Friday, January 16, 2015

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing review

This week I decided to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack. The book has several overlapping plotlines, one of which involves Katherine Pulaski’s efforts as one of the leaders of the Athene Donald, a civilian science vessel crewed by a mix of personnel from both the Khitomer Accords allies and the rival Typhon Pact, and commanded by an old friend of Pulaski’s. There is a lively argument when Starfleet Intelligence wants to send an agent on the mission but it is swiftly resolved and the mission travels into the Delta Quadrant where they meet a highly advanced vessel from a new power which call themselves The Chained. Meanwhile, Odo has come to ask Captain Ro for help. The son of an old Cardassian friend of his was captured by the Romulans during the Dominion War a decade before the book and is one of a number of Cardassian POWs that weren’t returned after the war’s end. Odo hopes to use Deep Space Nine as a meeting point for discussions between the Romulans and Cardassians, but problems soon arise as Bajorans begin protesting the presence of Cardassians on the station, and the Cardassians begin staging protests outside the Romulan Consulate with some of the protests almost becoming riots. And while this is happening, the station is visited by the People of the Open Sky, a group of apparent refugees who wander space gathering the outcasts of civilizations. And then there’s Corazine, a Tzenkethi taken from her homeworld by Starfleet Intelligence, who befriends Odo. She is supposed to join the Athene Donald but stays because while she is uncertain what she wants, she knows going to the Gamma Quadrant isn’t it. This leads to her becoming one of the prime suspects, along with The People of the Open Sky when classified medical data from acting chief medical officer Crusher’s office is stolen. Back on the Athene Donald, the crew has realized that the founders of the People of the Open Sky belong to the same species as the Chain and when the Chain discovers where the People of the Open Sky are, they accuse the People of kidnapping and demand their return, leaving he Deep Space Nine crew in a race to confirm who stole the data while struggling to keep the peace with the Chained to prevent the badly outgunned Athene Donald from facing The Chain vessel in combat.
I give this book a 8 out of 10. The author did a very good job of juggling and linking most of the plotlines and I liked the ending. However there are a couple of points where the timing of past events that led to the story don’t fit with what was established in the TV series. Also the Romulan and Cardassian plot seems to have few solid ties to the rest of the story. 

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