on 24 November 2013
The Fall book three is about Doctor Bashir and the situation with the Andorians that's been going on for so many books now I've lost track. If you've been reading then you can guess the key points of the setup, if not I won't spoil it.
A staple writer of the current Trek novelling generation, David Mack once again produces an action packed novel with far-reaching consequences for the franchise as a whole. With a close focus on a single plot it nevertheless weaves in a number of other strands that continue the ongoing narrative.
Mack shows a strong grasps of key characters and really shows off well what makes them tick. As well as the main plot, he gives a number of background characters good quality arcs within the novel and they certainly don't feel like bit parts to give context to the central storyline.
A good episode in The Fall, and one that nicely focusses on small events rather than some of the grander occasions in the first two books of the series, while allowing the big stuff to go on in the background. Another great 24th Century novel from David Mack.
This book follows on with events in the Star Trek Universe in two separate but interlinked story arcs – it is book 5 in The Fall subseries, and also is linked into the Section 31 series, following on from Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn. In the Typhon Pact books, Andor has seceded from the Federation, believing that they had withheld vital information that would allow the Andorian people to save their race. In this book, Doctor Julian Bashir is asked to place his reputation and his life on the line to help the Andorian people. Section 31 become involved in his quest, as do others who believe the Federation embargo on Andor is not right, nor best for the Andorian race or the Federation. Could stopping the Andorians from saving their own destiny drive them into the arms of the Typhon Pact allies?
The narrative of this book takes place largely between August 31 and September 19, 2385, with a prologue set five months earlier, and an epilogue one year later. So there is a narrow chronological period over only some three weeks where the action is packed in. The story focus sounds narrow, but it is vital to the ongoing peace and stability of the region, and there is plenty of action for the Star Trek universe characters to be involved in. A good read, and leads well into the next Section 31 novel, Disavowed.
on 28 January 2014
This is the third novel in The Fall mini-series and continues on right after the events of Book 1, though at first seemingly on another thread- namely the Andorian fertility crisis and all the subsequent events leading up to and following the secession of Andor from the Federation. The main character is Dr Bashir, who up this point has been sadly underused in other recent novels, but who is about to set in motion a train of events that will have a monumental impact throughout the whole Federation, right up to the very highest levels.
We meet the new “caretaker President” and right away it’s clear that he is not another Nan Bacco, though he does believe in a strong Federation and suspects Typhon Pact involvement in her assassination. He is ambitious and assisted by a campaign manager who is a nasty piece of work, both of them prepared to circumvent normal protocols and issue orders directly to individual Starfleet captains.
As the story progresses more characters we know get involved and end up having to make moral decisions, so there is a fair amount of conscience searching going on and quite a few ‘lines in the sand’ are crossed, resulting in sides being drawn between those that follow orders no matter what and those that question the morality of those orders. One of my favourite characters, Ezri Dax takes the moral decision and ends up in a firefight with another Starfleet vessel, while trying to protect Dr Bashir and get him to Andor. Needless to say there are repercussions for both characters which I won’t spoil by describing here.
By the end of the book, a slight sense of disquiet has set in, the result of some of the shadowy orders given. There is a feeling of just being at the start of something big, something that might never have become apparent had one headstrong physician not broken the rules, at the same time causing others to question their beliefs. I enjoyed this novel from start to finish, though I can’t award it the full 5 stars as there are a couple of points where you have to suspend disbelief just a bit too much to be credible- the comparative ease with which Dr Bashir obtains highly sensitive and classified info that has been locked away for decades under the highest levels of security, being one such instance. However, as that is the whole starting point of the story, I chose to let it happen and then just enjoy what resulted. You will too.
on 17 November 2013
Fantastic addition to the prime universe. This series has been fantastically well written. I seriously couldn't put the book down from about half way through. If you love trek, you'll love this!
on 31 October 2013
I love the complex way the new series of Star Trek books are being crafted. Layered plots and characters you care about.
Consistently a good read
on 14 November 2013
This review will be 20 words long, because this book is excellent, David Mack's books always are. Fast paced, action, no blathering about the scenery, or the wind, or distant memories. Just the essential action. And as always a feeling of the larger star trek world, not just one ship or station.
on 2 April 2014
Initially I thought this might be a pondering novel in the vein of the Cathedral Series that featured Andor a few year back but this is much, much better and a very enjoyable updating of the Trek Universe. A great insight into the Andorian politics and chemistry of Andorian society with characters you can enjoy following.
The ending is a vivid satisfying read with a few surprises leaving one with a hunger for the next book in the excellent The Fall series
on 31 October 2013
While characters like Ezri Dax, Ro Laren and more appear, Dr. Bashir is the main focus of a novel that is in the great tradition of Star Trek medical shows like DS9's "The Quickening". While I've never been that enamored of the Andorians in the DS9 novels, their plight is quite moving here, as both Bashir and Shar (the Andorian character from the DS9 relaunch) face up to the fact that the Andorians are on the brink of extinction.
on 29 October 2013
...but moving away from the heart of trek in some areas. While the franchise has always told allegorical stories, never has a tale of the federation seemed so tied into our time now. Some of the characterisation feels a little off, and for a while, the story didn't seem to move too fast. By the end, the pace picks up, and if it doesn't feel quite like tv trek, it does start to feel more like recent literary trek. There's a few formatting errors in the kindle version, and too many references to federation credits for a moneyless society.....it's definly better than the first fall novel, and a very different type of book than the second....so far however this is definitely a deep space nine set of stories, but feel some characters have been unfairly sidelined. Chief O'Brien in particular, really should have had more involvement in this story.
on 28 January 2014
This is the third in the series of books "Star Trek, The Fall" this time Julian Bashir may just have bitten off more than he can comfortably chew! No spoilers! Just read it!