I've enjoyed David Mack's Bashir/Section 31 novels, and his exploration of the Breen is very interesting, but this novel didn't do the trick as a Titan book. Past Titan novels by other authors have focused on the crew and its interactions, even when there was a large-scale crisis at hand.
To me, it seems that this book treats the Titan characters, except for two or three, as mere set pieces, or extras. Furthermore, the crisis is purely military (with a small measure of science sprinkled here and there), and as such, not the most fertile Star Trek plot. It's one I could have enjoyed more if the crew had been given more importance; but an inordinate amount of pages are devoted to subplots that add nothing of real value ot to the novel.
There are subplots (all tied together, I must admit) featuring Ferengi, Pakled, Orion pirates, and Nausicans, that only convoluted the plot unnecessarily. Even the pages devoted to seeing how the Breen operate, a feature in Mack's other books (particularly those on the Breen homeworld) are sterile, pertaining only to their military operations, with nothing but whisps of insight into their culture.
All in all, not a bad book, but it was a slow read for me, because it was not what I want when I pick up a Star Trek: Titan novel.
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (30 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501152009
- ISBN-13: 978-1501152009
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)