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Diplomatic Implausibility (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 61) Mass Market Paperback – 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 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I had bought this book a year ago and packed it away when I moved, but I am glad to have been reunited with it. Keith R.A. DeCandido has a unique writing style, one that makes the character jump out and talk, a style that you can picture in your mind. I have read other stories by this author in the SCE series and wasn't disappointed when reading this book.
Worf is a dynamic character in the STNG and DS-9 series for television and the transfer of what Michael Dorn brought to the character is evidenced in this book. Worf is promoted to ambassador to the Klingon Empire from the Federation. His first assignment is to the ice world of taD where a force of rebels on this world are wanting the Klingons off their planet. They have appealed to the Federation for recognition. Now, in lies the rub, how does Worf handle this situation?
Worf's loyalties to the Federation, yet keep the fragile peace with the Klingon Empire, and the inhabitants of taD all working toward a peaceful settlement. This book is filled with Klingon intrigue as both sides are working toward their respected ends. The Klingon Empire wants control and the rebels wanting the Klingon gone. Now, Worf has to weave a tenuous peace or the two sides will go to war.
In the book we get some of the characters background as to how they play with respect to Worf and how they think Worf got his position. But, with true Worf character, we see him carry out the ambassador roll and with honor. This is a well written story with good character rolls and a plot that along the way can be treacherous with pitfalls.
This was an enjoyable well thought out book and the characters are true to what we know. A fast read with plausibility.
Buy and enjoy it.
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