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First and foremost, Unity is a book driven by the author's understanding of the characters themselves. Each main character in the book is well fleshed out and is portrayed as the show's creators intended. For me the star of the book is Ro. Ro is a character reintroduced to the Trek world in S.D. Perry's prior books named Avatar. In Unity, Ro is given special treatment and the most breathing room as a character. As the book moves along we see Ro evolve as a person. By the end of the book she is a changed person, no longer the Bajoran woman not to be trusted but now a key member of the DS9 crew.
Even though Ro is well fleshed out in the book some of the other characters are not. For me Ezri and Julian are tragically underused. Ezri has a key role in the beginning of the book as her experiences are closely tied to the events surrounding the enemy threat, but by the middle of the book both her and Julian are left behind and relegated to babysitting the Defiant.
As for the other characters we know, we see most well portrayed, too. Vaughn has an important story to be told, and with his issues surrounding his daughter it is an interesting story as well. I had wished a little more of a solid conclusion to that part of the book but see that a few things need to be left over for the continuing tale. As seen on the cover, Ben Sisko plays a part in the book.Read more ›
But from what I understand, if it doesn't happen the T.V. shows or in the movies then it doesn't happen in the Star Trek Universe. Which I think is stupid, but all I can hope is that Paramount makes at least one STAR TREK DS9 MOVIE to fix all the mistakes it make at the end of series.
First off, the book captured the ensemble feel of the show excellently - the main characters - including the new characters written into the storyline to replace characters gone or lost at the show's end - all shine in their own way with their own interesting stories. The new plot-arc of the invading parasitic aliens - as we've seen on screen in TNG, and read about in the superb "Lives of Dax," short story collection - continues with a great deal of suspense and solid prose work.
Best of all, the internal minds and emotional states of the characters are both valid and consistant. Shar, especially, gets a lot of work in this book, as does Lieutenant Ro, who is definitely at a loss as to what she should choose, now that Bajor might merge with the Federation and her job would become a Starfleet one.
Granted, the purchase of a Star Trek hardcover often makes me flinch (it's quite expensive), but this one was worth it - even if I did tear through it in a single evening.
The only part of the book I have a caveat for is the 'Benny' storyline - I never quite liked Sisko's insane asylum plotline in the series, and having Elias Vaughn go through something similar grated on me a little - though, if you enjoyed the various visions Sisko had at the hands of the prophets in the show, you'll likely enjoy this also.
Very well done.
At the center of "Unity" is, of course, the parasite crisis; Bajor and DS9 are under seige and the Bajoran sector is under lockdown. Cardassian warships surround both planet and station, a communications blackout in effect. Gul Macet, previously seen clawing at his throat when a parasite launches itself at the Dukat-esque Cardassian, is in charge of the Cardassian contingent. This is the scene that Vaughn and the crew of the "Defiant" find themselves entering.
Without revealing anything too much, "Unity" gives us more of the inner turmoil Vaughn finds himself facing after shooting the Borg-Ruriko in sickbay, the anger Prynn holds for Vaughn, the deep-seeded Trill desire for privacy in all matters internal, and, of course, Kira's Attainder.Read more ›
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I can't believe I waited too long to read this. It's a really nice story that fits well with the DS9 continuity and the touches to its history is welcome sight.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Although I never liked the DS9 television series and leaned more toward the other Star Trek incarnations (having first been a huge fan of the Original Series, then and now), I have... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Eric
Those were the first words out of Kira mouth when she first met Ben Sisko, and it seemed only fitting that she say the same ones to him when Ben returned from the Temple. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Jonathan P Wong
This book provided something that so many serial books do not: a sense of closure. At last we see the end of an episode. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by B. Jackson
I won't waste time rehashing what others have already said about the book, other than to agree that S. D. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Lee Freeman
In terms of content this is not as much a conclusion to Avatar as it is to DS9's final episode ("What You Leave Behind"). Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by R. Spottiswood
I was dissapointed in the end, I thought it was rushed, otherwise a good read. I was just hoping that with the delay we could have had a better ending.Published on Dec 1 2003 by Kennith Perry