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Dark Matters: Ghost Dance Bk. 2 (Star Trek: Voyager) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Dec 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 20 paperback / softback edition (4 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671035835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671035839
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was given all 3 "Dark Matters" books for Christmas and once I began reading, I couldn't put them down! Christie Golden is one of my favourite authors and I really enjoy her stories. Throughout the books, there are stories within stories - those aboard Voyager, Chakotay and Paris stranded in another universe and the inner battle of the Romulan Empire. Each storyline had me gripped. As Voyager sets out to retrieve all the dark matter, to prevent it from doing any further harm, the Romulan Empire is in danger of destroying itself by putting their trust in a betrayer. Chakotay and Paris try to adjust to their temporary home, but all is not as it seems and bless him, Harry Kim falls in love! There is a good balance between the scientific/technical information needed for the plot and the personal feelings of the characters. I can't wait for more from Christie Golden, as it's so good to read a book like this - but as I say, get all 3 in the series and get comfortable!
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4 ½ stars. I love this book and would say that it's even better than the first one in this trilogy. Christie Golden being one of my favorite authors for Voyager this is not in any way a surprise to me. She has a way of always staying true to the characters and everything that happened during the series run. That said, she's also a great writer and has managed to draw me in to her stories more than once.

In this book the story is pretty much divided into three sub stories that occur simultaneously. Them being what happens on Voyager, what's going on with Chakotay and Paris on the planet they ended up on in the last book and what the Romulans and Lhiau are up to back on Romulus. I like this way of storytelling. It might seem like there's a lot going on at once, but Golden never loses me as a reader. I felt that I could connect all the different sub stories to each other in the bigger picture and sees this as one of the strengths of this book. And it doesn't help that I also found all of them to be very interesting, but I'll tell you more about that.

On the planet Chakotay and Paris ended up transporting to there's a species that's divided into two different casts; the Culilann and the Alilann. They live separated and with extremely different lifestyles. I found these lifestyles and their culture to be of great interest. The way it was written made it come alive and I could see it pictured before me almost like I was there myself. It pretty much couldn't have been any better than that.

Back on Voyager Captain Janeway and the rest of the crew are working on getting started with the task of cleansing the quadrant of the mutated dark matter with the help of the orb given to them by the Shepherd Tialin in the previous book.
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I bought this book to complete a set of three, having read the
first. Like all Star Trek books (and I have dozens, both paperback
and e-books), brilliant and absorbing - you won't want to put it down.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3 book seriess 18 Mar. 2015
By Cheri L. Babajian - Published on Amazon.com
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The three book series is excellent. One of my favorite Voyager novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars trekkies will love this!!!!! 24 Sept. 2011
By Z. M. Mangual - Published on Amazon.com
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If you r a star trek fan and love all of them, then you will love this series. we bought the whole series
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5.0 out of 5 stars STV #20 Ghost Dance Dark Matters II - Absolutely intriguing! 27 Mar. 2004
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
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"Ghost Dance" is the second book in Christie Golden's Dark Matters trilogy and as good as the first one, "Cloak and Dagger" was, "Ghost Dance" is that much better. As "Cloak and Dagger" established the premise in which the author chose the character of Romulan scientist Telek R'Mor from Star Trek Voyager's first season episode of "Eye of the Needle" and the events of that episode and has expounded upon them beautifully in this trilogy; "Ghost Dance" takes the tale much further and gets into the heart of the subject.
The most impressive aspect of this and third novel is where the first novel established the premise of the entire trilogy, this second novel is where the true intrigue and the overall compelling nature of the story as a whole kicks in. As I casually read the first novel, this approach was unacceptable for the second as this trilogy turned into a true page turner!
The cover art for this second Dark Matters novel is on par with the first novel and a cut above the rest of the novels published at that time.
The Premise:
In "Cloak and Dagger" we learned that an individual named Lhiau who claimed to be a member of a race known as the Shepherds established contact with the Romulan Empire of twenty years in Voyager's past and that he more or less brought them an offer "they couldn't refuse." His primary contact with the Romulans was established through Jekri Kaleh, the chairman of the Tal Shiar, the Romulan's super secretive security organization. Armed with "superior" cloaking technology given to them by Lhiau, they intended to open a wormhole to the Delta Quadrant and send thirteen Warbirds to seize control of the technologically advanced Voyager...
"Ghost Dance" easily picks up where "Cloak and Dagger" left off, although there is one minor distraction which is the "cleverly" played retrospective of the first novel, just in case somebody decides to start this brilliant Trek trilogy with the second novel instead of the first one.
With "Ghost Dance," Christie Golden's talents as an author shine even more brilliantly as she takes us even deeper into the political intrigue involving the Chairman of the Tal Shiar, Jekri Kaleh; an extremely well written and developed character that more or less carries the story. Along with the exceptionally well written Jekri Kaleh parts, the author's skill in fast paced, narrative and action driven Trek fiction shine as she takes us through Captain Janeway and her crews steps in solving the many problems caused by the rogue Shepherds release of mutated Dark Matter upon their universe and the wonderfully well told sub plot of Chakotay and Paris's experiences after Chakotay dragged them through a "portal" to an unknown planet...
I highly recommend this and the other two novels in the trilogy as author Christie Golden, with this trilogy once again proved why she is one of Star Trek's premier authors. She is truly capable of some of the most creative story telling in the world of Trek fiction! {ssintrepid}
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent middle part to the trilogy. 5 Jan. 2001
By D. Sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
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The second volume starts where the first volume left off: Voyager has signed on for a mission to rid whole solar systems of dark matter, Chakotay and Paris are lost in a parallel "shadow" universe, and the chairman of the Tal Shi'ar has to take responsibility for the loss of 13 warbirds. In addition, we are introduced to a strange, powerful entity that is suffering from amnesia, and whose identity will only be revealed in the final volume.
As in the first part, the Romulan subplot is the most interesting. Even though she is a villain, Tal Shi'ar leader Jekri Kaleh manages to capture the reader's sympathies, and her fall from grace makes for an exciting, suspenseful story.
Chakotay and Paris find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict between two opposing factions of the race inhabiting the planet in the shadow universe. One faction has embraced a simple lifestyle and renounced technology, the other has chosen the opposite path. Bigottry and feelings of cultural superiority run rampant in both camps, and it takes two Federation officers to make some of these people see the light.. standard Star Trek stuff, not particularly imaginative, and relatively unrelated to the main storyline. A typical example of formulaic storytelling: split the crew up, get two characters into some predicament involving a moral lesson, and resolve the situation just in time for the closing credits.
The third storyline, the one that involves Voyager, is of the same caliber. Torres, Seven and Telek have to figure out how to use the 'ball' given to them by the Shepherds, and as usual, the solution consists of some ad-hoc procedure involving lots of treknology. Golden dutifully drags it out through some chapters, but there is of course never any doubt as to the eventual outcome.
"Ghost Dance" is not high literature, but for five bucks, it is entertaining enough, and it manages to keep the reader interested enough to read the final volume.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so series 15 Jan. 2001
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This series started off great. Romulans, a new threat, a shadowy new race, good characterizations. Then it hit a bit of a downspiral that the last book helps pull out.
The Romulan universe in these books works well. I liked the people secretly studying the Vulcan Way, and kudos for not dragging Spock into it. I love Spock, but it's nice to see that his influence has spread enough that it's not necessary he be there. And the whole sequence of events on that side of the Neutral Zone worked well.
However...
The author made a couple major character flaws. Chakotay is a vegetarian. It's mentioned mutiple times in the show. And yet, the author has Chakotay salivating over meat roasts many times. How Christie Golden could get so many details correct and mess up with this one, I don't know. Second, the crew of the Voyager has more than once regretted relying on Neelix cooking and not having full acess to replicator; it's why their replicator rations are so important to them. yet, in these books, everyone cheers on when they get to kill something and cook it, plus Neelix and his concoctions are prized highly. Huh? My guess is, the author is a hunter and mistakenly put her preferences on the Voyager characters, but it doesn't fit. It works better with the race she created. Unfortunately, that whole conflict dragged on too much.
Also dragged out was the secret of who the Entity was. You can guess it at the beginning of the second book at the latest. That means you have TWO books to sit through.
Perhaps the second and third book could have been better edited to be one book. It would have helped a lot.
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