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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 28, Alejandro rated it it was amazing Shelves: star-trek , military , science-fiction , politics , espionage , novel , media-tie-in. This is the fourth novel in the book event of Star Trek known as The Fall where characters of the spin-offs of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are the pivotal players of the story.
Even in this book, you can say that Voyager is represented since Tuvok appears that now he is a crewmember of the USS Titan. As I commented in previous books of this event, the story is 10 years later of the finale of DS9 TV series and 6 years later of Star Trek: Nemesis theatrical film.
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The event had an ambiva This is the fourth novel in the book event of Star Trek known as The Fall where characters of the spin-offs of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are the pivotal players of the story. So my expectations with this fourth book were high and I'm truly glad that James Swallow, the author, did a great job at it.
Our routes are pretty well traveled. James Swallow developed a page-turner story where political games are blended with space action. Star Trek: The Fall is effectively showing how well this iconic science-fiction drama can be as complex and engaging as other space operas in literature, well known in this genre.
Not only keeping its identity of visionary science-fiction and dealing with civil rights but also adding a bigger scope where the story isn't enclosed to the confines of only one ship or only the major casting characters. Sometimes the enemy hides in plain sight The Poisoned Chalice used greatly already established characters and vessels but also introduces to new ones in both areas. And it's happening so much at the same time that you get easily like four separate sub-plots if not more taking the reader to trips to different places in space.
Each sub-plot is as good as the others and all of them are strongly linked to the main story of the book event. While you feel each previous book as an isolated adventure, in here, you will see how the arriving characters to the event are starting to deal with the outcomes of each previous novel. Can it be considered a mutinous act to disobey unlawful orders? While not needed to understand the story, I appreciated a lot, that the author inserted references tied to TV episodes and theatrical films of the franchise, that certainly "boost" the reading experience for Trekkers like me.
We're supposed to be explorers not soldiers. If we lose sight of that The story put to the test to its main characters: William Riker, Deanna Troi, Tuvok, Nog, Christine Vale a character introduced in the "Relaunch" time of the novels and a surprise character that I won't spoil telling who is.
The novel helps them to evolve and became even stronger characters to the franchise. And certainly, they will never be the same anymore. If we look out to the stars and we see only darkness and dread, then we've lost something we will never get back. That fear will spread like poison. View 2 comments. Aug 09, Crystal Bensley rated it really liked it. Probably my least favourite Fall book but still an excellent story! Jun 09, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: star-trek. Absolutely stellar. I thought that I had already figured out what the best Star Trek novel of would be. Now, I'm not so sure.
James Swallow has advanced the story of The Fall in an extremely compelling way. I found myself staying awake into the wee hours saying "just one more chapter" over and over again.
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Well done. Dayton Ward certainly has his work cut out for him in the conclusion!
I can't wait to see how this all turns out. Jan 28, Aron rated it it was amazing. This book had it all, Jun 11, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Words can't describe how great I thought this book was. The books in the fall series keep getting better and better and thus one was no exception. The politics, actions, and in depth of the characters and storyline of this entry of The Fall series is a great addition!
Looking forward to the conclusion! I finished this book in one evening, it is THAT good! I could NOT put it down! Always keeping you guessing as to what the heck is going on, why it's going on and what's going to happen next.
I highly recommend it to my fellow Trekkies! The Poisoned Chalice sees Riker, Vale, Bashir and the rest of the gang being dragged further into positions where no matter how loyal they are to the Federation they can smell something is up with it! D Chessman reaction to Vale and yanking his chain are hilarious! The nature of these books, taking a look at several major characters and crew and locations of this wonderful universe has been the major attraction for sure, and I really applaud the creators and the publisher for going this route.
The Poisoned Chalice is meant to be the cap-stone to this wonderful series, and it does fulfill that promise. James Swallow has been one of my favourite writers for a number of years, ever since when I started reading his Warhammer 40, novels. He has never really disappointed after an initial hurdle and his output in recent years has been top-notch. Taking place after the events of the previous novel in which Doctor Julian Bashir of DS9 finally solved the Andorian Fertility Crisis, though not without a lot of help, we see that the consequences have hit him and his direct conspirators really hard.
He is now held at a blacksite Federation prison facility and his friend, former lover and now a Captain of her own ship, Ezri Dax, is also in the stockade for helping him. Julian did the morally right thing for the right reasons but he broke several Federation and Starfleet laws and now much of the action in The Poisoned Chalice is about fully exposing what he did and breaking him out. All the leading characters get drawn in a mystery that makes little sense and which often sends them on a wild-goose chase, and part of the fun of the novel is watching it all unfold.
All the twists and turns in this novel mean that Jim really throws the reader for a loop in a good way and then shows how it all does make sense in the end, when all is revealed, and you are left wondering at the brilliance of it all. Aug 08, Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing.
Tuvok is mysteriously summoned away to become part of a covert group of operatives known as Active Four whose goal is to catch those responsible for the assassination. Their orders get complicated when it's learned that the Tzenkethi are not in fact responsible for the assassination, but rather the Cardassian group known as the True Way something alluded to in "The Crimson Shadow". A third plot line involves Christine Vale who is transferred to command of the USS Lionheart in order to investigate not only why Dax was arrested, but to also seek out Julian Bashir to hear his side of the story.
The re-introduction of White Blue is a nice touch as is the return of Tom Riker whose role in the Tuvok storyline is commendable. Even the re-integration of the plots at the end works in a way that it only could work. This was the fourth entry in the five-book series, The Fall. That slight shortfall, I believe, has more to do with my Star Trek preferences more than the actual quality of the book. Though this is titled as part of The Fall, it is essentially a Titan book, and I sometimes struggle with the Titan novels due to the tone and feel of them.
However, Swallow did an excellent job — this truly and deeply felt like a T This was the fourth entry in the five-book series, The Fall. However, Swallow did an excellent job — this truly and deeply felt like a Titan novel. And the variation of styles throughout The Fall series is refreshing, and allows me to read each book sequentially.
President Bacco is dead and the evidence is shaky and misleading as to who did it.
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In the previous entry, A Ceremony of Losses, Dr. Bashir solved the Andorian reproductive crisis at huge personal risk, having been arrested and confined in a high security cell in some remote asteroid. This book, The Poisoned Chalice, is finally where the disparate threads of the last three books are suddenly pulled together and we see how these plots tie together.
Nov 07, Sean Randall rated it really liked it. As with all the rest of the series I hadn't followed the characters through. I think I was aware that Riker had the Titan, but apart from that hadn't really met any of the crew, with the exception of Pazlar and of course Tuvok. Still, I enjoyed the progression of what has woven together to be an interesting series, and will look forward to see how it all comes together.
Jan 03, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: star-trek , star-trek-relaunch , star-trek-titan. Without warning or reason, the starship Titan — specialized for deep space exploration — has been recalled and ordered to patrol…Earth. Captain Riker has been promoted to admiral and shoved in an office, while several members of his command crew have disappeared on secret missions that not even the Fleet Admiral knows about. More mystery and more stress are not what the Federation needs….
Schemes are the name of the game here, as everyone is Up to Something. The fleet admiral suspects the president is up to something, Riker suspects the fleet admiral is up to something, and the crews of two starships suspect Riker is up to something. But what is going on? All these secret goings-on are the ripples around the schemer in chief, President Pro Tempore Ishan Anjar.
That is coming to a head, however, and things are unraveling. The Poison Chalice brims over with intrigue and terse conversations, with a healthy bit of action and a little comedy as well. I hope it involves Anjar getting a right sound lecture from Picard. The Fall continues as Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan investigate the truth behind the death of the Federation President.
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I can't say I'm very familiar with the Titan and it's crew, but this novel was a great introduction. Riker was well written, and in particular I enjoyed the character of Christina Vale, his first officer. Cut from the same cloth as Riker for sure. Their adventures were definitely enjoyable, but not quite as good as the second novel which is still my favorite.
As the f The Fall continues as Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan investigate the truth behind the death of the Federation President. As the fourth of five stories in this series, The Poisoned Chalice built up nicely to a tipping point that the final book gets to explore. Looking forward to a satisfying conclusion. James Swallow does some interesting things here. My favourite is Tuvok and Nog.
For fan James Swallow does some interesting things here. This book was average. There were some very interesting plot points but at the same time the author wrote too extreme in my opinion and nothing really got solved in this novel. Tuvok and Nog inclusion felt more like a name drop than an important addition. Dec 18, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek.
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Nog and Tuvok are especially well-written, and I really enjoyed the interactions between the two of them. Lionheart , and her actions and how she was written really redeemed the character in my eyes. Previously, she had been out in the far reaches of the Beta Quadrant exploring the fringes of known space. However, she made it back to Earth on what seems to be very short notice. Absolutely stellar. Well done. Share on Facebook. Latest Updates. Featured Stories. July 1, May 23,
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