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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice [Kindle Edition]

Una McCormack
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A boy looks up. He sees a Cardassian's hand on his shoulder and knows that this is usually a prelude to a beating or, if he is fortunate enough, arrest. The boy knows how many disappeared during the Occupation of Bajor. So he does the one thing he can think of: he bites the Cardassian. Then the nightmare begins.

He is ripped from the family that took him in as an orphan, clothed him, fed him, always loved him unconditionally. And no matter how earnest, how caring the commander of Deep Space 9 is, the boy knows this is all a horrible mistake. How can someone from Starfleet judge him by what he looks like, not by what he is? He prays to the Prophets; he is Bajoran. They all keep telling him that the test proves the large Cardassian man is his father, that the other Cardassian -- that oily gul -- took him away from his father. But the boy keeps telling them that he is Bajoran, he only wants to go home with his father. So they send Rugal home -- to Cardassia.

On the homeworld of the Cardassian Union where sacrifice and devotion to the state are surpassed only by the government's need to keep its people in check, one very lonely boy discovers that if he doesn't resist, his life -- like those of so many others -- will be added to the tally of the never-ending sacrifice.

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Kevin Ryan is a former Star Trek editor who has written a number of Star Trek novels including the ERRAND OF VENGEANCE trilogy and the stand-alone REQUIEM with Michael Jan Friedman.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 4 Nov. 2009
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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As a Deep Space Nine fan who to this day mourns the end of this amazing show I have only have the books written AFTER the series to get my fix and this book is a worthy edition. Carrying on the story of Rugal the cardassian orphan who was raised by Bajoran parents and who was repatriated to Cardassia against his will, we learn what happens to this young lad.

Set against the backdrop of the Dominion takeover and war, we track Rugals journey from bitter teenager forced to return to a cardassia he considers venal to his service in the military, and beyond to the chaos of the wars end. I loved his grandmother, she was so deliciously evil and made me laugh. I never expected to have sympathy for Cardassia or the Cardassians.

I really liked this book and look forward to more from this author. A worthy addition to my Star Trek library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 15 Nov. 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Read it in a day and was very satisfied with the level of continuity that had been drawn from all of the Deep Space Nine novels that have been written since the end of the series. This is a great story - I always wondered what would have happened to Rugal and now I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Star Trek Novel I've Ever Read 13 Nov. 2014
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I am not a devoted Trekkie, but DS9 grabbed me with it's l-o-n-g story arcs and shades of grey. Una McCormack excels at depicting these shades of grey in her perfectly paced tale of Cardassia's rise and fall through the eyes of one of its sons, Rugal Pa'Dar.

Cardassia's most beloved novel gives its title to this story, and that title fits like a glove. So unsurprisingly, the overall tone of the book is that of inevitable tragedy. As such, the story demanded to be put down now and then. The heartbreak was just too much to take in one sitting.

On a happier note, I was both surprised and delighted to meet Tekeny Ghemor again, and to know Natima Lang (a bit) through the protagonist. Dukat, Damar, Garak - they're all here - to varying degrees, and there are little touches of brilliantly done gallows humour. Hope is rarely seen in the open, but occasionally peeks out from the shadows. The book is a masterclass in subtlety (and how often can you say that about Star Trek?).

Now I was VERY surprised at the "redemption of Damar" storyline that developed (too fast) on DS9, but ended up loving it. Was there ever a better ST moment than Damar yelling, "For Cardassia!"? This book is for those viewers/readers who (like me) loathed the Cardassians in Season 1, but then cried at the destruction of Prime in Season 7.

I'll be watching for a completely original story from Ms McCormack. I have also pre-ordered her DS9: The Missing. I typically get my ST novels from the library - but I want to vote with my ££ for this author. The Never Ending Sacrifice is THE BEST Star Trek novel I've ever read.
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"The Never Ending Sacrifice" is a real novel which takes its' name from a fictional Cardassian novel in the "Star Trek" universe. Author Una McCormack takes a character who featured in one episode of the Deep Space Nine TV series, and builds a wonderful tale telling the story of his life.

I have indicated in this review a couple of plot elements and characters from Deep Space Nine (known as DS9 to trekkies) which have been built into this novel in order to inform people who might want to read more about those aspects of the series, but have tried hard to avoid any significant spoilers for either this book or the series. I've included a spoiler warning in the title of this review because those readers for whom even the tiniest bit of detail about who is involved might count as a spoiler may wish to avoid it.

I would also recommend that if you have not watched Deep Space Nine and are thinking of doing so, you may be wise to watch DS9 before reading this book. Some of the events of "The Never Ending Story" give away plot themes of the last four seasons of DS9.

Hardcore DS9 fans will remember that at the start of the episode "Cardassians" (part of Star Trek - Deep Space Nine - Series 2 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]) a Cardassian boy comes to the space station accompanied by the Bajoran adoptive father who has raised him since infancy. The one Cardassian on the station, Elim Garak, is intrigued and approaches them with what is meant as a friendly greeting, but the boy is terrified and bites Garak's hand, sparking off a difficult problem for Commander Sisko. (BTW, that incident is described on the back cover of this book, so I don't think including it in the review counts as a spoiler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story and alternate perspective 21 Jun. 2013
By Jim J-R
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Following on from the second-season Deep Space Nine episode 'Cardassians', Una McCormack's tale follows the life of Rugal, a Cardassian teenager brought up by Bajorans but sent back to live with his biological father. It's a different take on a civilization that was not explored in as much detail as it could have been on television, and gives an interesting alternative perspective on the events of the TV series.

The narrative moves at an excellent pace, easily keeping things in line with the main DS9 storyline throughout, and presents an interesting study of the character and how he grows. McCormack has an excellent grip on her ward and the various other well known characters that appear. Her Cardassia deserves to be the definitive one and she adds layers of texture to the culture that enrich it beyond anything I've read elsewhere.

There are parallels with twenty-first century Earth in the narrative, as well as moments of humour that had me tittering as I read on my commute. It's a perfect example of what Star Trek should be, and I've really enjoyed reading it - why I've waited so long since it was published I don't know.

It's surprising, shocking, tender and revealing. A must read for DS9 fans.
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If someone would have told me I would have enjoyed a Star Trek novel which focused on the Cardassian race and culture I would have been sceptical but I know from various interviews... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a good Trek novel, but a good novel
Excellent - a superb piece of worldbuilding in the best tradition of the old TOS novels. Think Diane Duane's Rihannsu novels - except this is better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Cardassia! (Mild Spoilers)
The synopsis for this book may not get your blood pumping. Don't let that fool you, because this is a superb book, in my opinion the best DS9 relaunch novel since Unity. Read more
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A slow burn. Tool a while to get me hooked but then I found I really wanted to find out what happened to Rugel next. Less action than many Trek Books but thoughtful
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