Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust
David R. George III
WELCOME TO THE NEW DEEP SPACE 9
After the destruction of the original space station by a rogue faction of the Typhon Pact, Miles O’Brien and Nog have led the Starfleet Corps of Engineers in designing and constructing a larger, more advanced starbase in the Bajoran system. Now, as familiar faces such as Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates, Ezri Dax, Odo, and Quark arrive at the new station, Captain Ro Laren will host various heads of state at an impressive dedication ceremony. The dignitaries include not only the leaders of allies—such as Klingon Chancellor Martok, Ferengi Grand Nagus Rom, the Cardassian castellan, and the Bajoran first minister—but also those of rival powers, such as the Romulan praetor and the Gorn imperator. But as Ro’s crew prepares to open DS9 to the entire Bajor Sector and beyond, disaster looms. A faction has already set in action a shocking plan that, if successful, will shake the Alpha and Beta Quadrants to the core.
And what of Kira Nerys, lost aboard a runabout when the Bajoran wormhole collapsed? In the two years that have passed during construction of the new Deep Space 9, there have been no indications that the Celestial Temple, the Prophets, or Kira have survived. But since Ben Sisko once learned that the wormhole aliens exist nonlinearly in time, what does that mean with respect to their fate, or that of the wormhole . . . or of Kira herself?
David R George III is, I feel, one of the best Star Trek writers being published today, and that comes from his deep knowledge of the very heart and core of what made Deep Space Nine the truly unique series that it was. Too many writers of Deep Space Nine books have treated the series like any other in the Star Trek universe. While each series has it’s own unique flavour, the rest have all been pretty similar as they have all taken place on a starship with a rather consistent crew compliment across the various series. DS9 has always been different, and that difference has to do with far more than the characters or setting… it has to do with the soul of the series… something very few Star Trek authors have truly understood. David R George III is one of those few authors.
Revelation and Dust is the first in a five-part series that is supposed to be, I think, monumental in scope. To be honest, the main storyline, which I won’t reveal here, is not all too surprising. It’s the opening of the new Deep Space Nine (since the original was destroyed in the last books by George) and it’s a high powered event with heads of state from all over the place there to be part of the dedication. However, while there was some predictability, George pulls the reader in and grips them tightly. I was riveted to the page even though I sort of foresaw this event coming, and it was carried off with such a skill that I think few authors could have matched.
What really got me was the sub-story with Kira. In the last books by George, when DS9 was destroyed, Kira went missing in the wormhole and the wormhole promptly collapsed. We find out in this book that she is not dead, but with the Prophets. (And again, George is the ONLY Star Trek writer I’ve seen who truly gets the stuff with the Prophets.) Kira is doing what she’s doing with the Prophets, and the reader isn’t quite sure of what’s going on — after all, the Prophets are never clear — but then in the last few pages that storyline takes a stunning twist… Again, I don’t want to give anything away (cuz I hate spoilers), but George did a masterful job of pulling off that storyline, to make it seem so obvious in hindsight, but so shocking when it happens.
Not only was Revelation and Dust a stellar novel on its own, but it’s also a kickass start to The Fall five-book-series. I’m about a third through the second book now, The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack, and while it’s a very different style of story, it’s also superb. The Fall is looking to be a bang-up series (though I am a little concerned about one of the later authors in the series as I’ve enjoyed few of his books… we’ll see how it goes…)