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Brinkmanship [EPUB] ✼ Brinkmanship By Una McCormack – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk An all new novel set in the universe of Star Trek The Next Generation, in which tensions escalate between two powerful forces in interstellar spaceThe Venette Convention has always remained independen An all new novel set in the universe of Star Trek The Next Generation, in which tensions escalate between two powerful forces in interstellar spaceThe Venette Convention has always remained independent, but it is about to become the flashpoint for a tense military standoff between the two power blocs now dominating interstellar space the United Federation of Planets and the recently formed Typhon Pact The Venetan government turns to the Typhon Pact s Tzenkethi Coalition for protection in the new order, and has agreed to allow three of their supply bases for Tzenkethi use But these bases if militarized would put Tzenkethi weapons unacceptably close to Federation, Cardassian, and Ferengi space While Captain Ezri Dax and the crew of the USS Aventine are sent to investigate exactly what is happening at one of the Venette bases, Captain Jean Luc Picard and the USS Enterprise are assigned to a diplomatic mission sent to the Venette homeworld in order to broker a mutually acceptable resolution But the Cardassian delegates don t seem particularly keen on using diplomacy to resolve the situation, which soon spirals out of control toward all out war.


About the Author: Una McCormack

Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and storiesShe has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.



10 thoughts on “Brinkmanship

  1. Jerry Jerry says:

    I m short on time tonight, so, I ll be brief This is back to what I ve come to expect from the franchise This series has been rather hit or miss, so, it s good to read one of its better entries.


  2. Matt Randall Matt Randall says:

    As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador s rudeness, Peter Allen s paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense But that never really happened Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state I m not sure what the point of the novel was It doesn t really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack story As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador s rudeness, Peter Allen s paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense But that never really happened Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state I m not sure what the point of the novel was It doesn t really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack storyline forward It did give us a look at the Tzenkethi, which was interesting, but that was about it Besides the plot issues, I had some problems with the dialogue in places It didn t seem to flow naturally, and people seemed to say each others names too much The Federation ambassador, Jeyn, seemed a very pointless character He didn t do anything, really The Cardassian serving on the Enterprise, Dygan, was also very under used His character was presented as being very important to the story at first, but he really wasn t Even the interesting Ferengi ambassador was underutilized.All in all, not McCormack s best She created some interesting characters only to make little use of them, and the plot really got away from her at the end


  3. Armen Armen says:

    This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis I also really liked the further insight into a muchmature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden view spoilerYou are making a mistake, she said, if you re still thinking of me as Ezri Tigan I am Dax I m the sum of many parts I ve been a mother, a father, and the lover of both men and women I ve been a diplomat, a l This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis I also really liked the further insight into a muchmature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden view spoilerYou are making a mistake, she said, if you re still thinking of me as Ezri Tigan I am Dax I m the sum of many parts I ve been a mother, a father, and the lover of both men and women I ve been a diplomat, a legislator, a pliot yes, and a killer I ve seen countless friends die I ve outlived thousands of them and still died eight times myself I m older than you think and I m much less patient than ever If I can stop a war by handing you over, Peter Alden, you d better believe I d do ithide spoiler I confess to a certain level of conflict of interest, as Ezri Dax was always my favorite Star Trek character Now, aside from my love for Dax, there s also the detail on the Tzenkethi My god, how fascinating and how utterly chilling their society is I wish this rendition of the Tzenkethi had gotten airtime on any of the TV series Would ve been fascinating to see a society as complex as theirs.tl dr Between the character development for Dax, and the detail on the Tzenkethi, this book gets 4 stars from me


  4. Sean O& Sean O& says:

    Previously on Star Trek The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.This time on Star Trek The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.So to some extent the series is getting repetitive pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one And you know what, I don t care the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing Previously on Star Trek The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.This time on Star Trek The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.So to some extent the series is getting repetitive pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one And you know what, I don t care the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing Cold War in Space stuff, something that s been sorely lacking for decades.Plus, it means every book now is like The Final Reflection, only with the Typhon Pact nations, and exploring alien cultures is what Star Trek is all about something else that Star Trek lost sight of after a certain point


  5. John Carter McKnight John Carter McKnight says:

    I really should ve liked this book immensely I m a big fan of diplomatic political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times Unfortunately, this fell flat One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices a large part of the appeal of tie in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same One of the subplots involved a deep cover agent going nat I really should ve liked this book immensely I m a big fan of diplomatic political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times Unfortunately, this fell flat One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices a large part of the appeal of tie in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same One of the subplots involved a deep cover agent going native, and almost pulled off a brilliant tale all the ingredients were there, but it just missed The other subplot, involving a failing diplomatic summit, didn t work because of the voice issue coupled with too much similarity in names it was hard to keep track of who was representing which faction.There was a terrific book in here somewhere, and maybe stronger editing could have excavated it Didn t happen, though, making for a mediocre read


  6. Crystal Bensley Crystal Bensley says:

    A good political thriller where you learn alot about the Tzenkethi.


  7. Nis Nis says:

    Very nice ending to the Typhon Pact series Exactly the kind of political thriller I expected the series would be full of.


  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    Who s up for the Cuban Missile Crisis.in spaaaaaaace When an otherwise friendly nation on the borders of the Federation and two of its allies signs a treaty with a hostile power, allowing them bases for repair and refueling along the Federation border, Starfleet is understandably concerned and doubly so when news arrives that a fleet is enroute to supply the bases for their new tenants, carrying chemicals that could be used in biogenic warfare attacks on the Federation While the USS Ente Who s up for the Cuban Missile Crisis.in spaaaaaaace When an otherwise friendly nation on the borders of the Federation and two of its allies signs a treaty with a hostile power, allowing them bases for repair and refueling along the Federation border, Starfleet is understandably concerned and doubly so when news arrives that a fleet is enroute to supply the bases for their new tenants, carrying chemicals that could be used in biogenic warfare attacks on the Federation While the USS Enterprise speeds to meet with the Space Cubans to work the diplomatic angle, the USS Aventime is dispatched to do a little friendly snooping near the proposed base nearest the Federation border When the Cardassians who, along with the Ferengi are the other two threatened allies arrive ready for war, and the Space Cubans catch wind of possible spies inserted in their country, events begin to spiral out of control, heading towards a war that no one wants but no one seemingly can avoid But the drama unfolding in open view is only the smoke and mirrors for another maneuver, one that is using parties on both sides.I bought this book a couple of years back, intrigued by the possible historical parallels and interested in a book which includes both Picard and Dax The primary appeal of the book is learning about the Tzenkethi, who along with the Breen were pretty much black holes before the Typhon Pact series began Romulans, we know, love, and fear while the Gorn and Tholians can be wrapped up in primal fears about reptiles and insects, respectively The Tzenkethi are presented as a very stable, very hierarchical society who have a natural affinity for the Space Cubans, another stable and hierarchical society The Tzenkethi view the Federation as some kind of chaos monster, however, the epitome of their every social fear it s all argument, class and racial intermixing, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria Who can tell what they ll do, what new planet will sudden fall under their spell Having read beyond this series, I knew that no epic war between the Federation and the Typhon Pact broke out, so the drama was largely dampened for me I assumed the drama would keep ramping up until something happened out of left field to defuse things, and that sor less what happens Still, it s nice to see Picard being the commanding diplomat again, and I ll never say no to a story with Ezri Dax and her ship, in part because the Relaunch developed her in such a commendable way turning the awkward 20 something shrink of 2000 into the Captain on the Bridge, and in part because the Aventine looks much different than the other Starfleet ships and I m ever curious about it


  9. Nicky2910 Nicky2910 says:

    Star Trek Typhon Pact Brinkmanship by Una McCormack While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively , Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old frie Star Trek Typhon Pact Brinkmanship by Una McCormack While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively , Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old friends who might have changed too far, distrust of new allies etc And in the end, a part of the solution which returns a threatening outbreak of open warfare to the cold war situation, is to sow distrust into a people who are blunt and not used to subterfuge and lies The Tzenkethi are a fascinating people and McCormack spends some time introducing their culture and the makeup of their society And quite frankly, open slavery and subjugation is one thing, but genetic engineering and re conditioning so that everybody is happy with the small place that they re granted and not willing and or able to look beyond is quite the devious scheme This book also introduces Peter Alden, a high strung intelligence officer on the verge of a breakdown, and Corazame, one of said naive Tzenkethi who gets pulled into a spy extraction plot We ll see both of them again in The Missing and Enigma Tales only Alden Overall, an entertaining novel, which unfortunately takes a bit of time to really get going But once it does, it s hard to put it down And I said it before I like Alden, he s an interesting, multi layered character that I wouldn t mind reading muchof


  10. Patrick Hayes Patrick Hayes says:

    The focus is on diplomacy, with a bit of action thrown in, for this entry in the Typhon Pact series No readings of any previous books in this series would hamper one s enjoyment The Federation and several of its allies are meeting with Venette Convention because they are leasing three of their starbases to the Tzenkethi, members of the Typhon Pact Naturally Jean Luc Picard is sent to head the committee, but the inclusion of one of the Federation s allies turns the meeting on its head Captain The focus is on diplomacy, with a bit of action thrown in, for this entry in the Typhon Pact series No readings of any previous books in this series would hamper one s enjoyment The Federation and several of its allies are meeting with Venette Convention because they are leasing three of their starbases to the Tzenkethi, members of the Typhon Pact Naturally Jean Luc Picard is sent to head the committee, but the inclusion of one of the Federation s allies turns the meeting on its head Captain Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine is sent to investigate one of these bases and the inclusion of a newcomer to her crew causes chaos at this location.Meanwhile, two spies on Ab Tzenketh, homeworld of the Tzenkethi, discover one another and it does not go well There s some solid tension here, with things quickly spiraling toward darkness, but Picard, Crusher, and Dax s optimism keep things on a positive spin I enjoyed the first two plot lines, but the spy story just didn t do much for me It was initially interesting, but soon became one note and played out as I expected That said, I enjoyed revisiting familiar characters and I would welcomebooks in this series and any written by McCormack


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10 thoughts on “Brinkmanship

  1. Jerry Jerry says:

    I m short on time tonight, so, I ll be brief This is back to what I ve come to expect from the franchise This series has been rather hit or miss, so, it s good to read one of its better entries.

  2. Matt Randall Matt Randall says:

    As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador s rudeness, Peter Allen s paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense But that never really happened Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state I m not sure what the point of the novel was It doesn t really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack story As I was reading Brinkmanship, I kept thinking that at the end, everything would come together and there would be a brilliant reason for the Cardassian ambassador s rudeness, Peter Allen s paranoia, and some way of bringing the Cardassian spy into the rest of the events that would all make sense But that never really happened Instead, everything was left in a fairly blurry, uncertain state I m not sure what the point of the novel was It doesn t really feel like it moved the Typhon Pack storyline forward It did give us a look at the Tzenkethi, which was interesting, but that was about it Besides the plot issues, I had some problems with the dialogue in places It didn t seem to flow naturally, and people seemed to say each others names too much The Federation ambassador, Jeyn, seemed a very pointless character He didn t do anything, really The Cardassian serving on the Enterprise, Dygan, was also very under used His character was presented as being very important to the story at first, but he really wasn t Even the interesting Ferengi ambassador was underutilized.All in all, not McCormack s best She created some interesting characters only to make little use of them, and the plot really got away from her at the end

  3. Armen Armen says:

    This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis I also really liked the further insight into a muchmature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden view spoilerYou are making a mistake, she said, if you re still thinking of me as Ezri Tigan I am Dax I m the sum of many parts I ve been a mother, a father, and the lover of both men and women I ve been a diplomat, a l This story was an interesting Star Trek rendition of the Cuban missile crisis I also really liked the further insight into a muchmature Ezri Dax than the one we saw back in the DS9 TV series I particularly loved her line in the scene where she confronts Alden view spoilerYou are making a mistake, she said, if you re still thinking of me as Ezri Tigan I am Dax I m the sum of many parts I ve been a mother, a father, and the lover of both men and women I ve been a diplomat, a legislator, a pliot yes, and a killer I ve seen countless friends die I ve outlived thousands of them and still died eight times myself I m older than you think and I m much less patient than ever If I can stop a war by handing you over, Peter Alden, you d better believe I d do ithide spoiler I confess to a certain level of conflict of interest, as Ezri Dax was always my favorite Star Trek character Now, aside from my love for Dax, there s also the detail on the Tzenkethi My god, how fascinating and how utterly chilling their society is I wish this rendition of the Tzenkethi had gotten airtime on any of the TV series Would ve been fascinating to see a society as complex as theirs.tl dr Between the character development for Dax, and the detail on the Tzenkethi, this book gets 4 stars from me

  4. Sean O& Sean O& says:

    Previously on Star Trek The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.This time on Star Trek The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.So to some extent the series is getting repetitive pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one And you know what, I don t care the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing Previously on Star Trek The Typhon Pact we had the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.This time on Star Trek The Typhon Pact, we have the Cuban Missile Crisis in Space.So to some extent the series is getting repetitive pretty much every TNG era book these days has to involve a show down between the Khitomer powers and the Typhon Pact which will go right up to the edge of war without actually becoming one And you know what, I don t care the original Star Trek was at its best when it was doing Cold War in Space stuff, something that s been sorely lacking for decades.Plus, it means every book now is like The Final Reflection, only with the Typhon Pact nations, and exploring alien cultures is what Star Trek is all about something else that Star Trek lost sight of after a certain point

  5. John Carter McKnight John Carter McKnight says:

    I really should ve liked this book immensely I m a big fan of diplomatic political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times Unfortunately, this fell flat One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices a large part of the appeal of tie in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same One of the subplots involved a deep cover agent going nat I really should ve liked this book immensely I m a big fan of diplomatic political intrigue, and the Star Trek universe has done it particularly well a few times Unfortunately, this fell flat One problem was the lack of distinctiveness in voices a large part of the appeal of tie in fiction lies in hearing familiar characters in our heads McCormack not only miscued on that, but her Cardassians, Ferengi and humans all sounded the same One of the subplots involved a deep cover agent going native, and almost pulled off a brilliant tale all the ingredients were there, but it just missed The other subplot, involving a failing diplomatic summit, didn t work because of the voice issue coupled with too much similarity in names it was hard to keep track of who was representing which faction.There was a terrific book in here somewhere, and maybe stronger editing could have excavated it Didn t happen, though, making for a mediocre read

  6. Crystal Bensley Crystal Bensley says:

    A good political thriller where you learn alot about the Tzenkethi.

  7. Nis Nis says:

    Very nice ending to the Typhon Pact series Exactly the kind of political thriller I expected the series would be full of.

  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    Who s up for the Cuban Missile Crisis.in spaaaaaaace When an otherwise friendly nation on the borders of the Federation and two of its allies signs a treaty with a hostile power, allowing them bases for repair and refueling along the Federation border, Starfleet is understandably concerned and doubly so when news arrives that a fleet is enroute to supply the bases for their new tenants, carrying chemicals that could be used in biogenic warfare attacks on the Federation While the USS Ente Who s up for the Cuban Missile Crisis.in spaaaaaaace When an otherwise friendly nation on the borders of the Federation and two of its allies signs a treaty with a hostile power, allowing them bases for repair and refueling along the Federation border, Starfleet is understandably concerned and doubly so when news arrives that a fleet is enroute to supply the bases for their new tenants, carrying chemicals that could be used in biogenic warfare attacks on the Federation While the USS Enterprise speeds to meet with the Space Cubans to work the diplomatic angle, the USS Aventime is dispatched to do a little friendly snooping near the proposed base nearest the Federation border When the Cardassians who, along with the Ferengi are the other two threatened allies arrive ready for war, and the Space Cubans catch wind of possible spies inserted in their country, events begin to spiral out of control, heading towards a war that no one wants but no one seemingly can avoid But the drama unfolding in open view is only the smoke and mirrors for another maneuver, one that is using parties on both sides.I bought this book a couple of years back, intrigued by the possible historical parallels and interested in a book which includes both Picard and Dax The primary appeal of the book is learning about the Tzenkethi, who along with the Breen were pretty much black holes before the Typhon Pact series began Romulans, we know, love, and fear while the Gorn and Tholians can be wrapped up in primal fears about reptiles and insects, respectively The Tzenkethi are presented as a very stable, very hierarchical society who have a natural affinity for the Space Cubans, another stable and hierarchical society The Tzenkethi view the Federation as some kind of chaos monster, however, the epitome of their every social fear it s all argument, class and racial intermixing, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria Who can tell what they ll do, what new planet will sudden fall under their spell Having read beyond this series, I knew that no epic war between the Federation and the Typhon Pact broke out, so the drama was largely dampened for me I assumed the drama would keep ramping up until something happened out of left field to defuse things, and that sor less what happens Still, it s nice to see Picard being the commanding diplomat again, and I ll never say no to a story with Ezri Dax and her ship, in part because the Relaunch developed her in such a commendable way turning the awkward 20 something shrink of 2000 into the Captain on the Bridge, and in part because the Aventine looks much different than the other Starfleet ships and I m ever curious about it

  9. Nicky2910 Nicky2910 says:

    Star Trek Typhon Pact Brinkmanship by Una McCormack While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively , Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old frie Star Trek Typhon Pact Brinkmanship by Una McCormack While Crusher and Picard attend a conference over the offer by the Venetans to the Tzenkethi to use some of their starbases those close to Federation, Cardassian and Ferengi space respectively , Dax is joined by SI commander Peter Alden, visiting one of the starbases in question and trying to determine the Tzenkethi motive I think the red thread holding this book together is distrust distrust of enemies in a cold war, distrust of old friends who might have changed too far, distrust of new allies etc And in the end, a part of the solution which returns a threatening outbreak of open warfare to the cold war situation, is to sow distrust into a people who are blunt and not used to subterfuge and lies The Tzenkethi are a fascinating people and McCormack spends some time introducing their culture and the makeup of their society And quite frankly, open slavery and subjugation is one thing, but genetic engineering and re conditioning so that everybody is happy with the small place that they re granted and not willing and or able to look beyond is quite the devious scheme This book also introduces Peter Alden, a high strung intelligence officer on the verge of a breakdown, and Corazame, one of said naive Tzenkethi who gets pulled into a spy extraction plot We ll see both of them again in The Missing and Enigma Tales only Alden Overall, an entertaining novel, which unfortunately takes a bit of time to really get going But once it does, it s hard to put it down And I said it before I like Alden, he s an interesting, multi layered character that I wouldn t mind reading muchof

  10. Patrick Hayes Patrick Hayes says:

    The focus is on diplomacy, with a bit of action thrown in, for this entry in the Typhon Pact series No readings of any previous books in this series would hamper one s enjoyment The Federation and several of its allies are meeting with Venette Convention because they are leasing three of their starbases to the Tzenkethi, members of the Typhon Pact Naturally Jean Luc Picard is sent to head the committee, but the inclusion of one of the Federation s allies turns the meeting on its head Captain The focus is on diplomacy, with a bit of action thrown in, for this entry in the Typhon Pact series No readings of any previous books in this series would hamper one s enjoyment The Federation and several of its allies are meeting with Venette Convention because they are leasing three of their starbases to the Tzenkethi, members of the Typhon Pact Naturally Jean Luc Picard is sent to head the committee, but the inclusion of one of the Federation s allies turns the meeting on its head Captain Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine is sent to investigate one of these bases and the inclusion of a newcomer to her crew causes chaos at this location.Meanwhile, two spies on Ab Tzenketh, homeworld of the Tzenkethi, discover one another and it does not go well There s some solid tension here, with things quickly spiraling toward darkness, but Picard, Crusher, and Dax s optimism keep things on a positive spin I enjoyed the first two plot lines, but the spy story just didn t do much for me It was initially interesting, but soon became one note and played out as I expected That said, I enjoyed revisiting familiar characters and I would welcomebooks in this series and any written by McCormack

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