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4.0 out of 5 stars A seriel killer is killing randomly aboard DS9, 13 Feb. 2002
Amazon Customer "Fiona" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is the first real book of the Ds( series, it is written by veteran Star Trek author Peter David and is a enjoyable offering.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly solid outing, 5 Jan. 2011
Rory Q (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
I'll have to admit this review is a little biased as Peter David is one of my favourite authors, but this is the book that originally introduced me to him.

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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