[Reading] ➾ Hollow Men ➵ Una McCormack – Writerscompany.co.uk

Hollow Men At The Turning Point Of The Dominion War, Captain Benjamin Sisko Of Starbase Deep Space TM , Facing Certain Defeat By The Relentless Forces Of The Jem Hadar And The Cardassians, Went Through With A Secret Plan To Secure The Aid Of The Federation S Longtime Adversaries, The Romulans What Began As A Desperate Attempt To Save Lives Became A Descent Into An Abyss Of Deception, Moral Compromises, And Outright Criminal Acts, As Sisko Sacrificed Every Ideal He Held Dear In Order To Preserve The Civilization That Espoused Those Selfsame PrinciplesNow The Aftermath Of That Choice Is Revealed For The First Time As Sisko Is Summoned To Earth To Take Part In The First Allied Talks To Come Out Of The Federation S New Partnership With The Romulans But Sisko S Conscience Weighs Heavily On Him, Compelling Him To Seek Some Kind Of Penance For What He Has Donewhile Elements Within Starfleet Itself Set In Motiona Scheme To Use Elim Garak As A Pawn Against A Human Political Dissident Who May Hold The Key To The Outcome Of The WarHOLLOW MENA TALE OF THE DOMINION WAR Deep Space Nine is notoriously the darkest of the six Star Trek series, repeatedly exploring corridors of the human experience that other series gave a wide berth The horrors of war dominated the latter half of the series, and no character escaped the grim costs of war especially not Captain Benjamin Sisko, who, in In the Pale Moonlight struck a Faustian bargain to save the Alpha Quadrant from outright conquest at the hands of the Dominion What began as a devious exercise in manipulation end Deep Space Nine is notoriously the darkest of the six Star Trek series, repeatedly exploring corridors of the human experience that other series gave a wide berth The horrors of war dominated the latter half of the series, and no character escaped the grim costs of war especially not Captain Benjamin Sisko, who, in In the Pale Moonlight struck a Faustian bargain to save the Alpha Quadrant from outright conquest at the hands of the Dominion What began as a devious exercise in manipulation ended in murder, twice over, with a succession of increasingly dubious steps connecting the two Uma McCormack follows up on this most intriguing episode by exploring the consequences of Captain Sisko s actions when he and his co conspirator Garak are summoned to Starfleet Headquarters Sisko, morally plagued, hopes for punishment and redemption Garak anticipates savage treatment at the hands of Starfleet Intelligence, almost hopefully so but neither man has any idea what is in store for them Hollow Men is almost a creature from Trek literature s previous generation in that it seems episodic there s a large A story, and two smaller threads that connect together for a B story The primary action takes place on Earth, where Sisko explores his conscience, and Garak, paradise On the action, Odo deals with a security crisis and his thawing relationship with Colonel Kira The two stories share a common theme, however the cost of war When an old nemesis of Odo arrives on the station, the constable is absolutely positive the recently released convict is there to commit a latinum heist New Federation security measures give him a lot of leeway in times of war, but is his personal satisfaction worth using such extreme measures On Earth, both Sisko and Garak confront a Starfleet captain turned peace activist but for their own reasons, and Garak s are not his own, for powers on Earth attempt to convert him into a pawn in their own game Deep Space Nine stands apart from the rest of the franchise not only for its darker themes, but its reliance on long running arcs and rich characters McCormack s narrative definitely keeps with DS9 s tradition there weaving the story s threads seamlessly into Deep Space Nine s sixth season building on content from the show, or setting it up All this she does and delivers two mysteries and a lot of room for thought This is very much a keeper for Niners Star Trek Deep Space Nine Hollow Men by Una McCormack This novel is set after In the Pale Moonlight Sisko and Garak travel to Earth for a conference of the allied forces While Sisko s struggling with his role in bringing the Romulans into the war, Garak is debriefed by apparent Intelligence officers and tasked with making a former Starfleet officer and colleague of Sisko s, now turned into prime fighter for the peace isolationist movement, disappear Meanwhile, the station is lending help Star Trek Deep Space Nine Hollow Men by Una McCormack This novel is set after In the Pale Moonlight Sisko and Garak travel to Earth for a conference of the allied forces While Sisko s struggling with his role in bringing the Romulans into the war, Garak is debriefed by apparent Intelligence officers and tasked with making a former Starfleet officer and colleague of Sisko s, now turned into prime fighter for the peace isolationist movement, disappear Meanwhile, the station is lending help to a ship transporting liquid latinum while a former acquaintance of Odo s, whom he sent to prison, surprisingly reappears just at that moment But Odo doesn t believe in coincidences and, at Dax s request, enlists Bashir s help, who s quite moody after his return from a medical conference, in trying to solve the puzzle While this novel shows the aftermath of one of my favourite DS9 episodes with Sisko looking for absolution at every corner and not getting it until he reconciles himself with his actions and rediscovering his limits , this novel isn t quite as engaging as I would have hoped for The conference part isor less skimmed over, which is a shame, as I would have loved to seeof that The focus, though, firmly lies on Garak which isn t a bad thing necessarily And his confronting Earth s democracy, hearing contrary opinions voiced right outside the conference site, learning that the lists of war victims are published uncensored, himself being allowed to roamor less freely on Earth albeit with an escort , facing SI s attempts at interrogation etc is frankly hilarious, the best way to get a glimpse at Cardassian society, I guess Until it s not all fun any, and he s confronted with an organization that might be rather similar to his own Obsidian Order And that leads us to Tomas Roeder, the leader of the peace movement and Garak s target That s perhaps the second point of criticism that his motivations remain in the dark He s a tool to advance the plot, nothingAny mention of a prior relationship with Sisko is unnecessary because it s a non issue in the end And honestly, I d have wished for less of the plot on the station Granted, it gave us a glimpse into Bashir after his first confrontation with Section 31, and Odo who s close to being obsessed, but never crossing the line which makes for an interesting discussion between those two, especially in regards to Inquisition And everyone s trying to get Kira and Odo together So, it fits nicely into continuity, but I d rather have had the focus on Sisko and Garak and Earth The plotthreads only come together in the final pages, hinting at what is to befall the Founders, and I realize of course that there can t be a solution then and there because then season 7 likely would never have happened And while I truely appreciate all the little hints and realizations, especially Garak and Odo s who perhaps are the only ones to smell something bigger going on, something hidden and sinister with Odo going through a repeat performance of the transformation inhibitor debacle Garak s put him through in Improbable Cause The Die Is Cast , the path to getting to those realizations is a bit rocky and lacking in surprises and suspense Overall, good novel, first class characterization especially Garak, Sisko and Odo , little moments that would have been well worth exploring, but ultimately nothing really outstanding The characterization in the book was superb Garak s dialogue especially was spot on, and often had me laughing at his quick and subtle wit.One thing this book did really well was show characters dealing with things that happened in episodes set prior in afleshed out way than the series did The main plot was fantastic, but I also really liked the subplot with Bashir As I said above, Garak really shines in this book He s smart and savvy, and working towards his own ends as usual This bo The characterization in the book was superb Garak s dialogue especially was spot on, and often had me laughing at his quick and subtle wit.One thing this book did really well was show characters dealing with things that happened in episodes set prior in afleshed out way than the series did The main plot was fantastic, but I also really liked the subplot with Bashir As I said above, Garak really shines in this book He s smart and savvy, and working towards his own ends as usual This book is worth reading for that alone, though I also like the focus on Sisko s guilt after In the Pale Moonlight, and Bashir s feelings after Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges especially showing his friends attempts to cheer him up Setting the book on Earth also leads to some interesting and hilarious insights at what an outsider would think of commonplace things here Garak s response to Sisko s suggestion of feeding the birds, for example.I definitely want to readby this author, if this is the quality of work I can expect This intriguing tale takes place almost directly after the infamous DS9 episode In The Pale Moonlight , and deals with the aftermath Despite being written many years later, it fits in perfectly with the show s storylines at that point.While the story could perhaps be accused of being a bit slow, it s an extremely enticing read What struck me most of all is how well the author captured the characters it s easy to imagine every line of dialogue being delivered by the cast of the show, and the This intriguing tale takes place almost directly after the infamous DS9 episode In The Pale Moonlight , and deals with the aftermath Despite being written many years later, it fits in perfectly with the show s storylines at that point.While the story could perhaps be accused of being a bit slow, it s an extremely enticing read What struck me most of all is how well the author captured the characters it s easy to imagine every line of dialogue being delivered by the cast of the show, and the depictions are all very true to the characters on the show.It s a very internal story, dealing largely with Sisko s state of mind as he comes to terms with what he did in the the episode the story is based around I found the ending to be a bit of a let down with a few too many unexplained things and a lack of genuine closure, but I found myself engrossed all along the way I also kind of appreciate that the book allows you to piece things together yourself rather than explaining.I m really looking forward to reading the other stories by this author, especially if they feature Garak

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