Thursday, August 5, 2010

Typhon Pack Preview

After about a year delay, it seems the next big storyline of the Star Trek novels is finally going to come out starting this fall, according to The previous "Destiny" storyline ended with the assimilation of the Borg by their parent race the Caeliar after the thousands ship strong Borg force invaded the entire quadrant and destroyed entire planets and cities including Deneva, Qo'noS, and Khitomer. As a result of the invasion, six enemies of the Federation (which still includes the Klingons) joined together to form the Typhon Pact. The membership is the Romulans, Tzenkethi, Breen, Gorn, Tholian, and Kinshaya. The four novels will cover the consequences of this new coalition of forces and the impact it will have on the rest of the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game (10/26/10)
By David Mack
A spy for the Typhon Pact—a new political rival of the Federation—steals the plans for Starfleet’s newest technological advance: the slipstream drive. To stop the Typhon Pact from unlocking the drive’s secrets, Starfleet Intelligence recruits a pair of genetically enhanced agents: Dr. Julian Bashir, of station Deep Space 9, and Sarina Douglas, a woman whose talents Bashir helped bring to fruition, and whom Bashir thinks of as his long-lost true love.

Bashir and Douglas are sent to infiltrate the mysterious species known as the Breen, find the hidden slipstream project, and destroy it. Meanwhile, light-years away, Captain Ezri Dax and her crew on the U.S.S. Aventine play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a Typhon Pact fleet that stands between them and the safe retrieval of Bashir and Douglas from hostile territory.
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire (11/30/10)
By Michael A. Martin
Shortly after making the stunning revelation that it has joined with Federation’s newest adversary—a coalition of galactic powers known as the Typhon Pact—the Gorn Hegemony suffers an ecological disaster. Fortunately, the Gorn had already been investigating traces of an ancient but powerful “quick terraforming” technology left behind by a long-vanished race — a dead civilization that may be responsible for habitability of many of the worlds on the Gorn frontier and beyond. When the U.S.S. Titan begins pursuing this potent technology as well, in the hopes of using it to heal the many grievous wounds sustained by the Federation, it is unclear how dangerous such planet-altering technology can be, even when used with the best of intentions….
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire (12/28/10)
By David R. George III
Still on Romulus in pursuit of his goal of reunifying the Vulcans and Romulans, Spock finds himself in the middle of a massive power struggle. In the wake of the assassination of the Praetor and the Senate, the Romulans have cleaved in two. While Empress Donatra has led her nascent Imperial Romulan State to establish relations with the Federation, Praetor Tal’aura has guided the original Romulan Star Empire toward joining the newly formed Typhon Pact. But numerous factions within the two Romulan nations vie for power and undivided leadership, and Machiavellian plots unfold as forces within and without the empires conduct high-stakes political maneuvers.

Meanwhile, four years after Benjamin Sisko returned from the Celestial Temple, circumstances have changed, his hopes for a peaceful life on Bajor with his wife and daughter beginning to slip away. After temporarily rejoining Starfleet for an all-hands-on-deck battle against the Borg, he must consider an offer to have him return for a longer stint. Beset by troubling events, he seeks spiritual guidance, facing demons new and old, including difficult memories from his time in the last Federation-Tzenkethi war.
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony (1/25/11)
By Dayton Ward
On a diplomatic mission to the planet Andor, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E bear witness to the rank devastation resulting from the Borg invasion. With the reproductive issues that have long plagued the Andorian people reaching crisis level, avenues of research that at first held great promise have proven largely unhelpful, and may well indeed be worsening the problem.

Despite the Federation’s seeming inability to provide assistance and growing doubt over its commitment to a staunch, longtime ally, Andorian scientists now offer renewed hope for a solution. However, many segments of Andorian society are protesting this controversial new approach, and more radical sects are beginning to make their displeasure known by any means available. In response, President Nanietta Bacco has sent the Enterprise crew and a team of diplomats and scientists to Andor to convene a summit, in the hope of demonstrating that the Federation’s pledge to helping Andor is sincere.

But the Typhon Pact is watching, and their interests may very well lead the Andorian people down an even more treacherous path....
I have been reading the Trek novels for years and now that they no longer have to worry about continuity glitches that arise from new television series and movies, the result has been a creative boon in stories. While I enjoyed the TV series, for books I expect more meat and less of turning a hypothetical television episode into a book that was the norm for years. Now it has become a full fledged universe that continues the story and lives all the Star Trek characters after the TV and movies ended. If you have not read the Destiny series I do recommend it. There are three continuities for Star Trek now. There is Star Trek Prime (which is where these books live), Star Trek 2.0 (from the Abrams movie), and Star Trek Online (which mostly ignores the books). Just a little FYI depending on how you entered the Star Trek universe.

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