- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067185237X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671852375
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,280,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Siege (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Paperback – 1 Oct 1993
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Without revealing any of the plot and spoiling the book for readers, a serial killer is loose on DS9, and is killing anyone, regardless of species or gender. The killer leaves no tangible evidence and seems to be able to render the security useless.
Fear and panic spreads and Odo is powerless to prevent further murders. A gruesome game of cat and mouse begins between the security chief and the killer.
However the book does have some adroit comic moments, we learn the secret of Quark's personal holodeck programmes. And we have further insight into the compassion of Bashir. He has to take a serious morale stand regarding an alien patient. But the majority of the book deals with the murderer, a subject which is not usually touched on by Star Trek as it was hoped that such brutal acts were a thing of the past. As the first real book of the DS9 series this is a wonderful read which enthralls as well as dusgusts. The plot is easy to follow but not predictable, in short this book rocks!
Peter David maintans his reputation as one of Trek's foremost authors. Read it today.
The story has all the usual things to expect from a Peter David novel - a good A story, a couple of concurrent and standalone B and C plots, well-paced action scenes and some classic comedy moments.
Where The Siege particularly stands out is the fact it's Deep Space Nine's first original novel. David writes a preface explaining why the book ventures into areas the series wouldn't or couldn't at the time, as well as pointing out that at the time of writing, only five episodes had aired, and therefore certain characters might speak out of turn or not be portrayed as the would be in the show.
Compared to the first original novels of other series, The Siege stands up quite well and most of the major characters are all fairly well represented, each with their own unique voice coming through. Even after a decade since the show went off air, the book still holds up well and the characterisation is generally in keeping with the TV counterparts.
As far as pre-"relaunch" novels go, I'd say this one is a rare keeper and a must for any Peter David or DS9 fans, as there's a lot of enjoyment to be had on a number of different levels.
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And he was right. Most of the characters did fall a little out of character at times, but just as often they sounded just as they do in the show. There was a bunch of cool action, with shapeshifters beating the heck out of each other, as well as out of others.
This book is filled with David's usual Star Trek wit and humor. In fact, my biggest complaint is about that. While there is some good ferengi humor, the author takes a lot of liberties with the ferengi culture and lifestyle, and most of them are dead wrong. This gets to be very annoying with every few pages he talks about "tradition ferengi defensive crouch," "a stance known as the ferengi..." etc.
Still, I recommend this book to DS9 fans. This is what the episode "the adversary" should have been. Good work!
A small comment: read this book after the series is long gone. Also, even David's crummy ST books are worth reading so for heaven's sake buy and read it. That said, some observations:
*as many have noted, the characters are off at times but the problems go beyond that: some folks don't even truly exist, with the most notable was Dax and Kira who are paper-thin here and add nothing to the plot beyond some holo characters. Clearly David wasn't clear at the time how these folks were integral to the stories, no fault of his of course (though in retrospect the treatment on Kira was just abysmal). But even Sisko's status as the Emissary was somehow overlooked which makes this book best approached as a 'alternative universe' version of the station.
*even for DS9, the tone was incredibly dark and depressing, with most characters wanting to leave the station and a plot that, if true, would have cast a pall on the entire place for years to come. Serial murderers don't tend to be comical stuff, and much of seemed very out of place.
*the secondary characters were downright brilliant. The Morph, Marko, Glav, Gotto, Azira, Rasa, and entire work of K'olkr was endless fun, hardly surprising since creating unique and interesting characters with loving care is David's specialty as there is never a cardboard piece in his books (which contrasts so much with the rest of ST Fiction).
*the actual plot - ah, what about the plot. Well, put it this way: BOOM! CRASH! SLAM! WHACK! After a while, you really got the feeling this was a comic book in narrative form, which makes a world of sense given David's background and deadlines. This isn't a BAD thing mind you, but if you are looking for the maturity of an Imazdi for example you've come to the wrong place - this is an action novel, pure and simple.
Overall, I'd consider it 3 stars - not great, but a very fast and entertaining read, especially if you read it as the 'first original' DS9 novel.