As the war between the Dominion and the Federation rages across the Alpha Quadrant, Counselor Deanna Troi finds she is faced with more than she expected when she kidnaps a telepathic killer to bring to the aid of the resistance movement on the occupied planet of Betazed. At the same time, the Enterprise-E is leading a Starfleet attack against a Cardassian space station is orbit above the skies of Betazed. Dominion scientists are using the Betazed people as raw material in their experiments to create a more highly evolved Jem’Hadar — the genetically engineered warrior species which forms the core of the Dominion forces. What transpires is an awesome battle — including hostages and narrow escapes — with unexpected twists which lead to a truly explosive ending.
This book could have done well with a character guide at the beginning of it, but for the most part I was familiar with the main characters, save a few that were obviously from stories that i’ve no memory of. The book itself was on sale recently for $1, so I figured i’d like to read about how Batazed was taken over by the Dominion, but this is more of a story of how TNG ships saved the planet from the occupying force. The ending was a little too Deus Ex Machina for my tastes, but it didn’t leave a bad impression, just seemed to trite and convenient.
It was well worth the price of admission though.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle of Betazed originally appeared on Adam Selvidge’s Website on April 18, 2020.