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Star Trek: Typhon Pact #1: Zero Sum Game [Kindle Edition]

David Mack
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A spy for the Typhon Pact—a new political rival of the Federation—steals the plans for Starfleet’s newest technological advance: the slipstream drive. To stop the Typhon Pact from unlocking the drive’s secrets, Starfleet Intelligence recruits a pair of genetically enhanced agents: Dr. Julian Bashir, of station Deep Space 9, and Sarina Douglas, a woman whose talents Bashir helped bring to fruition, and whom Bashir thinks of as his long-lost true love.

Bashir and Douglas are sent to infiltrate the mysterious species known as the Breen, find the hidden slipstream project, and destroy it. Meanwhile, light-years away, Captain Ezri Dax and her crew on the U.S.S. Aventine play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a Typhon Pact fleet that stands between them and the safe retrieval of Bashir and Douglas from hostile territory.


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About the Author

David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed Star Trek Vanguard series and its sequel, Star Trek: Seekers. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater. He currently resides in New York City.

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  • File Size: 2062 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (October 26, 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WT0Y
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Adrian
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I was eagerly awaiting the new Typhon Pact series and found it so so in the end. There were some interesting parts, but it seemed too short. Compared to Iain Banks' latest novel, Surface Detail, which I'm also reading, it's a tiny little book which I cruised through in less than a day.

The Typhon Pact seems to be including all "branches" of the ST universe together. This novel is about Deep Space 9's characters.

As the blurb says, the bad guys have stolen the plans for the slipstream drive. It is vital the Federation does something about it or else they will lose their only tactical advantage and, in their weakened state after the Borg rampage, will ultimately fall to the Pact. The send in Bashir and another genetically enhanced Human to carry out the mission. Needless to say, they ultimately succeed.

The Good:

1. We find out more about the previously reclusive Breen. Some quite interesting aspects of their culture which I found enjoyable to read.
2. The Typhon Pact is a realistic rival to the Federation and Klingons. Better than the Mega advanced Borg.
3. I find myself liking Captain Ezri Dax more and more. Quick with the one liners and quick with surprise tactics.

The Not So Good:

1. For genetically enhanced people, Bashir and Douglas don't seem to do anything particularly special. In fact, Bashir seems quite unprepared and naive and far less capable than even some normal people. The reason for his inclusion for this mission is revealed at the end (well, it's revealed at the beginning, but the REAL reason is implied at the end).
2. Seems too short. Perhaps I've grown used to reading more intricate novels and become used to more depth in my characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the Breen October 28, 2010
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Not the best Star Trek book, but certainly readable. We're in the aftermath of the attempted Borg invasion and how the weakened Federation must face a new foe, the newly organized Typhon Pact. The Federation's big advantage is the new slipstream drive, and the focus of the book is the theft of the technology by the Pact, and Julian Bashir's participation in a covert mission to destroy the enemy's copy of the plans. A taste of Deep Space Nine, where Bashir and Quark are the only remnants from the TV series. For me the low point was the short interjection by Bashir's flawed genetically enhanced former companions. The highpoint is the first introduction to the society of the mysterious Breen. Fortunately sequels seem to be coming on a monthly basis, much faster than in many other recent Star Trek novel series.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only David Mack were writing the entire series October 30, 2010
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After reading Mack's Destiny three part series; I have to say that I am sad to see he is only writing this entry. Bashir and Dax's characters are right on target. It's like the TV show is still in progress. I'd like to think that he will author more DS9 books. The quality is there. The mysterious Breen have a few of their secrets revealed in this novel. However, I wish it had as much action as the Destiny books.

When I started this novel I was surprised to see what happened to many of my favorite characters. While some writers are inconsistant, Mack has proved to be a favorite. I have to wonder if he ever wrote an orginal series book? I'd like to see him write a novel based in the J.J. Abrams universe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. December 28, 2010
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Since I don't expect great literature from Star Trek books, I found this one to be so-so. Just read this if you want to keep up with what's going on the the ST Universe.

Only a couple of things irked me while reading the story. The first was the minor continuity issues. For example at one point someone mentions that Dr. Bashir was held prisoner by the Breen. That never happened. He was held prisoner by the Dominion before they were allied with the Breen. The second was the habit of referring to the genetically enhanced quartet as "the Jack Pack". I don't know why that bothered me but it just seemed stupid.

The book is an easy read and a solid B+ as far as Trek Lit goes. My advice? Borrow it from a friend or read it in a book store while drinking a hot chocolate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed February 8, 2013
By slh
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I was greatly looking forward to this book, especially since Dr. Bashir, my favorite Star Trek character, was to be featured so prominently in the book. Unfortunately, this was one of the few Star Trek books that I have been disappointed in. David Mack did a very poor, inaccurate job of portraying his character. You would never know Dr. Bashir was a super-intelligent, genetically enhanced man by the way he followed Sarina Douglas' (a woman Bashir considered his lost love) lead without being able to give much to their mission except as a dogsbody. This was in sharp contrast to the Section 31 Abyss book by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang. The plot as a whole was okay, and I did love the cliffhanger at the end, but I hope the follow-up novel is written by someone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting outing by David Mack November 25, 2010
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Mack is easily my favorite Trek author. I've never read a bad book by the man and this one was no different. ZSG is a page turner detailing a Starfleet black op on a secluded Breen planet. It's DS9 grittiness, not Roddenberry utopia. There's a LOT of killing, mayhem, and over the top action reminiscent of a James Bond movie. And as a bonus we get insight into the Breen that clears up the confusing info the TV shows provided over the years.

Contrary to what some have suggested, Bashir experienced plenty of development. His reactions to ugly events were telling of his state of mind which was established early on. He had reached the end of himself and realized what he really wanted from life. Maybe some would have preferred (or expected) him to act differently. Like other things in post-Destiny Trek, this was a shakeup.

There were some plot holes. The worst I thought were the contrived obstacles Dax faced. (minor spoilers ahead) For example: Her ship has the slipstream drive and can leave simple warp ships like they're standing still, yet for some reason it's a problem that an enemy fleet has fanned out between her and her destination. Somehow they'll be able to see her coming and block her in the vastness of deep space? Exactly how this might be possible is never explained, it's just stated as fact. And since the enemy knows her destination wouldn't a more sensible strategy be to fall back to that place and engage her in force when she arrives? Dozens of ships deployed to stop her and not one does this though. In fact, when she finally gets to the target there are only two small fighters there to oppose her? Please.

Not perfect, but it's a fast read and highly enjoyable piece of entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book!
Published 10 days ago by James K. Grammer
4.0 out of 5 stars I've never met a Star Trek story I didn't like...
I very much enjoyed this story.
Plenty of action, and I love Ezri Dax and Dr. Bashir.
Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars David Mack = Excellent
Its been a while since i read this book but i just finished "Disavowed" which made me think back to this book so i thought i would make a few comments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by aron nunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a true David Mack! Story starts slow ...
Wow, a true David Mack! Story starts slow but accelarates in the middle. I finished it in one breath.
Published 3 months ago by F. Breukers
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid story that combines a solid adventure with some much needed...
The first book in the Typhon Pact miniseries. This story takes place roughly a year after the events of the Destiny trilogy and focuses on the adventures of classic Deep Space 9... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good series enjoyed the book
Published 6 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a spy novel. A very unusual spy novel.
The premise is something which, adjusted to an Earth setting, could be the basis of a James Bond movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CT Phipps
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This book was alright, I was not impressed although I like the culture info on the Breen. Not bad, not great.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty decent
hard not to like this. hopefully we'll have a new tv series soon. until then i will enjoy these books
Published 7 months ago by Christopher P. Bartos
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to a series
This was a good start to a series of Star Trek books. It was enjoyable to read and gave a good background to the Breen and the start of the Typhon Pact in general.
Published 8 months ago by Phil Hurley
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More About the Author

DAVID MACK is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels and novellas, including the STAR TREK DESTINY and COLD EQUATIONS trilogies. He developed the STAR TREK VANGUARD series with editor Marco Palmieri. His first original novel was the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller THE CALLING.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and live theater.

His latest published novels include the best-selling A CEREMONY OF LOSSES; book one of STAR TREK: SEEKERS, a new original series; and the STAR TREK spy-thriller SECTION 31: DISAVOWED. His novelette "And Hell Rode With Her" is included in the new anthology APOLLO'S DAUGHTERS, available from Silence in the Library Publishing.

Upcoming projects by David Mack include THE MIDNIGHT FRONT, a World War II-era fantasy adventure, and a pair of new STAR TREK novels.

Mack resides in New York City with his wife, Kara. Visit his official web site, http://www.davidmack.pro/ and follow him on Twitter @davidalanmack.


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Is "A Singular Destiny" necessary reading for this?
Actually I'd read A Singular Destiny. That novel improves as it goes and it does explain what the Typhon Pact is. It also helps you get familiar with the Aventine under Captain Dax at a lot better pace than the Borg trilogy did. You might be able to skip it, but I wouldn't. I'm about to start... Read More
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