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Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) [Mass Market Paperback]

Olivia Woods
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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4 Aug 2008 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
In our universe, a Cardassian sleeper agent called Iliana Ghemor was once surgically alltered to resemble and replace Bajoran resistance fighter Kira Nerys. That plan never reached fruition, and the fate of the agent remained unknown -- until now. Robbed of the past sixteen years and on the brink of madness, Iliana Ghemor is back with a vengeance. She has already made one attempt on the real Kira's life, and now the Deep Space 9 crew must somehow must stop the false Kira without derailing the delicate flow of history that must unfold if two universes, and countless others, are to survive.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141656781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416567813
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Olivia Woods lives in New York. This is her first Star Trek novel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather a disappointment 17 Aug 2008
By M. Buck
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have waited a long time for this book - or it seems that way at least. For years, other Star Trek books have been telling me that it's coming, and now it's finally here.

I was disappointed.

I suppose that there's nothing wrong with it as such - the writing is all good, the cover style amused me, and side one looked like an excellent springboard for side two.

Unfortunately, at that point it unravelled. Now, it's not that side two was in any way bad - the story of Iliana Ghemor was written excellently, and certainly brought you to sympathise with her in a way that I find exceedingly rare for non-canon characters, ones created be Peter David and Keith R.A. deCandido excluded. However, at the end of the side, while you did have an excellent insight into the main enemy of this current saga, you ended up... nowhere. Actually further back, story-wise, than you were at the end of side one.

Realising that you have read a book which is part of a longer saga, but at the end of it are no closer to a resolution than you were at the start is disappointing indeed. It bring up unhelpful reminders of Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and the Matrix Reloaded - in themselves good movies, but ones which utterly fail to advance the plot even one iota.

I'd still say the book is worth reading, but unfortunately only on the grounds that if you don't, the following ones won't make sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm disapointed 29 Aug 2009
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The latest novel in the continuation series to DS9 follows on immediately from where the previous one left off... which is it's first mistake. It's been two years since the previous novel was released, and this one makes no effort to remind the reader of what had been happening, instead diving straight into a very complicated and confusing plotline.

I must confess that I wasn't holding out much hope for this one as I found the previous novel, Fearful Symmetry, also by Woods, to be below par as well. This one does have its moments - there are a few scenes towards the end that stood out - but there are others (for example space battles which last half a page) which are deeply unsatisfying.

The books is rather arbitrarily split into six parts, but even within those the narrative jumps around between times and places - and when you have three characters who are almost the same person it can get quite confusing. The storyline seems to rely too much on jumping backwards and revealing things which happened earlier that we didn't see at the time - and it feels really forced, as if they are just there to switch the course that the series was set on in the previous novel.

I'm disappointed, because I thought the first few DS9 relaunch books were really good, and now they are just letting the series down. My advice is that if you are a fan then go ahead and read it, but re-read at least Fearful Symmetry (if not more of the previous novels) first to get your head back around the storyline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Leaves you Wanting More! 2 Aug 2008
By Lurker
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay so Side One was good, establishing things for a future book and showing us that the Mirror Universe episodes in trek weren't just random, that said, I do think that this side was a little short and tried to compact too much information and set up into itself, but that in no way detracts from the easy reading of the narrative.

Side Two, now this os waht I call good writing, you have non of the cannon characters in it but Illianna's story draws you in and its a heart breaking one at that. Plus we get to see what an absolute bastard Dukat really was before he went down in the fire caves!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always 9 Mar 2014
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Olivia woods is by far one of the top three best writers of Startrek! Loved the ending absolutely loved it!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a mess 9 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have got to page 50 and given up on it as a waste of my time reading this rubbish. I am an ardent Star Trek reader and have hundreds of books. This is the worst. I have not yet found a plot and the number of characters ( some we know from DS9) have been through alternate universes and been duplicates of themselves and others until I don't know who anybody is any more. Shame. Gives the. Genre a bad name. There is no hook to make me read on further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fall of Iliana Ghemor 12 Jan 2011
By Jason
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Side 1 is OK, but the real meat is Side 2. Iliana Ghemor goes from an idealistic young Cardassian woman who wants to be an artist to.....well, 3 fries short of a happy meal.

A powerful, heartbreaking read. It loses some momentum towards the end but its still worth a read.
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