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Mission Gamma Book One: Twilight: Star Trek Deep Space Nine (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Kindle Edition
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The characters of Quark, Nog, Doctor Bashir, KasidyYates, Ezri Dax and Kira Nerys remain from the Deep Space Nine televisionseries and Ro Laren has been brought over from the Next Generation TVseries.
Considerable attention is also focused on the new characters, though,such as Ensign Prynn Tenmei, Commander Elias Vaughn, and
the Andorian ensign, Thirishar ch'Thane (aka Shar).
Storylines include Bajor's entry into the Federation, a mission to savea civilization in the Gamma Quadrant, Shar's relationship with his motherand fellow Andorians, and Kasidy Yates - who is now living on Bajor.
Good for someone looking for more DS9 stories after the series finale, butnot recommended for newcomers to the Trek mythology.
Now that the series is over and the books have taken over the grand Deep Space Nine story, it's time to open up the exploration again. Twilight, by David R. George III, is the beginning of a four-part story which details this. It's a huge novel with a very large story to tell, one which it tells effectively for the most part. However, it's a bit bloated with so much information, and George's occasionally heavy prose and repetition make this problem worse. Still, it's a great read for any DS9 fan.
I have never seen a 500 page Trek novel before, but George has a lot of ground to cover. I'm glad to say that he doesn't waste much of it, though the book could have been trimmed a bit here and there. George's style is very workmanlike and enjoyable. One thing it is not is boring. However, he does repeat himself at times, seemingly to emphasize points that he thinks the reader should definitely remember. Kira's attainder against practicing her religion gets mentioned many times. Other times, repetition is not the problem, but heavy-handed prose is. George allows his characters to get very introspective, but sometimes he goes a bit too far, with pages going by with nothing but a character thinking. I really loved the book, but I found it dragging at times because of this.Read more ›
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Twilight is the first of a four-book arc that delves into the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant. The story builds slowly, continuing the events of the last time we saw the DS9 crew in the Gateways saga. It then is content to move into the build-up to and exploration of the Gamma Quadrant by the Defiant. But there's a lot more being explored here than just space itself. The relationships between characters are also being explored--from Vaughn and his daughter Prynn to Quark and Ro to Bashir and Ezri to Kira and her relationship with Bajor and the Federation now that she's been Attained. It's the character exploration that really powers the story and keeps the pages turning. And there are a good number of pages to be turned--this book checks in at just over 500 pages. But it's worth it.
There are some major surprises in here and some things that will have great interest to the on-going DS9 storyline. I won't ruin them here for you--it takes out part of the fun. David R. George also takes on the length of the Star Trek universe by bringing in some old friends and new some races as well. It all adds up to what may be one of the most enjoyable Treks published this year--and with Greg Cox's latest Khan masterpiece, In the Name of Honor and Immortal Coil all lurking out there, that is saying a great deal.
I will say this--if you've not read any of the other DS9 re-launch novels, I'd sugget picking them up first. It will make this reading experience that much more rich and enjoyable. This is the kind of book that makes me anxious for the next installment and restores my faith in Trek publishing.
Although like the series in general, this book is mostly character driven, it still has all of the elements of a good sci fi novel. Stumbling upon strange new worlds and beings, making new discoveries and learning of infinite possibilities beyond the realm of what we experience every day is the stuff of good science fiction. This book has all of that
The Mission Gamma part 1 revolves around three main plots which are:
Vaughn and a crew from DS9 go on a mission of exploration into the Gamma quadrant.
The crew stumbles upon two new worlds and three different kinds of alien species. One of these species communicates by changing epidermal colors and patterns. The other two species are not not of corporeal form and live in a different realm. Not much is known about them (or it) other than something called the thoughtscape is the most prominent part of its existence and has the ability to establish communion with others rather then to communicate.
Quark's relationship with Ro (security officer)
A Romance develops between the two. I was a bit skeptical that anything would come of it at first and did not like the idea. As I read more about their relationship however, I've become more interested in seeing how far it would go.
Elias Vaughn's relationship with his daughter
Before this story a was puzzled as the way Prynn resented her father. This story clarifies everything nicely
Bajor's future as it moves closer to joining the United Federation of Planets and how this may effect Ro and Quark's future as well.
Quark is concerned that when the federation takes over the station, he will be out of a job because the Federation is essentially a moneyless organization. Ro is concerned because she and starfleet don't have good relations. So what will be her new place on a federation controlled space station (assuming she is even allowed to stay)?
While new relations are forged, others face an uncertain future, and some explore uncharted territory in the Gamma Quadrant; Taranatar continues to explore and observe humanity on the space station. Some parts involving Taranatar are very funny. A Jemhadar would be the last I would think to be in a holosuite studying partial differential equations. That's the beauty to this entire genre, just when you think you've read it all you find something that takes you by surprise. Star Trek is so full of surprises.
I also would like to add that the writer (David R. George III) is one of the best I've read so far. The character development is superp and he brings things together well with no inconsistentcies while writing a relatively complex plot.
The story begins with Defiant on the run from some very xenophobic aliens last seen in the Gateways saga, and George makes you feel as if you're right on the bridge of the battleship, feeling the intensity and danger along with the characters. From that point forward, George deftly manages numerous plot threads introduced since the DS9 re-launch, handling both the political intrigue on the station itself, as well as the marvelous sense of exploration that Trek does so well, as Defiant heads into the Gamma Quadrant to renew the United Federation of Planets mission of exploration and peaceful first contact.
While there are some of my favorite DS9 characters conspicuously absent in the re-launch (Martok, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire most prominent amongst them), the characters that have been introduced manage to be both well-rounded and yet still have that signature DS9 chip on the shoulder. The strained relationship between Commander Elias Vaughan and his daughter (also serving on DS9) is a prime example of the gritty relationships that have always been a hallmark of this incarnation of Star Trek. Their conflict is resolved in a very satisfactory manner, with both characters having to go through sheer emotional and physical hell before finally letting go of old grudges and hatreds in order to heal a wounded relationship between father and daughter, and the beefy length of the book (500+ pages) allows you time to get to know and care about these two before things end up happily ever after.
This book is the first of four in the "Mission Gamma" series. Here's hoping the following 3 authors can follow David R. George's excellent opening chapter.
The first novel of a series is usually evincive of what is to come and with "Twilight" author David R. George III has set the bar mighty high for the authors of the other three novels in this series. At over 500 pages (and over 200,000 words) "Twilight" is extraordinarily rich in descriptive narrative and character development as the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Deep Space Nine continues.
"Twilight" grabs you right from the opening sentence and as the story unfolds, layer by layer, and the plot threads begin to weave their magic, a tapestry begins to slowly take shape. A tapestry populated by a diverse group of characters so well drawn that is as if you are watching the events unfold before your eyes. Those events would not evoke the same emotional response if you know what to expect.
"Twilight" will induce a wide range of emotional responses from the reader. Excitement, compassion, horror, delight and surprise to name just a few. It will also expand the reader's insight into the characters as the events are utilized to explore the characters thoughts and motivations.
Filled with political intrigue, adventure and exemplary characterization "Twilight" is a novel to savor and enjoy again and again. So lock the door, turn off the phone and lose yourself in the beginning of a saga that is sure to enchant and enthrall anyone who appreciates a truly exceptional book.
Prior to reading Twilight, I hadn't read any of the relaunch series so far, but this book is written so clearly that I immediately picked up on all the small details of the plot.
Set 6 months after the end of the Dominion War, DS9 is recovering from the conflict that changed the face of the galaxy, and the new crew are settling into their positions.
The plot follows two very ineteresting lines. First is the Defiant's mission into the Gamma Quadrant, a strictly exploratory mission sanctioned by Odo himself. The second plot line revolves around Bajor joining the Federation, and it's obvious that something very big is beginning there.
The book proceeds at a slow but steady pace, rich in descriptive detail and the finer points of trek lore, yet both are inserted so subtlely into the plot that the reader simply accepts these extra details as part of the literary experience.
While the book doesn't resolve all the issues presented in it by the end, it does show the respective parties making progress with these issues, such as the Vaughn/Prynn relationship or Quark/Ro relationship. Neither reach an obvious conclusion by the end of the book, but it is obvious that progress has been made, and ultimately the reader is left satisfied and eager to read the next volume.
My one critcism of the book is that it is a touch slow in parts, especially some of the parts that involve Kasidy on Bajor, or Vaughn/Akaar's dinner, which is why I gave this book 4 stars and not 5. I'm all one for rich detail, but these scenes dragged on a little too much for my liking.
One much smaller criticism of the book is on a technical level, regarding a character from the series, Admiral Ross. Ross was Sisko's immediate superior and one of the key decision makers during the Dominion War, and although it was never confirmed, many people say that he was the Bajoran Sector Commander. Either way, Ross was an important official, and to not have him somehow involved with Bajor's joining the Federation simply doesn't sit right with me.
But overall, the book is a great story, and is well worth purchasing.
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