civilian starship encountering a strange alien ship and a murder mystery aboard the new station. All of these are handled excellently by McCormack, bringing a number of characters seen in recent novels to conclusions and new beginnings. More of a classic Trek novel, returning to the sort of adventures ...more
Maurice Jr.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy seeing characters from the Star Trek shows making follow up appearances in books like these. This was no exception. It was great seeing Dr. Pulaski again after her time assisting Dr. Bashir during the meta genome storyline. and even greater seeing what happened with Commander Peter Alden and Corazame after their recent storyline.

Throw in another new multispecies ship (the Athene Donald), a first contact with a technologically powerful race and the return of Odo to Deep Space Nine
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una McCormack made Katherine Pulaski downright lovable which is incredible. When I started reading I was like "oh great a whole book at least partially from the perspective of the woman who would not fucking cut data a break" but that is addressed and Pulaski easily becomes the most entertaining character in the book. I was particularly happy that McCormack used her to make metacommentary about Star Trek in general, her offhand remark about how people
might think humans are mostly white western m
Ron Turner
It was okay. It was nice seeing Crush, Pulaski, Ro, Odo, Quark and Garak again. But the story was rather ho hum.

I wasn't impressed with the Aliens of the Week. They seemed like rejects from Voyager.

I wasn't impressed with the Cardassian POW storyline. It wasn't very original.

I wasn't impressed with the Tzenkethi. They're really not all that interesting.

And I wasn't impressed with the fate of Pulaski. She should be captain of a science ship. Instead she's doing her usual shtick of standing off to
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, tv, women-writers
This is a badass book, with mostly badass women characters in it. Crusher, Pulaski, Ro and a bunch of great original female characters as well. The mystery-of-the week wasn't my favourite, it feels like something that's been covered in the novels before (and it's a story that lends itself to print rather than visual media so you can (view spoiler)) ...more
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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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