Section 31: Abyss (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Mass Market Paperback – 2001
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The excerpt page of this book (at the front) is a warning from Vaughn to Bashir about Section 31 that had me intrigued to read the book ASAP. I'm quite glad where Vaughn and Bashir's relationship with Section 31 ended (or started), and I look forward to another 31 book in the future. I find 31 to be a very refreshing Trek idea, so I hope it isn't dismantled for some time to come (if ever!).
"Abyss" continues where Avatar left off (or actually after the events in the SCE book "Miracle Workers"), and it's good to see that it doesn't bother reintroducing everyone, but assumes you've read Avatar and know the deal. If you haven't, it is not entirely essential to read them, though I do recommend doing so as it feels like all the DS9 Relaunch novels are really just episodes of an untelevised Season 8. Avatar was the two part season premier, and Abyss is the 3rd (or 4th) episode. One thing I really enjoy is how easily these books read like episodes. The continuity between authors and plotlines is amazing! It is so well done, and the characterization is so spot on that it is impossible not to visualize these novels as Season 8 of DS9!Read more ›
As we know from the television series, Sloan is dead so another mysterious character known as Cole fills his spot. Cole mysteriously appears in Dr. Bashir's room asking him questions and in a round and about way gets him to go on a dangerous covert mission for Section 31. This mission will challenge and test Dr. Bashir in ways he has never experienced before. Dr. Bashir must match wits with another genetically enhanced individual called Dr. Ethan who used to work for Section 31 but betrayed them. Dr. Ethan is a eugenicist who took over a planet where he breeds Jimhadar soldiers loyal to him and conducts genetic experiments making clones and designing weapons to destroy others who are deemed inferior. Ezri, Ro Lauren and Taran'atar all go with him to the planet Sindorin to assist in bringing Dr. Ethan to justice, but he also would like to crush Section 31. Sindorin is where most of the story takes place. There are quite a few good firefights and suspence as well as some very good dialogue.
The book also advances other plots from previous books as well. By the way, Jake is still lost and Cassidy still didn't have the baby yet.
This is the Trek novel I've been waiting for. It has wonderful character examinations, a very interesting plot, and best of all, consequences. The Deep Space Nine novels take place after the end of the television series, so things can happen to the characters. You don't necessarily know if everything is going to turn out all right. And even when they do, characters can be irreversibly changed by the events in them. Weddle and Lang have crafted together what I would call a masterpiece of Trek novels.
One major thing I have to mention right off the bat is the use of continuity. If you're familiar with my Trek novel reviews, you know that heavy continuity references are not my favourite thing. So many times, a book has been weighted down with reference after reference, with the explanations of these references taking up way too much room and killing the pace of the book. This time, though, we are completely spared that problem. To my recollection, there is not one continuity reference in this book that slows the pace of the book. Usually, if a reference is made, it's just left there. If you are familiar with the events in question, then you understand it totally. If you're not, then there is just enough information so that you get the feel for what the reference means in the scheme of this plot.Read more ›
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In this Bashir centered book; he has to confront his fear of section 31. Dr. Ethan Loken presents an ethical problem for the good doctor. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Picardfan007
DS9 is the first series that I watched from the start after I became obsessed with star trek. I came into half way through NG and was excited at the prospect of a new series. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Russell Dutcher
Having been a fan of Star Trek since the original TV series, I have to admit that one of the things I enjoyed about the series was that it usually showed off the best side of the... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by Lianne S. Greve
Abyss kept me going til the end, and did something which many star trek novels do not do. Perhaps this is a theme which is becoming more common(I hope), I found it tied into... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Rachel E. Watkins
This is almost the best Star Trek Books Ever Written! I have easily read almost every one so i know what i'm talking about! Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002
Hot on the heels of "The Avatar," the re-launch of the DS9 novels continues in Book #4 of SECTION 31. Dr. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002
This book fits in as both #3 of the DS9 Relaunch series and the Section 31 quartet. It mainly focusses on Julian Bashir, everyone's favourite genetically-enhanced... Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Claire Hennessy
If you have read any of my previous DS9 reborn reviews, you know that I have read all four of the new DS9 books.
A smaller story this time in comparison to Avatar. Read more