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The Search (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S.) [Mass Market Paperback]

Diane Carey
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3 Oct 1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Dominion are the mysterious rulers of the worlds on the other side of the wormhole, the ruthless planet-conquering race unknown even to those they rule, and the most dangerous foe the Federation may ever face.

At the edge of the wormhole, the space station "Deep Space Nine" TM and the planet Bajor sit on what will be the front line in any Dominion attack.

To try and prevent the conflict, Commander Benjamin Sisko and his crew take a never-tested Federation warship through the wormhole to track down and confront the Dominion. If Commander Sisko fails, not only the Federation, but the Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians and all the worlds of the Alpha Quadrant will face an interstellar war they cannot win.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (3 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671506048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671506049
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,089,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Carey is the author of the bestselling INVASION!:FIRST STRIKE and numerous other Star Trek novels including episode tie-ins from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, amongst them THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR, TRIALS AND TRIBBLEATIONS and WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND (all DS9), both DS9 volumes of the bestselling DOMINION WAR quartet, EQUINOX and ENDGAME (both Voyager). --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 steps into top gear 22 May 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With TNG over in 1994, DS9 now had complete control of the Federation, the Klingons, the Romulans etc, as Voyager would take place in a distant corner of the galaxy. This gave DS9 a larger canvas to work with, and "The Search" is the beginning of it. Sisko takes command of the Defiant, a ship designed to fight the Borg and now the perfect ship to use to for a mission into the Gamma Quadrant to try and contact the Dominion's leaders. Diane Carey doesn't stray to far from the episodes, although she does add a scene with Jadzia and O'Brien encountering a Jem'Hadar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 29 Dec 1999
By N. Kemp - Published on
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Granted I read this book back in the fall of '94 and I don't remember some of it, but overall I do remember that it was a good read. Of course this book is a novelization of two episodes, "The Search" Parts 1 and 2. Most people who are DS9 fans know that Part 2 really stunk, yet many of the worst scenes of part 2 come across much better in print than they did on screen. However I must say that I read the book before the episodes' debut and it is very doubtful I would have read it if I had seen the shows first. Therefore I would recommend this book only to fans who may have gotten into DS9 only recently and have never seen the episodes. I would also recommend it to die hard "niners" who just can't get enough of the show and would like to relive some of the show's magic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good story, absolutely terrible writing. 17 Jun 2002
By James Yanni - Published on
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The episode/s that this book is based on were better than average episodes, so the story is pretty good (except for the ending, which utilizes a very trite and overused plot device which I probably can't describe further without giving away too much of the ending.) But what Diane Carey did to this reasonably good story when it was entrusted to her ought to be a criminal offense, as should entrusting a novelization of a Star Trek episode to the worst Star Trek writer currently published, bar none.
Ms. Carey has always had a tendancy to try too hard to reach for "clever and creative" in her use of language, and generally succeeds only in achieving "wrong, distracting, and silly". But she's much worse in this book than she has been in most of her previous efforts, which is a shame because she actually has a good feel for characterization, pacing, and (when the story's her own, which it isn't here) plot. If she could ever grow up and stop trying to be clever, she might actually be a competent writer. But when the book is filled with lines like "'This isn't a racial issue, Odo,' Sisko surfeited," and "Sisko swashed back and forth before the office viewing monitors," and "...the Romulan woman inflected back to him..." and "Feeling the Jem'Hadar ships gloss over the skin of his cheeks and forehead, Sisko stared at the screen." and "He bent over Kira, who had the presence of being to hold still..." and "everyone else sat on the edge of their work..." and "he turned to her, anger pleating his eyes" and "he gazed off into the surmountable future" (when overcoming that future was NOT what he had in mind) and....
Do I really need to continue? These are just a FEW of the examples I could list, and there are others just as bad on almost every third page or so. Is it possible that both Diane Carey AND her editors really feel that this constitutes competent (dare we say "clever" writing? I wish I could believe that it was more likely that both the writing and the editing were done while under the influence of powerful mood-altering chemicals, but I suppose that it is much more likely that they are really that incompetent without the aid of artificial incompetence-enhancing drugs. That, or Ms. Carey has decided that now that she's a multiply-published writer, she's big enough that she doesn't need to be ruled by petty little things like the actual meanings of words. Like Humpty Dumpty in "Through The Looking Glass", words mean what she intends them to mean, neither more nor less.
If you're desperate for a Deep Space Nine story with good plot and action, and don't care how badly it's written, this book will fill the bill. Otherwise, avoid it most emphatically.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Dec 2012
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I am giving stars on basis how the book is in relation to the original, which could be a movie or a paperbook or a audiobook.

This one is very true to the episode with the same name.
4.0 out of 5 stars DS9 The Search - A good novelization! 12 Oct 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For several years now, Diane Carey has been the "go to" author for most of the novelizations of the major episodes in all of the latest Star Trek series. "The Search" is but the second of her novelizations and, while not the best of them, she does a fairly decent job with the novelization of these two, pivotal episodes in the Deep Space Nine series.
When reading a novelization of an episode or movie, the reader is looking for but a couple things, some personalization to the characters thoughts throughout the episode and some "between the scenes" scenes. Diane Carey accomplishes that in "The Search," and sets a very good tone for the story, to include the characterizations and the pacing of the novel.
The cover art unfortunately is from a time in Star Trek publishing where not a lot of thought was put into the cover, so there really isn't much on the cover that lends to the story other than an image of a Jem'Hadar warship.
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The history:
"The Search" constitutes one of the most pivotal times in the "saga" that is Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Coming off of the second season finale, "The Jem'Hadar," where we learned a lot more about them when Sisko, Jake, Quark and Nog took a runabout to the Gamma Quadrant to go camping. The Jem'Hadar took Sisko and Quark prisoner but Jake and Nog were able to escape and managed to get the runabout to help. Starfleet sends the USS Odyssey, a Galaxy class starship, through the wormhole to make a rescue attempt for Commander Sisko. The Odyssey immediately runs into several Jem'Hadar warships and is destroyed, quite easily. The ending for this episode is quite ominous, leading up to the beginning of the third season, "The Search" parts I and II.
The Search
As the episode and novel open up, Major Kira and crew are running drills to see how well the station would hold up against a Dominion attack and they're "not exactly" happy with the results. Just as this finishes up, they receive warnings that a ship is de-cloaking right on top of the station but to their great relief it's a Starfleet ship, but of a class they've never seen before.
As part of his time between the loss of the USS Saratoga at Wolf 359 and being stationed on Deep Space Nine, Commander Sisko helped design and build the USS Defiant, Starfleet's toughest little ship, which was their answer to Borg problem. Due to design errors though, a fleet of these ships wasn't built though and the project was abandoned until the onset of the war with the Dominion.
As the Federations and Starfleet's answer to the Jem'Hadar problem, they send Commander Sisko and the Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant to look for the leaders of the Dominion to tell them that they mean them no harm, but at the same time, the Defiant also carries the message that they can defend themselves.
At the same time, Sisko also brings back Commander Eddington to head up Starfleet security on the station which prompts Odo to resign. Major Kira does talk him into going with them into the Gamma Quadrant and he suddenly finds that he has a calling.
What follows from there is certainly one of the best stories ever written for Star Trek Deep Space Nine and certainly a great novelization where we finally learn about the Dominion and the irony for Odo as to who the founders are.
I highly recommend this novelization to any and all fans of the genre. {ssintrepid}
4.0 out of 5 stars An average story, but better than average novelization 13 Mar 2002
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The Search, the novelization of the two-part episode which launched DS9's third season, is a better novelization than as an episode. Diane Carey, the author of several Star Trek novels (both novelizations and originals), offers her opinion on what characters are thinking and feeling, whereas the episode offers no hint of this. Maybe her opinion is right, maybe not, but it works.
The story opens with Sisko bringing a new warship to DS9 in hopes that it will help the Federation in their eventual battle with the Dominion. When they take it for a trial run after exiting the other side of the wormhole, they get a chance to test its firepower. Eventually the crew is split into three groups.
Odo's portion is the most intriguing as he learns a little about his past/origin. The ultimate resolution to this revelation is a bit weak, but the build-up is entertaining. There are a few minor surprises with the ending, but nothing earth-shattering. Overall the novelization warrants a four star rating, whereas the episode itself is only average and would warrant a three star rating.
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