Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: WarpathBy Jacqueline Bundy
Posted at March 28, 2006 - 10:22 PM GMT
Title: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warpath
Author: David Mack
Release Date: April 2006
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
It has been over a year since the last post-finale novel was released, but Deep Space Nine is back with a vengeance in Warpath by bestselling author David Mack. Fans were left reeling with shock at the ending of the last novel in the series, the third volume of Worlds of Deep Space Nine, but if you think that the events that unfolded in "Olympus Descending" were startling, hang on, the ride gets even wilder from here.
Appointed by Odo to learn peaceful coexistence aboard Deep Space 9, Taran'atar, an Honored Elder among the Jem'Hadar, has been a staunch, if conflicted, ally to the crew of the station. He had been ever struggling to understand the mission on which he was sent, until something went horribly wrong.
Consumed by self-doubt and an ever-growing rage, Taran'atar has lashed out against those he was sworn to aid. While Captain Kira Nerys and Lieutenant Ro Laren both lie near death aboard Deep Space 9, their assailant has taken a hostage and fled into Cardassian space, pursued by Commander Elias Vaughn on the U.S.S. Defiant. But as the hunt unfolds, Taran'atar's true objective becomes increasingly less certain, as the rogue Jem'Hadar leads the Defiant to a discovery even more shocking than his crime.
When it comes to complex storylines that hook you in, David Mack has proven to be a master and in Warpath Mackís fiction crackles with energy as he leaves his own unique mark on this series. The prose is vivid, the plot riveting and the characterizations as good as it gets.
The various subplots take full advantage of the large cast of characters but the character who stood out the most for me was Prynn, who really comes into her own in this story. Whatever you do, avoid spoilers for Warpath like the plague and if you've got heart problems, take your medication before you begin reading this book. Then clear your schedule, get comfortable, and sit back and enjoy this sinister and hard hitting story.
Jacqueline Bundy reviews Star Trek books for the Trek Nation, writes monthly columns for the TrekWeb newsletter and the Star Trek Galactic News, and hosts the Yahoo Star Trek Books Group weekly chat.