Paper Moon wrote:
Nerys Ghemor wrote:
In the MU, the klingon/cardassian alliance kept as slaves all the peoples of the prime universe federation; the vulcans were prized house slaves in these two empires.
Trek lit introduced Memory Omega, an organisation representing Emperor Spock's long-term plan.
'Rise like lions' showed this plan coming to fruition.
During the course of the book, the vulcan slaves dealt a heavy blow to the cardassians by using their telepathy:
Elite cardassian families started killing each other (parents killing their children, spouse killing spouse).
On the cardassian warships, the crews started killing each other, self-destructing the ships or simply setting in collision courses; entire fleets were lost.
In at least one case, a high-level obsidian order scientist killed all her colleagues, sent metagenic bio-weapons to ~a dozen cardassian worlds, then killed herself; of course, in days, the targeted cardasssian worlds were dead.
Damar, previously established as a loyal subordiante of Dukat's, blew Dukat's brain out in plain view of everyone.
All due to vulcan telepathic control.
Wow. Definitely glad I skipped that one.
I can definitely see, Nerys Ghemor
, how you, as a fan of the Cardassians, would not care for their treatment in Rise Like Lions
. However, I found the book itself to be highly redemptive of the MU arc as a whole.
There is not one sex scene in the entire book (at least from what I remember). The plot moves along at a good clip and keeps you interested. And the ending is one of the most awesome endings I have ever read, in several different ways.
So, I mean, it may still not be your cup of tea, but if someone enjoyed "Crossover," then I bet they would enjoy Rise Like Lions.
(Sorry, Nerys Ghemor
, to address this specifically to you; I remember someone, a few pages back, remarking on how DS9 MU stories went downhill, and I wanted to comment how, in my opinion, RLL
brings them back up.
As someone who read 'Rise like lions' - and is no fan of the cardassian empire -, I disagree, Paper Moon.
I found the book one of the weaker outings of recent trek lit.
To put it succintly, it read like military science fiction; it was almost exclusively about military strategies/tactics/battles and tying up mirror universe loose ends. I don't open a star trek book in order to read military science fiction.
The character moments were few, far between and rushed; the book had a few WTF moments - not the good kind of WTF, that is.
PS - The ending was a standard 'happy ending' for the MU.