Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Una McCormack is the author of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels The Never-Ending Sacrifice, Hollow Men, and Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Vol. 1: Cardassia, as well as the Doctor Who novels The King’s Dragons and The Way Through the Woods. She lives in the United Kingdom.
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My favourite parts of the novel are those set on Ab-Tzenketh itself as we explore their culture in more depth than ever before and it is revealed to be far more fascinating than I had imagined. McCormack really excels at world building and this makes the novel far more than just another run-of-the-mill adventure.
While it's good too see more of the USS Aventine under Ezri Dax, in places these parts of they story did seem a bit tacked on and I had expected that there might be more of a focus on this crew than the novel actually included. Despite the cover image, the Enterprise portion of the plot is told mainly from the point of view of Doctor Crusher, which is a refreshing change as she has had comparatively little page-time recently. Writing this, I've only just noticed that this makes all the main characters of this novel females, which is also an interesting difference to the norm.
Although I sped through reading it in study two days, this is another excellent Trek novel. I'm really enjoying the way they are going at the moment and hope this can continue. I also look forward to reading more from Una McCormack who has fast become one of my favourite Trek authors.
Featuring Dr Crusher as the main character, with occasional input from Picard it does serve to provide a different viewpoint from the novels that have gone before it. Ezri Dax is also featured, but almost as an adjunct to the main story, which seems a shame and she is in danger of being permanently relegated to the role of "sidekick". Very few other crew members get a look in. There is also another storyline set on Ab-Tzenketh itself, which doesn't seem relevant at first, but of course it is, as you find out at the end.
Overall, worth reading particularly if you like political intrigue and also to get more background info on the Tzenkethi.
The actual plot (Without giving anything away) is quite well written, I have read other Una McCormack books in the Star trek Pocket books and while this doesn't quite reach the heights of, in my opinion, "The Neverending Sacrifice" it is still very good with not one but two alien species with interesting traits and personalities. The book does bounce about a bit between several points of view but none of them are boring and while I feel the plot on the Tzenkethi home world wasn't entirely necessary, it did provide a good snapshot of a species who until now hasn't been seen much in the Typhon pact novels.
All in all, an unusual star trek book, but a good one.
Well thought out and implemented plot with characters that for, the main, were thicker than the usual cardbord figures that inhabit the MeToo Sequel universe.