Star Trek
Deep Space Nine

Author: S. D. Perry
Pocket Books
RRP 14.99, US $2395, Cdn $37.95

ISBN 0 7434 4840 5
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On the eve of Bajor's formal entry into the Federation, First Minister Shakaar was assassinated, derailing the induction and plunging the planet and station Deep Space Nine into chaos. Investigation into the murder revealed the presence of a parasitic conspiracy threatening not only Bajor's future with the federation, but the very survival of both. At the same time, the fracturing of Bajor's theology has put its people on the threshold of a startling transformation - and the consequences now rest on the shoulders of Colonel Kira Nerys, who months ago defied the religious authority of her planet by making public an ancient heretical text that challenged the very foundation of the Bajoran faith...

Unity sees the weary and wounded crew of the Defiant return home after a harrowing and historic voyage of exploration in the Gamma Quadrant.

But the joy of their return is short-lived as the crew becomes swept up in the crisis aboard the station, with many of them confronting personal issues that force them to make life-altering choices. Among those is a grief-stricken commander Elias Vaughn, who reaches a crossroads in her life's journey and learns the true purpose for which he was touched by the Prophets... as well as the ultimate fate of captain Benjamin Sisko. And... somewhere on Bajor... a child long awaited is about to be born.

S. D. Perry commits yet another outstanding DS9 story to paper. There are plenty of familiar faces, including Ensign Ro, and eagle-eyed readers will notice that the cover also gives away something important about this story.

As, with her previous stories, Perry steps outside of the confines of the TV series and brings DS9 back to life again. Her writing style is engaging and well crafted - Just how does she bring back Ro, Sisko, Odo and a few other surprises? Well, that's for you to find out.

A fantastic novel that will certainly appease DS9 fans.

Ray Thompson

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