This week I decided to review Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed by David Mack. In the aftermath of Andor rejoining the Federation, Julian Bashir was pardoned for the actions he took to prevent the extinction of the Andorian species. He is now living on Andor with his lover Sarina Douglas when Section 31 contacts them seeking to recruit them for a mission to prevent the Breen from retrieving a jaunt drive, a new form of engine capable of destroying the balance of power between the Typhon Pact and the Federation and its allies from the Mirror Universe. Bashir and Douglas at first refuse the mission, even though they see this as a chance to begin their plan to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. After Section 31 makes a second attempt to recruit them, even though Section 31 is aware of the pair’s long term goals, they accept the mission. First the Section 31 team must assault the Breen base which serves as the launching point for their incursion into the Mirror Universem then pursue the Breen ship into the alternate reality. The attempt to prevent the Breen from capturing a Jaunt ship and returning to their native universe at first seems to be a success, but the mission arrives while the Galactic Commonwealth, formed after the success of the Terran Rebellion, and the Mirror Universe version of the Dominion are in the midst of negotiating a treaty. And when the Mirror Dominion discovers who Bashir is, they demand that he be handed over to face trial for his role in killing Mirror Odo during his first visit to their reality. Bashir requests asylum from the Commonwealth, which is granted but this request may become the spark that starts a three-way war. And the Section 31 team has objectives that they never revealed to Bashir or Douglas, while the Breen are preparing to another attempt to seize a Jaunt ship.
I give this book a 9 out of 10. I think the author did a great job with the story, especially with concealing the differences between the Mirror Dominion and its main universe counterpart until it was absolutely necessary for them to be revealed and while most of the plot threads are wrapped up in the book, there is enough mystery left that I am counting down the days until the impending sequel.