Scorched Earth

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Star Trek DS9 Fanfiction
Title: Scorched Earth
Author(s): Una McCormack
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
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Scorched Earth is a Star Trek: DS9 story by Una McCormack.

Reactions and Reviews

First, this novel has an engrossing plot wherein the Obsidian Order and the Tal'Shiar succeed in their attack against the Founders. The author takes us right into the treacherous corridors of power on Cardassia where Garak has returned to Tain's side. At first, all goes well, but as events increasingly spin out of his control, Garak's decisions will change both him and the Alpha Quadrant forever.

Second, Una McCormack writes characters that are vibrant and believable. Her original creations intermingle with DS9's characters with ease, creating a realistic network of family, friends and enemies surrounding Garak. Moreover, through glimpses of Garak's past and an unflinching examination of his actions in this new future, Una provides the reader with a far deeper understanding of Garak than canon ever supplied.

Finally, Scorched Earth poses the question of how an intelligent man of culture and conscience could participate in evil. It's a testament to the author's integrity that she doesn't offer easy answers to her readers nor provide an easy atonement for her characters. It's a testament to her skill that the answers she uncovers are unforgettable. [1]
[Bullethead] The author really nails the feel of the Cardassian society portrayed and alluded to in DS9, and takes the plot in an interesting direction with the AU they've created. [2]


  1. 2008 rec at Crack Van
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