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Star Trek Typhon Pact Brinkmanship – REVIEW – the Tzenkethi are rat bastards November 2, 2012

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The Typhon Pact series of Star Trek books have been all about the political machinations for the Alpha Quandrant powers and this book is no different. Brinkmanship though, unlike all the other Typhon Pact books is only about one power, the Tzenkethi. That’s right almost no romulans, tholians or gorn in this book.

and that’s fine.

We learn a lot about the Tzenkethi, a race we barely know.

The best part of this book though is the pacing. From beginning to the end, this book has a flow that is driven by the approaching ships coming to the Venetan base. It’s a simple literary trick, but it works.

the only part that really didn’t quite up for us, was how the Federation was able to convince the Venetans that the Tzenkethi shouldn’t bring the ships in. It’s the point at which the plot pivots and it’s a bit weak. But we’ll forgive the author..becuase it almost doesn’t matter. This book is about characters and setting the actual final resolution is almost incidental.

Overall, a great read for fans of Typhon Pact series.

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn – One of the Best Trek Books in Years September 4, 2012

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Ok we thought the first book in this series – Plagues of Night – was a little slow. This book is wall to wall, cover to cover excitement making this an awesome read.

DS9 as we know it is no more.

WOW.

The head of the Tal Shi’ar imprisoned and the Alpha Quadrant cutoff from the Gamma.

WOW.

The pure size of the plot shifts that happen in this book are massive and a delight to this Star Trek fan. No shortage of action or drama in this brilliantly crafted and written book – Highly recommended (but read Plagues of Night first!)

Star Trek Typhon Pact Plagues of Night – SLOW start, Awesome finish September 4, 2012

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This books was difficult to read – well at least the first two thirds of it.
Then the action kicked in.
If you can get through the ridiculously long and overdone setup in this book you’re in for a real treat.

The big finale that this book leads to reshapes the Star Trek canon as we know it. It is a must read for all Star Trek fans that are following this continuing saga…word of warning though…this book won’t make any sense unless you’ve read the Destiny series or the previous 4 Typhon Pact books.

Star Trek Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within – 1 word Review – meh.. January 17, 2012

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within is the first Star Trek Typhon pact book to ONLY be released as an eBook, making this somewhat of a rare breed.

We’ve read all of the Typhon Pact books so far – and the last one Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony  was a great read.

The Struggle Within is not as broad as the other books, it’s a relatively short book and is confined to two plots that don’t really overlap at all. We get some interesting insight in the Kinshaya and Lt. Choudary (Worf’s woman) …the book serves as a reminder that even inside of the Typhon Pact there are still just regular people that want to be free.

It’s a relatively slow moving book, with a plot that is interesting but not riveting. While we’re waiting for the next big novel, it’s an ok stop gap, but it’s a relatively bland book.

 

Star Trek Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony – Andoria Leaves the Federation. March 23, 2011

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony is the third book in the Typhon Pact series.

And YES, the title of this review is a spoiler.

This isn’t a particularly good book so we figured we’d save you the trouble.

The writing is decent and sure we love the crew of the Enterprise, yes it’s great to see Picard maturing as a Father.

Beyond that this book’s plot drags along at a snails pace for hundreds of pages. The general premise is trouble on Andoria with an undercurrent of Typhon Pact intervention. The problem is that the plot is entirely predictable when it’s not boring you to death.

Yes it is a bit interesting to learn more about the Andorians and yes it is neat to see them secede from the Federation, but the pacing just seems wrong in this book.

We did enjoy the other two Typhon Pact books that we’ve read, which both also dealt specifically with one society. Rough Beast of Empire is all about the Romulans – and an excellent read – while Seize the Fire is all about the Gorn. Perhaps the drama of the Romulans and the Gorn just simply is more interesting than the mating habits of the Andorians…then again..no Andorian in this book calls Picard a ‘Pink Skin’ – and that’s just plain wrong.

Star Trek Typhon Pact Rough Beasts of Empire – REVIEW – Romulans Unite as Sisko ditches his family. February 3, 2011

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Star Trek Typhon Pact Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III – is a decent book, though not quite as engaging as Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire (which we recently reviewed).

This book is about two things, Ben Sisko and Romulus, with a side of Tzenkethi for good measure.

The Sisko part bothered us — ALOT. This book portrayed the Emissary as a man that was able to walk out on his family. No it didn’t make sense to us either, though the author tried (unsuccessfully) to convince us otherwise.

In general the characterization and writing about Sisko was just wrong and out of character.

In contrast, the plotting with developments in the Romulan Star and Imperial State is brilliant. The tense drama was astounding and we really didn’t quite know how it would end. The manipulation of the Tzenkethi to create a new Praetor was really slick.

The overall broader tactical and strategic nature of the Typhon Pact after this is really quite different isn’t it? We’ve got a united Romulus under a non-militant Praetor and we’ve got Sela (remember her?) as the head of the T’al Sheare -neat.

A decent read and one that really extends the Typhon Pact storyline, we can hardly wait until we read the next book in this (so far) really great series.