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Vengeance (Star Trek) [Kindle Edition]

Dafydd ab Hugh
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Rumors of a secret alliance between the Dominion and the Klingon Empire lure Captain Sisko and the crew of the Defiant on a desperate mission into the Gamma Quadrant, leaving Deep Space None vulnerable to a surprise sneak attack!
Now an elite Klingon task force has seized control of the station, and only Chief O'Brient, Dr. Bashir, and Worf are left to defend Deep Space Nine. But Worf's loyalties are tested when he discovers that the invaders include his oldest friend -- and his own brother!


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Dafydd Ab Hugh is a well-known science fiction author whose credits include several popular Star Trek novels.

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JADZIA DAX WAS momentarily confused with both the captain of Deep Space Nine and the captain of the Default on the bridge at the same time. Benjamin had immediately turned over responsibility for the ship's launch to Worf while he demanded a detailed briefing from Dax on recent Klingon activity around the wormhole. At the same time, Worf was barking orders at her in her capacity as helmsman and weapons officer! Meanwhile, the two Klingon ships fired three more disrupter blasts. Two deflected off the shields of the target ship, the last partially penetrated and drew blood from the starboard engine pod. "Aye, Commander -- I'm sorry, Captain? -- engine spin-up, seven-six-five-four. Yes, sir, five ships in the last two weeks; can't say for sure they were Klingon, but they were cloaked and they were in and out of the wormhole. Release docking clamps, chief. Aye, Commander, reverse one quarter . . . Captain Sisko stood and walked away from Dax, reluctant to interrupt her while she performed the whipturn and got the Def ant cruising to attack speed headed toward the wormhole, where the battle raged. Now one of the birds-of-prey fired a torpedo of some sort, briefly illuminating the smaller ship's shield structure to the naked eye. A fourth blip appeared for a moment in the glare, but Dax quickly class)fied it as most likely a sensor echo. Something seemed strange, however. Could it be another cloaked ship? Well, we'll soon see, she thought; it has to decloak to shoot anything "On screen," said Worf; he didn't say, but Dax knew he meant the combat. They watched as two Klingon birds-of-prey harried a smaller vessel of unknown design, a ship that scarcely would have attracted the station's attention except for two points of interest: it was squawking a Federation distress call, and it was being cut to ribbons in their own backyard. Worf inhaled, but before he could ask, Dax responded, "Four minutes, Commander." Another disrupter blast rocked the presumed Federation ship, skewing it from its path and sending it careening into the teeth of the second bird-of-prey. "Captain," said Dax, "their shields are holding remarkably well. We should be there in plenty of time." "Let's hope so, Old Man." The lieutenant commander watched her oldest human friend pace back and forth. His face was impassive, but the Trill could read it like a tricorder, so long had she known him. There were rumors of high-level, political contact between Gowron and the Federation Council, but nobody had given the word to the high mucketymucks of Starfleet, let alone a mere captain commanding a space station in the quadrant boondocks. The KlingonFederation alliance was off; no, it was on again; no, definitely off -- absolutely, definitely, positively -- well, maybe not, but they weren't exactly sure. The captain, Dax understood, fretted that yet another incident between the Defiant and Klingon warships might have diplomatic repercussions far beyond the problems of a Federation pleasure yacht or ore-hauler that had stupidly poked a stick into a Klingon anthill. But how could Benjamin Sisko possibly stand still for a Federation ship being mauled within eyeball range of a heavily armed Federation fortress? O'Brien spoke up. "No response to the hail from the Klingons, Captain. I mean, Commander." Dax smiled. "They heard us?" asked Worf, touching all bases. "Yes, sir. They're just giving us the cold shoulder." Now Worf rose from his command chair. "Captain, I insist you either give me full command of this mission and let me lock phasers or take command yourself." "I'll take the cone, Mr. Worf," said Benjamin decisively. He strode to the command chair as the Klingon vacated to the XO's position. "Ful} power to the phaser array, Old Man. Lock on both targets simultaneously but don't fire yet. Mr. O'Brien, try one more time . . . tell them to stop immediately or we'll blow them out of the Skye, "Can I quote you on that, sir?" asked O'Brien, but he was already sending the message. "Two more shots, Benjamin," said Dax. "Their shields are still at sixty-five percent." Sisko stood, staring at the forward viewer. "That should hold until we can hose them down and separate them." Suddenly, Dax saw an energy surge; her suspicions were confirmed. "Captain, there's a third Klingon ship!" The new ship, a small, lightly armed patrol vessel, decloaked practically at the side of the Federation vessel. "Their shields are powering up, but they don't have any disrupters." "I've had as much of this as I'm going to take. Fire on the birds-of-prey. Let's bloody their noses and see if that catches their attention!" Abruptly, Worf leaped from his chair and raced to Dax's console. "Commander, did you say the small ship has no disrupters?" "Yes, sir. Firing now, Captain." She tapped the touchplate, still incongruously called a "trigger" even centuries after the last mechanical lever dropped a hammer on a firing pin. The twin bolts appeared instantaneously -- actually at just a hair under lightspeed, but close enough to infinity across such a short distance -- cutting through the weaker side-shielding of both birds, crippling the disrupter alignment module of one ship and slightly damaging the aft environmental controls of the other. Call it one hit and one near miss. "Readying photon torpedoes," announced Chief O'Brien, in case the captain decided to finish them off. "Just shields?" demanded the Klingon in Dax's ear, urgently. "Huh? Oh, yes Worf, just shields. Why, is there something I should -- " "They're modulating their shields!" shouted Worf. "Captain, we must reverse course and put as much distance as possible between us and the Federation ship!" "Why must we do that, Mr. Worf? That ship needs our help." "That ship is already dead, sir!" Hesitating only the briefest of moments, Sisko made an instant decision to listen to his second in command. "Full stop, reverse full impulse. Get us out of here, Old Man." His voice seemed a bit sulky to Dax; Benjamin was not happy about withdrawing when he seemed to have the upper hand.

Copyright © 1997 by Paramount Pictures


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  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 22, 2000)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Klingons, Klingons and more Klingons June 2, 2000
By Alaria
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading `Fallen Heroes', my expectations were very high, and I was slightly disappointed. `Vengeance' is good, but nowhere near the standard set by Daffyd ab Hugh's earlier book, which is one of the best ST works I have ever read. Be warned though, if you hate Klingons, don't buy this; Vengeance is full of `em.
The story has Worf's loyalties questioned when a group of Klingons including some of his friends attempt to take over the Deep Space Nine space station while Captain Sisko and most of the crew are away.
One of my favourite parts of the book is O'Brien's speech about Dr Bashir, who he thinks is dead. This author manages to incorporate humour into otherwise serious or dull situations, which is one of the reasons I like his books so much.
The book was mostly fast paced, although like some of the other reviewers, I agree it did drag in some places.
I liked the way the author goes into the relationships between the crewmembers, especially Odo and Quark, and Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien. Mr Ab Hugh is particularly great at writing for Deep Space Nine, although anything he writes for Star Trek is good.
As I said before, this book will appeal to most Klingon fans, in particular fans of Worf and DS9 fans in general. I give it three and a half stars - not quite four-star material but too good for three - because even though I'm not the Klingons' greatest fan, this was still a good, enjoyable piece of Sci-fi.
If you like Vengeance, go and buy Fallen Heroes. If you don't like Vengeance ... still buy Fallen Heroes. Then you'll see this author at his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Captain Sisko has taken the Defiant with most of his senior staff, Dax, Odo and Kira into the Gamma Quadrant in response to an intelligence tip of Dominion activity. He has left the station in the capable hands of Worf who has Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien to make sure that things run smoothly. It soon becomes apparent though that this was not to be when a group of renegade Klingons take over the station. Worf is placed in a difficult position when he discovers that the rebel leader is a childhood friend, one that he had sworn a blood oath to. Where should his loyalties lie, and how best should he honor them? Meanwhile O'Brien, Bashir, Jake, Quark and Rom find themselves as the lone resistence cell left on the station as they try to find a way to regain control at least enough to be able to call for help.

There are certain parts of this novel that are excellent, the 'eulogy' O'Brien delivers for his friend Bashir is hilarious. O'Brien's and Bashir's escape from the invaders and Quark's unintentional act of heroism are among the high points of this story. Unfortunately there are many, many other low points. The author does not handle the characters with skill, fans of the series will often find themselves cringeing, knowing full well that the character would never have said or done a particular thing. And while the basic plot concept is good there are quite a few holes where things have either been conveniently overlooked or highly improbable things happen. For example, Jake is aware of a secret training excercise at the Academy but, even after years in Star Fleet, O'Brien does not?

Fans of DS9 will probably enjoy this novel to some extent but it is really only equal to some of the better fan fiction that can be read for free. Those who are new to Star Trek tie-in novels really need to look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've read probably close to 100 Star Trek novels from various series. This would rank in the bottom five. It definitely had the potential to be good. Good concept, some clever technology moments, but you get the feeling no one ever ran it by an editor for content. Gets a lot of basic things from Star Trek wrong (like firing while cloaked) and the personalities of the characters come across as really false, as if the author had read about them in a short blurb instead of actually watching the show. And the Klingons come across as the most incompetent fighters possible (admittedly DS9 often portrayed them this way, but it is still annoying).

Not quite unreadably bad, but definitely not good enough to bother with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good trek novel! July 22, 2002
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While Captain Sisko and the Defiant are in the Gamma Quadrant, the Klingons take control of Deep Space Nine. Commander Worf is captured in Operations. He soon realizes that one of the Klingon's is his own brother. In order to possibly save the station, he must outwardly appear to be a traitor and help the Klingons. At the same time, he's doing everything he can to help his comrades regain control of the station. Even to his comrades, he appears to be a traitor.
I believe "Vengeance" is in good keeping with the author's latest work. I really liked this one though. It has Klingons a plenty. The humor in this book is right on time. This is one of those rare trek books, where I found myself laughing quite often. The character interactions are absolutely great in this book!
At times this is an extremely fast paced book, that leaves your head spinning. For brief, but necessary, times the pace slows down. Overall, a really good trek novel and thank you to author for a good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Chapter 14
Chapter 14 of the Kindle version is full of errors.
The story is way too long. I give it two stars.
Published 12 months ago by L. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek Book I ever read!
I like Dyfydd Hugh stile of writing, but I enjoyed this one the most. I wish this one had been made for TV, because the ending is funny!!!!
Published on December 7, 2012 by Rebekah Lavaliere
3.0 out of 5 stars Deep Space Nine: Vengeance
I just bought this book. I really enjoy Star Trek books, and while I'm not finished reading it yet, the story is so far so good. Read more
Published on October 16, 2008 by Edward Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, bad feel for the characters.
This book, while not as bad as some Star Trek books that I've read, is one of the 2 or 3 worst Deep Space Nine novels that I've seen. Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by James Yanni
1.0 out of 5 stars Like out of TOS
This book was bad, I could understand if it had been with Kirk, but not with Sisko. As far as I can remember, we never find out WHAT is chasing the Defiant, and the Klingons should... Read more
Published on May 7, 2008 by Star Trek Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Why wasn't this book turn into a episode?
Just like any other DS9 fans you just can't get enough, Vengeance offers another taste, and filling it was. Read more
Published on November 21, 2006 by Christpher D. Quye
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
The part of the book that is meant to be the real twist is Worf's brother being part of the attack force. Read more
Published on March 13, 2003 by Omni
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but good.
Daffyd ab Hugh does more than a good job describing and delving Odo's and Quark's relationship. That's why i also enjoyed "Fallen Heroes". Read more
Published on April 17, 2000 by Ichirou Ohgami
2.0 out of 5 stars Advanced warning, DON'T BUY AT ALL!
This book was absolute rubbish. The characters were not portrayed in their true light. Full names were given as well as rank. Dafydd hasn't done well at all here. Read more
Published on April 17, 2000 by Andrew Davies
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