Not the best...but necessary reading,
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Kindle Edition)
This is the first novel in a mini-series of, I believe, five stories which follow on from the events of the Typhon Pact stories “Plagues of Night” and “Raise the Dawn” by the same author and I think it is almost essential to have read these beforehand, otherwise you are in for a big shock from the outset once you learn what has happened. Certain characters have gone (or have they…?) some old ones are back and other, newer ones get a bit more fleshing out and are given greater prominence.
It deals primarily with the opening of the new DS9 and does spend some time providing physical descriptions of the space station and its new facilities (what..? a Park..? on a space station..?) but actually I found this to be quite helpful as I like to visualise as I read, so a bit of a routemap was useful. With regards to the story itself, other reviewers have commented that it’s really a bit of a re-hash of “The Emissary” and, to a point, I concur with that, but there is more than that. I will admit here that sometimes I find storylines dealing with The Prophets to be a bit confusing and that was unfortunately the case here. I know they are meant to exist in non-linear time, so presumably they can experience the past, present and future simultaneously, but having the secondary storyline (which featured completely new characters and was, I assume, set in Bajor’s past) interacting with some of our present-day characters did nothing to enlighten me. It did however serve to make Sisko’s existence clearer and put a smile on his face, at least for a while, while at the same time raising some interesting queries about another family member.
There is very little action as such, but one momentous occurrence which will undoubtedly have ramifications for the whole of the mini-series and probably beyond. I won’t spoil things by giving details, but will admit that I was really rather saddened when it did happen. If the author’s intention was to destabilise the status quo for the future, then I think he has succeeded rather well. The effect of all the strands of this story is, as others have said, to set up changes for subsequent novels, so as an individual story in its own right its merely ok (hence my star rating), but as a game-changer for what may come after, it works well. I await with interest….