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Diplomatic Implausibility (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 61) Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671785540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671785543
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,746,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I understand why so many reviewers have decided to give this book a five star review, and I mostly agree that it deserves it. However, there is one small issue I have with this book, but before I speak to that issue let me give a short synopsis of what you'll find within it and what I liked about it.

Diplomatic Implausibility is the story of Worf and his new position as an ambassador for the Federation. On a distant planet, a planet held by the Klingons, a race of citizens attempt to rebuff the rule of the Klingons. Taking the tactic of terrorism to shrug off their oppressors, the planets inhabitants face being wiped out by the Klingons if a resolution can not be reached. In comes Worf.

Escorting Worf to the planet in question is a new ship and a new crew. This ship is a Klingon vessel and not one of those aboard are particularly pleased that Worf, a Federation lapdog, is in charge of the mission. As the story continues Worf must face trouble on many fronts, and must find a way to both end the conflict on the planet and to end the ill advised treatment given to him by the ships crew.

Although the main character of this book is Worf it should also be said that this book treats all characters evenly, giving each their own stage to stand on. For me, however, this book has very little to do with actual diplomacy like the title would suggest. Rather, the book focuses much of its time on the Klingon crew and their interaction with each other. This isn't a bad thing, but the diplomatic aspects of the book left me wanting. And at only 240 pages, this book could have included much more political drama or story dealing with the rebels and their struggle.

This was a great read and one I will probably read again in the future, however, you should know that what you read on the cover is not really what you'll read on the pages.
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This novel is great for a couple of reasons. First is Worf's great portrayal. I liked his discomfort with the Ambassador title and him dealing with his diplomatic responsibility. Second, the wonderful crew and captain of the IKS Gorkon. This crew, especially Cpt. Klag, grew on me, and as a result I became a sucker and went out to buy the other adventures of the IKS Gorkon in the Brave and the Bold Book 2 and the other two Gorkon books.
DeCandido is a great author. I first read Demons of Air and Darkness by him, and then a couple SCE stories, and then went back to his first book to check out where Worf had gone after the DS9 finale. In fact I read this book knowing it was, in sorts, a continuation of DS9 in the Relaunch form. Having read up to the Gamma books, it was a welcome change to see another DS9 crewmember that had gone a different way. (Now where's my Rom story!)
The plot deals with Worf having to confront his allegiance between the Federation and Martok and the Klingon Empire. My only confusion is why Worf would have overall command of the mission being a Federation, not Klingon, representative.
So Captain Klag is an awesome character that prompted me to wanna read the rest of his adventures. His crew is interesting, and the Klingon characterizations are fitting. Worf is particularly spot-on, especially with some of his classic one-word responses.
The story and characters flow naturally; nothing is forced. The battles are good; the story is decent when compared to awesome plots like in the DS9 "Millennium" Trilogy. The conclusion sort of came on me too fast to appreciate it, and the lack of twists or climax is what made me rate this a 4 and not a 5. Keith should have written another 30-50 pages to create a totally unique, intriguing conclusion.
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By Jake Well on July 27 2003
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After a long string a reading mediocre books (like Do Comets Dream?), I find myself looking at one that is truly a pleasure to read. Keith R.A. DeCandido has certainly outdone himself here. This was the first time I've had the experience to enjoy his work, but I will definitely be getting more of his titles, namely the upcoming I.K.S. Gorkon duology and Gateways - 4 of 7 - Demons Of Air And Darkness.
Now, there are two main things this book is about. One is to introduce (I think anyway) the I.K.S Gorkon crew, which is a new ship in the Klingon fleet. The other is to show some of Worf's new challenges as Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. For the former point, Keith goes past the typical Klingon archetypes and really makes this crew come to life. In fact, the Captain (Klag) reminisces about how strange and unique his crew is compared to typical Klingon vessels. The crew is very likeable and is engineered so that interesting and natural conflicts arise throughout the story (and, no doubt, future stories). For the later point, we get to see how Worf deals with the losses of the Dominion War and accepts the new challenges that await him as ambassador, which provides a lot of rich character development throughout the story. Even in diplomacy, his honor and his ability to remain a warrior are constantly tested. It's interesting that a quote from season 4 (spoken by Curzon) says, "The only people who can really handle the Klingons are Klingons". That is very true in this book, making Worf a very logical and natural choice to handle the intense diplomatic situation that unfolds.
What makes this book really special is not just the plot (which is very good), but that it's true to the characters (old and new).
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