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Dayton Ward
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31. Dezember 2013 Star Trek
Following the resolution of the fertility crisis that nearly caused their extinction, the Andorian people now stand ready to rejoin the United Federation of Planets. The return of one of its founding member worlds is viewed by many as the first hopeful step beyond the uncertainty and tragedy that have overshadowed recent events in the Alpha Quadrant. But as the Federation looks to the future and the special election to name President Bacco’s permanent successor, time is running out to apprehend those responsible for the respected leader’s brutal assassination. Even as elements of the Typhon Pact are implicated for the murder, Admiral William Riker holds key knowledge of the true assassins— a revelation that could threaten the fragile Federation-Cardassian alliance.

Questions and concerns also continue to swell around Bacco’s interim successor, Ishan Anjar, who uses the recent bloodshed to further a belligerent, hawkish political agenda against the Typhon Pact. With the election looming, Riker dispatches his closest friend, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth. But as Picard and the Enterprise crew pursue the few remaining clues, Riker must act on growing suspicions that someone within Ishan’s inner circle has been in league with the assassins from the very beginning . . . .

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (31. Dezember 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1476718997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476718996
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 3,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 36.861 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Dayton Ward is a software developer, having become a slave to Corporate America after spending eleven years in the US Marine Corps. In addition to the numerous credits he shares with friend and cowriter Kevin Dilmore, he is the author of several Star Trek novels, the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II and The Genesis Protocol as well as short stories which have appeared in more than twenty anthologies. He’s also written for web sites such as Syfy.com, Tor.com, and StarTrek.com. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughters, but he’s a Florida native and maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Find him on the web at DaytonWard.com.

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Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms

One

Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, Earth


“And just as we did more than two centuries ago, the people of Andor stand once again with the United Federation of Planets, and we are humbled that you have welcomed us now as you did then: as friends and allies. As such, we Andorians rededicate ourselves to the principles that have guided this unrivaled coalition from its first days, speaking as one voice for freedom, for security, for the right of self-determination. We renew our pledge to join with our fellow beings from worlds across the Federation, serving and protecting each of its citizens as though they were born of our own world.”

Thunderous applause stopped Kellessar zh’Tarash as she stood before an open session of the Parliament Andoria. Propping himself against the edge of his desk, Admiral William Riker watched the speech as it had been recorded for later broadcast across the quadrant via the Federation News Service. The current leader of the Andorian government’s Progressive Caucus seemed almost regal on the large viewscreen that dominated the far wall of Riker’s new office at Starfleet Command Headquarters.

“She certainly knows how to blow the doors off the joint, doesn’t she?” Riker asked, gesturing toward the screen.

Seated in an overstuffed chair in one corner of the office that afforded her an unfettered view of the broadcast, Deanna Troi turned from the screen to regard her husband. “She’s quite something. The people of Andor seem to have a great deal of faith in her, and her support looks to be growing across the Federation.”

On the viewscreen, zh’Tarash continued. “Though we may have lost our way for a time, we are reminded that the Federation’s compassion and sense of unity made us a stronger world than if we had continued to stand alone. Indeed, those very ideals were exhibited yet again during a time of dire need, and it is our hope that we will have the opportunity to express our eternal gratitude for the service the Federation has provided to our world and our people. It is this cooperative spirit that has compelled me to seek the office of President of the United Federation of Planets.

“If it is the will of the people that I am allowed to serve you in this manner, I will commit myself to demonstrating that the Federation is deserving of its place of prominence in the cosmos, not through threat of force but by continuing to extend the hand of friendship. It was Nanietta Bacco’s firm belief that no sentient species in this galaxy could have a greater friend or ally, and I promise you that I will spend each day proving that she was right. This I pledge, to every citizen of this Federation, which we Andorians are honored once again to call our family.”

“Computer, pause playback,” Riker said, and the image on the screen froze as members of the Parliament Andoria were rising to their feet to once more applaud zh’Tarash. Folding his arms, the admiral blew out his breath, shaking his head. “I’ll bet Ishan is climbing the walls right about now.”

“Polls indicate an overwhelming approval of Andor’s readmission,” Troi said. “It’s an interesting change from surveys taken after their secession.”

“I remember.” Public reaction had been intense following the explosive announcement three years earlier that Andor, one of the Federation’s founding members, had decided to withdraw its membership following a close, tumultuous vote by the Andorian government. Common sentiments had included feelings of anger and betrayal, owing in large part to a lack of knowledge of the events leading up to the unprecedented decision. It had been reported that Andor’s secession was triggered by knowledge given to them by the Typhon Pact that Starfleet had examples of alien technology and information that might have led to a cure for an escalating reproductive predicament that was threatening the eventual extinction of the Andorian people.

While that was true in and of itself, what was only now being told to the public’s satisfaction were bits and pieces of the larger story surrounding the still-classified nature of Operation Vanguard and the data and materials it had collected, which were all that remained of the ancient race known as the Shedai. Chief among the discoveries made more than a century ago was the so-called “Shedai Meta-Genome,” which Starfleet had found to carry enormous potential to expand or even redefine any number of scientific and medical principles. After everything that had transpired during Starfleet’s all-but-disastrous attempts to understand the Shedai and the awesome power they once had commanded, someone within the Federation hierarchy had decided that the entire project should be buried and forgotten, citing the potential for unchecked abuse should such knowledge fall into the wrong hands.

Though Starfleet had shoved the collected data and materials into the depths of a classified archive facility and consigned almost everyone who had survived the operation to relative obscurity, other parties who had acquired information and understanding into the Shedai continued to perform their own research. One such group was the Tholian Assembly, who, after emerging from their normal seclusion to join the Typhon Pact, had approached Andor with the knowledge they now possessed, having discovered that the Meta-Genome held the potential to end forever the planet’s fertility crisis. The Tholians also had managed to spin the truth about Starfleet’s involvement just far enough to paint it and the Federation as having somehow betrayed the Andorian people by not sharing with them their own cache of information about the Shedai and the Meta-Genome.

And the rest, Riker mused, as they say, is history.

“Even though the full story behind Operation Vanguard remains classified,” he said, pushing away from his desk and moving to the window set into his office’s rear wall, “the parts Starfleet’s been releasing seem to be appeasing the public.” His own knowledge of the top-secret project did not extend much beyond the official information releases distributed by Starfleet Command to the press, and Riker knew that the bulk of the operation’s history likely would remained cloaked in shadow for years if not decades to come. “They’re being smart about it, focusing on the good it’s done for Andor, even though the whole thing would never have happened if not for Julian Bashir.” The former chief medical officer of Deep Space 9 had accessed the classified Shedai data and used it to develop a cure for Andor’s dilemma, and while the Andorians considered him a hero, Starfleet had no choice but to charge him with espionage and possibly even treason. At this moment, arrangements were being finalized for Bashir’s return to Earth for trial. If there was a way to save the doctor from permanent disgrace and incarceration, Riker had yet to conceive of it.

One problem at a time, Admiral.

“It doesn’t hurt that zh’Tarash is advocating using the entire affair as the catalyst for reaffirming Andor’s bond with the Federation,” Troi said. “Polls indicate her popularity is growing every day. At the rate she’s gaining on Ishan, this could end up being a very close election.”

“Don’t count Ishan out yet. There’s still plenty of time for him to pull a rabbit out of his hat.”

The upcoming special election to select a successor to the late President...

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Dayton Ward schreibt diesmal wie ein Anfänger:
- sich wiederholende Erklärungen und Rückblenden, so als hätte der Leser kein Gedächtnis
- Smaltalk und Teekränzchen als immer wiederkehrende "Einblicke", so erfährt man, dass die Teetasse auf die Untertasse gesetzt wird, was für ein liebvoll dummes Detail
- blablabla um Befindlichkeiten, so erfährt man über mehrere Seiten, dass Worf die Sicherheitsfunktionen des Holodecks nicht mag - was nichts mit der Geschichte zu tun hat.
- Humor beschränkt sich auf die Hinweise, dass gerade "gekichert" wird (der Autor hat wohl zu viele amerikanische Serien gesehen)
Kurzum: seitenweise Schmarrn. man blättert flott durch und konzentriert sich darauf, die wenigen wichtigen Sätze des kaum existenten Handlungsstranges nicht zu übersehen.
Dabei gibt der Handlungsrahmen viel her. Leider verwendet Dayton Ward statische Blöcke. Eine Geschichte entsteht durch das Beschreiben der Handlungen der Personen. Das scheint der Autor nicht zu verstehen. Er quält sich und den Leser durch endlosen Smalltalk, so als wäre Gequatsche die Handlung per se. Was für ein liebloser Schlendrian hat ihn da geritten?
Dieses Buch ist ein herber Absturz nach den 3 grossartigen Vorgängern seiner Kollegen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A little disappointed after the last 2 in the series 31. Dezember 2013
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Actually a little disappointed with this offering, especially after the excellent "A Ceremony of Losses" and "The Poisoned Chalice" made for some exciting and true-to-character reads. The [SPOILERS HERE]
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"alternate Bajoran identity" angle of President Ishan just seemed overused, especially after it had been done in the TV series with Dukat/Anjol and later with Iliana Ghemor/The Intendant. Also it would have been nice to see how they got Galif jav Velk to spill his info and involvement in the whole thing. The biggest thing that was left hanging and didn't get ANY time in this book was the Kira/Altek Dans storyline. I guess they're going to leave why Altek appeared in DS9 and what's going on with Taran'atar to another line of books (hooray, keep writing them, Relaunch authors!) but I was hoping for some clever involvement of these two in the overarching Bacco assassination storyline.

I also would have liked to get at least one little section describing how the latest Andorian citizen and "nephew" of Emissary ch'Nuillen was adjusting to life on his new homeworld.

The good part about this offering was Dayton Ward has all the TNG characters and their ways of speaking down pat. I could "hear" every TNG character in my head in the written dialogue. Appreciate all the little nods to earlier TNG episodes and other ST series, including Kirk's advice to Picard about getting promoted. There's a lot of material to keep straight in this universe, and finding all the tie-ins and references was a treat.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Fall ends as it started- slow and without any real bang. Some spoilers. 2. Januar 2014
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I have to agree with most of the reviewers here. The final installment of The Fall has no real bang, even though there is some plot and there is some real character of the Cardassian doctor and "Ishun". The final nail in the coffin for the aggressive interim Federation President also seems, to me, quite contrived and out of left field. I don't think it was really necessary, given there was the logical and obvious link between him and the True way and setting up the death of previous Federation president (which is itself was a poorly written plot- anyone with a brain could tell "security" as anything but)

At least it ends with Starfleet returning "To boldly go where no one has gone before". I've had enough of Federation politics. Let's get back to the adventures of interstellar exploration.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well constructed, but not as compelling of a conclusion as desired. 31. Dezember 2013
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The book itself is well constructed and is well written. However, as a whole, I can't rate the book particularly highly -- first, there is a lot of (perhaps unnecessary) exposition, which I would consider appropriate for the first book in a series or at a point where one is attempting to attract new readers, but not as much for the concluding book in a series. Additionally, I don't feel that it was particularly compelling -- nothing particularly unexpected occurred, the themes are the same as we've always had, and the revelations about the Federation President don't add that much to the narrative, in my opinion.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Unsatisfying conclusion. 1. Januar 2014
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After adoring its antecedents, I was sorely disappointed by this fairly uninteresting conclusion to The Fall. While the author had the characters' voices down pat, they're lacking in any real development. I never felt the stakes or any sense of tension. The prose was uninspiring and a little dull.

*MILD SPOILERS*
Bev just couldn't carry this one. Our two redshirts (I mean goldshirts) had a little promise, but weren't even fleshed out as much as the hick tramp-freighter pilot from Ceremony. The Cardie doc was practically set dressing. Tom wasn't the presence he has the potential to be, and the Enterprise crew were mostly stuck spinning their wheels. Then we had the team of spec ops guys that couldn't even find a single dimension, let alone three.

*MAJOR 'POISONED CHALICE' SPOILERS*
Finally, Peaceable Kingdoms seems to have rendered moot a major event in Chalice. What, exactly, was the point of staging a veritable prison break and providing Bashir with political asylum if he's just going to be rendered back to the Feds for trial? I could understand if they had thought he was likely to be executed, but if they did, they completely failed to convey the weight of that suspicion to me. As presented, it seems that finding him and exerting political pressure to get his legal proceedings in motion would have had the same ultimate outcome without putting him in the odd, awkward & uncharacteristically subdued position that Poisoned Chalice left him in.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Star Trek: The FAll: Peaceable Kingdoms-What's Next? 17. April 2014
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The story line led one down a path that could take different directions, yet it let one guess as to what was comimg and how it would end .
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