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Avatar Book One of Two (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) Mass Market Paperback – 2001

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074340050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743400503
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found that much of this book was a buildup for Book 2. Not that that's a bad thing, but it was what I deem a "necessary introduction" for the DS9 Relaunch. The characterization is good, but not as complete or rounded as in the Reeves-Stevenses' Millenium trilogy (a must read!).
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.
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It turns out that the station was attacked again which resulted in thousands of deaths and severe damage to the station. While every one on the station is more or less recovering from the attack and working around the clock to make repairs, Picard's ship stumbles upon a significant find. This find is significant because it has something to do with the planet Bajor. So Picard's crew heads for DS9 to show Kira what they've found.
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.
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With 4 stars I may be erring on the high side of rating this book. However I do so as it is well written. The Deep Space Nine television series is not one that I kept up with and I chose this book as it was to include The Next Generation cast that I am familiar with. Before the actual tale starts there is a history of Deep Space Nine up until the book's beginning so, if your lack of knowledge is like mine, a general overview is provided. It cannot make up for dozen of missed episodes but it does make the read possible and enjoyable.
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.
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One does not pick up "Star Trek" novels expecting to find great literature. We read them for plots which extend the television legacy, and are satisfied with action and dialogue that are at least congruent with what we have seen on television. For that reason, "Avatar: Books I and II" (and the two "Deep Space Nine" novels which follow it) are a wonderful surprise. They are, in fact, great literature.
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.
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