The Crimson Shadow (Star Trek: Typhon Pact)
Una McCormack

Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced by either fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets— put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.

To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet’s personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory,” and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal….

The Crimson Shadow (Star Trek: Typhon Pact) book cover

“I did not . . . I did not do all that I might once have done.”

Garak was, perhaps inevitably, one of my favourite characters of his time. His episodes, clearly taken on board in this very enjoyable story, were both meaningful and suspenseful and gave DS9 a dose of reality which one could argue Section 31 took a little too far. Still, they were the highlight of a season or two and to see Cardassia rebuilding was both interesting and meaningful. Definitely, a worthy addition.

Published by Sean Randall

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