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Good in some ways, lacking in others. Possible spoilers.
on October 26, 2010
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.
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.
The "I wonder how this is going to pan out":
1. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT skip to the end. There is a surprise and I'm not sure whether or not it's good or bad for DS9.
Should you read this book? If you're a ST fan, sure, go ahead. If not, you might want to read one of the many ST books which came before this first.
I had a personal thought, which was that with their incredible speed, starships could be sent out and the Federation could set up their own shipyards far beyond the Alpha Quadrant out of reach of any other Power. I wonder if they would do this in the books?