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The second original novel in the electrifying The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine crossover event!

Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced by either fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets— put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.

To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet’s personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory,” and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal....

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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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Cardassia Prime bereitet sich auf den Besuch der Präsidentin der Föderation vor um den Abzug der föderalen Hilfseinheiten einzuleiten und einen festen Allianzvertrag zwischen den beiden Mächten abzuschließen. Der Botschafter für die Föderation, Elim Garak, ehemaliger Schneider an Bord der bajoranischen Raumstation DS9, Spion, Spionsteuerer, Meuchelmörder und Soldat blickt diesem Ereignis mit einer gewissen Freude entgegen, genau wie viele andere Cardassianer, die mehr oder minder bewusst durch die Wirren und Schrecken der letzten 15 Jahre in der cardassianischen Innen- und Außenpolitik gegangen sind. Er hofft, dass sein Volk bereit ist, diesen Schritt in eine hoffentlich bessere Zukunft zu tun.

Aber Garak wäre nicht Garak, wenn er nicht versuchen würde, sich in alle Richtungen abzusichern. Und als alter Hase im Informations- und Desinformationsgeschäft weiß er nur allzu gut, dass es zu jedem möglichen politischen Ereignis Befürworter und Gegner gibt – und radikale Kräfte auf beiden Seiten versuchen werden, ihre jeweiligen Ziele durchzusetzen. Und so beobachtet er insbesondere die nationalistisch-isolationistischen Kräfte, die ein „Cardassia für Cardassianer“ fordern, eine schnelle und massive Wiederbewaffnung, die nebenher auch die Arbeitslosenzahlen senken würde und eine Rückkehr zur „guten alten Zeit.“

Mit seinem Fokus nach innen ist sogar dieser Meisterspion und –stratege überrascht, als er hört, dass die föderale Präsidentin im bajoranischen Raum einem Attentat zum Opfer gefallen ist. Dass der Attentäter ein Bajoraner gewesen sein soll, ist natürlich Wasser auf den Mühlen der Nationalisten.
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Der Roman spielt in einer relativ kurzen Zeit und überschneidet sich mit der Handlung des ersten Bandes aus der Reihe "The Fall". Die Kastellanin Cardassias hat gegenüber der Föderation bereits einige Zugeständnisse machen müssen und hat sich von Präsidentin Bacco in das Khitomer Abkommen als Bollwerk gegen den Typhon Pakt drängen lassen. Nun steht der Abzug der Sternenflottenmitarbeiter an. Dabei handelt es sich nicht um ein Truppenkontingent, sondern eher um Aufbauhelfer, Pädagogen und ähnliches. Außerdem wartet Cardassia Prime auf die Ankunft von Föderationspräsidentin Bacco. Cardassia dürfte also in Zukunft wieder stärker werden und auf eigenen Füßen stehen.

Einige Mächte auf Cardassia sehen jedoch die Demokratisierung nicht so gerne. Außerdem finden diverse Ereignisse statt, die die Allianz Cardassia/Föderation bröckeln lassen können. U. a. poltert ein Populist auf Cardassia rum und verweist auf die schwächelnde Föderation. Da die Kastellanin ihre Macht in Gefahr sieht, erfordert dies ihre sofortige Anwesenheit. Das stößt allerdings wiederum den Bajoranern vor den Kopf, wird doch die Station über Bajor mit großem Brimborium eingeweiht - mit allen wichtigen Würdenträgern der beiden Quadranten (Alpha und Beta) an Bord. Doch da wird ein Attentat an Bord von DS9 verübt mit schrecklichen Folgen. Und mit Offenlegung der angeblichen Täterin werden Vorurteile bedient. Darüberhinaus wird auf Bajor ein bajoranischer Sternenflottenoffizier getötet. Die Allianz sieht sich einer großen Gefahr ausgesetzt...

Der Roman ist flüssig und ohne Schnörkel geschrieben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Crimson Shadow 25. September 2013
Von Brendan Moody - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I used to read a lot of Star Trek novels, but about four years ago they stopped appealing to me, and I decided to spend my money on other things. But I'm still in touch with people who do read them, and I've never really lost track of what's going on in the Trek novel "universe." So it was probably inevitable that something would pull me back in. The something has turned out to be an event miniseries where the first two books were written by my two favorite Trek novelists back in the day: David R. George III and Una McCormack. I should note that McCormack, author of the book under review here, is an Internet acquaintance of mine: we follow each other on Twitter and occasionally make unfunny jokes about geeky things. But I was a fan of McCormack's work before I ever "met" her, so I don't think it's the personal-knowledge factor that made THE CRIMSON SHADOW such a fast, fun, thoughtful read.

It was, though, probably personal knowledge that got me to read it before the previous book in the series, REVELATION AND DUST, which I own but hadn't gotten around to when THE CRIMSON SHADOW was delivered. I don't know whether I would recommend that course to most readers. There's a biggish plot development in REVELATION AND DUST that also influences events in THE CRIMSON SHADOW; I had already been inadvertently spoiled, but if you're going to read REVELATION AND DUST at all, you might want to do so before starting THE CRIMSON SHADOW.

But enough preliminaries. What is THE CRIMSON SHADOW actually about? In a word: Cardassians. There are smallish supporting roles for some TNG regulars, particularly Picard, but this is basically a book about Cardassia. Nearly ten years have passed within the Star Trek universe since the DS9 finale, and the Federation is preparing to withdraw its occupation and humanitarian forces from Cardassia Prime. Federation President Nan Bacco and Cardassian Ambassador to the Federation Elim Garak have worked out on the final agreement, and all that needs to happen now is a signing to seal the deal. But the end of the occupation means a new order, and not even a tailor like Garak can guarantee that it will be a movement toward freedom and democracy rather than a return to authoritarian xenophobia. When unexpected events on Cardassia Prime and elsewhere threaten to unleash chaos, extraordinary steps may prove necessary to prevent the worst. But will those steps bring about the very moral decline they're meant to avert?

The interesting thing about this novel is that it manages at once to be a fast-paced quick read (I only needed a few hours) and a resonant examination of a society in transition. McCormack has always been good with Cardassians (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice was the last Trek book I read four years ago, and I definitely left on a high note), and here she focuses on how the Cardassians as defeated aggressors can come to terms with their past and shape a decent future. While there's one obvious demagogue, most characters are honestly trying to do the best thing in a difficult situation, at least according to their own frames of references. But since those frames of reference were shaped by a society that was poisonous and eventually poisoned itself, there's plenty of room for conflict. Almost everyone has something to be guilty about, must struggle with the line between acceptable bending of the rules for the greater good and abuse of power. After a light-hearted Part One, events take a darker turn in Part Two, and the sense of tragedy is, by Star Trek standards, surprisingly potent, as former allies turn on each other and battle lines are drawn.

But, as I've suggested, this isn't a slog through dark territory. Garak being Garak, there's plenty of humor, and McCormack doesn't feel the need to drive her thematic points home with lugubrious language-- a few mentions of the extent of the wartime devastation and of the inherently inhospitable climate on Cardassia Prime prove sufficient. Intrigues piled on intrigues keep the plot moving at a steady clip without becoming over-complicated. And, as in other books, McCormack occasionally plays with omniscient, slightly obtrusive narration, rather than the straight third-person limited of most Trek fiction. I'd like to have seen more of this, actually; it makes a nice change, and compensates for occasional infelicities in the rest of the prose and in the dialogue. Garak aside, the characters aren't terribly complex, but that has its own benefits: they're ordinary people making their way as best they can in a destroyed world. Overall, THE CRIMSON SHADOW is a fine novel, not enormously substantial but more than complex enough for its own purposes, and comes highly recommended to fans of DS9, Garak, or Cardassians generally, and to readers interested in science fiction about the aftermath of tyranny. If you don't want to commit to the full miniseries, it works by itself, but the intersections between it and REVELATION AND DUST (which I've now started) suggest an intriguing approach to the overall structure of THE FALL, one that has me happy, for the moment, to have given Star Trek fiction another shot.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book about one of the most complex characters in trek history 24. September 2013
Von M. Rice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Where to start? This is an excellent second entry into The Fall series, one that far surpasses its predecessor. McCormack is a thoughtful writer, and one that has always portrayed Cardassians spectacularly. If I had things my way, we'd probably have endless series of books about Cardassians and their political shenanigans.

But more importantly, this is a book about Garak. Garak has always been a character that, at times, might seem at odds with the idealism of Trek. His path towards redemption continues here, and it is both heart breaking and compelling. While there are plenty of additional characters that support the story, it really is all about Garak. If you are a person opposed to the character, then you might find reasons to pause.

But for everyone else? This is a tense story filled with mystery and heart. If you have read A Stitch in Time, you'll find more than a few callbacks to Robinson's novel, and in some ways, serves as something of a sequel.

I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait to see what follows next, both for Cardassia and the rest of The Fall series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A slow cooking political drama. 27. August 2014
Von Richard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Crimson Shadow is the second book of The Fall miniseries. The picture of the Enterprise on the books cover is a little misleading, as the TNG crew are merely spectators to what occurs in this story. The real protagonists of the story are Elim Garak from Deep Space 9, and a newly created Cardassian police officer. This story is set in 2385, occurring at the same time as the previous book "Revelation and Dust".

I would strongly recommend that you read Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust before you start with this book. There are major spoilers from that book that appear in this one.

Overall this story can best be described as a slowly building political drama. The planet Cardassia, currently allied with the Federation, is at a political tipping point where its people are struggling with two conflicting visions of their future. One group wants to move away from their past mistakes and build a more peaceful future as friends of the Federation, the other group wants to return to the bad old days of a powerful unchecked central authority.

The story itself is developed with new revelations being slowly peeled away like the layers of an onion. There isn't a whole lot of action to be found in this story, instead it is like watching a big game of chess with the fate of the planet resting on the outcome.

I personally found the beginning to be a tad to slow, but after the books halfway point the schemes of the various parties finally started to collide and become something more entertaining. Once the pace picks it becomes a much more enjoyable story with several twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages until I reached the ending, which thankfully was more pleasant than some of the more recent melodramas that have graced the Typhon Pact and The Fall miniseries.

The story itself tends to lack some of the gravitas that other Star Trek stories have had. If you skip over this one you probably won't be missing much. Overall I felt the book was a decent read though. It isn't the best story I've read, but it is far from the worst.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen High Quality Star Trek 8. Oktober 2013
Von Susan Elizabeth Ryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this story so much. Like many fans, I seek out the Star Trek universe because the place of humans--the characters--is not overwhelmed by technology but characters possess a moral center (most of the time). Star Trek is a world more and more unlike our own, one where technology has advanced to the stars but has not gotten out of control (as it has for us). But so many Star Trek novels are like eating Twinkies--just not much there. This story is about politics, but I am perplexed by those who think science fiction should not be about politics. Science fiction is supremely about politics. With Crimson Shadow, the character, one of the strongest of DS9, is complex, full of surprises. So much better than stories full of bizarre cosmic anomalies that can do anything (like the stories about the gateways, which departed too much from coherent physics and from coherent narrative, in my opinion). I'm most concerned THIS is an anomaly, and the next in the series will not live up. We'll see.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Crimson Shadow is What Star Trek is All About 26. September 2013
Von Geoffrey A. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This Novella is fantastic. It is simply one of the best Star Trek novels I've read in some time. One of the central characters of the story is Elim Garak who I've enjoyed since his days on DS9 but this time around he really comes to life as a fully formed complex character and has moved up in my mind from a secondary character to a strong, fully realized player in his own right. Ms. McCormack did a wonderful job with him.

The story itself shows the Cardassian people and their struggles a decade after the near destruction of their civilization at the end of the Dominion War, their weariness over the struggle back and their split opinion on who they are as a people. It's very well done and doesn't feel heavy-handed or forced. Within this context is a storyline full of intrigue and tension that keeps one's attention to the end.

The only downside - and this is more indicative of Star Trek in general than this book specifically is the ending was a little too 'happily ever after'. But beyond that it's great reading.
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