Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warpath

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Press:Star Trek Pocket Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-03-28
Author Name:David Mack


They were created to be killing machines. 
Highly intelligent, resourceful, and deceptively complex, the Jem'Hadar are a species engineered for war and programmed at the genetic level for one purpose: to fight until death as soldiers of the sprawling stellar empire known as the Dominion.
No Jem'Hadar has ever lived thirty years, and not even their masters, the shape-shifting Founders, know what such a creature is capable of becoming were it to be freed of its servitude.
One Founder, however, has dared to wonder.
Appointed by Odo himself to learn peaceful coexistence aboard Deep Space 9 ™, Taran'atar, an Honored Elder among the Jem'Hadar, had for months been a staunch, if conflicted, ally to the crew of the station, ever struggling to understand the mission on which he was sent .
until something went horrifically 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 DS9, their assailant has taken a hostage and fled into Cardassian space, pursued by Commander Elias Vaughn on the U.S.S.
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.


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  •     I'll admit I wasn't sure what to make of "Warpath" the first time I read it. It was obviously a good novel, although I thought it was a bit bogged down in story lines and...
  •     David Mack (who wrote "A Time to Kill" and "A Time to Heal" in the ST:TNG series) has done an excellent job picking up the many threads that were left hanging for readers in the DS9 world after all the short stories in the "Worlds of DS9" were published, and beginning (and yes, the story is not yet finished - there is an advertised sequel coming) to weave them all together.Basic plot: Taran'atar, the Jem'Hadar that Odo sent to live on DS9, has snapped. After nearly killing Kira and Ro, he manages to get off the station undetected, with Prynn Tenmei as his pilot/hostage. As Bashir and the medical staff work frantically to save Kira and Ro, Vaughn takes the Defiant and begins to try to track down Taran'atar, leaving Dax in charge of the station, Nog trying to find out the reasons behind Taran'atar's actions, and Quark at Ro's bedside.That's just the basic plot. (Here be a small spolier!) Things really begin to get more and more complicated when the alternate universe is brought into the mix. Two major cliffhangers from the short stories - the massacre of Sidau village, and Taran'atar's mental state and attack on Kira and Ro - are also explained.Strong points:- Kira's struggle to live (Prophets included)- Ro and Quark's interactions- Vaughn's internal perceptions of his relationship with Prynn- Prynn's fight to survive her kidnappingWeak points:- Alternate universe (I've never been a huge fan of it, but at least it works well and isn't just brought into the plot for the fun of making Kira a power-hungry sex machine)- Dax in charge of DS9 (she gets to do almost nothing except pass along information and talk with Sisko)This was a fun, fast read - if you were hooked on the DS9 relaunch, you NEED to read this book. Mack has a good handle on the characters, the story is very tightly written, and there are no slow points. The major down side - there are still many questions to be answered, and there is no publication date given for the advertised sequel! I can't wait a full year AGAIN for another book!
  •     ********** SPOILER ALERT ***************Thoroughly unimpressive, this book dragged until right before the end when the author threw in a huge explosion and an ending...
  •     Excellent story, well written, powerfully moving, with plenty of action, plenty of intrigue, excellent characterizations, good pacing & plot movement.
  •     I'm a huge fan of the DS9 relaunch, and I was eagerly anticipating this book as a continuation of the exciting storyline the various authors had established.
  •     Mack definitely knows DS9 and the characters. The direction he took for new Jem'Hadar character is definitely refreshing.
  •     The end and other scenes were confusing. An interesting plot line, but the story was a little disappointing and unclear details dragged, there was also more graphic content than...
  •     This book is a good example of good Trek literature. It was not bogged down with some typical science-fiction plot. There was no alien mystery to solve, there wasn't some long introduction to some alien species or the feel that this was another Trek episode. This had the feel of something epic, big, something that would be fit for a movie. The story, for me, was on the lines of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country. It's the first book that I was able to fly through and not feel that lost.What made it so good was that it was a story about the characters. Each of the characters seemed to come to a crossroads. This book sort of felt like a transition to things to come. A new threat has been hinted at, a new role and future for Sisko, two characters are near death ... it's great material. Yeah, it is sort of annoying that you get to the end only to find a "to be continued" but then again, a lot of the Deep Space Nine Re-Launch has been like that.This book really made me appreciate the Vaughn character more. He's humanized here, made to be less of a big figure and his role as a father is explored. Tarantar is also explored some and turns into the enemy of the novel (as you may be able to tell from the title and cover). There were nice moments between other characters, such as Dax and Sisko, Ro and Quark and such, but I found this to be more about Vaughn and Tenemi's relationship as father and daughter. This novel also managed to tie in to another rather important plot that was left sort of unfinished in the television series.In all, this is what keeps me reading Trek fiction. Definately surprised me by how good it was and how easy it was to get into and finish. If you haven't read other DS9 Re-Launch books like "Avatar" and "Unity" I'd definately hold off though ... you'll appreciate this novel after you've invested some time getting familiar with the relaunch series and these new faces. Definately worth your time and the read.
  •     I received a copy of this book, from the author, at a convention in Maryland. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! If Mr.
  •     I throughly enjoyed following the suspenseful story of Taran'atar. It was a great follow up to the last book of the series but left out anything about Odo and the ramifications...
  •     You should at least read Avatar, books 1 and 2 before reading Warpath, but you don't have to read all of the other DS9 books to enjoy this installment in the Deep Space 9 saga.
  •     David Mack is one of the best writers of Star Trek fiction. This book focused on Taranatar of the Jem'Hadar.
  •     entertaining

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