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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Juni 2012

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (26. Juni 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1451649568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451649567
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3 x 17,1 cm
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David R. George III wrote the Crucible trilogy for Star Trek's 40th anniversary as well as Olympus Descending for Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume Three. He previously visited DS9 in the novels The 34th Rule, set during the timeframe of the series, and in Twilight, set after the finale. His other Star Trek contributions include a first season Voyager episode, "Prime Factors," and one of the Lost Era books, Serpents Among the Ruins, which hit the New York Times bestseller list. He has also written a novella for Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light.

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August 2383


Sela’s boot heels clacked on the stone floor, sending echoes along the narrow tunnel through which she walked. Two men from her security detachment followed behind her at a distance, their own footfalls adding to the cacophony in the enclosed space. Set into the walls at long intervals, lighting panels did a barely sufficient job of banishing the darkness that gripped the ancient subterranean passage. The recirculated air caressed the exposed flesh of Sela’s face with an uncomfortable chill, like the threat of an ill wind as the sun sets and the night impends.

The chairwoman of the Tal Shiar led her guards at a brisk clip, striding with determination toward a meeting she had never wished to have, but for which she had still developed contingencies. Her mind brimmed with broad facts and intricate details, with unanswered questions and necessary suppositions. Sela had always understood the possibility that she might have to deliver the report that she carried with her on a data tablet, and so she had planned for it, but she didn’t like it. To her way of thinking, the word contingency equated to failure: one need enact a secondary plan only if a primary plan has not succeeded.

But now two of my stratagems have failed, Sela thought, her jaw tightening. She remained uncertain how far back the latest events had set her. She had already lost so much time thanks to the incompetence of the Breen. Sela had helped the Confederacy purloin Starfleet’s schematics for the quantum slipstream drive, only to see the Federation mount a covert operation and eliminate everything the Breen had subsequently accomplished, including not only a slipstream-equipped prototype vessel, but all copies of the drive plans.

You will have to work harder than all the others, her father had always told her, and he had been right. As a half-breed, born of a human mother, Sela had found it impossible even to trade on her father’s rank and position—General Volskiar had commanded IRW Victorious through many successful campaigns—and so she’d had to work from the periphery. But she internalized her father’s wisdom, and never undervalued the importance of sheer diligence.

Before rising to chair the Tal Shiar, Sela had served as a personal operative to the praetor, and before that, as a proficient officer in the Imperial Fleet. Throughout her career, she advanced as the result of indefatigable effort, and as she did so, she learned the value of careful planning. But she had never anticipated the ascension to the praetorship of somebody like Gell Kamemor—a nonbeliever in Romulan exceptionalism, and an apologist for, and even an appeaser of, the Federation. And Sela never could have foreseen the string of events, improbable in the aggregate, that had allowed it to happen: the assassination of nearly the entire Senate; the descent of Shinzon into madness; the Remans’ successful struggle for independence; the schism of the Empire into factions led by Tal’Aura and Donatra; and the need for the Romulan people to accept nutritional and medical assistance from the Federation. Even after all of that, it had still required the deaths of both Tal’Aura and Donatra; the death of one of their likeliest successors, Senator Xarian Dor; and the deaths of the war hawk Pardek and Tal Shiar Chairman Rehaek—only then had enough opposition fallen to permit the elevation to praetor of a populist like Kamemor.

Sela reached the heavy door standing closed at the end of the tunnel, a bright lighting panel in the ceiling above it reflecting dully off its satin-textured metal surface. She reached up and placed her hand on the security plate beside the door, knowing that she’d already been under surveillance for some time. After the many lethal disruptions of the government in recent times, the Senate had increased security considerably—though not always visibly—in and around the Hall of State.

The scanner emitted a yellow glow as it examined Sela’s hand. On the screen beside it, her image appeared, along with the details of her service record. As always when she saw herself, Sela noted the alienness of her own features: eyebrows that hugged the lines of her eyes, the flatness of her forehead, the shocking yellowish color of her hair. She despised the human elements of her appearance, the details that set her apart from her fellow Romulans. Yet she had chosen never to alter them, never to surgically effect the changes that would allow her looks to fall within the Romulan norm. Instead, she let her differences drive her to overachieve, and she chose to project the impression that her differences made her better, that they singled her out as an exceptional individual among an exceptional people.

The door slid noisily to one side, withdrawing into the wall. Sela turned back to face her guards, who could proceed no farther. She nodded curtly to them, then paced through the door and up a set of worn stone steps.

The Tal Shiar chairwoman strode through the door at the top of the stairway and into a circular courtyard. Night had established itself earlier, and the silver orb of Elvreng had risen high in the sky. The pale light from Romulus’s second moon filtered through the windows in the cupola that topped the courtyard, draining the color and contrast from the scene. Between the doors that ran along the perimeter, white beams of light reached upward, the indirect illumination further brightening the area, but restoring none of its tint or texture.

Sela crossed to the set of tall, wide wooden doors that dominated the courtyard, to where a pair of uhlans stood watch. In the ashen light, the chairwoman could discern the faces of the two guards no more than she could the elaborate scrollwork in the doors. Still, she knew the names of the two men—Voster and Strak—and could run down both their professional and personal histories. The idea that power relied on knowledge had been a cornerstone principle of the Tal Shiar since its inception.

“Chairwoman Sela to see the praetor,” she said, identifying herself to the guards, although in addition to recognizing her, they also would have been informed in advance of her late visit.

“Praetor Kamemor is expecting you, Chairwoman,” replied Uhlan Voster. He turned and, beside the doors, pulled twice on a braided rope that Sela knew to be gold, but that looked white in the moonglow. Then he leaned into the large doors, which slowly opened inward, and he stepped aside. Sela passed between the two guards, who then followed her inside.

As the doors closed decisively behind her, she peered around the praetorial audience chamber. Gell Kamemor had inarguably altered the character of the place during the six hundred days of her administration. Although pairs of columns rose majestically all around the room, creating niches filled with artwork and reaching up to a magnificent mural on the ceiling, the once-regal setting possessed a commonplace atmosphere. Despite the gleaming black surfaces of the floor and walls, despite the throne that sat on a raised platform at the far end of the room, the large conference table and the chairs arrayed around it commanded the space and marked it as a simple, workaday venue. Stark white lighting buttressed the utilitarian effect.

Such details, Sela knew, had always troubled Tomalak. He did not go so far as to suggest that appearances trumped substance, but he did believe that such things mattered, particularly for somebody in Kamemor’s position. Sela did not concern herself with such minutiae, but she could not argue that the praetor succeeded in delivering a message with the refashioning of her audience chamber.

The chairwoman did not see Gell Kamemor. As Sela moved...


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The end of the last Typhon-Pact-volume saw DS9 in the process of destruction and Cpt. Sisko looking on the destruction of Kasidy Yates' freighter on which she and their daughter Rebecca were supposed to be.

And that's directly where this volume begins. While Sisko becomes useless for further action the fight around DS9 and Bajor goes on with the Typhon-Pact-ships being finally annihilated. Together with DS9 and the protection the station has offered Bajor and the wormhole. And all hopes the president of the Federation had to forge a new alliance with the Romulan Praetor, because the Romulan ship taking part in the fight has been part of a joined exploration-mission with the ENTERPRISE before.

A cloak-and-dagger-game starts with the intelligence-services of all nations working against each other and their diplomats trying to build or mend fences at the same time. Even the Domiona gets drawn into the political fracas and at the end the world of the ST-universe will be well and truly changed.

A lot of old acquaintances we meet here and some long story-lines find their ends here while new ones get opened up. Very good read together with its predecessor.
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a great story. Just all the private stuff around Benjamin Sisko is terrible boring and does not add anything to the story. Additionally there is too much other sentimental nonsense around other people. Some readers might like all that flat psycho and social topics around Deep Space 9 people, others might dislike it as I do. That topics fill 1/3 of a fascinating political story around President Barco and her Romulan counterpart. It is a pitty that they come by 1/3 too short. I would recommend authors not to play psychologists. All together a very good story if you skip the useless psycho nonsense.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Backgenie am 10. September 2012
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Dieses Buch hat mich richtig Kraft gekostet... in der Regel schaffte ich es nur mit Mühe mehr als 10 Seiten am Stück zu lesen - meistens habe ich es gelangweilt, enttäuscht oder gar verärgert aus der Hand gelegt. Kommen wir zum Positiven:

+ Die interestellare Politik wird vorangetrieben
+ Die unsägliche Handlung um Siskos Familie wird abgeschlossen
+ Die Handlung im Dominion ist interessant

dem gegenüber steht folgendes:

- ALLE Antagonisten werden als arg einfältige Extremisten dargestellt
- Die Handlungen um: Bashir-Sarina, Aufklärung des Anschlags auf DS9, Aufbau einer Ersatzstation und Siskos Trauer ziehen sich unnötig in die Länge.
- Nog und O'Brien treten lediklich kurz als verkappte Komiker auf, anstatt zur Handlung beizutragen.
- Die Wurmlocherfahrung ist langweiliger zu lesen als der "Große Gatsby" und zieht sich auf sicherlich 100 Seiten hin
- Viele Charaktere werden eingestreut und werden nicht weiter beachtet (z.B. Quark, Teinmei, Rogeiro, Nog, O'Brien, im Grunde auch Ro, Bashir u Sarina)
- Die Geschichte um Vaughn ist ärgerlich mysteriös
- Picard wird atypisch phlegmatisch dargestellt
- Der Schluss überschlägt sich etwas
- Es muss die Frage gestellt werden, in wie fern eine Raumschiffexplosion einer Phaserentladung im Wurmloch vorzuziehen ist, wenn man die Prämisse vertritt, die Wurmlochwesen nicht gefährden zu wollen.

Von den knapp 400 Seiten sind etwa 150 Seiten lesenswert, die man jedoch auch nochmal auf die Hälfte der Seiten hätte verkürzen können. Das war nun mein drittes und sicherlich letztes Buch, das ich von David R George III. gelesen habe.
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Wir erinnern uns an Heimsuchung: Auf DS9 hatte man Bomben gelegt. Diese sollten eigentlich zur Ablenkung dienen, aber eine Detonation ließ den Kern nicht absprengen, sodass DS9 nun Geschichte ist. Siskos ROBINSON, die DEFIANT und einige Runabouts müssen gleichzeitig DS9 evakuieren und sich ihrer Haut erwehren. Der romulanische Warbird, der vom Dominion Teile für den Slipstreamantrieb geklaut hat, steht unter schwerem Beschuss, Plan B hat einen Tzenkethi-Kreuzer und Breen-Schlachtschiff auf den Plan gerufen. Der Pakt verliert alle Schiffe, einer der Drahtzieher geht der Sternenflotte ins Netz, die Föderation hat aber keinen Grund zu feiern. Insgesamt sind über 1000 Verluste zu beklagen. Um Stärke zu zeigen hat Präsidentin Bacco jetzt die Durchfahrtspassagen des Paktes für Null und Nichtig erklärt und hat sämtliche Grenzen verstärkt. Prätorin Kamenor ist entsetzt.

Die Geschichte wird hier weitererzählt. Weitere Spoiler möchte ich nicht geben, nur soviel: Man erfährt über mehr über Vaughns, Tomalaks und Selas weiteren Lebenslauf. Auch Siskos private Probleme werden angesprochen. Die politischen Intrigen der beiden Machtblöcke werden virtuos in Szene gesetzt. Allerdings hatte der Roman einige Längen. U. a. nervten mich sowieso die Szenen, wo es ellenlang um die Prophetenproblematik und deren Verehrung ging, der religiöse Bezug hatte mich bereits zu Serienzeiten gestört. Insbesondere die Visionen um Benny und Co. fand ich langweilig.
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Nice use of Star Trek as a Cold War Tale 4. Juli 2012
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Being a historian I found that I not only enjoyed reading the story filled with some of my favorite Star Trek universe characters but that played out (along with the previous book in this series) a lovely Cold War story filled with historical parallels with our 20th and 21st Century Earth. The Typhon Pact led by the Romulans are in opposition to the Khitomer Accord allies led by the Federation. Will the detente between the two powers lead to peace or allow those who desire war an opportunity to advance their nefarious agenda. This story doesn't spend much time with Picard and the Enterprise but it is good to visit with them to see the interaction between Picard and his latest Number One in Worf. The focus really stays on Sisko and the choices he has made since returning from the care of the wormhole aliens. We get to experience great changes in the Bajoran system that will have repercussions for the future of the DS9 storytelling universe. Once again I hated to see this book come to an end because I was so caught up in the story. I can clearly hear the voices of these characters in my head as I read... which is pretty darn cool. I have some great SFX as I imagine right along to the plot. George has these characters that well written.
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Good, Fun Read With Some Frustrating Problems 13. Juli 2012
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I'm torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars. On one hand, the book is well written and focuses extensively and primarily on the characters of "Deep Space Nine," who have been neglected in the Star Trek literary universe for far too long. A lot of times, it hits the characterizations well and furthers them even deeper than this novel's predecessor did. On the other hand, parts of the character arcs seem silly and contrived, and not very much in keeping with the spirit of the "Deep Space Nine" television series or the book relaunch that followed it.

Three character points are particularly troubling. Although it is gratifying to see Captain Sisko's marital woes arch finally resolved in this story, the resolution makes little sense. Mr. George briefly explores the concepts of prophecy and destiny, but fails to consider that walking a different path may still lead to the same destination. The absence of the Prophets from Sisko's life also feels insignificant by the end of the book, which is contrary to the idea of the series that Sisko had a long path the travel before he fulfilled his ultimate destiny as the Emissary. Moreover, the sorrow that Sisko was to have known being away from his wife was already covered in the show's series finale, when he was forced to spend time away from his wife to live with the Prophets. To return to the arch and explore it across three novels seems redundant. Even more alarming--and for me, personally, outright enraging--is how Kira is handled in this tale. It seems the writers and editors at Simon and Schuster have run out of ideas for her character, which is a shame after they did the same with another strong female character: Kathryn Janeway. Finally, the idea of Ro Laren as Starfleet Captain is simply ludicrous. While Ro's promotion to captain was first featured in David Mack's "Seize the Fire," Mr. George wrote a number of passages in which Ro considered her less than immaculate Starfleet career. Nevertheless, neither this novel or its predecessor came close to explaining how a woman who was court martialed, later abandoned Starfleet to join Maquis renegades, and almost not readmitted into Starfleet when it integrated the Bajoran militia achieved the rank of Captain. Worf, who has served the Federation and Starfleet for far longer and much more consistently than RO Laren is still only a commander, and probably will not be given a command of his own because of the single reprimand in his file for abandoning his mission to retrieve a Cardassian operative during the Dominion War so that he could rescue his injured wife. Yet, somehow Ro Laren achieved the rank of Captain. I like her character and think they have done wonderful things with her in the literary universe, but even Sisko was only a commander when he took command of Deep Space Nine.

However, I am ultimately giving this book four stars because it handles the political intrigue surrounding the Typhon Pact and the Khitomer Accords with sophistication and style, and reunites the Deep Space Nine characters in a logical and meaningful way. Nan Bacco and Gell Kamemor are vital and alive, and Bacco in particular has been restored to the complex character we've gotten to know over several novels--a welcome break for her cartoonish headaches that Mr. Mack invented in "Seize the Fire." The gravity of the plot and the consequences for the "Star Trek" universe make this book a worthy addition to the "Typhon Pact" series, especially in light of the first three disappointing novels. (I exclude "Path of Disharmony.") Every character that returns to Bajor has a logical reason for doing so, and it's nice to see some familiar faces again. By the end of the novel, there is even some hope left for Kira, though any arch for hereon needs to be creative and significant to justify her direction in this novel.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read, and like it or hate it, it is engrossing and forever changes the shape of the "Star Trek" universe.
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Extremely well written story. 6. September 2012
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This story is a continuation of the 3 book in the Typhon Pact Series. It is a most intriguing and fascinating adventure and was fun to read.

I highly recommend this book to other Star Trek and SciFi fans because it's fun and it's hard to find good-looking stories out there.

BTW, the only reason I have given this story 4 stars and not 5 is because there have been other books I've read that were significantly more interesting. I strongly suggest the "Star Trek Vanguard" after this one. In the Typhon Pact, this book is one of the few good ones.
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A must read for star trek fans 6. August 2012
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The last thing I want to do is to ruin the plot for anyone who's interested in buying this book, so I won't say much. What I will say is that if you're a huge of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, this book is a must read along with "Plagues of Night." You'll be completely surprised and shocked at what develops in the Star Trek universe.
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Refreshingly good storytelling 7. September 2012
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This book, and its antecedent, breathes such new life into the Star Trek Universe. It takes the Typhon Pact storyline and brings about a deeply engaging and broad spectrum sensibility to the world we all love. I found that the character explorations of familiar personae as well as new were quite delectable. The galactic spanning geo-politics, machinations and intrigue were most enjoyable; quite believable and compelling.

The author captured the nuances of powerful galactic leaders straining under the weight of forging a lasting peace. With deft skill, David R. George III, evokes the intimate emotions of various heads of state with great effect. With the beloved characters of this universe, the author vividly grasps--with great dexterity--all the coup-contra-coupe emotions of our "friends".

He poignantly paints a portrait of their personalities as they endure the life-changing events and decisions they must make and partake of. It's an excellent conclusion to an equally gripping novel: the Plagues of Night; which took my breath away...particularly at the very end of the last chapter. If you want to have a really great read and see beloved characters and galactic settings evolve with chromatic delight then get this book and its predecessor.
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