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Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Una McCormack
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Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced by either fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets— put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.

To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet’s personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory,” and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal....

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Una McCormack is the author of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels The Never-Ending Sacrifice, Hollow Men, and Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Vol. 1: Cardassia, as well as the Doctor Who novels The King's Dragons and The Way Through the Woods. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent part two 27 Sept. 2013
By Jim J-R
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The second book in The Fall, the latest 24th Century Star Trek mini-series, runs for the most part concurrently with the first book, 'Revelation and Dust'. It follows Garak, Cardassian ambassador to the Federation, as he heads back to his home planet for the ceremonial signing of a treaty.

This is a very different story from the previous novel, much more about the politics and intrigue on Cardassia, and diplomacy between the various powers, whereas the the first book was much more action oriented. I found it interesting and enjoyable that the style differs so much between the two books, something that I've noticed a lot more recently in Star Trek novels than when I first started reading them in the late 90s - a welcome addition.

McCormack's novel reflects events in the real world masterfully, and has made me think more than anything else I've read for a long time, and yet as well as this she fills the tale with humour and 'easter eggs', many of which I expect I missed.

I found reading this that I wanted to pause between chapters to digest what I'd read, rather than rush ahead, although this plan went out the window as I got to the second half and couldn't stop reading. Her handle on Garak and other Cardassians is as strong as always and I've really enjoyed what she's done with them and their culture in this story.

An excellent novel, and a great continuation of the series - I look forward to the rest keeping this standard up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And with that... 24 Sept. 2013
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Cardassia becomes Berlin in the fifties, and the overall plot thickens. Excellent characterisation and voice of familiar characters, and a decently paced political thriller cum police tale. Despite the cover, it's a Garak book, with Picard a supporting player. One of the twists is easy to see, and the occasional author addressing the reader was...bizarre. but then this is Garak and there are books behind used as framing devices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better, much better... 15 Jun. 2014
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...than the first "Fall" book, "Revelation and Dust". I can just give this indication, which for me represents evidence of a good book: at the end of each chapter, even if you have something else to do at this time in the day, can't resist reading at least the first lines of the next chapter. I found here not only characters that I like in the ST universe (Picard, Worf, Garak,...) but they are just very credible in their journey. Plus the sceanrio holds and the tension and interest, even if sometimes the tempo temporarily slows down a bit, are well maintained until the end. I liked The Crimson Shadow and can't wait readinbg the next "episode", "The Poisoned Chalice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast fluid read 2 Feb. 2014
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Neatly detailed exploration into Cardassian society with great character depth. I actually finished the book in less than a week despite 15 hour shifts such is the fluidity of McCormack"s writing and the story. Recommended but The Fall must be read in correct sequence as this fows neatly with The Fall 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its all good 9 July 2014
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Its all good
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book! 26 Jan. 2014
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This is the second book in the series"The Fall", and this story arc is shaping up the be a humdinger! If you like intrigue then this book is a must have!
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This is Book 2 in The Fall mini-series and, as other reviewers have commented, quite different from what preceded it. In a strange way though that is both its strength and its weakness- if you were expecting merely a continuation of the previous storyline then you'll be disappointed, but take a broader and slightly longer term viewpoint and it could be seen as providing another story strand that runs alongside the events in `Revelation and Dust', and which will presumably add to the eventual climax and resolution in the final book.
Set almost entirely on Cardassia Prime and with Garak as its main character, others have described it as a political thriller, which if you are looking for a two word description is probably about right. Garak is one of those characters from the TV series who was genuinely interesting and it does say a lot for Andy Robinson's portrayal of him that even now, as you read, you can just see him smiling with that hint of menace, or having a polite conversation with a potential adversary while weighing up several ways to inflict serious pain (or worse) and still escape unscathed. That said however his character has moved on, he is a little older and mellower, but still does what he does for patriotic reasons. Only his methods have changed...
There is a little interplay with Dr Bashir and with Captain Picard, and there are a few new or enlarged characters, but essentially this is a one man story. By the end he gets his rewards, even if he didn't really want them! It can be read as a stand-alone story, or see it as widening the narrative of the mini-series as a whole, even if it doesn't move it on much at this stage. That's what I did and, as such, I enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Struggle to read 4 Jan. 2014
By Gary
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Although at the end of the book I did enjoy it I found it very very slow going, a lot of jumping around from New character to new character which caused confusion. Now that I have read this book I am still a little confused as it has caused more questions than answered them, alas onto the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story
This is the second story in this saga.. and again I could not put this book down. You know the characters and there all just pop out at you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P aul Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
British writer Una McCormacks second part in The Fall series is a skilfully written political sci-fi thriller. Great stuff. Role in part 3!
Published 1 month ago by Omar Hanif
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome
A true wonder of a book. The aurthor has you guessing, laughing, thinking and more throughout the whole book which by the end is a whirl wind adventure and is one of the best books... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek... or Spy Thriller
If you are a fan of Garak, this is the book for you.
If you are not a fan of Star Trek's fav tailor, then I suggest you find a review elsewhere as this is a very Garak heavy... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fiv
5.0 out of 5 stars great intrigue
i have to say this was much better than revealation and dust. it was confusing abit the cardassian names knowing who was who but apart from that the story was well written and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by chrsitopher morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Star trek
it is a really good read , all about the changing universe and worlds and what people can do about it
Published 14 months ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Enough
Could have contained more action and excitement but still a worthwhile read, glad I bought it. Will buy another Star Trek book.
Published 15 months ago by Joanne L. Wheeler
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