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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn
on 22 December 2014
This book follows directly on from the previous, Plagues of Night. The last book ended in the middle of an action-packed scene, and this book picks up directly from that last sentence.
The story continues in the wider Star Trek universe with ramifications of the destruction of Deep Space Nine, the Tzenkethi and Breen actions, and the Romulan involvement. While the book does not have a huge amount of story development new to the last book, the threads that were pulled in the previous book are followed to their various ends in this book. The author has taken a huge scope in his two-book work, and worked every element out to its fullest. It makes for a fairly long-winded read, and I did think by the time I had finished this book that it would perhaps have benefited from being a tighter, one-volume story, rather than the two-volume story it has been. The first book was a great setup and build up, but the second book did not really live up to the potential that the first book offered. That reinforced my view that the whole would have perhaps benefited from being more tightly edited and put into one slightly shorter volume (one 400-500 page book rather than two books which totalled more like 700 pages).
A great read of the broader Star Trek universe, these stories feature the Federation of Planets, the Romulan Empire, and their various allies. There is action based around Deep Space Nine, the Bajoran world and the wormhole, and on the Enterprise. We get to meet old friends including Picard, Sisko, Kira, and Spock, and we get to see deeply into the political and cultural machinations of both groups of allies. These two books are a worthwhile read, but the reader has to invest quite a lot of energy to wade through the depth of information and breadth of action. I look forward to the next Section 31 Star Trek novels, A Ceremony of Losses (which ties in with The Fall subseries), and Disavowed where Julian Bashir has to make some hard decisions.