Monday, December 18, 2017

Revelations and Dust

Star Trek the Fall:  Revelation and Dust
401 pages
© 2013 David R. George III

David R. George takes a bullet for the team in The Fall: Revelation and Dust. First in a five-part series with five participating authors, Revelation and Dust largely consists of recap, introduction, and assassination. Well, something had to happen, right? There's four books after this, so something extraordinary had to hook us for the rest. We've had the Borg invasion, we've blown up Deep Space Nine already, the Dominion are SO yesterday, and the hostile takeover of the Federation by the Ferengi Alliance is unlikely. So, gunshots it is.

At the end of George's DS9/Typhon Pact duology, Deep Space Nine was blown up with the lost of most of its hands.  Two years later, the station has been rebuilt, this time as a proper  deep space installation instead of an ore-processing plant turned command post. Its formal opening coincides with the two year anniversary of the old station's destruction, and now the gang is back together to pay respects to their fallen comrades, and their now-vaporized home.  Tensions from the previous Typhon Pact novels -- Sisko's estrangement from his wife Kasidy,  Bashir and Dax's falling out over Bashir's determination to destroy Section 31 from the inside -- are buried, making room for new and exciting arguments.The novel largely follows the characters as they make their way to the station and renew old acquaintances, musing over the good times until the speeches and gunfire start. Part of this catching-up is an unfortunate series of chapters that re-uses a plot device from one of the early Relaunch novels:  readers are subjected to completely new characters in some quasi-fantasy setting involving a tribe called the 'Bajora'.  As with last time this is an extended vision effected by the Prophets,  because the mystical goings-on here translate parable-like to something "real" that has happened . The upshot of this thread seems to be that Sisko can have his life back from Prophets.  He can  have his family and they won't kill him. Yay. In any case, I don't want to read about random fantasy Bajorans, I want to read about President Bacco. She's always fun.

George's previous DS9 novels have all been great reads, but this one is lacking...story. This is essentially a Star Wars scrolling text intro, expanded to 400 pages.  See for yourself!

(camera pans from starfield to new station)


  1. being a hot rod DS9 fan, repops like this hooks me every time; but not all of them are worth reading, unfortunately; this may be one of those?... tx for the revue, anyhow...

    1. If the reader is one who's been keeping up with the relaunch books, it's definitely one that can be missed because 90% of it the equivalent of "Last time, on Deep Space Nine. And now, the continuation..."

  2. Wow! It sounds like this entire series takes Deep Space 9 pretty far out there. I wish that the original Deep Space 9 ended in a neater way with more closure. I guess these books are the next fest thing. Too bad that this one was s little disappointing. Your Star Wars/DS9 graphic is very funny.

    1. Well, Deep Space Nine was the first series to have a 'relaunch' series of books, and they were phenomenal. The Avatar duology, in particular, rocked my world. Then the TNG books tried it, and then the other series, and then they started moving into the great big Borg War epic, and DS9 got left behind. It also went down some weird tangents involving a renegade from a parallel universe trying to kill all of her counterparts, and the weird mind-games-in-the-Wormhole bits don't help. If you like DS9, the two Avatar books are definitely worth looking in to, just for Commander Elias Vaughan.


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