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Star Trek - The Fall 2: Der karminrote Schatten

(Star Trek: Typhon Pact #10 (The Fall))

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Um die junge Allianz zwischen Cardassia und der Föderation zu feiern, will die Kastellanin der Cardassianischen Union die Föderationspräsidentin willkommen heißen. Bei einer Feierstunde, organisiert von Botschafter Elim Garak und Captain Jean-Luc Picard von der USS Enterprise-E, soll die Sternenflotte ihre letzten Mitarbeiter von der kriegsbeutelten Welt abziehen. Doch bös ...more
Paperback, deutsche Erstausgabe, 380 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by CrossCult (first published October 2013)
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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
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
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.
Kat Gale
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.
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
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
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!
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  ·  review of another edition
Loving the series- very Cardassian centered story starring Garak.
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
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
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. ...more
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. ...more
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.
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
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
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, technically this is a 3.5 star, but I'll give it 4 because looking back at all the books that lead up to this, this one was somewhere in the middle.
To start off, if you're like me and want to know more about Garak, Cardassia and all those wonderful (awful, terrible) characters, don't be like me and start at the end (with Enigma Tales, which I feel I should re-read now that I'm all caught up).
Wanna know Garak's backstory? Start with Robinson's A Stitch In Time
Wanna know what it was like being
A.J. Blanc
This is probably the lowest I've ever rated a Trek book, though it would've been lower had it not been for how great Garak is. Crimson Shadow (CS) is the second novel in The Fall series, and may very well be the only one I read within the story line... I haven't made this decision yet because I know each entry is by a different author, and have read that the over-arcing plot line is loosely connected in lieu of subplots. It's clear this opinion is in the minority regarding CS, but I can't get ov ...more
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
Jan 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Francis Deer
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read the other books in "The Fall" series nor do I intend to. I picked this one simply because it's Garak-centric and I'm in the mood for Garak-centric novels apparently. ;-)

As to the timeline of Garak novels, this one occurs before "Enigma Tales".
Picard and Worf and very briefly Beverly make an appearance, but 90 % of the novel focus on Cardassian politics and sociology. All in all, I preferred "Enigma Tales" because it has a wistful/haunting quality that this book lacks. Still, I was
Patrick Hayes
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Colton Brydges
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this installment. I found the first book of The Fall series to be disappointing and a bit heavy handed with the exposition. McCormack does a great job of telling a strong self contained story that ties in with the broader events of the series, and the lore of Star Trek, without sounding like an encyclopedia.

This is first and foremost a book about Garak, who is a fantastic character. Any opportunity to spend more time with him is time well spent. This is also a nice deep dive into
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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. ...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.

Other books in the series

Star Trek: Typhon Pact (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • A Singular Destiny (Star Trek: Aventine #4)
  • Zero Sum Game (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #1)
  • Seize the Fire (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #2)
  • Rough Beasts of Empire (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #3)
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