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Review – Star Trek The Fall: Revelation and Dust

Author: David R. George III
Publisher: Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Cover Design: Alan Dingman
Cover Art: Doug Drexler

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

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The Cardassian built space station known as Deep Space Nine was destroyed at the end of the novel Plagues of Night. Now we move forward and lay out events in the new Pocket Books series: Star Trek The Fall, the first one being titled Revelation and Dust. The newest Trek novels can not be recommended highly enough! David R. George III has done an excellent job crafting stories going back into the Typhon Pact series that draw you in with not only sweeping story arcs and exciting firefights, but also dark political intrigue and backdoor deals that threaten to plunge the whole of the Alpha Quadrant into galactic Armageddon!

With the destruction of Deep Space Nine at the hands of rogue elements from the Typhon Pact, amity seems impossible. Dreams of peaceful coexistence and trade between these implacable foes seems permanently doomed. As soon as the pact ships decloak at DS9 and launch their unauthorized attack, (see Deep Space Nine Was Destroyed! Long Live Deep Space Nine?) all the work done by the Romulan praetor, UFP president and all other galactic powers just falls apart.

The Federation council decides that a new station is called for! The Federation presence is needed now more than ever. Now, more than two years later, Captain Ro Lauren and crew prepare to open the new Deep Space Nine for business. In the Novels, the station is designed by Chief O’brien and Nog leading the Starfleet Corp of Engineers in an attempt to construct a bigger, stronger and more advanced facility to protect Bajor and the Federation’s interests, but in reality, it was created by the iconic Trek Veterans: Doug Drexler, Andy Probert and Douglas Graves. (Look for a story on the design process coming soon.). The station was designed to evoke the memory of the previous Deep Space Nine, while at the same time providing a veritable fortress full of state of the art technology and defenses for the Bajoran sector.

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In the novel, we are given the opportunity to grieve the loss of the station, and those that lost their lives. It’s interesting how much we can anthropomorphize something like the station. George is such a talented writer, that one almost feels as if they are there, standing on the new station at the memorial service. We stand there with Captain Ro, Captain Sisko, Nog, O’Brien, Bashir and all the rest as they remember the loss, remember that fateful day when Deep Space Nine was taken away.

“There are no magic words that I can say that will ease the suffering we feel because of the people we’ve lost, but there is also no greater honor we can bestow upon our absent comrades than to move on in our lives—not only to move on, but to succeed. And as we do, we will carry our memories of them with us.” -Captain Ro Lauren

Excerpt From: David R. George III. “Star Trek: Typhon Pact – 09 – The Fall: Revelation and Dust.” Simon and Schuster, 2013
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David R. George III is able to weave quite a tale, bringing fierce enemies together in an attempt to foster peace. President Nanietta Bacco invites Heads of a State from all over the Alpha Quadrant, including the Romulan Praetor, and the Gorn Imperator, to the new Deep Space Nine for the dedication ceremony for the Federation’s newest Starbase. But something happens at that ceremony that changes the Federation, Alpha Quadrant and the galaxy itself forever.

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This is a page turner! I literally couldn’t put it down. Mr. George tells a tale that draws you in from page one, and doesn’t let you go until the final climactic moment! Go buy this book. I repeat, GO BUY THIS BOOK! The cover was designed by Alan Dingman, and the cover art was designed by the inimitable Doug Drexler. We are given an agonizingly teasing glimpse of this new station on the cover, and David R. George fleshes it out in our minds eye, by page by page. We say good-bye to the station we loved, that antiquated rust bucket that gave Chief O’Brien constant headaches, but somehow, beyond all hope, became a home for our heroes. That lone sentinel at the mouth of the wormhole is gone, but not forgotten. But at the same time, that we honor it’s memory, we embrace the new station, and it’s mission of peace and exploration. We look forward to the adventures that will take place there, thrusting our imaginations farther than ever before into the final frontier…

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Coming soon: an in-depth look at the design process of the new Deep Space Nine, featuring an interview with Doug Drexler, and detailed illustrations showing the evolution of the new station!

About the author

Tim Piland

Timothy Piland is a classically trained tenor and opera singer. He was born and raised in the Springfield, Mo. Area.

He has performed Roles for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Theater, Springfield Regional Opera and Mobile Opera. He has also worked for the Puccini Festival, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

In his performing career he has performed roles in: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermouse, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and many other shows.

In 2007, he toured the United Kingdom with the Church of the Incarnation out of Dallas, Texas. This included a week long engagement at Westminster Abbey, as well as a 9 day engagement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2009 he originated the role of the Priest in "Frankenstein, Monster" by Le Wlhelm at the Gilloiz Theater.

He appeared onstage as Rupert Giles for, "A Class Act productions," in their ongoing presentation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody, from March 2010-July 2013.

In November 2011, he made his directoral debut, directing "Star Trek Live Onstage: The Trouble with Tribbles," also for "A Class Act." He went on to direct 14 of the next 17 episodes of that live stage show.

Each Christmas you can also catch him at the historic Pythian Castle where he performs in a, "Night of the Dueling Santas," a Christmas dinner show of his own writing. He has been the Ghost Tour Guide for the castle since 2010.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, SYFY Channel, The History Channel, NPR.

He is the founder of Harvest Moon Productions and oversees events ranging from concerts to straight plays. He is currently writing a book called "Ghostly Tales From Pythian Castle," which hopefully will see production at some point in 2014.

In 2013 he was cast as Dr. Howard Lagrasse in the 5 episode silent Horror web series SHADOW BOUND, for Arcane Productions. Most recently he was cast in a role in the feature film EVERYTHING, for Parallax Studio.

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