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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers [Kindle Edition]

James Swallow
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Before the Dominion War and the decimation of Cardassia...before the coming of the Emissary and the discovery of the wormhole...before space station Terok Nor became Deep Space 9™...there was the Occupation: the military takeover of an alien planet and the violent insurgency that fought against it. Now that fifty-year tale of warring ideologies, terrorism, greed, secret intelligence, moral compromises, and embattled faiths is at last given its due in the three-book saga of Star Trek's Lost Era...

A seemingly benign visitation to the bountiful world of Bajor from the resource-poor Cardassian Union is viewed with cautious optimism by some, trepidation by others, and a calculating gleam by unscrupulous opportunists. What begins as a gesture of compassion soon becomes something very different. Seen through the eyes of participants on both sides -- including those of a young officer named Skrain Dukat -- the personal, political, and religious tensions between the Bajorans and the Cardassians quickly spiral out of control, irrevocably shaping the futures of both worlds in an emotionally charged and unforgettable tale of treachery, tragedy, and hope.

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"I have found that good novels have a color one can associate with the tone of the story, and in the case of this book that color is Cardassian grey.... Good and evil are not cleanly divided between people in the book. Some of the Cardassians are good, and some of the Bajorans are bad, in other words." --

About the Author

James Swallow is a BAFTA-nominated author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice, and he remains the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek television show. His fiction includes the Sundowners series of original steampunk westerns, the bestselling novelization of The Butterfly Effect, and stories from the worlds of 24, Doctor Who, Warhammer 40,000, and Stargate. His other credits feature scripts for videogames and audio, including Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Disney Infinity, Fable: The Journey, Battlestar Galactica, and Blake’s 7. He lives in London.

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  • File Size: 707 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (March 25, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SEOIU
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read May 13, 2008
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This is an excellent novel that's very well written. It fills a gap most of us who have watched DS9 have wondered about for years. Reading it is a lot like watching one of those old black and white horror movies. You know the monster is coming and you know what's going to happen is going to be bad and the characters have no idea. The threat of the Occupation lingers so heavily over the book and adds another level of intensity. It's also interesting to see a pre-Occupation Bajor and how the Bajorans existed before their world was basically shattered. I can't wait to see how this series ends. Very well done.

I'd recommend picking up A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson for a bit of background reading about the Oralian Way as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Exactly What I've Been Waiting For!!! April 21, 2008
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Deep Space Nine is my favourite series of all time, and the Cardassians have become my favourite aliens (sorry Vulcans!). I found the situation of a military based society having to come to a peaceful coexistence (and even being aided by, in the later years) with the very people whom they had occupied and exploited to be endlessly fascinating and insightful in our own culture (this is what Trek has always done, and what many non Trekkers have missed when they deride the series). This book answers all of the questions about the early years of the occupation of Bajor: why it happened, what were the Cardassians' motives towards Bajor and its people and how they changed, the social unrest in Bajor over their caste system prior to the occupation, the evolution of the future Gul Dukat and his career, how many Cardassians opposed the enslavement of the Bajorans, and how a peaceful people like those of Bajor can be transformed into a bloody guerrilla. Everything that DS9 had left you wanting to know more about in concern to the Bajorian Occupation, the cultures of the Cardassian and Bajorian peoples, and the hopes of both for the future are covered here. This is a well written, awesome book that even the most discriminating Star Trek fan will enjoy. I can't wait for the next two in the trilogy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars knowing the end doesn't spoil the story April 13, 2010
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This book explains how the Cardassians came to Bajor and eventually annexed the planet. The Cardassians' plan was crafty from the start - they came under the pretense of peace and mutual understanding, but were secretly planning a takeover the whole time.

The story focuses on people with varied backgrounds. Cardassian characters include Dukat (on the cover), other military personnel with varying degrees of competence, and a priest. Bajorans of interest include a mid-level Bajoran politician, a lawman, and a priest. The different backgrounds help describe the overall situation as the Bajoran way of life is uprooted.

The path from first contact to occupation is filled with deceit, political maneuvering, and oppression, with Bajorans responding in a variety of ways as their peaceful world begins to fall apart. Ultimately the far-reaching Cardassian plan is executed, and Bajor is annexed.

Emotionally this book is on the down side since the themes are negative, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the book. I particularly enjoyed how the Cardassians used the Bajoran faith as a tool for their ends and succeeded so well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juicy Story! July 15, 2009
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I was nervous when I first began to read this because yes, I wanted to know the background, but I was worried that the story wouldn't live up to the hype and imagination build around it from 7 years of DS9 episodes.
It wasn't everything I imagined about the occupation...IT WAS MORE! (Sorry to sound cliche) I couldn't have asked for a better background story - full of intrigue and amazing characters. All this while the reader KNOWS the ending (so it gets really sad).
Amazing. Just amazing.
P.S. The only problem with this book is that S.D. Perry (a great writer himself) doesn't live up to Swallow's writing. Reading books 2 and 3 are good, but not nearly as good as this one. S.D. Perry is a great Star Trek writer, but James Swallow has written something that I believe could stand on its own, even without knowing the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Woven Tale of How Cardassia Took Bajor January 10, 2011
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Have you ever wondered about the Cardassian occupation of Bajor? Did you ever question how it began, pondered over the mystery of this lost chapter in Star Trek history? Well, now you have an answer. Okay, it's a novel, and thus it doesn't satisfy the stringent regulations required to pass for canon. But in all honesty, this book is good enough to be the real deal, so until evidence to the contrary comes about, that's exactly how I'll be treating it.

The list of characters at the beginning of the book lets you hop right in and start reading. It's extraordinarily helpful because unlike most other Trek novels, this one is not based around a crew that we have gotten to know on screen, so many of the people we meet are brand new. At the back of the book is an appendix that clarifies places and terms. It even draws connections between the book and specific episodes from the on-screen Star Trek universe.

James Swallow does an excellent job painting the delicate tapestry that is Bajor, a devout world that sways in the tenuous waters of a people governed by faith and trusting in politics. Swallow then beautifully crafts a story that tells of how the Cardassians come to Bajor and decompose Bajoran society from the inside out until nothing remains but chaos--ordered only by merciless Cardassian rule. All of the insidious plotting was so tantalizingly thought out, all of the guile and shadow play were so carefully written, all of the characters, both heroes and villains, were so real and so dramatic that I felt absorbed by every page of the book.

However, you should be aware that this book may move slowly at times. It's no thriller. This novel is meant to inform as much as it is to entertain. It's nearly 500 pages long and takes us on a journey that spans 10 years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book of this series
The voices were right. The setting intricately detailed and the story very well written. Excellent first book of this series.
Published 5 months ago by Joe Rixman
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, it was alright.
This was just OK. Probably the biggest issue I had was it was to sedentary. There was a lot of discussions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Audra
5.0 out of 5 stars The backstory of Deep Space Nine finally told....
This was the first installment of the backstory of the Bajoran Occupation and the building of Deep Space Nine. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 Terok Nor
I loved this book. The cover is terrific. Great storyline and character depth is awesome. I would highly recommend this read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Very Believable
I am hard to please, thinking most Star Trek books are okay - I just read them because they ARE about Star Trek. This book is a good read! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Skye
4.0 out of 5 stars A backstory to DS9
Deep Space Nine was always my favorite Trek series. One of the aspects I really liked was the richness of the story. Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by Enjolras
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent and moving telling of a very depressing story.
We all knew that this story was not going to end well, and that made it a rather difficult read for me; also, it started rather slowly (discounting the prologue which really was... Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Terok Nor novels
"Day of the Vipers" was definitely the best of the excellent Terok Nor series, with the definitive telling of the early years of the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor.
Published on January 13, 2011 by S. Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars More from this author please
Great concept. Wonderful author who I will certaintly want to read more from in the future. His probing into the mind of Gul Dukat alone was worth the price of the book.
Published on December 9, 2010 by Gary Sapp
3.0 out of 5 stars History of Cardassia and Bajor
I'm still in the process of reading "Day of the Vipers: 2318-2328", which spins the tale of the beginning of Cardassia taking over Bajor. Read more
Published on April 12, 2009 by P. McCoy
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More About the Author

James Swallow has written several books, including Star Trek: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers and Seeds of Dissent (from Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism); the Sundowners quartet of 'steampunk' science fiction Westerns (Ghost Town, Underworld, Iron Dragon and Showdown); the best-selling novelization of The Butterfly Effect; The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith and Fire and Jade Dragon; the 2000AD tie-ins Eclipse, Blood Relative and Whiteout; Stargate Atlantis: Halcyon; and the Blood Angels duology Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius.

In addition, Swallow's short fiction has appeared in Inferno! and Stargate magazine, the anthologies Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores, the Doctor Who Short Trips collections Dalek Empire and Destination Prague, Something Changed, Collected Works, What Price Victory and Silent Night.

His non-fiction includes Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher and books on writing, genre television and animation; he has also written for Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who and Space 1889, along with several scripts for audio and videogames.

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