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Beginning of an epic story...but a hard read
on 1 August 2012
About a third of the way into the first part of the DS9 Typhon Pact duology, I gave up and read "Raise the Dawn" instead. After enjoying that book far more, I went back and read this story, and curiously, got on a little better.
The trouble I have with David R George III's novels- and this included the earlier novel, "Rough Beasts of Empire"- is that his writing is horribly slow and cluttered. The prose can be rich, but seemingly after every other line there's at least paragraph explaining a) why a character feels a certain way, b) a reminiscence of an event, and c) a separate reference to a previous novel. And this goes on ALL THE TIME. Not only does is drag out the story (and the page count) but it's appallingly unrealistic. It's the voice of the author in the guise of the character, and it's painfully unnecessary.
Writing style aside, the book isn't too bad. It goes over the events of the 4-part "Typhon Pact" miniseries from different perspectives, and sets up the plotline of the Typhon Pact obsessively trying to gain Slipstream Drive. Worth a read, but aside from literally the very last line of the book, you could skip this and proceed to the snappier, more involving part 2- "Raise the Dawn".
One last thing: is modern Trek trying to be oh-so-politically-correct on us these days? In a seeming effort to combat the thoughtless sexism of the old series' 1960's values, we have a female Federation leader, a female Cardassian leader, and a female Romulan leader (who is also a lesbian.) Not very coincidentally, they are the major powers of the books. Are men out of favour?