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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Una McCormack
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25. September 2012 Star Trek: Typhon Pact
The Venette Convention has always remained independent, but it is about to become the flashpoint for a tense military standoff between the two power blocs now dominating interstellar space—the United Federation of Planets and the recently formed Typhon Pact. The Venetan government turns to the Typhon Pact’s Tzenkethi Coalition for protection in the new order, and has agreed to allow three of their supply bases for Tzenkethi use. But these bases—if militarized—would put Tzenkethi weapons unacceptably close to Federation, Cardassian, and Ferengi space. While Captain Ezri Dax and the crew of the U.S.S. Aventine are sent to investigate exactly what is happening at one of the Venette bases, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are assigned to a diplomatic mission sent to the Venette homeworld in order to broker a mutually acceptable resolution. But the Cardassian delegates don’t seem particularly keen on using diplomacy to resolve the situation, which soon spirals out of control toward all-out war. . . .

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: Original (25. September 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1451687826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451687828
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,8 x 11 x 2,3 cm
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Una McCormack is the author of the Star Trek novels The Fall: The Crimson Shadow (a New York Times bestseller); Cardassia—The Lotus Flower (which appeared in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 1); The Never-Ending Sacrifice; Hollow Men; and Brinkmanship; as well as two Doctor Who novels, The King’s Dragons and The Way Through the Woods, and numerous short stories. She lives with her partner, Matthew, in Cambridge, England, where she reads, writes, and teaches.

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Zwischen den Gebieten der Förderation sowie den ihrer Alliierten, den Ferengi und den Cardassianern, befindet sich das Hoheitsgebiet der "Venetans". Ihr Gesuch zur Aufnahme in die Förderation geriet durch Bedrohungen der Förderation von andererseite jedoch ins Abseits. Sich vernachlässigt fühlend, schufen sie Verbindeungen mit den Tzenkethi und trafen Übereinkommen, diesen Zugang zu Sternenbasen zu gewähren, die nahe den Gebieten der o.g. Khitomer-Vertragspartner liegen. Da diese den (Typhon Pact-) Opponent nicht direkt vor der eigenen Haustüre haben wollen, begibt sich die Enterprise mit eigenen Diplomaten sowie denen der Cardassianer und Ferengi für Verhandlungen zu den "Venetans".

Das Buch gefiel mir außerordentlich gut und stellt das Beste der Reihe dar. Die schwierig verlaufenden Verhandlungen sind überaus spannend zu verfolgen und die beiden anderen Handlungsstränge um Inspektionen der "venetanischen" Basis durch Ezri Dax und der EInsatz von Spionen auf Ab-Tzenketh sind gleichfalls unterhaltsam.

Die (totalitäre Plangesellschaft) Gesellschaft der Tzenkethi wird dem Leser sehr gut nähergebracht und abgerundet wird das Buch durch die Erzählweise, die auf Logbucheinträge und Schiffsmitteilungen, die als ein Countdown fungieren und zusätzlich für Spannung sorgen.
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Die Venette-Konvention ist lange unabhängig geblieben und hatte sich eigentlich auch nicht sonderlich für andere PLaneten interessiert. Trotzdem war sie an einer Mitgliedschaft in der Föderation interessiert - bis der Dominion-Krieg die Betrittsverhandlungen einschlafen ließ und andere - strategisch wichtigere - neue Mitglieder gesucht wurden. Nun hat sich über die Tzenkethi der Typhon Pact an die Venetta heran gemacht und eine Art diplomatisches Tauziehen um diese sehr der Ehrlichkeit verpflichteten Rasse beginnt.

Während der Verhandlungmarathon schnell durch cardassianische Einflüße ins Stocken gerät und die Föderationsvertreter sich mehr und mehr unmöglich machen, versuchen auf dem Heimatplaneten der Tzenkethi Spione verschiedener Nachrichtendienste mehr Informationen über deren Absichten zu erhalten. Doch das Leben in dieser doch sehr ungewohnt strukturierten Gesellschaft übt auf einige der Agenten einen ganz eigentümlichen Reiz aus.

Freiheit und Denken ist anstrengend und Diplomatie hat viel mit indirektem Sprechen zu tun. Dies alles wird in diesem Buch in sprachlich sehr ansprechender Weise gut dargestellt. Allerdings gibt es gelegentlich einige Längen, wenn allzu deutlich Zusammenhänge erläutert werden, aber Alles in Allem ist "Brinkmanship" ein durchaus lohnendes Buch über Politik und Angst.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Flawed, but still good 28. September 2012
Von That One Guy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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(3.5 stars out of 5, but rounding up)

Let me start off by saying that Brinksmanship is likely the last of the Typhon Pact books. Take that however you will. Personally, I have enjoyed the slower, Cold War-esque feel to the series. That's just me, though.

I'll start off with the pros:
First off, I have no idea what on Earth people are talking about a lack of character development. We once again get to see Ezri as a strong captain, far removed from the awkward counselor of the Seventh Season of DS9. She not only is Captain of the USS Aventine, she is the master of it. She wields her position like a sword, just as well as in Zero Sum Game. (Anyone who disputes this, please read where they destroy the feux-Vesta-Class) Crusher also gets to play a rather prominent role, rather than being the "oh, there's a medical problem. Hey Doc!" which has become her norm. We also see her and Picard considering their future with their child, Rene. They are pushing these characters off and away from the Enterprise slowly but surely, and we will almost definitely see the end of an era come Cold Equations over the next few months.

Also, we get a great look at the Tzenkethi, a species who David R. George spent a great deal of time fleshing out in Rough Beasts, Plagues, and Dawn. They have gotten the most development out of any of the Pact species, and I thoroughly enjoy them. A society that is both beautiful, deadly, and rigid. When I found out this book would be featuring them, I was excited, and I am pleased to say that it held them true. I can easily see how someone would be enthralled with their culture.

Now for the cons...

VENETTE:
You may note that I did not mention the Venette at ALL above. There is a reason for that. I hate them. It was a species created specifically for this book and it did not work in the slightest. They were once again this overly-alien species with no solid development. They will also likely never be mentioned again. If they are, God help us. I get that they needed a villain of sorts, or however you want to categorize them, to fit the role, but the Venette were simply terrible. They should have just made this one about the Tzenkethi and left it at that.

WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND (or out):
This could have gone from a good story to a great story by adding about another 30 pages of material. President Bacco was given literally just a couple of pages, as another reviewer stated. This annoys me. She has been very prevalent in all of the Pact books thus far because of the immense political intrigue that is taking place right now. But no... the most important figure in the Federation is given mere paragraphs to talk about what is going on. Also, would it have killed them to reference the FLIPPING DESTRUCTION OF DEEP SPACE 9?! It was Dax's home for years and oh, nope, she doesn't care, evidently. And... really... the end? Really? I mean... really? THAT was your excuse?

WHAT'S HIS NAME:
The utterly-forgettable friend of Dax's from college. You could take him out of the book and I wouldn't have noticed or cared. It gave us a nice glimpse to see how a more mature Ezri deals with boys she likes, but he could have easily been substituted.
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Now, don't let my more-organized take-down of this book give you pause. It is very well written, and Una is one of the best out there. Yes, there are things that annoy me about this, but if you look at the overall arc of how things have developed, it's really a great continuing narrative seen from dozens of different perspectives. If THAT isn't Star Trek, I don't know what is.

The Typhon Pact series has dealt with subterfuge, alien cultures, the lives of characters we love, political intrigue... Yes, it may be slower at times, but learning about the Breen, the Gorn, and the Tzenkethi has been well worth it.

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tl;dr
It's okay if you have a spare afternoon. Venette sucks, Dax is kinda awesome, Tzenkethi... woo. TP has a whole: 4/5
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Welcome Change 6. Oktober 2012
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This was a welcome change from the other titles in the Typhon Pact Series, of which I haven't been a huge fan to date. The admiralty and various heads of state, including the president, were all side characters or non-existent from the story which I really appreciated. Star Trek was never about the games of intrigue that are played in the halls of power, but about the captains and crews of starships in the field, which is what the author delivered. What I enjoyed the most was the in-depth look we got of the Tzenkethi. In case anyone didn't notice, this book is not about the Venette convention, or even the crisis that unfolded. The whole thing was about showing us the Tzenkethi civilization and explaining why they are the way they are. This was done masterfully and most importantly, it was believable.

Instead of painting the Tzenkethi as a cartoonish, shallow "bad guy" race that hates the federation because they're just so darned good, the author did a wonderful job of revealing a complex and fascinating species that enriches the Star Trek universe. On the character side, there were some great complicated characters we were introduced to whom I hope will make return appearances.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen IMHO, The side story takes center stage in this novel 3. Oktober 2012
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Spoilers and discussion of plot details ahead.

First of all, I agree that the main plot was not nearly as interesting as the secondary storyline on Ab-Tzenketh (which could have been a spin-off all its own, similar to the whole Worlds of DS9 thing).

The titular storyline kept my attention, but it was mostly political intrigue than action. While diplomacy is fairly common in many of the books, it's still disappointing that there are no space battles (just the standoffs that the title suggests) and no significant first-person action (even the covert, extralegal mission was abridged as dialogue). The diplomacy wielded by Picard and company would have worked, as usual, had they not been stonewalled, but the amount of the issues the characters had was unusual for a Star Trek novel, as even the characters themselves "noticed" this. Garak and the Cardassians seemed a bit more heartless than usual, although that was revealed to be a scheme at the end to force the Tzenkethi. However, while you're reading it, it's a little jarring.

Although new characters, the characters encountered on the Tzenkethi homeworld seemed "real" as their development progressed.

Although it's a stretch, I feel the author introduced several intriguing character developments. The friendship between the Cardassian agent and her Tzenkethi workmate, two "enemies", even to the point of the agent sacrificing her trip home, contrasted sharply with the enmity between supposed and potential allies: the Cardassian and Starfleet agents, the Federation and Cardassian delegations, and Dax and Heldon. On the ideological side, the conflicts between individuality and conformity, as shown as two societies (with the ones from their respective cultures, Cardassian and Tzenkethi, preferring that of the other), and whether the guises we put on for others reflect who we are were weaved throughout the story. The individuality versus conformity issue was likely a consequence of the seemingly Cold War inspiration for the story, which as another reviewer mentioned, really strained the prelude to war storyline.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Set a Course for Lame, Maximum Warp! 27. September 2012
Von DD - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's sad to see such a poorly written and mostly uninteresting book from an otherwise talented author who has previously written great titles in the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" series. I eagerly anticipated the release of this book following the face-of-the-galaxy changing events in the previous Typhon Pact novels, "Plagues of Night" and "Raise the Dawn." Unfortunately, this book does not even reference those events, aside from a brief historian's note that reminds the reader that the Cardassian Union and Ferengi Alliance are now allied with the Federation, even though events in this book take place near Cardassia (and, by extension, Bajor).

"Brinkmanship" centers around an unimportant alien race that is suddenly thrust into galactic prominence when it extends its friendship to the Tzenkethi Coalition. Though the book falls under the Typhon Pact series, the Pact plays no role in the events at all. The Tzenkethi bring the Pact to the edge of war, yet key players from the pact such as Praetor Kamemor of the Romulan Star Empire are completely missing from the story. Federation President Nan Bacco gets a couple of pages (literally), but otherwise it is Admiral Akaar who is making the calls on the Federation's end. The central premise of the story--that the Venetans are angry at the Federation because it postponed the Venetans' petition for Federation membership during and after the Dominion War--is ill conceived. The author fails to explain why this peaceful alien race bordering Cardassian space that, up until this point, stayed out of galactic affairs would have ever wanted to ally itself with a Federation that was being overrun by Dominion forces.

However, even worse than the thinly constructed plot is the almost complete lack of character development. Beverly Crusher, who is often sidelined in the novels, finally gets something more constructive to do than simply be present because a scene demands a medical officer. Nevertheless, she remains less than empowered at the end of the novel. Though she writes his voice clearly and preserves his air of dignity, Picard is primarily portrayed as tired and frustrated throughout the book. I understand that the editors are probably moving him in the direction of leaving the Enterprise to become the Federation's ambassador to Vulcan (as per the J.J. Abrams timeline), but it should be handled with a more complex character exploration than this book offers. Similarly, even though there is an attempt to give Captain Dax some new arcs, the presence of an old Academy friend and relations with a new alien commander only shallowly scratch at the surface of a deeply complex character. Another chance for her to work with Worf is also missed, and Worf himself barely makes an appearance even though his experience as a former ambassador, tactical officer, first officer of the Enterprise could have been useful.

Overall, this book is an improvement over the first four or five Typhon Pact novels. Nevertheless, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of both plot and character development.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than most 28. September 2012
Von Naturamo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Seems like some people enjoy the endless mind numbing mysteries of space-time, travels through time and God-like beings that play with us mortals. Fine, there is a niche for that. However I think Star Trek was not conceived like that, nor produced in that fashion throughout its many years.

Star Trek was always about the exploration of humanity, its flaws and its triumphs, its nightmares and its dreams. The space and the aliens was just a means to allow for a metaphor to reach its audience effectively and in a way that is entertaining.

Politics and power struggles is one the most important aspect of human nature, and it is the main topic of this book.

The subtle negotiations, the subterfuge at Venetian Convention, the saving of face and the opportunity to expose the blunder of opponents *is* how diplomacy works. When it doesn't, there is war. Dancing around the issues of trust (from Venetian standpoint) between the Khitomer Accords and the Tzentkethy is how sentient beings work out details when they are not ready for an all-out war.

The political play was done nicely in this book. The exploration of Tzenkethy home world was masterful. It truly touches on some of Earth's own societies.

As for the negative view of some readers in regards to a weak plot, I don't get it. There are many different cultures out there on Earth, outside of the living room, the TV and the tasty snacks all day long. There are nations where saving face is worth taking own life. There are nations where honor is above profits. There are nations where people talk and understand the subtle geopolitics quite well.

I like the introduction of Peter Alden whose struggles depict the dark places many Veterans struggle with. It's real and it's good to talk about it.

If you like a good geopolitical suspense in outer space, this book is for you.
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