TF: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
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October 30 2013, 08:56 AM
Re: TF: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
This wasn't very good - on the plus side it's well-written and the character of Bashir get some good moments but that is outweighed by the problems with the book that are numerous.
The first and major one is the central dilemma is poorly set-up, some lip service is paid in the first third of the book to the idea that the information Bashir gets hold of could be used for negative consequences but that idea soon drops away and the reader is hit over the head with how right he is (because he has to be given the structure of the story and the simplistic actions of others).
This is compounded by opponents who aren't really characters as they are strawmen caricatures who only exist to further confirm how right he is in his actions - so there isn't any tension in the book. lead strawman is the President who although it's been hinted in previous books is either not whom he seems or has other problems is simply portrayed without any hint of nuance and might as well be twirling a black mustache. Following his progress in this series, I expect him to be tossing babies in a fire in the next book. Most of the other characters suffer from the same problem to varying degrees (including starfleet Captains who fire on their own without question and invade sovereign worlds at the drop of a hat).
The book then completely falls to pieces when the Andorians seemingly change Government and rejoin the federation
over the space of a single weekend
in a rather hasty conclusion.
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