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Fallen Heroes

af Dafydd ab Hugh

Serier: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (5), Star Trek (novels) (1994.02), Star Trek (1994.02)

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When a troop of alien warriors demands the return of an imprisoned comrade -- a prisoner no one on "Deep Space NineTM knows anything about -- Commander Benjamin Sisko has a deadly fight on his hands. Under sudden attack from the heavily armed warriors, Sisko and his crew struggle desperately to repel the invaders and save the lives of everyone on board. Meanwhile, a strange device from the Gamma Quadrant has shifted Ferengi barkeeper Quark and Security Chief Odo three days into the future to a silent "Deep Space Nine. To save the station they must discover what caused the invasion to take place, and find a pathway back through time itself.… (mere)
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This was an intense story involving the characters of Deep Space 9 and aliens from the Wormhole. The title comes from the deaths of all the major players on the station and how Quark manages to put them at risk and manages to save them. If you enjoyed the series you will love this story. The only problem with the book is that unlike the series everything reverts back to normal. In the series this story would have been an episode in a larger story arch. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Oct 24, 2021 |
When Quark buys an unknown device from the gamma quadrant it sets in motion a series of events. Odo and Quark find they are 3 days in to the future. A strange ship comes through the wormhole demanding the release of the other. The story goes between Odo and Quark trying to piece together what has happened, and the people on the station dealing with the attack. Very well done. Good interactions between Odo and Quark. ( )
  nx74defiant | Dec 29, 2020 |
I have found this to be one of the most gripping Star Trek novels that I have read and although the ending is fairly predictable the journey grabbed and held my attention until the very end. I try to avoid spoilers in the main part of my reviews which makes this plot hard to comment on in any detail so I will add a section for spoilers at the end. Characterization is pretty good overall with some miner missteps on a few characters Odo's meanness in this novel comes to mind. I do appreciate that this author remembers that O'Brien has combat experience and makes good use of it.

I highly recommend this book and the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that a few characters suffer from unkind characterizations that don't fit their character.

The Good:
  • The plot is engaging and suspenseful
  • The characters with a few exceptions are interesting and well written
  • This is a very different kind of story than you will normally find in a Star Trek novel


The Bad:
  • Odo in particular has a few out of character moments where he feels too mean instead of gruff and direct
  • Bashir's character doesn't feel right to me but I can't put my finger on why
  • The ending is a bit predictable although this is mitigated a bit as I will talk about in my spoiler section


Spoilers:
As a book where nearly all of the main characters die, this plot could have easily gone very wrong. We as the readers know that there has to be a reset button and because Quark and Odo have been transported three days into the future we know that the reset button will involve time travel. I feel that the structure of this book most closely resembles a well written murder mystery where we pretty much know how the story ends but there is a lot of good suspense in seeing how our favorite characters died and how Odo and Quark will avert disaster. ( )
  jeremiah85 | Oct 16, 2018 |
This is a good book taking place during the early seasons of the TV show. The Audiobook is read by Rene Auberjonois, which is fun as Odo is the principal character, along with Quark. ab Hugh does a good job with all the characterizations - clearly has a good handle on each unique personality. I loved the show and if you did as well, you'll enjoy this book. ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Aug 11, 2016 |
This is an odd one-- I can see why people like it (it's one of the few pre-Avatar DS9 novels to ever get praised), but it's slightly off; characters sometimes feel like caricatures of themselves. Odo is more overtly mean to Quark than he usually is, and at one point we learn that Bashir persuaded Odo to bug Quark's holosuites so that he can spy on Dax and Kira. Like, really, either of them would do that???

But on the whole, I think ab Hugh has good command of the characters. Obviously this is a "reset button" story, but you can write a good one of those if it gives insight into characters, and this one does. If the station were overrun and everyone was killed, this is exactly how it would happen, I think. There's a lot of good stuff here: Keiko's death was actually quite sad, O'Brien's soldier/engineer balance (so rarely addressed in the series) is well handled, the way that Jadzia dies but Dax lives on for a few moments is creepy but effective, Bashir is actually quite brilliant as he goes out. Maybe the only character whose death is a little too perfunctory is Kira's. (She's written a little dumbly at times, actually; I don't think ab Hugh has a great handle on her. Oh those pesky angry women!)

Best of all is Sisko and Jake and Molly. Sisko is a great Starfleet commander here, balancing the immediate needs of his people with that of the Federation/Bajor and even his son. His death is amazingly badass. And poor Jake and Molly's survival narrative is harrowing but really quite great. I don't think we ever even see Sisko and Jake in the same scene, but their bond is ever-present and strong.

Quark and Odo form the core of this novel, which makes this the second Odo-centric novel I've read in a row. Watching the show, it's easy to see why: though early S2 is where the other characters begin to pop much more ("The Circle" is where I finally felt the writers had a handle on all seven), throughout S1 Odo is consistently the strongest character, with Kira just behind him. If you asked me to pitch a DS9 novel in 1993, I'd pick Odo as protagonist too. I think this is the first story to pair the two off, something the show wouldn't do until "The Ascent" in S5. It's handled pretty well (except for Odo's occasional unnecessary meanness): I liked Odo's callback to "Babel," where he revises his statement that being trapped on DS9 with Quark would be the worst torment he could imagine, to that being trapped with a repentant Quark is even worse. I also liked some of the touches ab Hugh gives Ferengi culture, such as that there is an enormous set of ritual cringes, from the "relative's cringe" to "okay, you caught me with my hand in the cookie jar, but society's to blame." Someone needs to enter these on Memory Beta.

The heroic triumph of both characters is great: Odo's journey into the still-hot fusion core of the station is truly gripping, and I like that Quark gets to actually save the day. Though everyone is a jerk to him about it, poor guy. (Does Quark ever do anything as bad as people act like he does?)

Continuity Points:
  • Not a lot here, but explicit references are made to a number of S1 episodes up to "In the Hands of the Prophets." Since that episode, Bajoran "Sunday schools" have sprung up on the station, and Sisko has been sending Jake to them. Through this, we learn some about ancient, pre-Prophet Bajoran gods, no longer worshiped except by radicals. Again, an area the show never touches on-- and given the first Orbs came to Bajor 10,000 years, and that the ur-B'hala was built 25,000 years ago, those must be some very old gods!
  • There are also references to other DS9 novels, which is neat. O'Brien thinks of himself as an "amateur magician," a reference to his attempts to learn magic tricks to amuse Molly in The Siege, and there's also a couple references to the poker game in The Big Game (which I last read many, many years ago). If there were any references to Bloodletter, I missed them.
  • O'Brien says he worked on the Enterprise when it was under construction at Starbase 13, which is why he transferred aboard the ship five years later. Given it's canonical that the ship was constructed at and launched from Utopia Planitia, do we take this to mean that perhaps some components were built at SB 13 in 2359 and sent on to Mars?
  • The enemy race is this novel is known to the Cardassians as bogeymen called the "Bekkir." A hundred years ago, the Cardassians tried to recruit their help in attacking the Klingons. The Bekkir declined and attacked the Cardassians, who couldn't launch a punitive expedition because the Bekkir reside in the Gamma Quadrant. Pretty much nothing about this makes sense.

Other Notes:
  • I liked the rhyming aliens.
  • Welshman ab Hugh populates his novel with a number of UK sorts: a Scot, a Welshman, and a second Irishman are all on the DS9 crew. Also Odo calls a flashlight a torch!
  • How generic is that cover?
  Stevil2001 | Nov 21, 2015 |
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When a troop of alien warriors demands the return of an imprisoned comrade -- a prisoner no one on "Deep Space NineTM knows anything about -- Commander Benjamin Sisko has a deadly fight on his hands. Under sudden attack from the heavily armed warriors, Sisko and his crew struggle desperately to repel the invaders and save the lives of everyone on board. Meanwhile, a strange device from the Gamma Quadrant has shifted Ferengi barkeeper Quark and Security Chief Odo three days into the future to a silent "Deep Space Nine. To save the station they must discover what caused the invasion to take place, and find a pathway back through time itself.

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