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Old February 24 2014, 10:21 PM   #31
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Re: Typhon Pact Series

I liked seeing the 'Jack Pack' again in ZSG.
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Old February 24 2014, 11:15 PM   #32
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Yeah, I really enjoyed Zero Sum Game. It sits right behind Rough Beasts of Empire as my second favourite book of the series so far.
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Old February 28 2014, 09:20 PM   #33
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-Zero Sum Game: I thought was pretty good. I liked the explanation for the Breen. I thought that was pretty cool. I'm not the biggest fan of Sarina Douglass but overall it was a good adventure for Bashir.

-Rough Beasts of Empire: This is the book I liked the least. I couldn't stand the characterization of Sisko and I thought the book was an awkward joining of two separate stories, with a dash of the Tzenkethi War thrown in. I would've preferred getting that Tzenkethi War Lost Era novel instead.

-Seize the Fire: I skipped.

-Paths of Disharmony: It was a bit of a struggle to get through. I wasn't that interested in the Andorian reproductive situation. Overall I thought it was a decent read.

-Brinksmanship: My favorite Typhon Pact novel. It was a fast-paced story but did the best job yet of fleshing out the Tzenkethi. I was finally able to get my head around them due to this story.

-Raise the Dawn/Plagues of Night: Though I thought there were some questionable decisions regarding Sisko again in this duology, overall it corrected the injustice done to the character in Rough Beasts. The story wasn't bad though it takes me a long time to read DRG III lately.
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Old April 6 2014, 10:12 PM   #34
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-Paths of Disharmony: It was a bit of a struggle to get through. I wasn't that interested in the Andorian reproductive situation. Overall I thought it was a decent read.
I finished Paths of Disharmony a few weeks ago and felt much the same. I enjoyed it, but I didn't look forward to picking it up and reading more...it just seemed to plod along without much drive or excitement. I only really started to get invested during the siege at the end, by which point it was almost over.

I'd score it as average overall, but I did appreciate the focus on Jasminder Choudhury. She's probably my favourite addition to the Enterprise crew since Christine Vale.


I'm about halfway through Plagues of Night at the moment and I'm really enjoying it. It's great to see more of DS9, and more focus on the Romulans is always appreciated. I'm enjoying the turmoil in Sisko's life as well.
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Old April 10 2014, 06:32 PM   #35
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The interesting thing (for me, anyway) about the Typhon Pact novels is that the majority of them have dealt either directly or indirectly with DS9 and characters associated with it, which belies any notion that the DS9 novel line has been 'shafted'.
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Old April 12 2014, 01:22 PM   #36
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I am looking to start this series in the near future. Should I read the DESTINY series first?
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Old April 12 2014, 01:43 PM   #37
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Absolutely!
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Old April 12 2014, 10:51 PM   #38
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I am looking to start this series in the near future. Should I read the DESTINY series first?
Most definitely and a couple of the aftermath books would be recommended as well like A Singular Destiny.
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Old April 12 2014, 10:58 PM   #39
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I would definitely at least read Destiny and A Singular Destiny, they probably do the most to set up the status quo we see in the Typhon Pact miniseries.
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Old April 13 2014, 04:53 AM   #40
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The books in the Destiny Trilogy don't really have any direct impact on the Typhon Pact novels (as far as I'm aware, anyway), but if you want to read them as a 'precursor' I say go right ahead because they're excellent books.

As far as the Typhon Pact novels themselves go, I think it's imperative that they be read chronologically:
Rough Beasts of Empire
Zero Sum Game
Seize the Fire
Paths of Disharmony
The Struggle Within
Plagues of Night
Raise the Dawn
Brinkmanship
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Old April 13 2014, 05:23 AM   #41
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As far as the Typhon Pact novels themselves go, I think it's imperative that they be read chronologically:
Rough Beasts of Empire
Zero Sum Game
Seize the Fire
Paths of Disharmony
The Struggle Within
Plagues of Night
Raise the Dawn
Brinkmanship
It's not imperative for the first four, which were deliberately published out of chronological sequence and were meant to be standalones only loosely connected by a theme. So those four can be read in any order, as long as they're before the other four. Indeed, I don't think Seize the Fire has any impact on anything else in the series, and The Struggle Within, alas, has very little impact (basically just solidifying who the members of the Khitomer Accords are).

Indeed, one could make a case for postponing Rough Beasts until just before Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn, because those three essentially form a trilogy. Not to mention that PoN overlaps the events of the preceding four books chronologically, beginning at the same time as Zero Sum Game, so one can't really do a strictly chronological reading without going back and forth between books.
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Old April 13 2014, 06:43 PM   #42
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The Typhon Pact is also an important part of the background of the main story of DTI: Watching the Clock, which takes place from March 2381 to February 2382. Paths of Disharmony is also loosely followed up in TTN: Fallen Gods, which takes place right after the former in November 2382. Additionally, Sela's adventure in early 2383 in TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic is referenced in the middle of Plagues of Night.
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Old April 13 2014, 08:27 PM   #43
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The Typhon Pact is also an important part of the background of the main story of DTI: Watching the Clock, which takes place from March 2381 to February 2382.
Well, I'd call it a secondary element there. The Pact is present in the narrative, but far from central to it.

The Pact plays a much larger role in the first two volumes of the Cold Equations trilogy, especially the second.
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The books in the Destiny Trilogy don't really have any direct impact on the Typhon Pact novels (as far as I'm aware, anyway), but if you want to read them as a 'precursor' I say go right ahead because they're excellent books.
The specific events of the Destiny trilogy don't directly impact the Typhon Pact books, but to get a clear understanding of the state of the universe during the TP series it would be helpful to read Destiny.
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