13026545Plagues of Night (Star Trek: Typhon Pact #6) by David R. George III.. Not a bad book! I found this book at the dollar store about a month before I started this Star Trek Book Challenge. Figures I’d add it to the challenge, that why it’s called 21.5. Not really part of the whole challenge, but still a  Star Trek book non the less. This book starts off with the final Borg invasion & the ongoing ‘cold-war’ between the Typhon Pact and the Khitomer Accords nations has been simmering away and rather than give us a blow-by-blow account of the past, the first one-third of the novel deals with those events but from differing viewpoints – an effective way of retelling and allowing anyone that has not read the previous novels to catch-up. The Story line goes as follows:

In the wake of the final Borg invasion, which destroyed entire worlds, cost the lives of sixty-three billion people, and struck a crippling blow to Starfleet, six nations adversarial to the United Federation of Planetsâ the Romulan Star Empire, the Breen Confederacy, the Tholian Assembly, the Gorn Hegemony, the Tzenkethi Coalition, and the Holy Order of the Kinshayaâ joined ranks to form the Typhon Pact. For almost three years, the Federation and the Klingon Empire, allied under the Khitomer Accords, have contended with the nascent coalition on a predominantly cold-war footing. But as Starfleet rebuilds itself, factions within the Typhon Pact grow restive, concerned about their own inability to develop a quantum slipstream drive to match that of the Federation. Will leaders such as UFP President Bacco and RSE Praetor Kamemor bring about a lasting peace across the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, or will the cold war between the two alliances deepen, and perhaps even lead to an all-out shooting war?

This is part one of the two-book conclusion of the Typhon Pact series, which introduces a new cold war. That’s been rampaging between the Federation and its allies and the main antagonists Romulans, Breen, etc. The book focuses on Deep Space Nine, though the Enterprise and political leaders like Federation president Nan Bacco are involved. The Typhon Pact tries to shift the balance of power by neutralizing the Federation’s technical advantage with slipstream drive. A most read for any Star Trek fan out there!! Not bad for a find at the dollar store 🙂