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(Star Trek: Typhon Pact #8)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Ein Roman, der im Universum von Star Trek: The Next Generation, spielt, und in dem die Spannungen zwischen zwei mächtigen Gegnern im interstellaren Raum eskalieren.

Die Venette-Versammlung war bislang immer unabhängig, doch nun ist sie im Begriff, zum Brennpunkt einer angespannten militärischen Pattsituation zwischen zwei Machtblöcken zu werden, die nun den interstellaren R
Mass Market Paperback, deutsche Erstausgabe, 360 pages
Published September 29th 2014 by CrossCult, Ludwigsburg (first published October 2012)
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm short on time tonight, so, I'll be brief: This is back to what I've come to expect from the franchise. This series has been rather hit or miss, so, it's good to read one of its better entries.
Matt Randall
As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador's rudeness, Peter Allen's paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense. But that never really happened. Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state. I'm not sure what the point of the novel was. It doesn't really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack story ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbt
This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis. I also really liked the further insight into a much more mature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series. I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden:

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Sean O'Hara
Previously on Star Trek: The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.

This time on Star Trek: The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.

So to some extent the series is getting repetitive -- pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show-down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one. And you know what, I don't care -- the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing
John Carter McKnight
I really should've liked this book immensely. I'm a big fan of diplomatic/political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times. Unfortunately, this fell flat.

One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices: a large part of the appeal of tie-in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads. McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same.

One of the subplots involved a deep-cover agent going nat
Crystal Bensley
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good political thriller where you learn alot about the Tzenkethi.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice ending to the Typhon Pact series. Exactly the kind of political thriller I expected the series would be full of.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relaunch, star-trek
Who's up for the Cuban Missile spaaaaaaace? When an otherwise friendly nation on the borders of the Federation and two of its allies signs a treaty with a hostile power, allowing them bases for repair and refueling along the Federation border, Starfleet is understandably concerned -- and doubly so when news arrives that a fleet is enroute to supply the bases for their new tenants, carrying chemicals that could be used in biogenic warfare attacks on the Federation. While the USS Ente ...more
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases (those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively), Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive.
I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust - distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old frie
Patrick Hayes
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The focus is on diplomacy, with a bit of action thrown in, for this entry in the Typhon Pact series. No readings of any previous books in this series would hamper one's enjoyment.

The Federation and several of its allies are meeting with Venette Convention because they are leasing three of their starbases to the Tzenkethi, members of the Typhon Pact. Naturally Jean-Luc Picard is sent to head the committee, but the inclusion of one of the Federation's allies turns the meeting on its head.

C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The Typhon Pact novels are an interesting experiment in Star Trek literature. They are, in simple terms, an attempt to create a power to rival the Federation which is simultaneously hostile to the Alpha Quadrant's "good guys" but not something which can be just ignored as long as no one crosses the Neutral Zone. This isn't really all that original of an idea since the Klingons used to occupy this role in the Original Series and the Cardassians/Dominion had it for the period they weren't at war ...more
Scott Williams
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this down! I think it’s my favourite of the Typhon Pact novels. McCormack does an excellent job of balancing action between Picard on the Enterprise, Dax on the Aventine, and some covert operatives on a planet. I love the espionage and diplomatic stuff and McCormack handles it expertly. Without spoiling anything, I can say that McCormack writes the Cardassians very well.

I think what I most enjoyed about this novel is that it included some exploration of a strange new world, and a
Preston Pendergraft
After the two previous two books in the Typhon Pact I found this one to be underwhelming l. I did enjoy the Tzenkethi plot with the spies, but I found the Venetans to be a little off and their naivety to be a bit much. I understand what the author was doing, it just seemed a bit much for me.
Tyrone Wilson
This was pretty disappointing. There were occasional interesting bits within the story line, but nothing close to what might typically be expected of the principal Star Trek NG characters. The actions of the other characters were as confounding. I wondered if the writer ever heard of Star Trek NG.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Great point of views.

Too often a Star Trek story is told solely from the pov of the captain or captains. Here, Crusher takes the stage and carries us along on a story of intrigue and misdirection. Great addition to the Star Trek universe.
Delray Beach  Public Library
In this exciting edition to the Star Trek Universe, tensions are becoming higher every day. The Venette convention has turned to the Tzenkethi coalition for protection and has allowed three of their bases for the coalitions’ use. But if these bases are garrisoned, they would unacceptably close to Federation, Cardassian, and Ferengi space. Captain Ezri Dax and his ship the U.S.S. Aventine are sent to investigate what exactly is going on in these new Tzenkethi bases.

Meanwhile, Captain Picard takes
Maurice Jr.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying the ongoing saga of the Typhon Pact. This time around, we get the Tzenkethi, whom I find endlessly fascinating.

I enjoyed watching the crews of the Enterprise and the Aventine working together to stop yet another Tzenkethi plot to undermine the Federation and their allies. This time they were using the Venette Convention, a race annoyed with the Federation for what they perceived as ignoring their overtures of friendship. They leased bases from the Venette near the borders of the Fe
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next book in the Typhon Pact series takes us to the Tzenkethi and a non-aligned power, the Venette Convention. The Tzenkethi wish to lease bases from the Venetans right on the borders of three Khitomer powers, which include the Federation. Naturally, Starfleet sends representitives to the Venetans in an attempt to stop the leasing process. What ensues is, as the title points out, a case of brinkmanship with one side accusing the other of various misdeeds while, at the same time, inching clos ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether it is the publishing order, or by intention, this book, the 8th and final in the Typhon Pact series seems to be out of place.

The past two books would have been a much better ending to the series than this book is. That's not to say that the story or writing of this book is in anyway inferior but rather that the impact and conclusion are a much more sombre note.

Una McCormack does a fantastic job balancing two unique societies and the Tzenkethi portions of the book are just fascinating and
Paul Lunger
With the Typhon Pact novels, there have been at times more hits than misses, but Una McCormack's latest, "Brinkmanship" falls into the latter category. The story is a dual plot involving the Venette Convention a race that was once up for Federation membership that got forgotten about due to the Dominion War & Borg invasion. They've now taken up sides with the Tzenkethi which concerns the worlds of the Khitomer Accords. The Enterprise is dispatched to a peace conference to hopefully stave off any ...more
Ron Turner
It was okay. There are three plots and none of them really went anywhere.

1. Picard and Crusher join Federation, Ferengi and Cardassian diplomats for talks with the Venette Convention, a small power that is strategically located and have fallen under the sway of the Tzenkethi. The diplomatic intrigue is cool. I rather liked the Ferengi female diplomat Ilka. I thought the Venette were interesting. But Crusher was out of place. She just bumbled on along.

2. Ezri Dax investigates possible Tzenkethi b
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the whole, I am loving the Typhon Pact book series. That being said, this one was the first that, in my opinion, could be described as a letdown.

Throughout the entire story, everything was falling apart due to machinations that the characters (and reader) were quite oblivious to, and when the big reveal finally came, it was a bit lackluster as well as anticlimactic. There was also the matter of the characters staying in character... Some of them really didn't. There were a few times when I c
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The novel lives up to its title. For 2/3 of its length, I was thoroughly hooked to the diplomatic games, conniving, back-biting...until the final moment, when it seemed as if war was going to break out. If that had been the entire plot of the book, I would have granted it five stars.

However, I found the attempt to highlight the Tzenkethi homeworld & culture rather bland in comparison to the success of other "Typhon Pact" novels in this area, especially with the Breen. It reached the point where
Glenn Crouch
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I quite enjoyed this latest instalment in the Typhon Pact :)

I liked the way that the Author successfully explored the two "Alien" cultures and fleshed them out nicely - yet still left me wanting to know more about them.

Also was nice to have a book that is primarily about the Diplomatic side of Star Fleet that TNG did (does) so well.

Whilst those who have read all the Typhon Pact books will understand the setting best, I think this would be an all right book as a stand alone (ie for TNG fans who h
I don't think I've read a Star Trek novel in about 20 years, I gave up watching DS9, I watched the reboot movie but hated it because it was so sexist! This book was totally the opposite of that! It had such a good cast of women, there were women starship captains, diplomats, spies. It was like the universe was actually made up of 50 percent women! It was brilliant! I was also really happy that Beverly and Jean Luc had gotten married!!! Something I thought only happened in fan fiction! As I hadn' ...more
Eddie Glade
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better ST books from the last few years. I'm a big fan of both Picard and Dax, and as you can tell this book features them. There's a fair amount of diplomacy, but it doesn't bog down the narrative like some other ST books. There's also a fun espionage subplot that goes through the whole book and is pretty compelling...McCormack keeps you guessing until the end exactly what will happen to the spy and what her importance is the the whole situation. Doesn't exactly tie up the "Typhon Pa ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Not sure how I feel about how the main problem was resolved/solved. Besides that I really enjoyed the book, and had good tension through out the book. The ending kept it from being an amazing book like Zero Sum Game but up until then was pretty good. I am not saying the ending sucked, just that it did not live up to what the rest of the book gave in terms of enjoyment. ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hit from Una McCormack. I very much enjoyed Brinkmanship, and highly recommend it for the political thriller aspect, the fascinating exploration of interesting characters, and the continued building of the very intriguing Tzenkethi culture. I have to admit that the tension had me wondering up to the very end how the Federation was going to get out of this situation without going to war with the Tzenkethi and the Typhon Pact. McCormack weaves an engrossing tale that kept me guessing throu ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-writers, sf, fiction, tv
I'm pretty sure this is the kind of Trek that Gene Roddenberry would've hated. Hence, I love it! What does the Federation look like to outsiders? Not as benevolent, beneficent and benign as we might want to think. What's it like to be an on-the-ground diplomat? Sucky, especially when you're Beverly Crusher (and Jean Luc Picard doesn't fare any better).

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Raymond Masters
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story. It wasn't as sophisticated or packed full of information as a David Mack book, but it had heart and it was a good story with Dr. Crusher at the forefront. This is something of a rarity. While she's not my favorite character, I think she needs a little more spotlight than she's had over the years. McCormack has heart, and I enjoyed her depiction of Ezri, too. Probably the most surprising aspect of the book was just how much it dealt with the Tzenkethi. It showcased them A LOT a ...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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