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Old November 17 2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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TF: The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow Review Thread (Spoilers!)

James Swallow is the author behind this fourth (of five) installment of the The Fall saga. Hitting bookstores around November 26th, The Poisoned Chalice is the first Titan-centered novel since 2012's Fallen Gods - one of the less popular novels in recent years, it's fair to say. Many seem to consider Swallow's own Synthesis the last worthy entry in the Titan series, so fan expectations/hopes are likely to be quite high. Let's see if it can deliver, shall we?

Not-so-titanic in length official blurb:

The Federation is rocked to its core as the Typhon Pact is suspected of being behind a barbarous act that shatters the fragile peace of the Alpha Quadrant. An original Star Trek novel, this is the fourth part of a five-book story arc that takes place over a sixty-day period, but it is not necessary to read each novel in order to follow the storyline, which involves all aspects of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine universes.
Here's an additional, longer solicitation blurb lifted from Memory Alpha with much more info, though it may or may not be outdated:

One simple act, and the troubles of the United Federation of Planets have grown darker overnight. The mystery behind the heinous terrorist attack that has rocked the Federation to its core grows ever deeper, and William Riker finds himself beset by rumors and half-truths as the USS Titan is ordered back to Earth on emergency orders from the admiralty. Soon, Riker finds himself drawn into a game of political intrigue, bearing witness to members of Starfleet being detained – including people he considered friends – pending an investigation at the highest levels. And while Riker tries to navigate the corridors of power, Titan's tactical officer, Tuvok, is given a series of clandestine orders that lead him into a gray world of secrets, lies, and deniable operations. Who can be trusted when the law falls silent and justice becomes a quest for revenge? For the crew of the USS Titan, the search for answers will become a battle for every ideal the Federation stands for.
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