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In the darkest hours of the Dominion War, as the Federation's downfall seemed ever more certain, Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces conquered Betazed, the homeworld of Deanna Troi. Their victory sent shock waves through the Alpha Quadrant, and put the Dominion within striking distance of Vulcan, Andor, Tellar -- and possibly Earth itself.
To secure their position in the very heart of the Federation, the Cardassians begin constructing space station Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. The station is to serve as both the seat of the Dominion occupation and the site of horrific experiments by Cardassia's foremost exobiologist, the infamous Dr.
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Crell Moset. With Starfleet's forces spread too thinky in the ongoing struggle to retake Betazed outright, the U. But no matter what the outcome, the consequences could alter Betazed irrevocably, forcing Deanna Troi to choose between her world's survival and its very soul. New here? We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads.
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Published in: Education. Jul 21, David rated it did not like it Recommended to David by: Bernard. I read my first Star Trek novel on a beach in St. John a while back. A once-waterlogged TOS hardcover, it was the only thing remotely interesting at the hotel library. I've forgotten the title, but it featured Kirk eavesdropping on the Enterprise's shipwide "electronic bulletin board" yeah, it didn't age well , and Spock deriving the equations governing weather patterns over England by peering down on the clouds from orbit.
Fun times. Anyway, now I've read my second Star Trek novel on a beach. M I read my first Star Trek novel on a beach in St. My brother loaned me this novel, and it was on the top of my stack, so off to the Gulf Coast it went. He admitted it wasn't the best ST novel he'd read, but that it did stand by itself.
So I was not setting my expectations high. Turns out it was a good book to take to the beach, since I was basically exhausted by the time I got to it each night, and was in no shape to parse complicated plots or convoluted character chemistries. In short, it was as predictable and easy as a TNG episode.
If this was the authors' goal, they succeeded. You can't do much with the stock characters and situations, but you have to feature them for the imprimatur. That leaves little room for new characters or situations, most of which get assigned red shirts, or tidily wrapped up by book's end. Readers unfamiliar with TNG might be frustrated with the plot holes in this story, but then I doubt the authors are writing for Trek virgins. More on the plot. Take your pick. No such luck here. Props for whoever figures this out! Dec 20, Rena Sherwood rated it liked it Shelves: otherworldly.
Has some nice bursts of action and gives an interesting exploration of Deanna Troi, but a bit blurry at points. Oh, and you better see the movies, too. The big disappointment was that the Hannibal Lecter character barely does anything after a huge build-up. Interesting that there is no mention of Hannibal Lecter even though some scenes and dialogue are lifted directly from The Silence of the Lambs.
Does Robert Harris know about this book? He probably does and doesn't care.
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Mar 10, Matt Piechocinski rated it really liked it. But, I'm not gonna lie, the Dominion are awesome, and I've always preferred them as antagonists to the Federation than say the Borg, which seem the automatic go tos. So, why wouldn't I read how they conquered Betazed? Anyways, Douglas and Kearney did a marvelous job with this little ditty, and weaved the two big components of any good Trek story, action and moral quandary, into an exciting tapestry. Jan 10, Mel rated it liked it Shelves: 20th-century-fiction , bought , scifi.
I was quite surprised when I finished it to read that one of the authors taught creative writing because while Deanna was the central character in this she had absolutely no agency. Not everyone may be familiar with the concept of agency, so let me give a rouch explanation, agency is when a woman has control of her own actions, and takes actions that effect things. In terms of a story her actions drive the plot, and have consequences for the story and the other characters.
This was a book in which Deanna had no agency at all. First of all the plot was a bit strange, Betazed was captured by the Dominion, and under it's control. They decided the only way to be able to defeat the attackers was to get this one mass murdering Betazoid out of prison and get him to teach them how to kill with their minds because unlike every other oppressed people everywhere they had no access to anything else that could kill their occupiers.
So Deanna was sent on a mission to help free him. Not only is Deanna's story kinda dumb, but it has NO effect on the outcome of liberation effort. She's totally redundant in her own story. Which is very disappointing. The only nice thing was they were able to capture the characters quite well, and the dialogue sounded like them speaking.
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But really quite disappointing apart from that. Jun 16, Matthew rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek-relaunch , sci-fi , published-in This light book is a quick and easy read. It's enjoyable enough but lacks any kind of depth and certainly attempts to tell a story with more emotional punch than it actually manages which is ironic, considering the resistance's final tactic here. Characters are a bit all over the place and don't maintain much consistency - in particular, Vaughn changes personality depending on the scene and Lwaxana Troi didn't ever feel like the character portrayed on screen by Majel Barret.
There's also a clea This light book is a quick and easy read. There's also a clear attempt to create a rip-off version of Hannibal Lector who is not menacing for a second and doesn't add to the story in any meaningful way. The entire plot surrounding him seems like it could have gone in a far more sensible direction. But it manages to also be exciting and moves with a good pace making it difficult to get bored. There's also a nice mini-crossover with some DS9 characters. It just reads more like fan fiction than a professional novel.
The book ends extremely suddenly and we don't get to experience the big event that happens at the end, rather just being told about it after it's over. Mar 19, Jarrod rated it really liked it. Untold story of the Dominion War. Pacing gets a bit weird in the middle. More backstory of Vaughn before he joins DS9. Dec 04, Adam rated it really liked it. It's not often where I find myself identifying any substance in the Counselor Troi character, yet "The Battle of Betazed" provides a vehicle for just that. The Next Generation writers often seemed to lack ideas of where to take Troi's character, and so she languished on the bridge, left to sense ill-intent in the alien-of-the-week every once in a while.
Despite that burden, the authors manage to bring Troi in focus for a pivotal mission in the Dominion War which will have lasting repercussions fo It's not often where I find myself identifying any substance in the Counselor Troi character, yet "The Battle of Betazed" provides a vehicle for just that. Despite that burden, the authors manage to bring Troi in focus for a pivotal mission in the Dominion War which will have lasting repercussions for her character. On a quest to liberate Betazed from the occupying Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces, a commando team including Troi must free a dangerous criminal serial killer to use his "talents" to fight against the tide of enemy soldiers.
The initial scenes introducing mission-lead Elias Vaughn on the Enterprise were superbly written.
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