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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars

on 5 February 2014
This is the fifth book in the series StarTrek: The Fall, in which my Twitter friend pulls all the threads of the four previous volumes into an exciting conclusion,and sets the stage in a new era for Starfleet! Miss this series at your cost! Engage!
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on 18 January 2014
The final book of The Fall - the 'event' mini-series that's rounded off the 2013 catalogue of Star Trek continuation novels - wraps up everything that's been building over the past few novels. The book follows two of the regulars in particular: Doctor Crusher as she's sent undercover to meet a Cardassian under mysterious circumstances, and Captain Picard as he's left on the Enterprise.

As a single story, it felt surprisingly small compared to the scale of the previous books in the series. The narrow focus on Crusher was interesting as she's an underserved character, but I missed some of the other characters and was expecting more of an ensemble piece to round out the series.

The author uses a lot of flashback to fill in what happened in previous novels, and to add backstory that we've not been aware of so far, and throughout the novel this feels very awkwardly presented and disrupts the flow of the narrative.

The political thriller feel of previous novels in the series lent a lot of depth and this felt more like a military thriller - you knew these things were happening elsewhere but it felt like they were unimportant and secondary. I understand that the publisher's plans for the future of the series are to depart from the more connected political universe of recent years' Star Trek novels, and I for one will be disappointed if this is the case.
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on 13 February 2014
This is the last book in The Fall mini-series and it has a lot to live up to. Book 4 (The Poisoned Chalice) in particular was a blinder and this was always going to struggle to match it, however it doesn’t do badly. Dayton Ward sometimes has a tendency to reiterate a lot of the earlier stories, which is unnecessary if, like me, you’ve just read them all virtually back to back. If you’ve come to this book as a standalone novel however, you will probably need that amount of backstory in order to make much sense of what’s going on. Overall, it’s not a criticism as some will benefit, others will not.
This time the main character is Dr Crusher, who heads up a small team looking into an archaeological dig on a world once populated by Bajorans during the Cardassian occupation years earlier. There is evidence that suggests that the new Federation President elect may not be all he says he is and Crusher must locate it before others destroy it. Unfortunately this requires the reader to travel back in time on several occasions and you do have to concentrate just to be clear whether you are in the past or present, as some of the same names occur in both timeframes. One benefit of this however is that we finally get a bit more backstory on the President elect, which has been in short supply elsewhere in the series. Indeed it could be argued that he has been a bit underwritten previously, appearing from nowhere and suddenly about to take on the most powerful job in the Federation. There has always been that hint of menace, and doubt about his motivations, but it is only in this story that we find out the full story. I won’t spoil it here though.
Aside from Dr Crusher, Picard and Riker also appear periodically throughout the book and it is a satisfying conclusion that it requires their combined efforts to finally ‘do what’s right’ and contribute to putting the Federation back on course. As other reviewers have commented, some recent Trek novels have tended to steer a dark path, which felt at odds with Gene Roddenberry’s original more optimistic vision of the future. Certainly there will always be the “bad guys” that have to be dealt with, and the occasional maverick on ‘our’ side, but the Federation’s core values should be undoubted and hopefully, after this mini-series they will be returned to where they should be.
Overall a good read, only slightly marred by jumps in the narrative and a certain amount of repetition in places. A must read for anyone that's read the earlier novels and ok as a standalone book in it's own right.
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on 4 February 2014
I very much enjoyed the series of books, Star Trek: The Fall (the Star Trek "events" have been consistently good since the "Destiny" series, whereas before that they were very much more patchy in quality) and Dayton Ward's closing book was no exception.
However, since the main antagonist is a religious Bajoran, why didn't Riker, Picard, Akaar et al, simply contact Sisko and work a bluff? During his years as the recognised "Emissary of The Prophets" and his years in "The Celestial Temple", it wouldn't be unreasonable for a Bajoran to believe that Sisko might have picked up certain information. Come to that, Starfleet acceptance of "The Wormhole Aliens" existing in non-linear time ought to have drawn them to take Sisko into their confidence anyway (as well as bringing Garak into the plot at a much earlier stage; not to mention Odo, now he's stuck in the Alpha quadrant).
These small niggles aside, I found the book to be very enjoyable and would recommend the series, if perhaps not the book individually.
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on 31 December 2013
And that's it for this set of trek novels. A fair amount wrapped up, some stuff left dangling (a lot of stuff if you read the first book....almost nothing bar one event had any bearing whatsoever on the rest, and I really hope we get a proper return to ds9 to finish those threads and those from previous novels one day) and well...the book was a little uneven. (At one point worf becomes female due to some sentence insertion, Tom riker is left extremely vague as to motivation, a ton of minor cameos leaves you wondering where some bigger characters are in all this....particularly the ds9 crew who didn't wear blue and the resurrected data) and whilst it'allegory and message of hope at the end are clearly directed at a modern American audience, I for one will be glad to see the end of political trek for a while, and a return to going boldly.
The story is all wound up with a chunk of the book to go and its just a question of reading and waiting for the characters to learn what the reader already knows, and that robs the story of tension. Which is a shame as other tension building in the book works well, but as with many of the recent trek books you know you are in the last part of the book by how many corridors are exploding around a few characters and a guest character (often with our characters sans their uniform or comm badge) while a starship (enterprise or aventine) race to rescue a loved one in time. (This has been happening for years...since the world's of ds9 books at the very least) As it stands this felt like a trek novel in its strong and familiar characterisation of the regulars, and its similarity to many recent trek novels. It's promise of returning the federation and indeed the enterprise to a more positive state can only be a good sign...I am sick of the darker side that seems to be in fashion. I loved ds9 on television but even the darkest tv trek knew how to handle star treks particular vision of the future without turning it into a mere mirror image of now in order to make a point. Two of the novels in this series were really good...some of the others merely serviceable with strong identifiable voices for the characters but not so great in plot. Even the worst had decent characterisation. This book was...serviceable, but ended more with a wannabe west wing whimper than a bang.
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on 28 January 2014
Good story would have liked the other characters (nog) to have played more of a role but tied up all loose ends
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on 3 July 2014
Enjoyed the book and delving into ST once again. I can see where collaboration was required on this project as it was a bit like a number of short stories running and connected in parallel until it all came together at the end.
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on 25 September 2014
An excellent way to go with the storyline and not anticlimactic at all in the ending. Just leaves the disposition of the good Dr Bashir hanging and questions about how the series jumps forward to a new adventure or series.
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on 15 March 2015
Peaceable Kingdoms I found a tad disjointed. Fits and starts... Although in the end the story one thought. It was good to finish this arch. Now what is the next book
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on 23 April 2016
brilliant book in the star trek world
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