4.0 out of 5 stars
Not the best Star Trek book, but a pretty good one, 23 Jan 2013
This is an interesting book. It has very little action in it and quite a lot of talking heads and political intrigue. For those who have been reading these books as a series (as I have) Brinkmanship will be slightly disappointing as very few of the characters from the Enterprise actually get much story time. It is focussed on Picard, Beverly and Ezri on the Aventine almost none of the other enterprise crew get a look in, some get mentioned in passing but they never make an actual appearance which is frustrating if you are wanting to read more of the new characters. The crew of the Aventine are clearly underdeveloped, with the exception of Sam Bowers who to be fair came over with Ezri from the Deep space nine books but it seems pretty clear that the writer, and possibly Pocket books themselves, are not interested in using Ezri or her ship and crew in anything other than supporting cast..
The actual plot (Without giving anything away) is quite well written, I have read other Una McCormack books in the Star trek Pocket books and while this doesn't quite reach the heights of, in my opinion, "The Neverending Sacrifice" it is still very good with not one but two alien species with interesting traits and personalities. The book does bounce about a bit between several points of view but none of them are boring and while I feel the plot on the Tzenkethi home world wasn't entirely necessary, it did provide a good snapshot of a species who until now hasn't been seen much in the Typhon pact novels.
All in all, an unusual star trek book, but a good one.