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When a mysterious alien woman from the planet Laertes convinces Dr. Bashir to gamble for her at Quark's gaming tables, things seem innocent enough. Yet the more Dr. Bashir wins, the more things go wrong in the Federation as ore ships vanish, planets lose their atmosphere, and suns go nova. The cause and effect is hard to understand, but is proven by the bizarre Laertian science called Complexity Theory.
When Bashir tries to stop gambling, a Laertian warfleet appears to force him to continue, while on the planet Laertes itself Major Kira and Science Officer Dax must battle their way through chaos and danger to find a way to stop the Laertians, and save Deep Space NineTM and the Federation from utter destruction.
Someone once told me that this book is better the second time you read it. I have to agree. The first time I read it, it was so convoluted and I was totally confused about... Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by Mary L. Mosholder
The plot is intriguing, but parts of this book drag on. I think that Sheckley did a good job with Kira, Dax, and Bashir characterizations. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2000 by Eric M. Schmidt
The more I read this book, the more I love it. Robert Sheckley is a truly brilliant writer. His writing style is extremely enjoyable, and the scenes on the planet Laertes are the... Read morePublished on July 8 1999
The parts about Kira and Dax were exeptionally good, but the gambling parts got old REAL soon. If you like Julian and Kira and Dax you will like this book. I would recomend it.Published on June 1 1999
It is really good, if you like the characters it features. I would recomend it!Published on June 1 1999
The answer to this question is very bad. The plot could have turned into a worthwhile story, but the actual writing is terrible and the characterisation is off by a mile. Read morePublished on May 9 1999
The only Star Trek book that is as low as this one is Vengeance, by Dafydd Ab Hugh. The idea of the story is halfway decent, but Sisko is way too bendable. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 1998 by David Maramed
This story about DS9 was really fake. I think Julian and Quark were not themselves. There were so many typos. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1998
The Laertian Gamble quickly turned out to be the worst book I had ever read. With a stupid storyline and writing so daft you could throw a stick through it, it is not recommended.Published on July 25 1998