TOS: Cast No Shadow by James Swallow Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Thrawn, Jul 22, 2011.

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Rate Cast No Shadow.

  1. Outstanding

    21 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Above Average

    32 vote(s)
    50.8%
  3. Average

    9 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. Below Average

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  5. Poor

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  1. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Did I miss something? Was there as Section 31 operative active in the story?
     
  2. NSTrekfan

    NSTrekfan Lieutenant Commander

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    There's a Section 31 operative in every story. You just don't know it.
     
  3. JD

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    So they're like The Observers in Fringe?
     
  4. shanejayell

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    You really wanna know?
    The Betazoid psychiatrist.
     
  5. James Swallow

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Quite so. As Ashes of Eden has some firm continuity connections with The Undiscovered Country that also underpinned elements of Cast No Shadow, I felt it worked to mention it.
    The Ashes of Eden kinda has one foot in the mainstream Trek Lit continuity and one in the "Shatnerverse" tales...
     
  6. hbquikcomjamesl

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Hmm. I'm now about 2/3 of the way into the last novella of Declassified, and so I'm already a bit hazy (I caught myself getting references in The Stars Look Down mixed up with references in Cast No Shadow), but as I recall, we never did find out
    where Section 31 stood on the Gorkon Conspiracy. Whether Dr. Tancreda was acting to conceal the truth or root it out. Whether Cartwright's involvement in the conspiracy was on behalf of Section 31, or a betrayal of it.

    Which is probably just as well.

    "Formal imprecision is good for the soul--and gives steady employment to those who come after you." -- Enowil
     
  7. Turtletrekker

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    ^
    Cartwright's connection to Section 31 was established way back in TOS: Section 31: Cloak, so I would guess that he was indeed representing them to Chang and Nanclus.
     
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  8. Ronald Held

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    Yes I forgot when I posted that comment.
     
  9. Kertrats47

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Just wrote my review for Cast No Shadow. Not too much new there, kind of echoing a lot of what others said! :) Link in my sig!
     
  10. the_wildcard

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    I just got done with this book and overall I thought it was good. The beginning of the story really hooked me in. I think there should be more novels involving intelligence work in the Star Trek Universe.
     
  11. Mage

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Really loved this, I voted Outstanding.

    One thing I might have missed:

    When Miller died and gave Vaughn the padd-like device and said the code was 'reindeer flotilla, what was that all about? Did I really miss something obvious?
     
  12. Therin of Andor

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Google it!:
    http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22reindeer+flotilla%22&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    In the movie "Tron", the character Kevin Flynn created tanks for his games, and used the password "Reindeer Flotilla" to access them.
     
  13. Mage

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    Cool, thanks for explaining that part, but what I ment was:

    did the padd-like device make another appereance somewhere, or was there a reference to what sort of data was on there? Did I really miss something completely obvious??
     
  14. Patrick O'Brien

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    I loved it too and also voted outstanding:bolian: Great back story and follow up to a movie I enjoyed.
     
  15. WarsTrek1993

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    I liked it a lot! Great sequel to TUC, I liked a lot of the detective work that went on, and Elias Vaughn is always a badass! :)
    Plus I like seeing Sulu take the Excelsior out for a ride, even if it is only a few pages.

    Oh, and I absolutely love this bit:

    "Next time, Elias, write a goddamn memo!" :rommie: Especially since The Hunt For Red October is my favorite Clancy book/Movie.
     
  16. Patrick O'Brien

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    Agreed, Elias Vaughn is a great character:bolian: Nice to see how he got his feet wet with SI.
     
  17. JD

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  18. WarsTrek1993

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    I have, indeed! Serpents is one of my favorite Star Trek novels, actually! Art of The Impossible is also a damn fine book.
     
  19. Patrick O'Brien

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    Yes, I have read and enjoyed them both too. The Lost Era books are great. Is there a review thread for the series?
     
  20. Turtletrekker

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    Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread

    Ha! If there was, I'm sure that it's long since gone to thread heaven.
     

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