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Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Fall: The Crimson Shadow comes a compelling and suspenseful tale of politics and power set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his peoples' war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski - visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis - and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence. The two soon find themselves at odds with Garak and embroiled in the politics of the prestigious University of the Union, where a new head is about to be appointed. Among the front-runners is one of Cardassia's most respected public figures: Professor Natima Lang. But the discovery of a hidden archive from the last years before the Dominion War could destroy Lang's reputation.

As Pulaski and Alden become drawn into a deadly game to exonerate Lang, their confrontation escalates with Castellan Garak - a conflicted leader treading a fine line between the bright hopes for Cardassia's future and the dark secrets still buried in its past.

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I enjoy this book very much, there were good characters and a good storyline. My only complaint is the villain of the piece was a human never mentioned anywhere else in the book, also when Polanski is held captive she see her kidnapper but never mentions that he is a human. You may say why would she but they are on Cardassia prime so unless he was a cardassian , his species should have been commented on. I think it would have been more of an inigma if the bad guy had been Parmak , Garak's friend and a doctor Garak interrogated when he was in the obsidian order. I think that would have been a good plot twist.

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Political thriller Trek

Is ok, though I'm more of an action trek fan.. .
Well written and good character development.
Is particularly interesting to see a version of what happens to Cardassia and Garak.

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I really enjoyed this book

This was a great book. it's been very well read. Garak has grown a lot as a character and his relationship with Bashir has been explored nicely contrasted against the events of his life now

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The story was not the best but Peter
Petkoff brings all the characters alive. I just love Garrick

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  • Toffylights
  • 03-07-17

More DS9 please!

Robert Petkoff can do no wrong when it comes to Star Trek audiobooks and makes it worth every penny, even when the source material is average. That being said, I beg-- BEG-- S&S audio to please make more full length Star Trek audiobooks with this genius of a narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-17

ok

Well read as always. like the setting but is a tad boring in spots as the writer goes on forever on nothing. still enjoyed it as I love the characters

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  • James Cushman
  • 26-07-17

Absolutely a must for Garak fans.

Una does an excellent job of writing for Garak and Robert Perkoff voices him to the letter!

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  • Gear
  • 09-07-18

Great after story.

Loved that this was a story with Garak. Sad that Bashir was sick though, he should have been a pen pal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-18

Must read for any DS9/TNG fan

While I must admit I’m biased as I have told many that my favorite Trek characters are Garrek and Polasky, this book is truly the best (out of a couple dozen books read) I have ever read/heard.

The comparative struggles to a young newly democratic free Cardassia is so perfectly parallel to struggling democracies that humidity faces today.

From covering the “fake news” issue, demagogues, to admitting past mistakes, to not be fearful of admitting the truth and keeping honest conversations going; this book is truly breathtaking and perfect example of Star Trek core values it’s been promoting for 60 years.

The voice actor also did a superb job, also the best I have heard from any audiobook.

Enjoy!

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  • amy humphries
  • 13-04-18

excellent story and performance

I really enjoyed this book. The voice of Pulaski was really good. Story moved along at a good pace and was,exciting enough to hold my attention.

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  • Stephanie Vogel
  • 10-04-18

A very enjoyable read

For anyone who enjoys Garak’s character from Deep Space Nine will definitely enjoy this novel!

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  • cbspock
  • 25-02-18

Really enjoyed the book

The vocal performance was really good and captured the voice of the characters. Una writes really well for Garak

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  • Earl Lavenhouse
  • 21-02-18

Great intriguing from beginning to end.

A great book that kept you in suspense from beginning to end that you did not wanna stop.

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  • Joseph Ford
  • 20-11-17

Lazy writing

Well first the author did not bother to create a truly cardassian society he or she simply took a human culture and overlaid a few cardassian terms. At no point did the story have a true Star Trek feel. To be honest this story read more like a mediocre fanfiction than a serious Star Trek novel.