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Section 31: Rogue Bk. 2 (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Andy Mangels , Michael A. Martin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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2 July 2001 Star Trek: Voyager (Book 2)
They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Six months before their ultimate battle against the Borg for the fate of Earth, Captain Jean-Luc Piccard and the crew of the "USS Enterprise"™ face a very different kind of crisis. A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he's forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands. NO LAW. NO CONSCIENCE. NO STOPPING THEM.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671774778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671774776
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rogue is a Next Generation novel set six months before the film Star Trek: First Contact and featuring Lieutenant Hawk, the Enterprise conn officer from the film. The Federation and the Romulans are both negotiating with the Chiarosans, a fierce warrior people who live a marginal existence in the twilight zone of their non-rotating planet, sandwiched between the broiling sunward Dayside and the frigid Nightside. The starship Slayton has gone missing, and the Enterprise is sent to look for her and to bring in Aubin Tabor, a new Federation negotiator, and Vice-Admiral Marta Batanides, an old friend of Picard's. Rebel soldiers have captured six of the Slayton's crew, including Commander Cortin Zweller, a Section 31 agent, and things rapidly become violent. When the Enterprise discovers a huge region of cloaked space, it becomes apparent that the Romulans have far more at stake here than a single planet. Tabor is also a Section 31 agent, who attempts to recruit Hawk shortly before being killed in a fracas on the planet surface. Now Hawk has to decide where his loyalties lie. This dark novel features plenty of action and a suitably convoluted plot. Hawk is an engaging guest lead: young, enthusiastic, intelligent and with an eidetic memory he is an asset both to Starfleet and, potentially, to Section 31. He is also gay, and it's good to see Star Trek finally including sympathetic gay characters and relationships in its world. This is a good first instalment in the Section 31 quartet. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over a dozen novels cowritten with Michael A. Martin. He is also the best-selling author of several nonfiction books, including Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Contrary to Shadow, Rogue succeeded to actually show that Section 31 is not simply a bunch of fanatic, narrow minded bad guys who have no conscience, who do anything to protect the Federation. Section 31 is first of all about grey areas, sometimes darker than at other times, but it is never a simple black and white issue what they are doing.
The two authors were very good at it to show us that Section 31 agent Zweller definitely has a conscience, that he is determined to do what is right. I could understand his point of view very well. Contrary to Sloan who I always considered to be a love to hate character, I liked Zweller very much. The authors provided a very complex look at this difficult situation. They did it from different perspectives and angles, just showing us each point of view. I welcomed that. This book does not preach, it leaves it to the readers to decide who is right and wrong. And I am sure, not everyone will draw my conclusions.
What gave this book so much impact is not only because it made me thing, but also because of the characterizations, including personal connections between the characters. This means, you get much more involved and care about what these people think, how they react, how they struggle to find the "right" answers. We already know Corey Zweller and Marta Batanides from the TNG episode "Tapestry". Hawk is known from the movie "First Contact".
Additionally, we quickly learn that Hawk is gay. I could see that Andy Mangels, who is a gay activist, and his co-author provided something important here by writing this gay relationship the way they did. Again, people who read this book are invited to make up their minds. Me personally, I want to say, I enjoyed reading about Hawk and Keru. It is beautifully written, with a lot of feeling behind it.
Rogue is a very intelligent, thought provoking and complex book. I am hoping the authors will write a sequel one day.
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The second in the Section 31 series sees the Enterprise sent to a region of space that isn't important...but becomes more when the real situation becomes clear....
The writing is excellent with wonderful descriptions of the planet and the characterisation is flawless....with alot of emphasis on Lieutenant Hawk from "Star Trek:First Contact"
This is on par the best of the Section 31 series....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insurrection done correctly, maybe? 5 Jan 2009
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The first half is a little slow I feel, but then kicks off in earnest, and sprints to the end with a great mix of politics, action, emotion, and of course the technobabble.

I found it to be a vast improvement over Cloak, where Section 31 actually played a major role in this story. It was also good to see Hawk get some development, and kinda makes you wish he'd survived the film :p It does a lot for filling in the gaps between the Enterprise-E being commissioned and First Contact.

All aspects of the plot are dealt with carefully and intertwined nicely. The twists of Section 31s bluffs and double bluffs are never predictable or boring, and the aftermath of the mission and Picard's reaction is quite satisfying.

It was also good to see an expansion to the events of Tapestry, and the subtle nods to DS9, with Vreenak and Koval and hints of the Dominion War. All in all a very worthwhile read.

To me - this book achieves what Insurrection didn't quite manage.
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