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Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms [Kindle Edition]

Dayton Ward
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Following the resolution of the fertility crisis that nearly caused their extinction, the Andorian people now stand ready to rejoin the United Federation of Planets. The return of one of its founding member worlds is viewed by many as the first hopeful step beyond the uncertainty and tragedy that have overshadowed recent events in the Alpha Quadrant. But as the Federation looks to the future and the special election to name President Bacco’s permanent successor, time is running out to apprehend those responsible for the respected leader’s brutal assassination. Even as elements of the Typhon Pact are implicated for the murder, Admiral William Riker holds key knowledge of the true assassins— a revelation that could threaten the fragile Federation-Cardassian alliance.

Questions and concerns also continue to swell around Bacco’s interim successor, Ishan Anjar, who uses the recent bloodshed to further a belligerent, hawkish political agenda against the Typhon Pact. With the election looming, Riker dispatches his closest friend, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth. But as Picard and the Enterprise crew pursue the few remaining clues, Riker must act on growing suspicions that someone within Ishan’s inner circle has been in league with the assassins from the very beginning . . . .

About the Author

Dayton Ward is a three-time winner of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds writing contest. Working alongside Kevin Dilmore, their several Star Trek novels include two of the popular Next Generation A Time To… series: A Time to Sow (0743482999) and A Time to Harvest (0743482980)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3877 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476718997
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0WBRA8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The final book of The Fall - the 'event' mini-series that's rounded off the 2013 catalogue of Star Trek continuation novels - wraps up everything that's been building over the past few novels. The book follows two of the regulars in particular: Doctor Crusher as she's sent undercover to meet a Cardassian under mysterious circumstances, and Captain Picard as he's left on the Enterprise.

As a single story, it felt surprisingly small compared to the scale of the previous books in the series. The narrow focus on Crusher was interesting as she's an underserved character, but I missed some of the other characters and was expecting more of an ensemble piece to round out the series.

The author uses a lot of flashback to fill in what happened in previous novels, and to add backstory that we've not been aware of so far, and throughout the novel this feels very awkwardly presented and disrupts the flow of the narrative.

The political thriller feel of previous novels in the series lent a lot of depth and this felt more like a military thriller - you knew these things were happening elsewhere but it felt like they were unimportant and secondary. I understand that the publisher's plans for the future of the series are to depart from the more connected political universe of recent years' Star Trek novels, and I for one will be disappointed if this is the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion to the series 13 Feb 2014
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This is the last book in The Fall mini-series and it has a lot to live up to. Book 4 (The Poisoned Chalice) in particular was a blinder and this was always going to struggle to match it, however it doesn’t do badly. Dayton Ward sometimes has a tendency to reiterate a lot of the earlier stories, which is unnecessary if, like me, you’ve just read them all virtually back to back. If you’ve come to this book as a standalone novel however, you will probably need that amount of backstory in order to make much sense of what’s going on. Overall, it’s not a criticism as some will benefit, others will not.
This time the main character is Dr Crusher, who heads up a small team looking into an archaeological dig on a world once populated by Bajorans during the Cardassian occupation years earlier. There is evidence that suggests that the new Federation President elect may not be all he says he is and Crusher must locate it before others destroy it. Unfortunately this requires the reader to travel back in time on several occasions and you do have to concentrate just to be clear whether you are in the past or present, as some of the same names occur in both timeframes. One benefit of this however is that we finally get a bit more backstory on the President elect, which has been in short supply elsewhere in the series. Indeed it could be argued that he has been a bit underwritten previously, appearing from nowhere and suddenly about to take on the most powerful job in the Federation. There has always been that hint of menace, and doubt about his motivations, but it is only in this story that we find out the full story. I won’t spoil it here though.
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I very much enjoyed the series of books, Star Trek: The Fall (the Star Trek "events" have been consistently good since the "Destiny" series, whereas before that they were very much more patchy in quality) and Dayton Ward's closing book was no exception.
***WARNING, SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT***
However, since the main antagonist is a religious Bajoran, why didn't Riker, Picard, Akaar et al, simply contact Sisko and work a bluff? During his years as the recognised "Emissary of The Prophets" and his years in "The Celestial Temple", it wouldn't be unreasonable for a Bajoran to believe that Sisko might have picked up certain information. Come to that, Starfleet acceptance of "The Wormhole Aliens" existing in non-linear time ought to have drawn them to take Sisko into their confidence anyway (as well as bringing Garak into the plot at a much earlier stage; not to mention Odo, now he's stuck in the Alpha quadrant).
These small niggles aside, I found the book to be very enjoyable and would recommend the series, if perhaps not the book individually.
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Good story would have liked the other characters (nog) to have played more of a role but tied up all loose ends
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So it ends.... 31 Dec 2013
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And that's it for this set of trek novels. A fair amount wrapped up, some stuff left dangling (a lot of stuff if you read the first book....almost nothing bar one event had any bearing whatsoever on the rest, and I really hope we get a proper return to ds9 to finish those threads and those from previous novels one day) and well...the book was a little uneven. (At one point worf becomes female due to some sentence insertion, Tom riker is left extremely vague as to motivation, a ton of minor cameos leaves you wondering where some bigger characters are in all this....particularly the ds9 crew who didn't wear blue and the resurrected data) and whilst it'allegory and message of hope at the end are clearly directed at a modern American audience, I for one will be glad to see the end of political trek for a while, and a return to going boldly.
The story is all wound up with a chunk of the book to go and its just a question of reading and waiting for the characters to learn what the reader already knows, and that robs the story of tension. Which is a shame as other tension building in the book works well, but as with many of the recent trek books you know you are in the last part of the book by how many corridors are exploding around a few characters and a guest character (often with our characters sans their uniform or comm badge) while a starship (enterprise or aventine) race to rescue a loved one in time. (This has been happening for years...since the world's of ds9 books at the very least) As it stands this felt like a trek novel in its strong and familiar characterisation of the regulars, and its similarity to many recent trek novels. It's promise of returning the federation and indeed the enterprise to a more positive state can only be a good sign...
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