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Old February 23 2014, 09:22 PM   #16
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Re: Typhon Pact Series

I haven't had a chance to post here for a while, but I finished Rough Beasts of Empire and I thought it was excellent. In many ways, it felt like a prologue but it was still engaging and written well enough for that to not really matter.

The political intrigue within the Romulan Empire was really gripping, especially with the Tzenkethi subtly manipulating everything from the background, and although I can see why some may not have liked Sisko's arc, I found it compelling and am looking forward to see where it goes next.

What's the general consensus on Rough Beasts of Empire?

I'm partway through Paths of Disharmony and I'm finding it a little slow at the moment. Hopefully it will get going soon - the Enterprise has reached Andor now so things should start stepping up.
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Old February 23 2014, 10:50 PM   #17
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I would recommend you have Plagues of Night / Raise the Dawn on hand and read Rough Beasts of Empire as Act 1 of an unofficial but epic trilogy.
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Old February 23 2014, 10:59 PM   #18
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I would recommend you have Plagues of Night / Raise the Dawn on hand and read Rough Beasts of Empire as Act 1 of an unofficial but epic trilogy.
Those are the two I'm most looking forward to in the series, purely because the covers are awesome and I've read that they follow up on events from Rough Beasts of Empire. Do we get any more focus on Deep Space Nine in those books? I really enjoyed Sisko's talk with Kira, and would like to see more of Ro as Captain.
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Old February 23 2014, 11:01 PM   #19
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Er.... well..... focus on DSN you say? Er..... Am I supposed to stay non-spoiler?
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Old February 23 2014, 11:04 PM   #20
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Er.... well..... focus on DSN you say? Er..... Am I supposed to stay non-spoiler?
Yes please, although I'll take that as a yes
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Old February 23 2014, 11:10 PM   #21
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In that case, yes there's quite a bit of focus on the station in Plagues of Night. You'll also really like The Fall: Revelations and Dust in this respect.

And that's all I can say without risking spoilage!
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Old February 23 2014, 11:18 PM   #22
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In that case, yes there's quite a bit of focus on the station in Plagues of Night. You'll also really like The Fall: Revelations and Dust in this respect.

And that's all I can say without risking spoilage!
Looking forward to it!

Hopefully Paths of Disharmony will pick up a bit in the meantime...
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Old February 24 2014, 12:54 AM   #23
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I thought Rough Beasts was great - and so were Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn, making a fantastic trilogy. I also loved Paths of Disharmony, but really didn't like Seize The Fire and wasn't blown away by Zero Sum Game either.

I do like Mr Macks stuff though - I adored his Cold Equations trilogy...
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Old February 24 2014, 03:56 AM   #24
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I'm in the middle of the Typhon Pact series myself.

-Zero Sum Game was excellent. Great action, great story, great world-building of the Breen.
-the Titan/Gorn novel I basically skipped after skimming a few chapters. Just didn't interest me.
-Rough Beasts of Empire was interesting and well-written but I really, really, really did not agree with the character choices for Sisko.
-the TNG/Andorian novel wasn't bad but I just wasn't interested in the Andorian storyline at all, and I didn't like that the Pact is barely in it.
-I'm halfway through Plagues of Night at the moment and it's good so far.

It's interesting reading this series because unlike "Destiny" which I was spoiled on I have absolutely no idea how this is going to end.
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Old February 24 2014, 01:41 PM   #25
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What's the general consensus on Rough Beasts of Empire?

I'm partway through Paths of Disharmony and I'm finding it a little slow at the moment. Hopefully it will get going soon - the Enterprise has reached Andor now so things should start stepping up.
"Paths Of Disharmony" I actually found to have been the best of the first 4 Typhon Pact books; the other three books, including "Rough Beasts", I found to have had some good moments, but then they got sort of clunky. It was kind of like I was on a road that was half-good, and half-full of potholes.
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Old February 24 2014, 04:23 PM   #26
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Just to clarify a bit, while Jedi-Ben is correct that Beasts, Plagues and Dawn form an unofficial trilogy, Zero Sum Game actually comes in between Beasts and Plagues chronologically.

Well, strictly speaking ZSG kinda takes place 'off screen' during the opening segments of Plagues, but if you haven't read it yet, you definitely need to, because its events play into Plagues and Dawn just as much as Beasts' do.

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Old February 24 2014, 08:38 PM   #27
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Another reason to read Zero Sum Game: It provides the narrative setup for A Ceremony of Losses, which will lead directly into my upcoming novel Section 31: Disavowed.
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Old February 24 2014, 09:27 PM   #28
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Also, ZSG sets up a great dimension to Bashir's role in The Fall: Ceremony of Losses.
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Old February 24 2014, 09:57 PM   #29
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Also, Zero Sum Game is just a damn good book. It's John le Carré meets Star Trek.
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Old February 24 2014, 10:19 PM   #30
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It's also very smart where the Breen are concerned.
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