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This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tales of the Dominion War (Paperback)
What dreams may come
a very short story involving a conversation between a vorta overseer on a neutral planet and his native man servant who dreams he is more than he appears.What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for by being obvious, pointless and did i mention pointless.
Night of the Vulture - A nice little story of a covert mission invovling changlings jem hadar ,vorta and a cardassian.The stress of the mission and thier underlying animosity for each other is brought to the surface by an old TOS villain.
not bad at all the writer clearly knows his characters and the thought processes of the varous races involved.Most novelisations of star trek(to me)tend to suffer from it always being someone elses interpretation of the trek-verse or the characters ,the dialogue and there action tend to scream out to the reader "but they wouldnt do that" or "wouldnt say that".This story was a blue moon rare spot on story KUDOS greg cox
the next is a competantly written teaser for the battle of betazed book.
Blood sacrifice - We join spock on his on going mission on romulus .When there aging figure head emperor is assasinated there is no shortage of suspects ,with bitter aurgments occuring every day in the senate about thier neutrality.Spock decides to bring the killer to justice himself.
I liked the spock characterisation and the story ,but kinda felt like "small beer" as events are immediately overshadowed by another more important assasination "by the pale moonlight"
mirror eyes -interesting little medical drama set aboard DS9 with dominion and romulan intrigue woven into the story and the writer even allows us to empathise with the narator,s perpective
Twlights Wraith - the true crown jewel of the book we get a shizon story .His assault on a dominion base leading men into battle his meticulous planning miltary genius and his passionate empathy for the plight of the reman people .A true classic felt very cinematic hopefuly a trilogy of books will be in the offing for this character
Eleven hours out- picard and deanna are on earth with enterprise is racing toward earth to stop a breen assault on san francisco unfortunatly although the plot is okay thier seem to be some major errors in continuity.
The ds9 ep which mentions the assault said "the ships were driven off by the tenth fleet" in the book there only 3 breen ships all quickly dispatched once ther covert sabotage is overcome(no tenth fleet in sight) damar even mentions "its a shame so few breen ships survived the attack" in the ep but in the book NO ships survived the attack
next we have the appearance of the national guard?, the us president? and FEMA??? for some reason.It really jared the reader out of the 24 century and back into the 21st.Were supposed to belive these organisations still exist had to wonder if the author had ever seen star trek before or merely watched the awful abrams movie.
Safe habours - scotty and bones in a beaten up runabout head for a nearby neutral planet for some repairs
bones has a prophetic dream about the breen attack on earth despite not having any precognative abilities and it not being explained in any other manner .Mccoy just happens to dream the future and we accept that????
the neutral race in question arnt worth mentoning they aren't given any real depth so we have another pointless story with a gaping "see the future" plot hole.thumbs down
field expediancy - the characters from the starfleet corp engineers books get thier chance to fight in the dominion war trying to De-booby trap a breen com device while under heavy attack the story and the characters are ok not a bad story and even has a slight twist at the end .
A well sung song - a klingon ship chrash lands on a desolate rock about he same time as the jem hadar ship it was fighting does the lone survivor is a recently one armed warrior name klag who seeks to aquit himself ,despite his injury, in combat against the jemhadar which he does.the protaganist is what you expect from a klingon officer and his view of the war and the universe is expressed through the narrative.But after a while the combat descriptions get samey and the story seems to loose steam before the end . still worth the time to read it
Stone cold truths - a character from new frontiers offers a historical perspective on one of his dominion conflicts 150 year hence and clashes with a teacher about the nature of "glorious" war.
slightly confusing and found none of the characters likeable or not annoying.
Requital - Reese the character from the DS9 ep ar 558 reappears but one wonders if the writer ever watched the ep.The character is decribed a few times as "young" the actor was clearly in his forties and at least much older than all the other guest actors in the ep.The writer seems to confuse the planetoid called ar 558 with the dominion com array on the planet refering to the array by the planet name at one point.The book portrays him as a shattered character bent on revenge.Nothing in the ep ever gave that impression he was a vet glad to be leaving the front but it felt like a completely different person to the one writer was describing.They also try to compare him to sisko's lose of his wife at wolf 359 the story endlessly quotes the pilot and the first meeting of sisko and the prophets.But the parralels really jar.Sisko had pretty much come to term with (if not gotten over) his wife's death he even re married by this point portraying him like this is beyond a retrograd step it just stinks of someone who didnt understand the character at all
twilight alone is worth the price of admission and thier are some other good gems to be had
but as with all trek novelisation you contend with others radically different interpretations of you beloved heros