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Der Giftbecher

(Star Trek: Typhon Pact)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Die Lage der Vereinigten Föderation der Planeten wird immer hoffnungsloser. Das Geheimnis um den schrecklichen Terroranschlag erschüttert die Föderation bis ins Mark. Zurück zur Erde beordert, findet sich William Riker von der USS Titan unzähligen Gerüchten und Halbwahrheiten ausgesetzt und gerät in ein politisches Intrigenspiel, bei dem selbst befreundete Sternenflottenof ...more
Paperback, deutsche Erstausgabe, 380 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by CrossCult (first published December 2013)
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This is the fourth novel in the book event of Star Trek known as The Fall where characters of the spin-offs of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are the pivotal players of the story. Even in this book, you can say that Voyager is represented since Tuvok appears that now he is a crewmember of the USS Titan. As I commented in previous books of this event, the story is 10 years later of the finale of DS9 TV series and 6 years later of Star Trek: Nemesis theatrical film.

The event had an ambiva
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my least favourite Fall book but still an excellent story!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Absolutely stellar. I thought that I had already figured out what the best Star Trek novel of 2013 would be. Now, I'm not so sure. James Swallow has advanced the story of The Fall in an extremely compelling way. I found myself staying awake into the wee hours saying "just one more chapter" over and over again. Well done. Dayton Ward certainly has his work cut out for him in the conclusion! I can't wait to see how this all turns out. 5 out of 5, would read again!

Full review: http://treklit.blogsp
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OUTSTANDING! This book had it all,...action/adventure, political intrigue, some interesting character development & the author was spot on in the character accuracy department. Also the author did a great job of bringing the previous Fall novels together & advancing story. I really loved this book & I'm definitely going to have to check out James Swallow's previous entry's into the ST universe, & I am looking forward to more. This is one of my favorite ST novels of all & I highly recommend it! ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can't describe how great I thought this book was. The books in the fall series keep getting better and better and thus one was no exception. The politics, actions, and in depth of the characters and storyline of this entry of The Fall series is a great addition! Looking forward to the conclusion!
Patrick Carlin
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in one evening, it is THAT good! I could NOT put it down! Always keeping you guessing as to what the heck is going on, why it's going on and what's going to happen next. I highly recommend it to my fellow Trekkies!
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Poisoned Chalice sees Riker, Vale, Bashir and the rest of the gang being dragged further into positions where no matter how loyal they are to the Federation they can smell something is up with it! :D The Poisoned Chalice right from the beginning put our characters through the grinder mix! :D

Tuvok, Nog, Tom Riker and a band of others are assigned to bring in the assassins but from the start something doesn't feel right to them! :D The plot cleverly has Tuvok, Nog and the other members of the
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You can read the full review over at my blog:

Star Trek: The Fall has proven to be a most enjoyable event series from all that I’ve read. My interest was piqued because of the cover to Una McCormack’s Crimson Shadow, and diving into the four-part series with David R. George III’s Revelation and Dust proved to be a good place to get back into the status quo of Star Trek tie-in novel fiction. The nature of these books, taking a look at several major character
Paul Lunger
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the "Star Trek: The Fall" series, James Swallow's "The Poisoned Chalice" continues the stunning events in this series & this time does so via the crew of the Titan. In this installment, the Titan is recalled back to Earth where Riker is summarily promoted to admiral as he learns that all is not what it seems within the halls of Starfleet Command & with the assassination of President Bacco. In this capacity we learn a bit more about the concerns that Admiral Akaar has been having ...more
Cameron James
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the fourth entry in the five-book series, The Fall. It was a damn good read, even if it didn’t quite measure up to the three novels prior. That slight shortfall, I believe, has more to do with my Star Trek preferences more than the actual quality of the book. Though this is titled as part of The Fall, it is essentially a Titan book, and I sometimes struggle with the Titan novels due to the tone and feel of them. However, Swallow did an excellent job — this truly and deeply felt like a T ...more
Sean Randall
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all the rest of the series I hadn't followed the characters through. I think I was aware that Riker had the Titan, but apart from that hadn't really met any of the crew, with the exception of Pazlar and of course Tuvok. Still, I enjoyed the progression of what has woven together to be an interesting series, and will look forward to see how it all comes together.
Without warning or reason, the starship Titan – specialized for deep space exploration – has been recalled and ordered to patrol…Earth. Captain Riker has been promoted to admiral and shoved in an office, while several members of his command crew have disappeared on secret missions that not even the Fleet Admiral knows about. Who’s giving orders around here? It’s a troubled time in the Federation, with one head of state assassinated only weeks before, and the president pro temp acting in ways tha ...more
Christopher Lutz
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fall continues as Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan investigate the truth behind the death of the Federation President. I can't say I'm very familiar with the Titan and it's crew, but this novel was a great introduction. Riker was well written, and in particular I enjoyed the character of Christina Vale, his first officer. Cut from the same cloth as Riker for sure. Their adventures were definitely enjoyable, but not quite as good as the second novel which is still my favorite.

As the f
Scott Williams
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Swallow does some interesting things here. For one, his plot contrived to put together some interesting combinations of characters that we haven’t seen before. My favourite is Tuvok and Nog. Now I want a whole series of “buddy cop” books featuring this unlikely duo.

I also like what’s happening with Bashir in this book. The direction he was taken in over the last several books didn’t feel quite right to me but I feel like he might be back on the correct path at the end of this story.

For fan
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things took a while to build up in this book, but is it worth the wait? Depends on whether you have the patience to bounce from one plot to another (no pun intended). The problem with this is that the author left little room for a satisfactory resolution to the situation the book started with, so you'll have to read the next installment to find out more.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I liked the previous book in the series so much that this one felt like a letdown for me at first, until Bashir made his appearance. Then it got interesting reading about his imprisonment and escape.
This book was average. There were some very interesting plot points but at the same time the author wrote too extreme in my opinion and nothing really got solved in this novel. Tuvok and Nog inclusion felt more like a name drop than an important addition.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great continuing story

This book is a great continuation of this story, well written, keeps you on edge not knowing what is coming next can’t wait to dive into book six, I hope ther3 is a Book six?
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book felt like a political espionage book and thriller! What fun!
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trek
an aweful lot going on in this one. also 2 rikers!
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

I like this crossover series. I will definitely finish the series, and possibly find more. Now on to the next.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Full of espionage, intrigue, and politics...some of my favorite things. Highly recommended for all Star Trek fans.
Preston Pendergraft
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story was a great political plot line with action, almost Tom Clancy like.
Robert Lewter
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Trek continues.
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Patrick Hayes
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is the second book in The Fall, a five book Star Trek series. I -- stupidly -- read the final book in this series first some time ago and was completely lost. I've since gone out and purchased all the other books, including this one, so I can read them in order to see if they made more sense. And, yes, it helps to read a series in order (Duh!).

The book focuses on three characters, all from the U.S.S. Titan. The first is on Riker, who's been promoted to Rear Admiral after the assassination o
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an excellent story, focusing on the hard choices that one is faced with when legally constituted authority is criminally corrupt, but one can't prove it unequivocally yet, and if one continues to follow orders, one never will have that proof. Yet to disobey is not only to run the risk of being labelled a criminal yourself but is to actually have to COMMIT criminal acts in order to get the evidence that is needed to remove criminals from power. Much more nuanced, much deeper in scope, th ...more
John Carter McKnight
This series, The Fall, has been remarkably uneven in quality, ranging from unreadably terrible to okay to outstanding. The Poisoned Chalice isn't as excellent as Uma McCormick's The Crimson Shadow, but it's really very good.

The Star Trek novels have been focusing for some time on political intrigue at various levels, from grand strategy to West Wing-like maneuvering. This book deftly combines both, looking at black ops, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons, and the whole panoply of contempor
Maurice Jr.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amid increasing skulduggery from the temporary Federation administration, Admiral Akaar calls in reinforcements he can trust.

Captain Will Riker is ordered to bring the Titan home from its exploration of the Gum Nebula without any real explanation. When he reports to Admiral Akaar, he finds himself promoted to rear admiral and assigned to Akaar.

As Admiral Riker learns the ropes of his new position, Commander Tuvok, Lieutenant Commander Nog from DS 9, Thomas Riker and others are summoned to a clan
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel takes the events in the epilogue of The Poisoned Chalice, book three in this series, and turns them on their head. The Poisoned Chalice ends with a bit of a Happily-Ever-After-for-Everyone-but-Bashir and this book takes that and turns it into a spy thriller.

There are three storyiines running concurrently in the book: Tuvok, Nog and Tom Riker on a clandestine Mission, Will and Deanna Riker on Earth (mostly) and Christine Vale in command of her own vessel. All three are wrapped around t
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James Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author and scriptwriter, a BAFTA nominee, a former journalist and the award-winning writer of over fifty books, along with scripts for video games, comics, radio and television.

His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40000, Do

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