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Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony [Kindle Edition]

Dayton Ward
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On a diplomatic mission to the planet Andor, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E bear witness to the rank devastation resulting from the Borg invasion. With the reproductive issues that have long plagued the Andorian people reaching crisis level, avenues of research that at first held great promise have proven largely unhelpful, and may well indeed be worsening the problem.

Despite the Federation's seeming inability to provide assistance and growing doubt over its commitment to a staunch, longtime ally, Andorian scientists now offer renewed hope for a solution. However, many segments of Andorian society are protesting this controversial new approach, and more radical sects are beginning to make their displeasure known by any means available. In response, President Nanietta Bacco has sent the Enterprise crew and a team of diplomats and scientists to Andor to convene a summit, in the hope of demonstrating that the Federation's pledge to helping Andor is sincere. 

But the Typhon Pact is watching, and their interests may very well lead the Andorian people down an even more treacherous path. . . .


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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: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Original edition (25 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S170
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smashing end to the Typhon Pact mini-series 10 Feb. 2011
By Jim J-R
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The fourth and final book in the Typhon Pact mini-series is the Next Gen focussed novel and departs from the practice of the first three books by dealing predominantly with a Federation member species, the Andorians. Their planet ravaged by the Borg and species threatened with extinction by reproductive difficulties, Andor plays host to a conference of scientists and politicians trying to find an acceptable solution.

To me, this is the adventure where the series of continuation novels has come of age for the next gen. The writers have the freedom now not to worry about putting the toys back in the box, and so events have lasting repercussions, granting the reader much more emotional involvement with the plot.

While some elements are clearly moving to set things into motion to fit back into the 24th century parts of the recent Star Trek film and it's accompanying literature, the characters are written in such a way that it feels a natural progression of their character arc. In this way, this book is far superior to it's predecessor, in which DS9 characters develop beyond recognition.

Although the story follows on from many of the events of the DS9 relaunch novels, and ties in with the TOS-era Vanguard series, there's no requirement to have read either to understand this action packed semi-political thriller. It's the best of the Typhon Pact novels and leaves plenty of room for Trek to continue for a long time. I look forward to finding out what happens next.
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After the Destiny Trilogy and A Singular Destiny the Typhon Pact series was created it study the landscape of the Star Trek Universe after the Borg devistated the galaxy. Each book focusing on one of the Star Trek Franchises and one of the founding members of the newley established Typhon Pact. The Paths of Disharmony was the final book in the first wave of the Typon Pact sounded so promising, saddly the book fails to deliver. To begin with the book is over a hundred pages too long and still manages to be over a hundred pages to short, however, I will get more to this in a minute.

The book focus's on the TNG characters and the ongoing Andorian reproductive issues, without spoliering anything a new treatment has been brought to the table which may solve the Andoiran crisis - whose population, like most of the Federation, are still trying to recover after Borg invasion - however the 'cure' comes at a price - it only rquires 2 of the Andorian casts to reproduce - and as a result the entire populice is up in arms not only aginst the treatment but against the Federation who they believe deserted them in the war with the Borg. And this remains the focus on the first 311 pages (the book is only 455 pages long), it is when the Tholian's arrive (and who only appear for a few chapters) that the entire landscape of the book, the Andorian people and the Federation is changed.

Saddly it takes over 300 pages for anything to happen, at one point I skipped over a hundred pages of the novel and was still able to continue reading the book without losing any of the plot. What happens after page 311 happens far too quickly and this is what I was saying about the book being too long and too short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Set a year after the events of the last Next Generation novel, "Losing the Peace", much has changed for Picard on the Enterprise. His son lives with he and Beverley aboard ship, and he is coming under more pressure to become either an Ambassador for the federation or accept an Admiralty. In addition to this, the Typhon Pact is causing mischief on Andor...

Firstly, how does this measure up as a Typhon Pact novel? If you're after more of the members' detailed descriptions a la the previous three books, you will be disappointed. The Tholians are the only Pact members to feature, and it's not until the end when they make what is little more than a cameo appearance. However, this is really a Star Trek: The Next Generation book, and if you treat it as such, it's very enjoyable.

With the well-documented problems with Andorian reproduction mentioned in the DS9 series of novels, the issue comes to a head here, tying in events from the Star Trek: Vanguard series of novels. The subtle interlinking between the series' works well, creating a truly unified feeling amongst modern Trek fiction. This book is also a clear mirror to the last story to feature the Enterprise-E as Andor, a Federaion founder, appears to turn on its allies. Cue diplomatic tension, terrorists, and betrayal at every turn. It's a good story, with focus on the Enterprise crew but also the political situation at the Palais de la Concorde and the President herself.

A little slow-moving at times (the Andorian names are a headache to keep track of, a problem that blighted "Seize the Fire" also) but with decent characterization and print time for all the Enterprise regulars, it holds your attention. There are personal developments for some of the crew that's nice to see. And finally, the novel ends well, with the reader wanting to know how the political interstellar landscape will move forward. Too bad no real post-Typhon Pact stories seem to have been announced yet...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Total disappointment 3 Dec. 2012
By Clark M
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After the Destiny trilogy that was exciting & had lots of action, cameos & brilliantly revealed how the Borg were created I wondered where the Trek series would go from there. David Mack started it off brilliantly with Zero Sum Game & from there on in anything that follows is going to have to be a great read to even get anywhere near. This sadly is one of those heavy let downs. The Andorian names makes you lose interest after the first few chapters, the focus of their antennae & colour of their skin is totally irrelevant.
I tried to persevere & it didn't work so I speed read the first 100 pages.
I skipped another 100 pages. Missed nothing & although the other reviews said the Tholians come in at the end I really couldn't take any more.
From the moment I opened the book & saw how small the print was & how many pages were in the book I knew it would be an uphill struggle. Sadly not a struggle that I would wish to endure. I didn't read all of this book, barely paid any attention to what I did read & strongly recommend you read only the back of the book & put it down.
I strongly doubt I have missed anything of any importance & will be using this book on the toilet.... Just not for reading.
A total waste of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I very much enjoyed this tale of political machinations and strife set in the familiar setting of the United federation of planets.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Definitely a step up from the previous instalment, the Enterprise's efforts to assist the Andorian home world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shaven Wookiee
5.0 out of 5 stars trek ongoing.
A part of the trek legacy. These books get better and follow on realistically. I would recommend this book.good book.
Published 19 months ago by A J WALE
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring & tedious. Well written rubbish.
I am about half way through this book and am not sure if I will ever finish it. Boring trash with no real story line. Read more
Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Old Thingy
4.0 out of 5 stars Andorian blues
Pretty darn good, definitely my favourite of the Typhon Pact novels. While you don't necessarily need to have read the other books you do have to know about the massive Borg... Read more
Published on 7 Aug. 2011 by C. Capel
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Instalment
The series started out with an amazing premise and the first novel (Zero Sum Game by David Mack) set the benchmark. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by nightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Good fiction book. A subject I like. Have read others by the same author, will read other books in this style.
Published on 11 July 2011 by Ms. Therese Gleeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !
After the let down of the first two Typhon Pact novels which were pointless 'tv episode' like stand alone adventures, Rough Beasts Of Empire was a step up - a more adult political... Read more
Published on 6 Jun. 2011 by Relayer
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