The premise: Early on, Voyager encountered a small wormhole and made contact with a Romulan scientist on the far side. Unfortunately, they discovered that the wormhole not only connected the Delta Quadrant with the Alpha Quadrant, but it jumped through time as well. The Romulan, named Telek, lived 20 years in Voyager's past.
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In this bo This book felt mostly like set-up, without a whole lot of an internal plot. In this book, the Romulan Empire has decided to use Telek and his research to find and capture Voyager, hoping to use the advanced technology on Voyager to gain the upper hand in the Alpha Quadrant. They have also sought the aid of a group of aliens called Shepherds, who have the ability to manipulate dark matter, giving the Romulans cloaking devices that are impenetrable. But the Shepherds are not what they seem, and as Janeway and crew begin to discover why wormholes are opening up around them, steadily getting closer, they find themselves contaminated by some type of altered dark matter.
It's invading their bodies and the ship, creating medical issues that the Doctor can't resolve and crashing systems all over. When Telek tries to warn them of the Romulan plans, Janeway is forced to beam him to Voyager to save him. But he brings with him only more questions. In order to find the answers, Janeway must find the Shepherds in the Delta Quadrant. Again, this seems mostly like the set-up of the rest of the plot, with lots of questions being asked and not many answers being found.
The main plot is intriguing, and I especially like the connections made with the previous episode and that continued story line, but mostly I found the currently disparate plot threads difficult to follow. That said, it was hard to enjoy the main plot here which was the mutate dark matter infecting the ship when these side plots kept getting in the way. I felt they should have been more subtly worked into the story. In any case, I'm reading book two now and hope that all of the separate threads start coming together soon. Cloak and Dagger is the first book in the Dark Matters Trilogy.
This is set late in the sixth season around the time of the episode "Muse'.
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This trilogy ties in with the episode 'Eye of the Needle'. The Romulan character Telek R'Mor makes a return. This is a set up book that shifts locations from Voyager to the Romulan Capital. There is a conspiracy afoot to capture Voyager via a manufactured wormhole. Voyager is being attacked by 'dark matter' that is affecting the crew. It makes some sick, some homicidal and some paranoid. After pulling Telek onto Voyager he tells them their only hope is to find a group of aliens called "The Shepherds'. They find a planet, take in a refugee who becomes close to Harry and Chakotay and an injured Paris disappear into another dimension.
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Tom Paris had his accident after he graduated from the Academy and was on assignment for Starfleet. In this book he has a flashback and says it happened while he was at the Academy.
Both characters were played by Robbert Duncan McNeil and had similar background stories. The story flows, is easy to read but keep in mind it is a 'set up' novel for the other two books. To be honest the story has fallen into the good but nothing special' category. This story was well-enough written, if not truly compelling. The characterizations seemed a bit off, in that the dark matter poisoning that the crew was experiencing was supposed to be having serious deleterious effects on their personalities, but that only seemed to be enforced sporadically.
Yes, every once in a while we would see clear indications of the effects, but at least as frequently there was no sign of difficulties. Janeway has a headache that makes her very irritable, and sometimes sh This story was well-enough written, if not truly compelling. Janeway has a headache that makes her very irritable, and sometimes she is described as having to fight to overcome that and behave rationally. But frequently, she seems almost unaffected.
Chakotay's temper is likewise supposed to be frayed, but other than showing more irritation than usual at Tom Paris's borderline insubordination, he seems almost completely unaffected.
The same is true for almost all of the characters. Further, the main solution to the conflict in the plot seems to be to search for and more or less successfully find a deus ex machina. All in all, the book wouldn't have been a first-tier book even if it had been a stand-alone; as "Book 1 of 3", it leaves much to be desired. The thought that I have to wade through two more like this in order to reach a conclusion is annoying.
Book one in a trilogy. Loved spending time with the Voyager crew again and enjoyed learning some stuff about dark matter. The return of Telek R'Mor was a nice touch, because that was one of the earliest episodes. The effects of the dark matter on the entire crew were also interesting to read about for someone with some medical knowledge -- people react to the same stimuli in different ways. I am interested to see how the story plays out. I really enjoyed this book. In many ways it was just my kind of story since I found the whole idea with the dark matter very interesting.
And with him, of course, more Romulans and the prospect of trying to protect the timeline. For me this trilogy feels very promising and I'm looking forward to see where Golden takes it. I haven't read any Star Trek novels by other authors, but I really like the way Christie Golden writes. It's probably also to my advantage that I haven't watched all the episodes from the Voyager TV series, as I'm assuming that these novels follow along in the same story arc.
Whatever the case, I found this book entertaining and well-paced. Book 1 of a trilogy. Golden has a great story line going here and has the potential to blow past her Star Trek yawner "The Last Roundup" that I read a few years back. My only complaint is that I dislike stories where the main character s are rescued from whatever the life-threatening situation is when an all-powerful being shows up, and this one partially falls into that category. May 20, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , star-trek-voy.
The Romulan that Voyager had previously met turns up again. The Romulans intend to capture Voyager and use their advances in technology to change the timeline.
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Only problem is the method uses dark matter. This is definitely a setting the scene type book, the plot and characters are decent too.
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