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Devil in the Sky (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jun 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (27 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671881140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671881146
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By S T on 24 May 2015
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One of the better Deep Space Nine books. Well done.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Carey on 26 Feb. 2011
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"Devil in the Sky" features a Horta (from TOS: "Devil in the Dark") being brought to Deep Space 9 to help in the recovery of Bajor's mining industry.

The novel is also notable for featuring a young Starfleet officer using the holosuites for sex, something which was only hinted at in the series!
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A quick read, but gobs of fun and adventure. 10 Aug. 2001
By Diane Bellomo - Published on
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I don't know about you, but I'm having a big ol' ball going back and reading some of these earlier Trek novels (See "The Murdered Sun").
Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt penned a wonderful, two-plot early adventure that ties in canon information about the Hortas with newer information about the Cardassians. This novel just sizzled with all that lovely hatred the Bajorans had for their (former) oppressors.
This one's also chock full of early Bashir attitude, before we learned about his enhanced genetics and certainly *well* before he got over himself about being a ladies man. Quite entertaining, I say, and darned amusing, too. In fact, this story abounds with perfect early characterizations of all of them - Kira, Dax, Odo, Quark, the O'Briens, Sisko, Nog, Jake, and Rom, and was a pure delight to read, this long after the series ended.
But don't worry about the Cardies or the Hortas - Our Man Bashir comes through in the end. Wait a minute, what am I saying? *Everybody* comes through in the end - of COURSE they do, this is Star Trek! And there's nothing wrong with that.
A-plot concentrates on a daring Kira/Bashir/Dax rescue of a mama Horta from the Cardies, and when you stir in the almost-goofy b-plot about 20 accidentally-hatched baby Hortas on DS9 (mmm...who managed that, don't ya wonder?), you've got a what amounts to a mighty grand escapade in the finest of Star Trek tradition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
DS9 #11 Devil in the Sky - An enjoyable Trek tale! 2 Nov. 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on
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I found it interesting to read in the interview with Greg Cox by Kevin Dilmore in the back of "Star Trek The Q Continuum" that Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt had written "Devil in the Sky" with only the series bible, the script for "Emissary" and having only watched a few episodes. The reason I found this so interesting is that in this novel, which was the inaugural Star Trek novel for both authors, they captured the characters and the feel of Star Trek Deep Space Nine so well. You will quickly find that the pacing of this novel and both authors overall writing styles lend well to a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Both authors proved with this novel that both of their works, whether collaborative or individual, are to be looked forward to. One of the main themes that started in this novel and has continued to today in novels written by Greg Cox, is his penchant for using characters and species from all of the series, but most especially the Original Series, such as his use of the Hortas in this novel, which according to his interview with Kevin Dilmore was John Ordover's idea.
"Devil in the Sky" also lends itself very well to the early feel of the series. This is the type of story you "could've" seen on the series, except for the prohibitive costs of using the Horta via a heavy amount of CGI.
The cover art for "Devil in the Sky" isn't all that imaginative other than the drawing of a Horta, giving a potential reader that this creature from the Original Series is included in the story.
The premise:
Bajor has recruited the Hortas from Janus VI to help rebuild their devastated mining industry all in the hopes of revitalizing their struggling economy. Unfortunately for the Hortas and the Bajorans, Cardassian raiders step in and abduct the Mother Horta. Now Commander Sisko finds himself stuck with twenty Horta eggs and they suddenly begin to hatch and the only food source for them appears to be Deep Space Nine itself. Meanwhile, Major Kira sets out on a rescue mission, deep in Cardassian space.
I highly recommend this novel to any and all fans of the series or Star Trek in general. If you've never read a novel written by one or both of these authors, you will soon learn that they can definitely be counted among some of the best that Star Trek has to offer. {ssintrepid}
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Passable 13 Mar. 2003
By Omni - Published on
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Another passable book as the written series was trying to find its feet. The Hortas explored in the first Star Trek series are brought back here. The logic of bringing creatures on board a space station who can bore through anything is questionable and again its the Cardassians who are throwing a wrench into the plans.
It took awhile for the written series to find it's own feet, amazingly enough when the series went off of TV and was dependent upon the written series as the sole outlet.
The return of the Horta 13 Nov. 2007
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
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This is the 11th in the DEEP SPACE NINE series of STAR TREK novels and takes place early in the DS9 series.

The Cardassians had held Bajor captive for generations. Recently the Bajorans had regained control of their home and had petitioned the Federation to help them keep their hard won freedom. Now the Bajorans and their Federation advisors were desparately trying to rebuild the Bajoran culture and economy. Other than the Wormhole, which was discovered after they had left, the Cardassians had left few resources on the planet. In an attempt to locate any mineral resources that the Cardassians might have overlooked some enterprising Bajorans had contacted the Horta for help. The Horta, first seen in the original series, are a race of silicon based beings who can travel though solid rock as easily as others walk through their native atmospheres. The Horta had responsed by sending T'tan, a young mother with a taste for adventure. Complications arise when the ship transporting the Horta and her eggs is hijacked before reaching DS9. Sisko and the DS9 staff are then faced with the task of locating the kidnapped T'tan and protecting her children.

This is set early in the series and so fans of the series might find some frustrations with the characterizations. Over the course of the series the characters evolved and their relationships changed quite markedly. As long as the reader keeps this in mind DEVIL IN THE SKY makes quite an enjoyable read. The characters are consistent with what they were at the time the novel is set. The problems are compelling and handled well, the descriptions in particular are quite good, making it possible for the reader to easily visualize the action. It is also a treat to see the Horta again. On the down side the final resolution is a bit trite, most readers will see it coming very early on. No surprises with this one but some interesting scenes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Devil in the sky 3 Sept. 2000
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I rate this book pretty good because not only do I like the series but by the story of the book. I have watched many Star Trek shows that have plots like this book. So, it was a good one!
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