Avatar Book One of Two (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) Mass Market Paperback
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The book starts with a recap of important events from pre-DS9 (ie Occupation of Bajor, Orbs) to the finale where Odo, Worf (and Martok), Garak, O'Brien, Rom AND Sisko have all left DS9. I must say at first I wondered how a show (book, whatever) could proceed with a) Kira in charge; b) only Ezri, Bashir, Kira, Jake and Nog and Quark (who is spot on perfect btw) left from the original cast (oh and Yates). But surprisingly it works very well. The main reason for this is the introduction of some new characters. However, I deeply missed the interplays with Worf and especially Garak. And without O'Brien, Bashir is demeaned to the position of the relationship character with Ezri...
The best part about the book I found is the solid character development for the new characters, but also Ezri and to some degree Kira (though she's still arrogant).
Andorian Ensign ch'Thane is probably the most refreshing character. To delve into a new race is great fun, and Book 2 offers a lot more intrigue (and I'm assuming the Gamma books).
Elias Vaughn. This guy rocks, I can't wait to read more about him. This 101 year old Starfleet veteran is going through a change of mindset and his introspection is fascinating.
Lt. Ro Laren. She's there to take over Odo's position (which is funny cuz Kira loves Odo but dislikes Ro). Ro's arrivial bugged me for several reasons. Understand I think it is brilliant to have her on DS9, but she's very poorly introduced.Read more ›
There are other sub-plots which may or may not be connected to the Enterprise's discovery such as:
A strange Jemhadar soldier shows up on the station claiming to be on a mission of peace.
An ancient Bajoran tablet is found which contains a ground-breaking prophesy (Avatar).
Other than those aforementioned plots, the book is mostly character driven. Bashir, Ezri, Nog, Jake, Quark and others are still on the station but there are a few new interesting characters such as Shar. Shar is an Andorian and I think it's neat how they have sensory antennas on their heads. Shar (a member of Starfleet) plays a significant part in making a frightening discovery on board DS9 where his antennas come in handy.
This is book one of a series and The Next Generation plays the minor role in this first installment. I believe this will change dramatically in book two due to a discovery that the Enterprise makes on an old Cardassian Freighter that requires a trip to the space station DS9. The one character that I always wondered what happened to plays a key role in this book and I would guess in many others that have preceded this volume. Ro Laren was always one of my favorite enigmatic characters from TNG series, and after she betrayed Captain Picard's trust and fled I was always curious as to what happened to her. Her back story is explained in broad strokes, but at the time of this book she is now in a position of authority on DS9. Nothing about her personality has become any smoother, but it appears as though there may finally be an opportunity for her to find someplace where she will no longer feel suspect, feel the outsider.
Prior to taking on any more new DS9 material I will have to go well back and reach a point where I can appreciate these stories without only having a brief historical overview for a crutch. This book seemed well done and I believe that to the extent it failed it was solely due to my lack of knowledge.
The intricacies of the plot, and the breadth of the character development are superior to those in most "Trek" novels, but what makes these works truly stand out above the others I have read is the writing itself. It is so lush and descriptive that images are brought to mind with a clarity and brilliance that rivals the images we have seen on the screen. These books are not merely an attempt to substitute for television episodes or films; they are great works in their own right. That following novels by different authors are equally well-written is a great gift to fans of "Deep Space Nine."
The other thing that makes this novel and its successors -- "Section 31: Abyss," and the "Gateways" installment, "Demons of Air and Darkness" -- so outstanding is the employment of internal monologue to truly engage the reader. We are not merely observers and listeners, but equal participants in the unfolding adventure. We share the fears, pain, joys, and triumphs of the characters as each faces her or his particular challenges. It is a privilege to experience the "Deep Space Nine" universe through the characters' eyes and minds, enabled by these gifted writers.Read more ›
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I made the mistake of only purchasing Book 1 and had to wait before I could put another order to get book 2. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2004 by Amazon Customer
A book that is a combination of DS-9 and STNG. We have Colonel Kira Nerys holding down the fort at DS9 after the Dominion War. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2001 by Khemprof
For fans of DS9, this is a must! It continues the story seamlessly and you feel as if you are transported back to the Station with all the characters. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2001 by Mark C. Haynie
I sure have missed Deep Space Nine ever since it went off the air, so the Avatar (Books I and II) series came as quite a treat. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Matt Norling
In May 2001, Pocket Books published Avatar, a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, in two volumes. It's written by S.D. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2001 by Andreas Amsterdam
Did you feel a sense of loss when you watched the series finale of Deep Space Nine? Well, then this is the perfect book for you. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001
I really enjoyed Avatar book one and two, and, the section 31 book that followed. I had just happened apon the Section 31 book earlier last week in a bookstore, thought it looked... Read morePublished on July 29 2001
I was one of those fans who was devestated that DS9 had to be over. Then when I saw this book, promising a bold new beginning for the series, I was skeptical. Read morePublished on July 28 2001 by Amazon Customer