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A Singular Destiny (Star Trek: Aventine #4)

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The Shape of Things to Come
The cataclysmic events of "Star Trek: Destiny" have devastated known space. Worlds have fallen. Lives have been destroyed. And in the uneasy weeks that follow, the survivors of the holocaust continue to be tested to the limits of their endurance.
But strange and mysterious occurrences are destabilizing the galaxy's battle-weary Allies even fur...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Star Trek (first published January 22nd 2009)
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Joe Robles
One of the things I love about reading the Star Trek books, other than it solidifies my geekiness, is the serial nature of the books. Stand-alone books are fine, but I like stories that build on each other, and that the characters are affected by what happens to them in these stories. Essentially that these stories "matter".

The Destiny series was a really good series that not only gave us the origin story of the Borg, but brought the Borg story to an epic conclusion. And in keeping with the epi...more
Matthew Bowers
Reread. It's all right. As a bridge between "Destiny" and the Typhon Pact series, it's serviceable. The problems here are that it has too many characters and disparate elements to be as short as it is, and the main character is an annoyingly perfect character who's always right, even when he's wrong. He's the realization of the worst criticism leveled against Wesley Crusher, and the sort of character described in fandom circles as a "Mary Sue." The story would have been much stronger has it been...more
Maddy Pertiwi
Buku keempat yang mengikuti timeline dari trilogi Destiny. Saya baru tahu ternyata ini adalah pembuka untuk serial Star Trek Typhon Pact. Dibandingkan triloginya, buku ini lebih kepada permainan politik.

Sedikit menyebalkan ketika membaca karakter Sonek Pran. Kayaknya sangat perfeksionis dan semua pendapat serta analisisnya selalu benar. Apa ini ciri dari seorang akademisi??? Setidaknya dia mau mematuhi aturan yang berlaku di sebuah starship. Karakter yang diperkenalkan sangaaaaaaat banyak. Samp...more
Jimyanni
This book is a well-written followup to the Star Trek: Destiny" trilogy; in spite of having a bit of the same problem that that series had (making no sense if you haven't been diligently keeping up with all of your Star Trek reading assignments) it manages to do a better job of being self-contained than those books did. It has an internal plot which more or less begins within its pages, even if the background setting will look unfamilair to any Star Trek fan who has NOT been staying on top of th...more
Wes O'Dell
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D. Eric
Note: this review is by SciFiChick.com. It says everything I would say and probably says it better:

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny follows the fallout from the events in the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy. The devastation from the Borg attacks encompasses the entire Federation and its allies. And as the Federation and Klingon Empire are stretched to their limits with refugee aide efforts, some are joining forces to take advantage. Professor Sonek Pran is asked to become an attaché for the Federation P...more
Danie
Ah, the good old days when you could pick up a Star Trek novel and just read it. Of course, you had to be familiar with whichever show it belonged to (The Next Generation, Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Voyager), but other than that, you were good to go. They were basically stand alone non-canon goodness. But then, they (Pocket, et. al.) started doing massive crossovers of all the serieses. But still, if you knew all the shows it was mostly okay, and you could go with the flow and they rehash...more
Lance Schonberg
A Singular Destiny is an odd sort of book. On the surface of things, it appears to be a follow up to the Destiny trilogy, but as you watch Sonek Pran, an odd and interesting character, piece together a mystery from seemingly unrelated clues, you eventually find out that it’s really the set up book for the next big crossover event, The Typhon Pact

I think I gave this story four stars not because it’s a great novel in and of itself, but because of what it followed. The Destiny trilogy rated a solid...more
Alex
Two weeks ago I didn't even know a fourth book in the Destiny series was out. I pounced on it as soon as I was finished with my previous read expecting a story at least half as good as its predecessor. Man, was I wrong?

The plot is linear at best. It resembles a bad filler episode in any of the sci-fi tv series we're all accustomed with. The only purpose of the book is to sort of fill in the gaps of what happened after the Caeliar resolved the Borg issue.

With the quadrant left in shambles we're...more
Sarah
Thank you, Memory Beta, for helping me decide to abandon this book. Knowing which characters actually appear in the book and which ones are just mentioned in passing helped confirm that I had no interest in reading this book.

I appreciate the attempt to tell a different kind of "aftermath" story, but sometimes you can stray too far from the 'ol beaten path. (It's been worn down because it's a serviceable, even an enjoyable path to treat, after all.) Focusing a book largely around a brand-new orig...more
David
This book is part of the new line of Trek novels that are free to go in their own direction and don't have to worry about conflicting with the films or shows, since they are clearly done and the original series has been relaunched. They ensure that the "Next Generation" stories continue, but they go in a radical direction. These novels explore a Trek storyline where the heroes do not really save the day and much of the universe has been devastated by the Borg and is in the process of recovery. A...more
Kristen
I think this was a somewhat unusual Trek novel. At least, it was unusual for the Trek books I've read. Maybe some of the ones I missed were similar to this. But I really enjoyed this one. It was more political, more behind the scenes, or at least not focused entirely on Starfleet for once. I may have to go back and read Articles of the Federation, because I liked President Bacco in this book. I'd like to read more about her.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the troubles that happened after th...more
Rahadyan
Much of Trek from TNG on is not to my taste. Some of it might be a generational thing, as my initial experiences were with reruns of Star Trek on weekend nights at 6 p.m. in the early 70's. Maybe it's because I'm a cynic and I don't believe in utopias nor the kumbaya optimism of much of Trek fandom. That said, I enjoyed reading KRAD's A Singular Destiny, which explores what happens when your utopia is no longer, well, perfect. The novel -- set in the aftermath of a devastating attack by the Borg...more
Jack
A pleasantly unconventional Trek novel to chronicle the aftermath of the Destiny trilogy and the beginning of a new political era.

DeCandido has crafted a quasi-sequel to his terrific - and similarly unconventional - Articles of the Federation, echoing that book's shifting format, political emphasis, and the prominence of President Nan Bacco and her staff.

A Singular Destiny follows an array of new or minor characters across the galaxy, whose encounters coalesce to set the stage for the new parad...more
Beth - ;)
I almost gave up on this one more than once. It seemed so disjointed at first, hopping about from planet or ship and back again, interspersed with snippets of newspaper articles, personal and captain's logs, etc. It took a while for the point of the story to make itself known, and truthfully, I thought it a bit of an anticlimax and hardly worth it. However, given the fact that there is to be a whole series of books about the Typhon Pact, I suppose this book had to be written to let everyone know...more
John Kirk
This reminded me a bit of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War: there were lots of short scenes showing how different people have reacted to these events. That's unusual for a Star Trek novel, but I'm ok with it.

The main plot moved things along by setting up the next Big Event, but that seemed to come out of nowhere. I don't mind it as a concept, but it wasn't a very satisfying pay-off. Also, when the Aventine was investigating a mining problem, I expected Ezri's prior experience (i.e....more
Daniel
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny continues in the aftermath of the Borg invasion of the Destiny trilogy. However, unlike Destiny, this book focuses on only the crew of the Aventine and Sonek Pran, a former presidential advisor and professor, take center stage. This novel flows with far less action than one comes to expect, especially coming off Destiny. Instead, this one is filled with political intrigue. The layout of this book is a bit different from most Star Trek novels. There are a few story t...more
Joy
I was not impressed. I went into the book, expecting a lot and stopped about half way because I couldn't stand it anymore!
The book is more like short unconnected segments with little pieces of news stories and letters mixed it and it drove me nuts!
Not to mention, the only main people in the book are off the Aventine and they only appear sparsely. The other characters are completely new. They also have expected you to have read SCE books as well which I have not and was completely lost when I got...more
Lars
A great Star Trek novel that examines the fall out of the cataclysmic events of the Destiny trilogy while at the same time setting up the Typhon Pact storyline. A Singular Destiny tells the story of diplomat Sonek Pran who discovers a plot to destablize the already fragile Federation. Even though the story doesn't feature a lot of characters from the series, the change of pace after the epic and action packed Destiny trilogy is a welcome one. Furthermore, Sonek Pran is a very interesting and lik...more
John
This book falls cleanly into the "political intrigue" arena of Star Trek fiction, like many of this authors other books, and like much of the Deep Space Nine stuff. I liked it anyway :-)



What I liked was that it began to clean up the mess, and it set some other plot-lines in motion that will obviously be dealt with later by other authors (I can't say more with spoiling things for readers, so I won't).



Looking forward to the continuations that are to be releases in the coming months.
Steve
This is a re-read, but I didn't realise that until I was a few chapters in. I think I read this about a year ago, and since I only remembered one plot point and the final twist, it was good enough to read again. It moved at a nice pace, and I enjoyed the snippets of news and such that was between each chapter, and that occasionally, they would be referenced by characters.
Nathan
As a part of the 'relaunch' or post TNG movies / post DS9 and Voyager line of books, this was probably the one I liked the most of them all. There was a side of Star Trek universe that was outside the crew of the Enterprise finally shown. A welcome change in my opinion. Much better than the average licensed fan fiction that they're calling Star Trek books these days.
David
I liked this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. Except for Dax, it has no major characters from any of the series, but the new characters they introduced were very enjoyable and the whole plot came together nicely, setting up the next Big Thing in the Star Trek book universe.
Brian Walker
A major slowdown after the main Star Trek: Destiny series, most of the book deals with diplomatic relations between the Federation and its neighbours. If you stick with it, it does pick up speed towards the end and sets the stage for the following Star Trek: Typhon Pact series.
Justin
This book was ok, but not as good as the Destiny trilogy before it. There was too much build up through the book, and then a rather sudden, lackluster ending. There was also a lot of character development in the last 20 or 30 pages that seemed unnecessary, also.
Alyson Mitchell
Destiny rocked my world. The followup was enjoyable, but ultimately feels like more of a stepping stone to bigger and better stories. I'm on my way to Titan: Over a Torrent Sea. Maybe I just need to be back with my crew.
Stephen
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Joe
A little different than the 'normal' Star Trek books - which actually makes it a bit of a fun read. Typical Star Trek though - good to read as a diversion between books, but something I'd rather not admit to.
Debra Cook
A good story to help explain all that is happen in the federation is the final borg invasion and their discinigration. Helps to show how war can devistate a mighty group like the federation.
Benjamin Plume
Fantastic! DeCandido once again shows his talent for grasping the "big picture" and making several disparate pieces of the universe fit in. I love his new protagonist, too.
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