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About the Author

Una McCormack is the author of the Star Trek novels The Fall: The Crimson Shadow (a New York Times bestseller); Cardassia—The Lotus Flower (which appeared in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 1); The Never-Ending Sacrifice; Hollow Men; and Brinkmanship; as well as two Doctor Who novels, The King’s Dragons and The Way Through the Woods, and numerous short stories. She lives with her partner, Matthew, in Cambridge, England, where she reads, writes, and teaches.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 9.10.2013 edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147672220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476722207
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Una McCormack, author of three "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" novels, published by Pocket Books. I'm very surprised by this career turn: I didn't take it up until my mid-twenties, when I started writing fanfiction. Then the internet arrived, so I started posting my fanfiction online. I guess more people were reading it, because I was approached by the editor of the Star Trek books and invited to pitch some stories. Now I write both tie-in stories, and stories in settings I've made up myself.

I live in Cambridge, England, where I read, write, and teach. I'm a graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and have a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Surrey. I watch a lot of telly: right now, I'm having a fling with "Chuck", but my one true loves are "Blake's 7" and "Doctor Who".

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to read the remaining three books in this series.
Clinton Illar
The author has done such a good job in making each one a solid character who the reader can get into.
Adrian
This was probably one of the best written Star Trek Novels I have ever read.
Aaron Richardson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on September 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Although the Enterprise is on the cover, don't think this novel is all about the TNG crew. Yes, Picard and Worf are there, but they are merely minor characters in this dramatic novel which stars a cast of Cardassians, foremost of whom is Elim Garak, former Obsidion Order member, tailor, Dominion War hero, and now Ambassador to the Federation.

This novel shows us what makes a good book- it's the storytelling and fleshing out characters, be they human or otherwise. IT is clear the author has put some thought into thinking out the layout of a city hitherto unknown to us in much detail, and some components of it's society. I believe that Una has done such a good job that there is potential for a spin off for each of the 3, possibly 4, Cardassian main characters. The author has done such a good job in making each one a solid character who the reader can get into.

Should you read this latest installment of Star Trek novels? A resounding yes!

ps: I'm going to copy Garak's way of ending personal letters - readers will know what I mean ^_^
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Rice on September 24, 2013
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Where to start? This is an excellent second entry into The Fall series, one that far surpasses its predecessor. McCormack is a thoughtful writer, and one that has always portrayed Cardassians spectacularly. If I had things my way, we'd probably have endless series of books about Cardassians and their political shenanigans.

But more importantly, this is a book about Garak. Garak has always been a character that, at times, might seem at odds with the idealism of Trek. His path towards redemption continues here, and it is both heart breaking and compelling. While there are plenty of additional characters that support the story, it really is all about Garak. If you are a person opposed to the character, then you might find reasons to pause.

But for everyone else? This is a tense story filled with mystery and heart. If you have read A Stitch in Time, you'll find more than a few callbacks to Robinson's novel, and in some ways, serves as something of a sequel.

I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait to see what follows next, both for Cardassia and the rest of The Fall series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Moody TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
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I used to read a lot of Star Trek novels, but about four years ago they stopped appealing to me, and I decided to spend my money on other things. But I'm still in touch with people who do read them, and I've never really lost track of what's going on in the Trek novel "universe." So it was probably inevitable that something would pull me back in. The something has turned out to be an event miniseries where the first two books were written by my two favorite Trek novelists back in the day: David R. George III and Una McCormack. I should note that McCormack, author of the book under review here, is an Internet acquaintance of mine: we follow each other on Twitter and occasionally make unfunny jokes about geeky things. But I was a fan of McCormack's work before I ever "met" her, so I don't think it's the personal-knowledge factor that made THE CRIMSON SHADOW such a fast, fun, thoughtful read.

It was, though, probably personal knowledge that got me to read it before the previous book in the series, REVELATION AND DUST, which I own but hadn't gotten around to when THE CRIMSON SHADOW was delivered. I don't know whether I would recommend that course to most readers. There's a biggish plot development in REVELATION AND DUST that also influences events in THE CRIMSON SHADOW; I had already been inadvertently spoiled, but if you're going to read REVELATION AND DUST at all, you might want to do so before starting THE CRIMSON SHADOW.

But enough preliminaries. What is THE CRIMSON SHADOW actually about? In a word: Cardassians. There are smallish supporting roles for some TNG regulars, particularly Picard, but this is basically a book about Cardassia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Janeck on November 9, 2013
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Una McCormack does it again! Again she captures the mindset and the troubles of the Cardassians perfectly, as she did before in "The Never-Ending Sacrifice!" Her interpretation of Garak is spot on, as are the other characters in this book. As some others noted, there is not much action in this book, but this book doesn't need shiny action to cover the lacking story. No in this rare case the story is so good, that you can actually enjoy the rare action scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Somnambulant Writer on October 7, 2013
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I enjoyed this story so much. Like many fans, I seek out the Star Trek universe because the place of humans--the characters--is not overwhelmed by technology but characters possess a moral center (most of the time). Star Trek is a world more and more unlike our own, one where technology has advanced to the stars but has not gotten out of control (as it has for us). But so many Star Trek novels are like eating Twinkies--just not much there. This story is about politics, but I am perplexed by those who think science fiction should not be about politics. Science fiction is supremely about politics. With Crimson Shadow, the character, one of the strongest of DS9, is complex, full of surprises. So much better than stories full of bizarre cosmic anomalies that can do anything (like the stories about the gateways, which departed too much from coherent physics and from coherent narrative, in my opinion). I'm most concerned THIS is an anomaly, and the next in the series will not live up. We'll see.
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