I read this trilogy when it first came out in 2008 and decided to go through it again since I've been in the mood for Star Trek lately. Unlike a lot oI read this trilogy when it first came out in 2008 and decided to go through it again since I've been in the mood for Star Trek lately. Unlike a lot of the pulpy "filler" Star Trek novels, this story is truly epic and continues the Next Generation-era narrative on after those movies ended. The story is largely about one thing: a final confrontation with the Borg, but it is full of small character moments and creative callbacks to things that happened on every incarnation of the show (in other words, the "astute" fan will feel as though their obsession is being rewarded). This trilogy find ways to make the Borg truly menacing and terrifying again after they were watered down and overused by the TV series, and makes you feel the devastation after 7,000 Borg cubes pour into Federation space on a mission not of assimilation but extermination (simply put, they've decided the Federation is too big and too much of a nuisance for assimilation so decide to just wipe them out instead). This isn't just another encounter with the Borg where the stakes have been raised yet again, because this is the final confrontation. The Federation will either be successful in wiping out the Collective once and for all, or fail and finally meet it's end. Luckily, an Enterprise-era Starfleet officer who went MIA after the show went off the air is revealed to have gone someplace extraordinary, and she holds the key not just to the Borg's defeat but their origin as well (something the TV shows only ever alluded to, but never explained). After this, you'll go back and re-watch all of the Borg-centric episodes with a new, tragic understanding. Best of all, in true Star Trek fashion, the Federation wins not by the strength of their arsenal but something much more profound, and even very touching. ...more
Tells us what Picard was up to in the years between the Stargazer and the Enterprise. The author's grasp of scientific concepts and understanding of PTells us what Picard was up to in the years between the Stargazer and the Enterprise. The author's grasp of scientific concepts and understanding of Picard's psyche and the entire Star Trek universe comes together so perfectly, it actually made me want to rewatch all of the Next Generation from the very beginning, with a brand new understanding of the motivations behind everything. It could have worked as 3 or 4 separate novels (that's how in depth it is), but this "condensed" version of Picard's missing years is a great read....more
The only Peter David book that I have ever disliked. I felt cheated, like the author didn't care and rushed through this job, killing off a major charThe only Peter David book that I have ever disliked. I felt cheated, like the author didn't care and rushed through this job, killing off a major character in a very silly way....more
I am so thankful for these Star Trek books that have continued the story long after the show ended. The characters are so rich and it's nice to see thI am so thankful for these Star Trek books that have continued the story long after the show ended. The characters are so rich and it's nice to see them from time to time, and the new slew of writers that Pocket Books has penning them really stay true to what we know and expect from them. I look forward to each installment (in this case, almost a year in advance.)
This story takes place a year or so after the events of last year's saga with the Borg, with (thankfully) a completely new enemy: that of the Typhon Pact, a coalition of races that have felt isolated and at odds with the Federation, who now has an experimental flagship (the Aventine, captained by Dax) equipped with Slipstream technology acquired by Voyager. Turns out the Typhon Pact would very much like to get their hands on such technology, so Starfleet recruits Doctor Bashir and an old friend of his (Sarina, from the Jack Pack), to go undercover into Breen territory and do some damage to their stolen prototype.
While a bit padded with unnecessary action sequences toward the end, I liked the development of Bashir's character and how he coped with killing in the name of country, despite his Hippocratic Oath. I also enjoyed his relationship with Sarina. I especially liked the insight into Breen society, and what lies behind their masks. And I loved the twist ending, which sets up the next books in the series (there are 4 total, this time around) quite nicely....more
It was okay. The characterization of Data was good, and I liked Rhea McAdams, but most of the other characters fell flat, which is probably fine becauIt was okay. The characterization of Data was good, and I liked Rhea McAdams, but most of the other characters fell flat, which is probably fine because they don't play a huge role in the overall story. I mostly enjoyed the expositions delivered by Sam in the second half of the book (about the history of A.I. in the universe), but the rest of the book's action and mystery elements were kind of boring. I may enjoy them more if I go back and watch the Original Series episodes referenced in the novel, which this book has inspired me to do, so that counts for something. But if I hadn't Wikipediaed those plot points, I would have been totally lost, so this story definitely doesn't stand on its own. (I actually decided to read it as a prequel before I dive into David Mack's Data-centric Cold Equations trilogy, since I hear there are a lot of call backs to this story.)...more