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Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. September 2013

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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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HASH(0x965cc108) von 5 Sternen The Crimson Shadow- 4.5 stars out of 5, minor spoilers 25. September 2013
Von Adrian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Although the Enterprise is on the cover, don't think this novel is all about the TNG crew. Yes, Picard and Worf are there, but they are merely minor characters in this dramatic novel which stars a cast of Cardassians, foremost of whom is Elim Garak, former Obsidion Order member, tailor, Dominion War hero, and now Ambassador to the Federation.

This novel shows us what makes a good book- it's the storytelling and fleshing out characters, be they human or otherwise. IT is clear the author has put some thought into thinking out the layout of a city hitherto unknown to us in much detail, and some components of it's society. I believe that Una has done such a good job that there is potential for a spin off for each of the 3, possibly 4, Cardassian main characters. The author has done such a good job in making each one a solid character who the reader can get into.

Should you read this latest installment of Star Trek novels? A resounding yes!

ps: I'm going to copy Garak's way of ending personal letters - readers will know what I mean ^_^
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HASH(0x965cc15c) 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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HASH(0x965cc438) 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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HASH(0x965cc330) von 5 Sternen High Quality Star Trek 8. Oktober 2013
Von Somnambulant Writer - 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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HASH(0x965cc51c) von 5 Sternen Must have for any Garak "lover" 10. November 2013
Von Erik Janeck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Una McCormack does it again! Again she captures the mindset and the troubles of the Cardassians perfectly, as she did before in "The Never-Ending Sacrifice!" Her interpretation of Garak is spot on, as are the other characters in this book. As some others noted, there is not much action in this book, but this book doesn't need shiny action to cover the lacking story. No in this rare case the story is so good, that you can actually enjoy the rare action scenes.
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