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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Never Ending Sacrifice

Release DateAugust 2009
Series

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Year
2370 to 2378
Rating4.25 (502 ratings) on GoodreadsRating last updated September 7, 2019
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Rugal is an orphaned Cardassian who has been raised by the people his race once conquered, the Bajorans. Rugal becomes the living witness to the downfall of the proud people to whom he was born. Through it all, Rugal’s singular perspective illuminates the choices that brought the Cardassians to their ruin.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice
Timeline
August 9, 2370 (stardate 47603.3) Deep Space Nine S02 E16 - Shadowplay
August 12, 2370 (stardate 47611.2) The Next Generation S07 E16 - Thine Own Self
2370 Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
August 13, 2370 (stardate 47615.2) The Next Generation S07 E17 - Masks
February, 2370 Dragon's Honor (Star Trek: The Next Generation #38)
2370
to 2378
The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
August 16, 2370 (stardate 47622.1) The Next Generation S07 E18 - Eye of the Beholder
August, 2370 Deep Space Nine S02 E17 - Playing God
August 27, 2370 (stardate 47653.2) The Next Generation S07 E19 - Genesis
2370 Deep Space Nine S02 E18 - Profit and Loss
October 2, 2370 (stardate 47751.2) The Next Generation S07 E20 - Journey's End
Publisher Description
A boy looks up. He sees a Cardassian's hand on his shoulder and knows that this is usually a prelude to a beating or, if he is fortunate enough, arrest. The boy knows how many disappeared during the Occupation of Bajor. So he does the one thing he can think of: he bites the Cardassian. Then the nightmare begins. He is ripped from the family that took him in as an orphan, clothed him, fed him, always loved him unconditionally. And no matter how earnest, how caring the commander of Deep Space 9 is, the boy knows this is all a horrible mistake. How can someone from Starfleet judge him by what he looks like, not by what he is? He prays to the Prophets; he is Bajoran. They all keep telling him that the test proves the large Cardassian man is his father, that the other Cardassian -- that oily gul -- took him away from his father. But the boy keeps telling them that he is Bajoran, he only wants to go home with his father. So they send Rugal home -- to Cardassia. On the homeworld of the Cardassian Union where sacrifice and devotion to the state are surpassed only by the government's need to keep its people in check, one very lonely boy discovers that if he doesn't resist, his life -- like those of so many others -- will be added to the tally of the never-ending sacrifice.