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Revenant

By: Alex White
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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Publisher's Summary

An all-new novel based on the landmark TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from the acclaimed author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe!

Jadzia Dax has been a friend to Etom Prit, the Trill Trade Commissioner, over two lifetimes. When Etom visits Deep Space Nine with the request to rein in his wayward granddaughter Nemi, Dax can hardly say no. It seems like an easy assignment: Visit a resort casino while on shore leave, and then bring her old friend Nemi home. But upon arrival, Dax finds Nemi has changed over the years in terrifying ways...and the pursuit of the truth will plunge Dax headlong into a century’s worth of secrets and lies!

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That was not the Dax I know . . . .

I'm not used to a wimpy, whining Jadzia Dax. That kind of spoiled the book for me. It was not the fault of the Narrator because I've listened to a lot of his work in the past. I'm still a little confused about what was actually going on in the book too. I was excited about a Deep Space Nine story but this one had me struggling to finish. Not one of Star Trek's best.

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Alex White wrote the best Alien franchise book, Cold Forge, which is why I picked this up. DS9 was my favorite Trek by a mile and I've rewatched it several times, but I'd never ventured into the Star Trek book world - when you get into the weeds of a franchise to the point you're reading the books, you know they're not always top notch, and many are downright cringy - but there's something about some franchises that keep ya hooked,

White actually writes good, page-turning, highly readable books, that are coupled with that franchise world. He has a real love and understanding of the source material, and that is clear here. He writes about food in such scrumptious detail that you'll gain 10 pounds before the book is over - but his real skill is in rendering psychopath characters into understandable humans. He does not make the reader feel positively for the baddie or even root for them, like many lesser writers do - he just makes you understand them with their childish limitations, impulsive behavior, and temper tantrums. Through his lens, he makes them less archetype and more human, flawed, embarrassingly unconscious of their own faults and limitations. Which makes reading about them and accompanying them on a journey of hundreds of pagers, more tolerable.

Joran Dax's story line was vague enough to be ripe enough for this kind of post-show deep dive and it's a tender sweet spot before Worf and Jadzia pair off. White also takes the opportunity to address the Kurzon/Jadzia creepiness that was passed over blithely in the 90s show and examines it through a post-me-too lens that integrates the experience without brushing over its awkwardness.

Overall I found this to be a very pleasant diversion from reality and hope to see more of these from White. I'm impressed enough to pick up his solo trilogy next that has no movie/tv show tie in.

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More Please

I hesitated to buy this as it does not have the entire cast as it is focused on Dax. However, the story was excellent, very well written and kept me listening. Highly recommend to any DS9 fan. Really wish we could have more DS9 audio books.

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Great story

Alex White should write all future Star Trek books. The story was better than most (especially other recent ST books)
and the narration was very good.

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I guess it might be okay for anyone who finds the Trill symbiont concept fascinating, but for anyone else…

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Super DS9 fan, not a fan of Revenant

I absolutely loved DS9, but almost hated this book. I don't know if I had unrealistic expectations or if this book was just a fail, at least for me. The entire book felt like a young adult, Nancy Drew novel, loosely sci-fi -- very loosely Star Trek. The narrator is fine but, to me, increased the YA feel, more like he would be great narrating Disney novels. It looks like he is a regular Star Trek narrator, so that is unfortunate for me. To be fair, this is the first Star Trek novel I've read/listened to and I suppose my expectations were perhaps more than they should have been. IMO, anyone not well versed in DS9 lore would have been quite lost in this book. The author dropped a lot of lore, but not in a showing way, more of a 'here you go, you should already know this so I'm not going to bother painting it for you'. I lost interest in what was going on through about 80% of the book. I was interested in the beginning, all the way up to the point where Dax started discovering the shenanigans. Then Kira was brought into the fold in a somewhat nonsensical manner and it went down hill. Then Joran's story came out and that was interesting, then it fell apart again. I never really felt like I was experiencing a Star Trek universe -- of course, other than the name dropping of a few things like a replicator or 'beam me up'. The setting could have been anywhere vaguely sci-fi oriented. This is only a book for a die-hard DS9 fan who just needs to hear some names from the DS9 era.

I think the other reviews are generous and more fan-boy/girl than anything else. Reviews mentioning things like needing to 'skip chapters' and 'take time to finish' don't describe good stories to me. Just the opposite. I had to turn the speed up to get through it faster or I would have just quit about 50% through a reasonably short experience. I'm quite the fan-boy, but not of this.

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Very Entertaining

The narration was great. Petkoff really worked to make each character unique. The first 2/3’s of the book was great. The final act was okay but not the really that interesting. But overall, the characters were true to their personas from the TV show and I enjoyed it.

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I will listen to it again

I like it.

I’ll listen to it again.

But, it requires patience. The pacing is slow in the beginning. But the end is satisfying.

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gets a little long in the middle. overall interesting story but definitely need multiple sessions to get through and I skipped about 5 chapters to move things along.

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  • Kieran Horgan
  • 01-12-22

I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book, great characters and great story. A must read for any Star Trek fan

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  • wildwinds
  • 01-07-22

Great Story Overall

A really good story told from the perspective of Lt Cmdr Jadzia Dax of Deep Space Nine. It explores the relationship between the Trill and their symbiotes and what happens when symbiotes go bad. It also features Jerran Dax heavily giving us his origin story and the details of his crimes, though by the end you might feel that he was justified in what he did. We also hear from Audred Dax about her time in the symbiosis commission giving us a bit of history about that institution and the politics and infighting that goes on. The only negative in this story is the main antagonist, a Trill/symbiote combination that has lightning powers that rival Darth Sidious. Star Trek is supposed to be science fiction not science fantasy, unfortunately the story does stray into fantasy territory at times. The performance by Robert Petkoff is flawless as always and if you like the darker side of Sci-fi, I highly recommend the author's other books available on Audible; Aliens: The Cold Forge and Aliens: Into Charybdis.

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  • cameron brennan
  • 02-01-22

Loved the story.

I was allways wanting more to this story and now we have it . And wonderfully writen. Side note. Theres a mistake at the start of chapter 15 path of sky. The editor missed a spot where he miss-spoke .

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  • Jaya Curry
  • 10-23-22

Original plot line

Revenant is woven into the story of Star Trek Deep Space Nine really well.
It's a story about Trill culture, Jadzia Dax and her killer former host Joran Dax. It's a dark story that goes into the secrets held by the Symbiosis Commission. Enjoy!

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  • Ensign Frrranko
  • 02-26-22

Right in the symbiont

When it comes to stories about the Trill, it can seem that the only theme writers will explore is of candidates who were left disgruntled after rejection by the Symbiosis Commission (SC). This story starts on that familiar line, however the plot is very interesting and the entire adventure is a great deal of fun. Obviously the SC cause a great deal of pain in Trill society, intended or otherwise.

We cover some familiar ground concerning Joran Dax - his tale of murder and the ensuing SC conspiracy to cover it up is here retold. This serves to quickly catch up those readers who aren't familiar with Trek lore but also gives a possible connection to the current mystery since the SC seem to be obstructing the present investigation also.

One early but memorable scene depicts a game of tongo that is much longer and more detailed than you might expect. I love this sort of exposition that brings little elements of the Trek universe to life and it was a lot of fun.

I always thought Jadzia was a fascinating but underutilised character and it is a pleasure to spend time correcting that error in book form, we find her here solving puzzles and kicking ass, which is as it should be. Nerys generally irritated me on screen but I found her character more likeable in this story, she wasn't out of character and I could definitely hear her voice but something was slightly different (probably the lack of focus on the prophets). Julian and Worf were both great on screen and in this story. I especially liked the way they were both presented here with Julian handled a little more maturely and Worf surprisingly drawn more delicately (even though his gruff demeanour still shone through). Other authors have sometimes gone over the top presenting Julian like a teenager and Worf like an ogre.

The author provides possibly the best description you'll ever hear of a Klingon opera: "The harrowing strains of Klingon choristers wafted through the room as the opera began. They were grand and terrible, bellowing their mournful songs of glorious loss. Their discordance was like the tearing of hull plating." An opera which Worf would describe as, simply: "A classic."

This book is set at the perfect time to present the very early stages of the attraction between Jadzia and Worf, which this author has absolutely nailed. It never comes over forced and is sprinkled quite naturally into their interactions.

I'm trying to avoid mentioning exactly what is uncovered in the plot, but one element of the sinister activities could have been explored as a potential benefit to Trill society with delightfully controversial moral implications, but the story didn't go that way.

There was a spot where Julian and Worf seemed to switch roles momentarily, I can't really explain that very well without leaking too much, but basically Julian suggests an act of aggression and Worf explains why it won't work in a way which you might expect from a doctor.

Here's another quote that caught my attention: "Judging from the twitching of her eye and excruciated look, Dax had nailed her right in the symbiont" - Right. In. The. Symbiont. Oof.

I'm a big fan of Petkoff's Trek narrations and he did a fantastic job of Worf and Julian, his Nerys was fine too but I wasn't impressed with the Sisko and Jadzia voicings.

This book was exactly what I needed right now. After slamming through two thirds of the litverse books I took a Trek hiatus to do one of those book prompt lists (which I'm still working on), but only two months later I've already started experiencing Trek withdrawals and the audiodrama 'No Man's Land' just didn't do it for me. This had been parked in my audible library because it was released during my litverse run and being a standalone story set during the fourth season it served as a perfect Trek fix to sustain my Trek heart.