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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tales of the Dominion War Paperback – 1 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Paperback Ed edition (1 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743491718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743491716
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on 12 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the unique (as far as Star Trek TV series go, anyway) things about Deep Space Nine was the two-year "Dominion War," where the shapeshifters from the Gamma Quadrant allied with the Cardassians and waged war on the other Alpha Quadrant races. Of course, being a television series about Deep Space Nine, the series couldn't really delve into what was going on in other parts of the Federation. We get no clue what the crew of the Enterprise was doing, for example. We hear about some things, of course, but mostly in the background.
Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor of Tales of the Dominion War decided that these holes needed to be filled. Since there is a lot of Trek franchises bouncing around these days, why not have a book of short stories that tell some of these tales? You've got your title all made up for you, too, so you don't have to work very hard at that. DeCandido lined up the best and the brightest of the current crop of Trek authors to give us a sampling of the huge events that took place during this war. The stories are mostly good, but a few clunkers along the way as well as some good stories with questionable elements keep this from being a top notch book.
Probably the best story is "Safe Harbor," by Howard Weinstein. Weinstein is the elder statesman of Star Trek books, having been involved with them since the very beginning (though I think he's been away for a while). He tells the story of Admiral Leonard McCoy and Scotty, trying to get back to Earth in a clunky old ship. It begins with a chilling image of a horrible attack on San Francisco, with Jim Kirk and Spock dying horrible deaths. This image quickly moves to McCoy waking up and ultimately realizing that he's really old and that his faculties may be beginning to desert him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dregj on 24 Sep 2011
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What dreams may come
a very short story involving a conversation between a vorta overseer on a neutral planet and his native man servant who dreams he is more than he appears.What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for by being obvious, pointless and did i mention pointless.
Night of the Vulture - A nice little story of a covert mission invovling changlings jem hadar ,vorta and a cardassian.The stress of the mission and thier underlying animosity for each other is brought to the surface by an old TOS villain.
not bad at all the writer clearly knows his characters and the thought processes of the varous races involved.Most novelisations of star trek(to me)tend to suffer from it always being someone elses interpretation of the trek-verse or the characters ,the dialogue and there action tend to scream out to the reader "but they wouldnt do that" or "wouldnt say that".This story was a blue moon rare spot on story KUDOS greg cox
the next is a competantly written teaser for the battle of betazed book.
Blood sacrifice - We join spock on his on going mission on romulus .When there aging figure head emperor is assasinated there is no shortage of suspects ,with bitter aurgments occuring every day in the senate about thier neutrality.Spock decides to bring the killer to justice himself.
I liked the spock characterisation and the story ,but kinda felt like "small beer" as events are immediately overshadowed by another more important assasination "by the pale moonlight"

mirror eyes -interesting little medical drama set aboard DS9 with dominion and romulan intrigue woven into the story and the writer even allows us to empathise with the narator,s perpective

Twlights Wraith - the true crown jewel of the book we get a shizon story .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr President on 8 Sep 2004
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Tales of the Dominion War is the latest venture to furthering the stories set during the forementioned Dominion War. Its format is a series of short stories written by various authors of the Star Trek Universe. And with there being 12 stories there are too many to surmise.
What can be said about the stories is the effective way in which the authors at some points convey the feelings of those at the homefront. Take 'The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned' in which we see the Dominion attack on Betazed. The author really does succeed is conveying the sheer blindness of the population in believing that the Dominion wont attack. The scene in which Lwaxana home is attacked is trully something as is when she senses the thoughts of the approaching Dominion fleet and sensing the death of the orbital defence team. Other stories extend to other areas of the galaxy from Shinzon and the Remuns (who you could actually feel sorry for if you hadnt seen what they tried to do in Nemesis). To Spock on Romulas which is debating whether or not to ally with the Dominion.
What the book succeeds in doing is extending the war beyond the traditional realm of Deep Space Nine. Saying that some of the stories are pretty bland. Taking What Dreams May Come as an example the reader has to sit through three pages of a Ben Zoma (from Stargazer) dressed up as an alien pretending to the Vorta that he had a dream of Starfleet attacking the planet and defeating the Jem'Hadar. Althought the Vorta thinking he's just a simpleton - its a very lame story and the weakest of the bunch. It has the aura of a rushed job, Friedman doesnt look like he had his heart in it.
It a fantastic book overall and fun to read. Its through these stories that you really do get a sense of sacrifice and pain the Dominion War brought to the Star Trek universe, much better than brief references by the DS9 crew to the lists of war dead. Read on and enjoy...
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