If I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would..,
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses (Kindle Edition)
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.