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The Siege

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Death prowls the passageways of Deep Space Nine.

When Deep Space Nine is forced to curtail entry to the wormhole due to increased graviton emissions, an air of biting tension settles over the station. But when this anxiety leads to the murder of an Edeman religious leader, Commander Benjamin Sisko and Security Chief Odo realize they face a larger problem.

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Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1993 by Pocket Books
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Aug 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: startrek
3.5 stars

Only PAD could make a book about a serial killer funny.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ds9, star-trek
A well-crafted, interesting story. The Siege can get a bit dark at times, but that is offset with Peter David's typically humorous writing. The characters are very well represented, especially given this novel's place so early in the creation of the Deep Space Nine television series. A lack of payoff to some of the plot elements doesn't detract too much from an otherwise excellent story.

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Don Incognito
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was unquestionably the worst Star Dreck book I ever read during my time as a Star Dreck fan. It's sleazy, tasteless and extremely violent. One more reason to consider Peter David a highly overrated writer.

On top of everything else, David obnoxiously inserts a brief and completely pointless cameo by the Borg: a cube tries to travel through the wormhole from the Gamma Quadrant, but the wormhole destroys it and only its debris makes it through. It serves no purpose but to make readers more int
Christopher Preiman
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first this one bothered me. I had to keep reminding myself that this was written back when only a few episodes of DS9 had aired. Once i could get past the things the show contradicted I found The Siege to be a really engaging read. Now i find myself wishing the show followed it's lead.
Les Thompson
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great, quick read, they should make a Graphic Novel from this book, the action, the dialogue, this one of the best original novels next to No. 5, "Fallen Heroes" which I still feel is the all time best DS9 novel.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Really enjoyed this DS9 novel.

Highlights include: Odo battling it out with a shapeshifter like he never got to on the show's limited budget; Sisko telling dad jokes; Dax offering to kill Dukat; Odo's last thought before he thinks he's going to die is "who's going to look after Quark?"; an offhand mention of Garak as the station's gossip monger

Lowlights: Dax commenting about how she likes doing ~girly~ things now that she's a ~woman~ again; Bashir continuing to prove that he's never taken an ethi
Eric Troup
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't perfect, and yet, I'm giving it five stars. I enjoyed it upon its initial release, and I've enjoyed it again, many years later. I can't believe how true it rings to the Deep Space Nine series, when the series was so new when the novel was written. Sure, there are occasional lines of dialogue that sound a little off in my head, but these are few and far between. Overall, the characters are captured brilliantly here. And the story... The story!... Were they ever to have made a DSN ...more
Joe Sullivan
An interesting story, but marred by out-of-character characters thanks to the book being published far too early and the author having little information to work with. Which he warns the reader about in a preface.
This is a problem moreso than usual. It's an interesting read only if you can get past that. And that it is far too "descriptive", describing things in excruciating detail that anyone familiar with the show is already going to know better than the author. Excusable being the first orig
Myke Edwards
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hands down a better book than the novelization of Emissary. Scary as hell (to a 14 year old who didn't like horror movies) full of awesome imagery. Odo as a giant buzzsaw? Hells yeah!
Plowed through this one. Was sadly disappointed that the series didn't continue in this direction, but alas, it was fun while it lasted.
Sean Randall
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Flying with David's usual irreverence, this was an exciting Odo story. Of course, there were a few issues, it being so early in the time line of DS9 (David explains that only 5 episodes had aired when this went to print). For all that, it's paced, exciting and with a lot of social dynamic.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another solid piece of work. It is the first original DS9 story that isn't a novelization of a show episode. I like it.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
This novel could have easily become a DS9 movie of sorts. The writing was spectacular providing vivid imagery along side a traditional, Star Trek story line. Highly suggested for any Star Trek fan.
Samantha L'Esperance
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites so far, a great mystery, a good side-story, very engaging.
Jesse Lehrer
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The first non-novelization book in the DS9 series is a bit of an odd choice. It's essentially a grisly murder mystery which doesn't really fit the Star Trek vein. David also doesn't really capture the characters entirely - he does a pretty good Bashir, a decent Sisko and a good Odo and Quark but his own writing style definitely overrides the more traditional Trek feeling I would want out of a book.

Still, David writes a good story, even if his own weird maleness seeps in and his inability to writ
Brayden Raymond
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
it took me a lot longer than i would have hoped to finally finish it. but for my first ds9 novel I was quite impressed. Since my reading was sporadic my memory of The whole story is a little jumbled but when i did get the chance to really get down into it. I didn't want to put it down. Odo and Sisko and by far my favourite ds9 characters but if you know me this should come as no surprise.
David Sarkies
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody really
Recommended to David by: The TV series
Shelves: sci-fi
The first stand alone Deep Space Nine Novel
5 April 2012

For some reason I decided to read a few of the books that had arisen out of this series, maybe because I needed something light to read amongst all of my university books that I was reading at the time. Looking at my timeline (no, not the Facebook one) I note that when this book was released I would have been repeating year 11, which means that Deep Space Nine would have been released around the time that my parents were overseas in Europe.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall plot of this book was interesting, as was the sub-plot involving the Edemians.

Starting this book, my first problem was that each of the characters seemed to be over-introduced. Everyone's history seemed to be broken down and explained when they made an appearance. I found it tiresome; even assuming someone picked up the book unfamiliar with the series, that information could have been added more subtly, rather than via info dump.

My second problem was that the writing style was a lit
Paul Riches
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Siege: Very Very Awesome

Another Star Trek book after almost twenty years!

And this time, it is a Deep Space Nine one!!

Writer by the Geek God and Star Trek Maven Peter David!!!

So yes, I am talking about Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Siege!!!!

And it is Awesome!!!!!

The Siege, as Peter David notes, was written based on the series bible and early scripts, so any inaccuracies in characterization or situations or technology from what aired is simply because nothing had been
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I'd put off revisiting this one 20 or so years later largely because I remembered being disappointed with it the first time and didn't want to go through that experience again. After all, this is *Peter David*. He's given us some standout (at least for me and some folks I know) Trek writing, plus he's done a lot of other work in the comics world that a lot of folks have enjoyed (although my own experience is limited to his work on the adaptation/fleshing out of of Stephen King's *The Dark Tower* ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
First up on my bucket list goal to read and review every ds9 novel. The reason? DS9 is by far my favorite trek. I've heard great things about the 'reboot' novels, and having just finished a watch-through of the show this seems like the prefect opportunity to get started.

Unfortunately the reboot novels seem very far away at this point. I know intellectually that David only had five episodes and the series Bible to work with, but this book is hard to love for a number of reasons.

I actually start
Heather Domin
From other reviews I had braced myself to dislike this, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's true that some of the characters are off, but good grief, the man only had 5 scripts to go on - even the actors didn't know these characters very well yet. He specifically mentions that in the author's note, so I was pretty flexible in that area. The Space Fundies were a bit meh, but I'm used to ignoring that sort of thing. The only people I really had a problem with were the women, but sadly I've come to ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The Siege is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel written by Peter David (one of my favorite Trek authors) when the series was new and only five episodes of the show had aired (this according to David's introduction to the novel). It is "The First Original Novel Based on the Hit Television Series!" and its strongest aspect is the characterizations. David, in my estimation, very nicely captures in prose the personalities of the various DS9 characters as they stood at that early stage of things. Per ...more
Star Trek novels are always a bit of a gamble - are they going to be true to the TV show? Are the characters believable? Are they any good? Well, this one wasn't too bad and I enjoyed it.

This takes place near the beginning of the Federations stint on DS9. When the wormhole starts acting oddly, Sisko stops anyone travelling through it and the station ends up full of people unable to travel onwards. Then people start dying in horrific ways and they are left with a puzzling murder mystery to solve.
Jason Vargo
In the forward to The Siege, Peter David appears to be pleading with the reader to be gentle in any criticism of the novel. It was written very early in the life of the series when the characters were still finding their voices. And, indeed, that is evident throughout the story. Case in point: Odo refers to Sisko to his face as "Sisko" more often than not. Sure, the televised character does this once or twice, but not nearly as much as this Odo does. Dax is too wooden in the long run with nothin ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, 100-books
"The Siege" is the first original Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel so it has to be read with a grain of salt. Peter David does a really good job on most of the characterizations and is a good enough author to avoid using the characters he didn't have a good feel for. Dax, for example, was clearly a tough one so he uses her sparingly with only snippets of OOC dialogue.

The story is a sci fi mystery which seems to be a theme in the DS9 books. There's a killer on board the station and Odo has to ca
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Where "Ghost Ship" and "The Peacekeepers" went wrong, "The Siege" did right. I gave each of these books a lot of slack considering they had very little to work with concerning the character's personalities. The other two books missed the mark, and delivered a boring story. This one, however, was close enough with almost all of the characters, and had a very well written story

The whole religious sect part rubbed me the wrong way as being so incredibly cliche, and therefore boring and hard to read
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
When I bought these books Star Trek DS9 was still on the air. I watched the show and read the books until the crew felt like family. Re-reading it was a little walk down memory lane. They still felt like family, just family you hadn’t seen in a long time, and had a lot of catching up to do. But instead of talking about how life was currently you just sit around and reminiscence. If you were a fan of DS9 then you’ll probably enjoy this book. If not then skip it because the sci-fi aspects don’t me ...more
As a big fan of Star Trek and currently rewatching DS-nine this book seemed perfect for a lazy weekend. It was! Was it the best Star Trek book I have read? No (a stitch in time will always be my #1) but it was also not the worst.

The writer manages to portray the characters fairly well, I found Bashir amd Garak to be slightly out of character at times but Odo was spot on. Even though here was a serial killer loose on the station, there is a lot of amusement in the story. I read it in one go, fini
Joanna Cabot
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, sci-fi
What can I say? An oldie, but a dated one; Peter David was hampered by a book series that started too soon. He had only the scripts of the first five episodes to work with. It's not his fault that Paramount didn't wait to start the books until they had the series going, but the result is some uneven characterizations and insipid plotting. One of the subplots, they even later did on the show! I am going to give this series a few more books before I make up my mind to stop or continue, but these a ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
The very first original DS9 novel is a great one. It's basically a variation on the old 'bunch of people trapped somewhere with a killer, but a highly effective, entertaining and suspenseful one.

Peter David keeps the humor toned down to where it belongs and considering how early in the show's history this is, he manages some great characterization.
The fight between Odo and the killer is great and the final gag is hilarious.
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Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often jokingly describes his occupation as "Writer of Stuff". David is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real world issues with humor and references to popular culture. He also uses metafiction frequently, usually to hum

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