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Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  703 ratings  ·  78 reviews
An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg.

In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to s...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
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***Dave Hill
(Original review: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2008/04/...)

Peter David has written a lot of very entertaining and well-crafted Star Trek novels. This, alas, is not one of them.

Overall: Fair
Story: Fair
Re-Readability: Fair
Characters: Fair

Story: This book, part of the new Next Generation novels, is a sequel to "Resistance". Unfortunately, that book was written by J.M. Dillard, and David tries, but can’t quite manage, to pick up the threads from the prequel and carry them along.

The Borg are back —...more
Mary
Mar 18, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
This is the sequel to Star Trek: Resistance by Peter David, and you should read that one first. Resistance references events in the Star Trek movies First Contact and Nemesis and the 6th season of Deep Space Nine.

There are some spoilers to the novel Star Trek: Vendetta by Peter David, though you don't have to have read that book to read this one.

*****

My main issue with this book is that I really like the relationship between Kathryn Janeway and Chakotay. Even though in cannon they never had mu...more
Matthew Rasnake
Aug 13, 2008 Matthew Rasnake rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: desperate Star Trek fans
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I have long considered Star Trek novels to be a kind of "cotton-candy" literature--mostly sugar and little substance. This novel doesn't break out of this established mold.

Also included is something that has frequently annoyed me with fan-produced and professional non-canon stories--the inclusion of cross-series characters and references. Of course, I can certainly understand the compulsion, considering how all the Trek series are taking place within the same universe, and there is precedent ev...more
Katie Buerk
This book was awesome super hero Picard and damsel in distress to mad scientist crusher get up close and personal with the Borg queen
Jimyanni
Peter David is an entertaining author; he is very good at telling a good story, with plenty of action and interesting characters. He handles established characters well, and has a good feel for who they are and what they would do in a given situation. His tone is always recognizable to an experienced reader, and sometimes it gets a bit irritating if one has read too much of his work in too short a period of time. He is very fond of the "sudden reversal" in which a character proclaims definitivel...more
Julie Ann
Hated this one. I love Peter David's "Star Trek" stuff (he has spun the best Q yarns out of all of them), but this one felt like an "anti-Voyager" rebuke.
Luke
"Before Dishonour" follows directly on from the events of "Resistance"
Admiral Janeway is on her way to examine the Borg cube defeated at the end of "Resistance" while the Enterprise is on it's way to Vulcan to attend a ceremony honouring the late Ambassador Sarek

A dire warning from Lady Q (see Voyager episode "The Q and the Grey)
isn't enough to deter Janeway from her visit to the cube and it's not long before she discovers that the Borg haven't been defeated.... They've evolved

Once again it's up...more
Carl Bussema
I really had trouble with suspension of disbelief while reading this. For a Star Trek novel, and one involving the Borg at that, that is saying something.

In short, the Borg learn a new trick: instead of blowing the crap out of your ship, beaming over, injecting you with nanoprobes, and assimilating you that way, they're just going to collide with your ship and "eat" it, absorbing everything in/on/through it into energy and building matter from that. Much hand-waving of how this actually works (i...more
Charles
I've never been a huge fan of Peter David's Star Trek stuff. It's hit or miss with me. This was an okay story, but I'm taking points off because this was a direct sequel to another book, a continuation of that storyline. There were so many things being referenced from that previous book that I was quite confused early on. I thought they were referring to events in the movie "First Contact," but it slowly became evident that that was not the case. It would have been nice if somewhere in the book,...more
Edwick
I love the concept of novels, but its usually pretty hard for me as a reader to sit down, get sucked in and power through a 400 page novel. This book I did just that, and it was awesome. It was an easy read and great experience to get my brain a little more practice in reading bigger novels.

I enjoyed this book in the post-nemesis series of Trek novels. The Borg were insane and the cast of characters was pretty good.

Paramount states anything seen on-screen (movies, TV) is canon and "officially" h...more
Joshua
Haven't read a Trek novel in ages but am a huge Peter David fan. Was goofing around with the Kindle and discovered this book. First the really annoying... if you are going to reference an entire other series of books, put in a note... 2. If your book is a sequel, put in a note in front... first read Resistance by Dillard, and for that matter Vengeance by the author...

I kept wondering if my trek memory was terrible, or if I had missed something... then finally I went online and found that Resista...more
Allison
Bloated continuity. I hadn't read resistance prior to this so a lot of references passed me by- as someone mentioned in another review, this book is in desperate need of a recap before the book begins.

The story is fair, some of the dialogue made me chuckle, characters are fairly fleshed out and distinguishable which is a relief after KG's Voyager novels. That's about where the good ends. For the most part, about 40 percent of the way through this novel became too over saturated- not enough time...more
John Kirk
Taken on its own merits, it's a decent story. However, you really need to read Resistance first, in order to understand what's going on here. I think it would have been better to put a 1-2 page recap at the start of this novel, so that it could stand alone. This book also refers to Vendetta, which I recommend reading, but if you haven't read it then I think this book tells you everything you need to know. A couple of key characters in this book (2nd officer and security chief) were introduced in...more
Alina Choong
Jan 20, 2008 Alina Choong rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkers, esp TNG/VOY, Peter David fans
Recommended to Alina by: Picked it off a shelf at Kino's.
There hasn't been new trek for me in a long time, and this book was a walk down memory lane. Overall entertaining and fun.

The good thing is that it features some of my favourite and/or most familiar characters: Spock, Picard, Seven, Janeway, Q and of course, the BORG! And for most parts, they talk and behave like I remember how they would.

The bad is that the rest of the time, they talk and behave like any Peter David character would, with snappy one liners and witty, if sometimes predictable, i...more
Eugena Moulton
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Matthew
I thought this book was awesome. I find some of the other reviews and I've read here and on Amazon to be uber-nit-picky. I found the ambiguity of the mutiny to be excellent and in the great tradition of Star Trek (even if Roddenberry conceived of less internal conflict possible on a starship) and asked very interesting questions about the capacity of a charismatic captain to really function in a military organization as did Captain Kirk. Plus I found really flooring the catastrophe that Janeway...more
kingshearte
"In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg.

Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for *thei...more
Matt Piechocinski
The one issue that I have with Trek books is bloated continuity. It would have helped if I read the book before (Resistance), but when I checked out the reviews, it was pretty well panned. Having to do that, primarily, is why this book gets a 3. I guess I feel franchise books should be able to be read as independent stories, or, if there's a story arc, it should all be by the same writer, in this case, Peter David. I don't enjoy different authors picking up subplots that span multiple books.

Once...more
Christopher
Most of the complaints I have seen about this book are based on the fact that the author did not indicate that this was continuation of "Resistance", but since I was jumping back into Trek books after a decade-long hiatus I was able to read the necessary books before getting to this one. My only issues were that, from time to time, some of the characters said or did things (nothing major though) that I felt was out of character for them. The other issue was that he referenced events from a book...more
Matthew Bowers
The first good novel in the recent TNG novel re-boot, this is still a little sub-par when it comes to Peter David's usual fare. It's well-written, engaging, funny, and tense, just like almost everything else David's written, but it just feels a little flat. Maybe because it's populated by all these new Enterprise crewmembers who we don't yet give a damn about. Maybe because, for the story David was telling, it's actually not long enough. Maybe because, when you come right down to it, it feels mo...more
Danie
Jul 01, 2009 Danie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TNG Fans, NOT Voyager Fans
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Cupcakencorset
This 2007 novel is in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and is so very readable. I haven’t slept much these last three afternoons/evenings, because I’ve stayed up far too late each day, unable/unwilling to put it down. Peter David wrote many of my favorite ST novels… and other non-ST books I really like too. I found this one intriguing and, as Spock says, fascinating in its treatment of honor before self-preservation, fate vs destiny, the good of the many vs the good of the few, death an...more
John Carter McKnight
Peter David's great at snarkiness, silliness and over-the-top melodrama and action... none of which work terribly well on Picard's Enterprise.

The premise is a rich one: what if one of those cowboy Starfleet captains faced a mutiny - from crew members following orders and the chain of command? Unfortunately, like the main plot of Seven's responding to Janeway's assimilation as a potential Borg queen, the dilemmas are set up, roll along - and then get dispatched in a page of deus ex machina.

Mean...more
Kristen
This is the first Trek I've read in months. Dudes, it was awesome. Peter David is my favorite Trek author, so right there it scored 3 stars even if it sucked. Which it didn't. It was technically a TNG novel, but really it was a crossover. It had the crew of the TNG Enterprise, Spock, Seven of Nine, Janeway, Peter David's created crew with Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun, and various others we have encountered at various times of the Trek universe. Oh. And Borg. Lots and lots of BORG. This was the third...more
Jen
Jul 22, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Tim
Shelves: science-fiction
Ok, so this is written by Peter David, so you know it can't be bad. However, the first half of the book really wasn't working for me; the new Vulcan counselor is unbelievably arrogant and annoying, and I generally don't like mutiny plots. However, Act 2 kicked it up several notches and helped redeem the whole story for me.

I also love the mix of characters from all the Trek enterprises (no pun intended) - who would have thought Spock and Seven of Nine could feature in the same story? Very cool....more
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
We need half stars. I love Peter David and this story did not disappoint. However, I did not approve of the silly banter between Beverly and Picard. Not a bit. 3 1/2 stars.
Adam
Jun 04, 2009 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Peter David's work is usually pretty impressive, but this book falls flat. Most of the characters seem misused - or in the case of Geordi LaForge, underused - and the plot development almost reads like a fan fiction written by a guy living in his mom's basement. Really, I wonder if David was only required contractually to write this novel, so hammered out whatever happened to come to him, regardless of how bad it was.

I would avoid Before Dishonor, and stick to Mr. David's earlier work, such as t...more
Adelaide
This is my first time reading Star Trek novels, and I feel a little disappointed.

Most of the time, you can experience a complete story and sufficient character development that you can understand their motivations within a single episode. Yet with "Before Dishonor," I'm only reading a story. I don't connect to the characters, and it feels more like reading a dry history book.

For those who are more familiar with Star Trek novels, they may enjoy this book more than I do.
C.H. Valentino
This was an amazingly well-written book that just kept me reading and reading and out and out screaming for more. What an amazing writer and the story is so well down it was like watching some lost Star Trek movie. I feel like this book really took back this soft-touch of previous attempts to "bad-ass" the Borg, and put them back to that implacable enemy they always are. Bravo to Peter David - he is a consumate writer. A must-read for any Star Trek fan.
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“To explore strange new worlds ... and assimilate them.
To seek out new life forms ... and new civilizations ... and assimilate them.
To boldly go where no Borg has gone before ... and assimilate them.”
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