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Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2002
Deep Space Nine isn't about pedantic droning on and on, it was the official action series. The wild, wild west of Star Trek. Thsi story makes it as boring as TNG where there is minimal damage to all involved. If Vaughn is so secret ops that he can refuse a captaincy, then how come he's not more dangerous, more manipulative. There's got to be a good space between the audacity of Kirk and Calhoun and the supreme balances of Picard and Sisko. DS9 is crawling along. These stories seem shadowy, willowy, like there is a towering giant of past stories of quality hovering over these stories whgich is why they aren't simply weaker but overshadowed. What does the series need? Direction! Maybe one writer holding this series for a year at a time, taking it into directions unexplored before. But the mix and match of timidity is ruining potential characters really breaking out. All of these books have been about characters upset at who they are and DS9 was about people upset by the galaxy around them and who they were becoming.
The series straddles trying to hark back to the past without creating it's own identity. It's time for it to be a book unto itself.