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A Singular Destiny (Star Trek: Aventine #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  777 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
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 furth
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Star Trek (first published January 22nd 2009)
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Joe Robles
Oct 18, 2011 Joe Robles rated it really liked it
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
C.T. Phipps
Feb 16, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny is the epilogue of the Star Trek: Destiny saga. With over sixty billion sapients killed, entire worlds lit on fire, and half of Starfleet looking like Wolf 359--it's been a profoundly crap week for the Federation. Taking a novel to deal with the consequences of this immense devastation, the reactions to it, and the changes in the political landscape is an excellent move by the writers.

The best part of the novel is, in my humble opinion, the stories of people react
Wes O'Dell
Jul 31, 2009 Wes O'Dell rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny by Keith R. A. DeCandido Well, I just finished ASD and have to say that I really enjoyed it. But it is IMO rather a "filler" book that explains more or rather sets the scene than it actually contains a plot. But that's not a bad thing as it introduces new and interesting key players (I "like" those Kinshaya - well, it was about time that some kind of theocratical state appears in ST instead of just your random fundamentalist) and lets our protagonists take a deep br ...more
Maurice Jr.
Sep 19, 2015 Maurice Jr. rated it it was amazing
Professor Sonek Pran once advised Federation presidents, until President Min Zife's chief of staff Koll Azernal decided that he should be the only one with the President's ear and told him his services were no longer needed. Now President Bacco calls him back to service, and Professor Pran is glad to leave his teaching duties and return to his former calling.

He's asked to go talk to Empress Donatra of the Imperial Romulan State and convince her to open trade talks with the Romulan Star Empire, l
Mar 04, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it
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
Oct 05, 2012 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
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
Oct 21, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
The Borg have come and gone, leaving destruction and chaos in the Alpha Quadrant. That story is told in David Mack's Destiny trilogy. Candido picks up the reigns to tell us about the political fall out of those events.

This is not your typical Star Fleet story. The only familiar 'Star Trek' characters we see are Captain Ezri Dax and the crew of the Aventine but I believe the contents of this book to be essential if a reader wishes to continue on in the over all reaching narrative of the literary
Jul 25, 2009 Danie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
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
Two Nerds Talking
Sep 05, 2015 Two Nerds Talking rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for TwoNerdsTalking at

**Spoilers for Star Trek Destiny follow**

Described as a political thriller, A Singular Destiny follows the events of Star Trek Destiny and focuses on the aftermath of the Borg invasion and the effect it has had on the political, social and economical landscape of the Star Trek universe.

It's a unique book in that while it does have a common thread and character tying it all together, much of the book is written in the perspective of
D. Eric
Jul 14, 2009 D. Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Note: this review is by 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
Lance Schonberg
Feb 25, 2013 Lance Schonberg rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, 2009
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
Nov 15, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Dec 16, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it
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
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
Michael Bergquist
Feb 04, 2015 Michael Bergquist rated it liked it
If you have plans on reading the Typhon Pact series, this is a critical book to read. After I finished the Destiny trilogy, I went straight into the Typhon Pact and had a LOT of questions... and a friend told me I needed to read this book before I started Typhon Pact. I'll admit, I had a hard time following Singular Destiny. And, had it not been a critical read before reading the Typhon Pact series, I would have stopped reading it. It takes place a few months after the Borg invasion from the Des ...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
Jul 15, 2012 John Kirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
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.
Maddy Pertiwi
Apr 09, 2014 Maddy Pertiwi rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek-books
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
Jul 20, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2010 Joy rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-trek, unfinished
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
Mar 15, 2013 Lars rated it really liked it
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
Julian Cooper
Jul 01, 2016 Julian Cooper rated it it was amazing
This book and the next on my reading list deal with the ramifications of the Borg Attack on the Alpha Quadrant in The Destiny Trilogy'

It foreshadows events to come later in the range of Star Trek Novels and I think gives an interesting snapshot at what happens to the Federation as well as others after en enemy that is nearly unbeatable attempts the extermination of their enemies

After Destiny this is a nice quiet book a bit like a mystery as pieces of information fit together to show .... well th
Jul 27, 2011 John rated it really liked it
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.
David Brawley
Apr 28, 2016 David Brawley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperbackswap, 2016
I really appreciate the way KRAD can bring the political side of the Trek-verse to life. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Nis rated it liked it
Another transitional story between the Destiny and the Typhon Pact series. Not the best read, but I for a transitional book I actually like that disjointed nature of the way the story is told, and I also like that the main character is not one of the well established ST characters. Yes, he is insufferably perfect, but to me he avoids being a total Mary Sue (Gary Stu) by virtue of not interacting so much with the established crews that he outshines them.
Sep 22, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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.
Nov 24, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
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.
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