In Retro-Review: Star Trek: Typhon Pact-Raise the Dawn

Deep Space Nine is destroyed and the fallout is epic.

Star Trek: Typhon Pact–Raise the Dawn by David R. George III

Published by Pocket Books in July of 2012. Paperback of 394 pages at $7.99.

The cover: An Excelsior class starship exits the Bajoran wormhole in the upper left. Above it in large letters are Star Trek and immediately below that in smaller letters are Typhon Pact. Beneath the wormhole is Raise The Dawn in yellow and the author’s name under that in smaller white letters. The rest of the cover created by by Doug Drexler, with the cover design by Alan Dingman, features the new Deep Space Nine being constructed. A reader wouldn’t know this without reading the book, but it’s hardly a spoiler after the first two pages. I instantly recognized the wormhole and the vessel leaving it, but the new DS9 is really bulky compared to the Cardassian design. Just like the characters, it will take some time for me to get used to this new station. There’s enough on this cover that’s familiar enough to get the attention of Trek fans. Overall grade: A

The premise: From the back cover, “After the disastrous events in the Bajoran system, Captain Benjamin Sisko must confront the consequences of the recent choices he has made in his life. At the same time, the United Federation of Planets and its Khitomer Accords allies have come to the brink of war with the Typhon pact. While factions within the Pact unsuccessfully used the recent gestures of goodwill — the opening of boarders and a joint Federation-Romulan exploratory mission — to develop quantum-slipstream drive, they have not given up their goals. Employing a broad range of assets, from Romulus to Cardassia, from Ab-Tzenketh to Bajor, they embark on a dangerous new plan to acquire the technology they need to take control of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. While UFP President Bacco and Romulan Praetor Kamemor work feverishly to reestablish peace, Captains Sisko, Jean-Luc Picard, and Ro Laren stand on the front lines of the conflict…even as a new danger threatens the Bajoran wormhold as it once more becomes a flashpoint of galactic history.” I’ve been reading Typhon Pact books on and off for several years, but it’s been well over a year since the last one. I know this opens with the destruction of Deep Space Nine, so that’s enough to pique my interest. I’m also a fan of all the captains mentioned, so I’m very interested to see where this goes. Overall grade: A

The characters: There are several familiar characters in this book from The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Watching Deep Space Nine be destroyed in the opening pages is a shock to Benjamin Sisko, who assumes Kasidy Yates, his wife, is dead. When he learns she’s alive he begins to wonder if he should remain in Starfleet. Kasidy wonders if she should remained married to Benjamin. Jean-Luc Picard is barely in the book, providing information about the joint venture the Enterprise had with a Romulan Warbird in the Gamma Quadrant. He also provides aid with the Enterprise when other characters are in do-or-die situations. His strongest scene is when he gets to speak with one of TNG’s most infamous foes. Odo was a surprising addition to this book since the Dominion wants nothing to do with solids. He’s presented with evidence that has him journeying to Bajor. He becomes a major character in this book as events progress. Kira Nerys has become a Vedek, residing on Bajor. She is living the most peacefully she ever has. Naturally events come along to change things, with her character making a dramatic conclusion in the book’s climax. Ro Laren was the Captain of DS9 when it was destroyed. She’s doing all she can to keep Starfleet’s presence on Bajor, which includes setting up a base that’s in need of major upgrades. Miles O’Brien and Nog appear to help rebuild the station. Their conversation had me smiling. Julian Bashir is once again dealing with Section 31, this time because Sarina Douglas, the woman he loves, has been arrested for the destruction of the station. I like him and her, but do not care for Section 31. Nan Bacco is the President of the UFP and is struggling to keep from going to war with the Typhon Pact after the events over Bajor. She’s dealing with the larger issues in the book and she was very interesting. Praetor Kamemor is the recently designated leader of Romulan. The reader has Bacco’s concerns towards her: Is she in charge of Romulus? Did she know of DS9’s attack ahead of time? Their conversations are very engaging. Tomalak was leading the attack on Deep Space Nine that went horribly wrong. He’s a schemer and survivor and is wonderful on every page he appears. Sela is in charge of the Tal Shiar and is trying to save her skin for the mistakes made at Deep Space Nine. She has an appropriate and shocking final scene. I was familiar with these characters and was very happy to see what they were doing after their respective television shows ended. Overall grade: A

The settings: Deep Space Nine is gone in the first fifty pages. It’s a dramatic destruction and the fallout from it involves ships battling around its debris. The Enterprise-E becomes a setting for the prisoner it holds. Bajor becomes key because Starfleet personnel move to its surface to reestablish a port while waiting for construction of the new station to be complete. Kira’s temple is also visited and is described as they were shown on the series. A world that the Great Link should be on is visited and it’s described very sinisterly. Earth is visited for President Bacco’s scenes at UFP Headquarters. Romulus is also visited to show what Praetor Kamemor does immediately after the station’s destruction. As with the characters, if one has watched the shows these locations will be familiar. Overall grade: A

The action: The opening fifty pages that feature the destruction and repercussions of DS9’s destruction are fantastic. After this occurs the book essentially becomes a mystery for the characters to learn who is responsible and why it occurred. Adding to the tension is the drama between characters (Ben–Kasidy, Julian–Sarina, and another couple) and if their relationships will survive. I was engaged on every page and couldn’t stop reading to see where how this would all end. Overall grade: A

The conclusion: Life goes on after the devastation. Truth comes to light, though not all of it will go public. One couple’s relationship is salvaged, one is left hanging, and another has one partner seemingly killed. The last line of the book, which is on the last page, is perfect. There are two more books in the Typhon Pact after this novel, but one could stop here and be satisfied. I can’t read enough Star Trek, so I’ll read the others someday. Overall grade: A

The final line: Readers could jump in here without reading any previous novels in the Typhon Pact and be fine if they’re familiar with Star Trek. If one is not familiar with this franchise, I don’t know how much pleasure this book can provide. However, since I’m a die hard fan of Trek, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Overall grade: A 

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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