Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle of Betazed
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.