- Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Mass Market Paperback: 345 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reprint edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671567810
- ISBN-13: 978-0671567811
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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Warped (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1996
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Political tensions on Bajor are once again on the rise, and the various factions may soon come to open conflict. In addition, a series of murders has shaken everyone on board the station. While Security Chief Odo investigates the murders, Commander Sisko finds himself butting up against a new religious faction that plans to take over Bajor and force the Federation to leave Deep Space Nine.
Odo soon traces the murders to a bizarre and dangerous form of holosuite technology--a technology that turns it's users into insane killers and now threatens Sisko's son, Jake. As the situation on Bajor deteriorates, Sisko learns that the political conflict and the new holosuites are connected. Both are the work of a single dangerous man with a plan that threatens the very fabric of reality.
The plot is darker than anything Sisko has faced before, and to defeat it, he must enter the heart of a twisted, evil world where danger lurks in every corner and death can come at any moment--from the evil within himself, from his closest friends, or even at the hands of his own son.
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I had previously read Jeter's N-Vector comic, set at the beginning of the DS9 re-launch era, which mostly due to the art was rather bizarre. But I didn't think the story line was so bad. And I had previously read Jeter's Star Wars Bounty Hunter Wars, which I did enjoy. With Warped I'm realizing that the story of N-Vector was a veiled rehash of the idea from Warped--an evil parallel-station/city/universe plot. This book presented a very simple conflict, which due to technologically vague explanations seemed more trivial to me than the story made it out to be. And as seems to be the case for many dramas, if the characters would just be honest with one another with their actions, intended actions, or thoughts, instead of sneaking around doing things on their own, the central conflict could have been avoided. Of course, that would make for a bland story, but conflicts that go unstemmed due to the poor actions of the main characters, when they are supposed to be the heroes, not the anti-heroes, aren't as enjoyable to me. Additionally, the resolution was very much a deus ex..., hinging on the central plot of the DS9 mythos, that of Sisko's connection to the Prophets.
Overall, I'd have to say I am glad I read this book from a completionist's point of view, and for some of the Kai Opaka elements, but I do not highly recommend it.
Let me start out by saying that I have read all 97 numbered Star Trek novels; all 64(!) numbered Star Trek: The Next Generation novels; all 27(!) of the numbered Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels; all 21 of the numbered Star Trek: Voyager novels; and all of the Enterprise novels; also, most of the unnumbered Star Trek related novels (the spin-offs such as Titan, Typhon Pact, New Frontier, etc.), so I am by no means a novice regarding Star Trek ... Gene Roddenberry's contribution to fandom. (see Notes:)
Well-written novels based upon the five (so far) Star Trek television series infuse in me an image of the person speaking. Even non-canon characters are well-developed, so that the reader can 'visualize' the speaker. Another characteristic of a well-written novel is that the premise is feasible and believable. This novel, IMHO, has none of these attributes. Not once did I visualize the speaker as I read on. The problem to be faced was improbable to the point of being unbelievable. And the solution (conclusion?) was totally unsatisfactory. The author's other novels apparently dwell on the demonical and fantasy (read 'gory') worlds (see 'Bloodletter'), so lovers of horror fiction will undoubtedly vigorously disagree with my assessment of the writer's skills. Fans of Star Trek and relatively science-based fiction will find this an extremely tough go ... it took me almost a month to wade through it (and I usually read most Star Trek and Star Wars novels in under a day). Horror/fantasy readers likely rate this one high; if there were a zero rating, that is what I would give this one.
Notes: The Next Generation's "Immortal Coil" was intended to be number 64, and has that number displayed below 'Coil' and above the upper reach of the left forearm.
Deep Space Nine's "A Stitch in Time" (in my second printing paperback) is plainly numbered '27'.
Many novels that contain lists of Gene Roddenberry inspired Star Trek novels indicate that Enterprise has nine 'numbered' novels, but there are no such numbers evident anywhere either inside or outside the paperbacks. Why some Enterprise novels were listed as 'numbered', while others are 'unnumbered' is a mystery to me. ("By the Book" is listed as #1; "Broken Bow" is 'unnumbered'. ???)