Next round of the Classic Review threads, this time a pre-continuity novel. This one always created some strong opinions, so I'm really curious how it will do in the ranking. DS9: Warped by K.W. Jeter Blurb: Political tensions on Bajor are once again on the rise, and the various factions may soon come to open conflict. In addition, a series of murders has shaken everyone on board the station. While Security Chief Odo investigates the murders, Commander Sisko finds himself butting up against a new religious faction that plans to take over Bajor and force the Federation to leave Deep Space Nine. Odo soon traces the murders to a bizarre and dangerous form of holosuite technology--a technology that turns it's users into insane killers and now threatens Sisko's son, Jake. As the situation on Bajor deteriorates, Sisko learns that the political conflict and the new holosuites are connected. Both are the work of a single dangerous man with a plan that threatens the very fabric of reality. The plot is darker than anything Sisko has faced before, and to defeat it, he must enter the heart of a twisted, evil world where danger lurks in every corner and death can come at any moment--from the evil within himself, from his closest friends, or even at the hands of his own son. ___________________________________________________________________ My review from 2005 (the last time I read the novel): This book is a total waste of Paper and other resources. Everyone who finishes this story definitely deserves some kind of award. I could summarize my review in one word : CRAP ! But I try to write at least a little bit more for you. Normally I find at least one thing I like about a story, but not here. First of all, I doubt that the author has ever watched an episode of Deep Space Nine or Star Trek in general at all, because seeing this novel I would assume he wrote it based on a one paragraph synopsis of the series. The characterizations doesn’t fit for any of the characters, the background information and references to episodes aren’t accurate and generally the story just hasn’t the right feeling. The story itself is one big piece of irrational and screwed up mysticism mixed up with implausible techno babble. The shown holotechnology maybe even could have been a starting point for a slightly interesting story, but not in the form it is presented here. A better way would have been if K.W. Jeter had focused on the psychological effects of the technology and left out the Bajor political plot and the whole McHogue plot disaster. One thing I ask myself how a story like this could go through both the editors and Paramount’s hands and still be published in this form. Overall this is one of the Books where the reader should be paid, not the author.