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View Poll Results: Rate The Poisoned Chalice.
Outstanding 52 53.61%
Above Average 39 40.21%
Average 5 5.15%
Below Average 1 1.03%
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Old November 27 2013, 06:38 PM   #46
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It’s just me but unlike the previous The Fall authors, I couldn’t find a promotional interview with James Swallow?
Here you go:

http://www.startrek.com/article/star...-available-now

I'll be talking to other sites too in the weeks ahead...
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Old November 27 2013, 06:41 PM   #47
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I've read a few chapters of this book and it's really is a fast paced read lots of political intrigue and people lying and trying to cover up what happened when Nan bacco was killed.There's Lots of suprising twists and turns with what happens to the Titan crewmembers in the early chapters of this book.Especially with Ishan at a memorial for the former president and the Andorians showing up to pay their respects to President Bacco.Ishan wasn't a happy about it one being upstage by the Andorians.
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Old November 27 2013, 09:55 PM   #48
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Ishan sent several "messages" to the Andorian delegation despite claiming to send only one. One of them, so it seemed, was this: "You seceded. You gave up the right to mourn Nan Bacco with the rest of us when you did that. The surrender of that right is being enforced."
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Old November 28 2013, 01:42 AM   #49
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Just noticed a Bajoran named Darrah Hayn. Related to Darrah Mace?
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Old November 28 2013, 02:28 AM   #50
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How important are Seize the Fire and Fallen Gods to TPC?
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Old November 28 2013, 02:53 AM   #51
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How important are Seize the Fire and Fallen Gods to TPC?
Not very. Tuvok reflects on Seize the Fire a little, and Fallen Gods is mentioned very briefly.
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Old November 28 2013, 02:07 PM   #52
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Awesome book, only one more to go ��
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Old November 28 2013, 03:02 PM   #53
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Just noticed a Bajoran named Darrah Hayn. Related to Darrah Mace?
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Old November 28 2013, 05:59 PM   #54
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This book is a fast paced read the characters storylines go in directions you totally didn't expect.I certainly have been surprised with all the events that are happening to the Titan crewmembers in this book.
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Old November 28 2013, 08:16 PM   #55
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Well, crap. I had to re-order my copy, since my parcel was lost in transit. Now I've got to wait 5-7 more days.
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Old November 28 2013, 10:08 PM   #56
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I'm still into the thick of the novel but its rating as outstanding is pretty secure. However, I'm reserving my final judgement until finishing it.

The plot is a fast-paced political thriller and lives from the morality of its characters. Practically every major character has to make a stand and choose between right and rules. The ongoing thread of suspense is only matched by A Ceremony of Losses.

However, it isn't 'just' the plot that engages me so and increases my heartbeat, its the smoothless integration of Trek lore. It is a STAR TREK novel: Characters use state-of-the-art technology, inspiring technology; long-lost familiar faces return - including Xelatians, Bynars, Suliban, Magna Romanii; the Challenger is referenced and there's a wealth of minutiae that makes the universe familiar through and through. It feels familiar, in a good way. I'm amazed.

I wonder whether the Lahit doctor attended Starfleet Academy? To learn more about his species would be interesting.
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Old November 28 2013, 10:46 PM   #57
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Just noticed a Bajoran named Darrah Hayn. Related to Darrah Mace?
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Old November 28 2013, 11:30 PM   #58
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Titan is referred to as having a "dual warp core" in this one. Can you shed a bit of light on what you meant that to represent, James? Is this a reference to the "twin intermix chambers" line from the deleted Wesley Crusher scene in Nemesis?
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Old November 29 2013, 04:27 AM   #59
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I finished this novel tonight I voted outstanding. I certainly was very surprised about how certain storyplots were revealed when it came to certain characters Like Tuvok and Nog and Christine Vale were well written.
This is an excellent followup story to the Ceremony of losses. This whole series has had awesome stories in each novel.Bravo James Swallow for this amazing and exciting book!

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Old November 29 2013, 11:03 AM   #60
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I wonder whether the Lahit doctor attended Starfleet Academy? To learn more about his species would be interesting.
The Lahit were created by Diane Duane for her TOS novel Doctor's Orders.

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Just noticed a Bajoran named Darrah Hayn. Related to Darrah Mace?
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Titan is referred to as having a "dual warp core" in this one. Can you shed a bit of light on what you meant that to represent, James? Is this a reference to the "twin intermix chambers" line from the deleted Wesley Crusher scene in Nemesis?
Yes, that is a reference to Wes's line about the "double refracting warp core matrix".
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