Diplomatic Implausibility (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 61) Mass Market Paperback – 2001
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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.
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Containing an excellent portrayal of Worf, this novel manages to pull together a number of loose ends of his life after the war, and coming to terms with the death of Jadsia. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins
Definetely one of Star Trek's best. KRAD kept me entertained with Ambassador Worf and the crew of the IKS Gorkon from cover to cover. Read morePublished on March 30 2002 by Colonel_Worf
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Khemprof
If you're eagerly awaiting J.G. Hertzler's "Left Hand of Destiny" duology, this should onnly further wet your appetite. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2001 by Roger McCoy
This is definetly one of the best Trek novels to come down the pike in a while. The author crafted a believable, fast paced story line, that gave a fascinating insight into the... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by Ronald P. Wilson
An adventure with a Klingon POV! Finally!
Keith R. A. DeCandido did it exceedingly well. By giving us the first story of Worf as Ambassador, in a novel with a scope that... Read more
Set after the events of "What you Leave Behind," this book makes me glad DS9 ended! No, no, maybe that's too strong a sentiment, but this novel is sure a long way from... Read morePublished on March 17 2001 by Diane Bellomo
Many years ago, Trek novels were rolled out, with fan driven fantasy stories, produced to fill a need; that being, the lack of Trek on TV. Read morePublished on March 4 2001 by Kindle Customer
I found DIPLOMATIC IMPLAUSIBILITY an enjoyable read. The writing style was good, the characters and their relationships were engaging, and Worf's debut as a diplomat was an... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by Christopher