This book is the conclusion of one of the better Star Trek: TNG series written since the release of the movie Nemesis was released so many years ago....moreThis book is the conclusion of one of the better Star Trek: TNG series written since the release of the movie Nemesis was released so many years ago. To a large degree, it also feels like the conclusion of a major story arc that began with the final Borg invasion of the Federation, continued with the Reconstruction, the rise of the Typhon Pact and then the events in this series leading to the confrontations between the interim president, Ishan Anjar and his supporters and the more traditional elements of Starfleet.
My expectations were high for this book since each book in the series was better than the one before. In some ways this one didn’t disappoint, but in some ways it did.
The book is well-written. It is fast paced and tight. There is little extraneous dialogue or backstory thrown in as filler. Each character has a distinct voice that is easily recognizable as the characters we all know and care for – which is often no easy task in a shared universe such as this one.
The primary subplot revolves around Beverly Crusher and she just didn’t come across strong enough as a character to carry it. There is a scene with Starfleet Special Forces opponents against Beverly and her team where they attack Tom Riker assuming he is in charge; this is fairly indicative of their entire time on the planet Jevalan.
Picard’s portion of the story is up to its usual quality with the crew if the Enterprise E facing insurmountable odds and squeezing out a win in the final seconds.
The epilogue opened up the possibility for new Star Trek storylines that move away from the politics heavy ones we’ve seen for the past few years and back to ones with an emphasis on exploration. It also suggests openings for entire new crews that can be introduced and new directions the franchise can be taken. Time will tell, but I’m looking forward to what’s in store.
This novel takes the events in the epilogue of The Poisoned Chalice, book three in this series, and turns them on their head. The Poisoned Chalice end...moreThis novel takes the events in the epilogue of The Poisoned Chalice, book three in this series, and turns them on their head. The Poisoned Chalice ends with a bit of a Happily-Ever-After-for-Everyone-but-Bashir and this book takes that and turns it into a spy thriller.
There are three storyiines running concurrently in the book: Tuvok, Nog and Tom Riker on a clandestine Mission, Will and Deanna Riker on Earth (mostly) and Christine Vale in command of her own vessel. All three are wrapped around the President Pro Tem Ishan's political ambitions and an apparently larger effort by a group of hawks set on drastically changing how the Federation is run.
The writing is strong, the pacing is fast and the set up for the 5th and final book in this series is perfect. Overall, this series, The Fall, just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds. Just read the entire thing; it's fantastic.(less)
What can I say other than I loved this book. The story line concerns Andoria, the Andorian fertility crisis and how that is being used by various elem...moreWhat can I say other than I loved this book. The story line concerns Andoria, the Andorian fertility crisis and how that is being used by various elements in the Federation, the Typhon Pact and on Andoria for political purposes. With that is also then Dr. Bashir's efforts to solve the crisis and get a cure to stop an eventual extinction. It's great.
The pacing is good, the story is good. I like the character of the Federation President Pro Tem and what his aspirations brings to the overall story; I also like the tension between him and Admiral Akaar. That's some good stuff that will hopefully lead to more enjoyment in the next two books in this series.
The first book in the series was good and somewhat shocking, the second was better and this on better still. Overall, I'm loving the series as each book gets better and the overall story arc gets more interesting. This is Star Trek as some of it's finest.(less)
First, this is a novella as opposed to a full novel; there are only some 1700 locations to the story. It was a pleasant read and a decent story but it...moreFirst, this is a novella as opposed to a full novel; there are only some 1700 locations to the story. It was a pleasant read and a decent story but it felt like a random episode from the TV series as opposed to an overall part of the Star Trek story arc.
The story revisits the Nexus from the movie Generations and fleshes it out to some degree. There is some intrigue, a little danger and a stand off with alien vessels. I was entertained for an evening as I read it; it's worth the couple bucks to pick it up and read it. I just wasn't wowed by it.(less)
This book, unlike the first two in the Cold Equations, feels like a stand alone novel. In this series, there are two main plots and several side stori...moreThis book, unlike the first two in the Cold Equations, feels like a stand alone novel. In this series, there are two main plots and several side stories. There is the story of the conflict with the Breen and then Data's search for a way to resurrect Lal. In this novel, the former was wrapped up in the first few pages of the book to make way for a story line with Wesley Crusher and AI's who created V-ger, The Body Electric. The Data story line continues through this novel and integrates into this new story to complete the trilogy.
I enjoy David Mack's writing style and this book did not let me down. It's fast paced, complex and it explored a culture mentioned but not deeply explored elsewhere (in this case, AI's in the Milky Way as well as the AI's of the Body Electric). I was entertained and I feel I learned more about the overall Star Trek universe.
As with the other books in the Typhon Pact series, this book did a good job at fleshing out alien races which previously were little more than names....moreAs with the other books in the Typhon Pact series, this book did a good job at fleshing out alien races which previously were little more than names. The main thrust of the book is non-violence and how it can change entire societies for the better. It's well written and entertaining.
But, the book is extremely short - not even 1400 locations - and finished in an evening during commercial breaks. The set-up was good and two interesting problems in two different societies were constructed and then it was over. They were resolved in a couple hundred words and they all lived happily ever after. This really needed to be fleshed out much more - it could have made for an interesting book.
As an aside, why are Dr. Crusher and Worf on the cover? She's an active participant in one of the conflicts, but Worf is barely in the book at all. (less)
I was looking forward to this fourth Typhon Pact book and I think it's my least favorite of the four. Unlike the first three, it didn't delve into soc...moreI was looking forward to this fourth Typhon Pact book and I think it's my least favorite of the four. Unlike the first three, it didn't delve into societal composition of a Pact member race - it focused instead on the Andorians (and didn't really do anything original with them.)
It started slow and got better - so I didn't hate it. By the end I was enjoying it - I just didn't feel it explained itself well or that the Andorian politics were particularly interesting(less)
This is my second Star Trek novel and I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the previous one: 'Death from Within.' Where the latter felt li...moreThis is my second Star Trek novel and I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the previous one: 'Death from Within.' Where the latter felt like just another episode of TNG, this one felt like a continuation of the story and felt like it added more depth to the characters and to the Borg themselves.
In the TV shows and movies, the Borg are just a jumble of races controlled by cybernetic implants - not a race per se but just a group. For whatever reason, there is a queen who's an individual but also part of the whole and can be in more than one place at a time. Now, I love Star Trek and I call myself a trekkie but I never quite got all that. In this novel, as part of Dr. Crusher's research, they are described more like a group of humanoid insects where the assimilated are changed on a DNA level to become part of this race as well as part of the collective mind. It makes them much more understandable and makes them cooler as well.
In addition, I like the new characters brought into the Enterprise crew and treated as fully defined people and not just Red Shirts to become so much fodder. They have their own opinions, loves, likes, dislikes ... they're fully realized characters. And, it appears that all characters in this ensemble cast can be killed. (less)
I am a big Star Trek fan but I have never gotten into the books. I decided to give 'em a try and this was a suggested starting point. In many ways, th...moreI am a big Star Trek fan but I have never gotten into the books. I decided to give 'em a try and this was a suggested starting point. In many ways, this felt like Star Trek - the pacing, the long build up to a quick resolution - so I wasn't disappointed. I was, however, expecting more details and back story. But, I won't give a bad review based on my expectations.
There were three stories happening concurrently; Picard, Crusher and company on a Romulan planet, Political intrigue on Romulus and Worf and Laforge hunt for Picard. With main story was well executed with lots of action and movement. There were, however, sub-plots that were started then abandoned - such as the Dr. Greyhorse story. This was a distraction. The stories should have been developed further or dropped. The Romulan political story felt like enough to flesh out into a separate novel but instead was addressed sparingly. The Worf/Laforge storyline was dropped halfway through.
All in all, it was not a bad read - I enjoyed it. And, I wanted it fleshed out into a more detailed novel. I will, however, probably read more ST books in the future.(less)
I've been a Start Trek fan since air. But, I never really got into the books which is an error I'm begging to correct.
One of the things that annoyed m...moreI've been a Start Trek fan since air. But, I never really got into the books which is an error I'm begging to correct.
One of the things that annoyed me about the various Trek series on TV is that most of the aliens are humans with extra facial bumps. As others have noted in their reviews, the crew of the Titan is anything but human. They are also anything but just a lot of humans with a few of the common aliens mixed in for flavor. I was quite pleased there were so many non-humanoid races including some icky stuff like a giant spider and a raw meat eating dinosaur. The only downside was I had trouble remembering who had how many facial bumps and/or extra limbs. I'm sure that will sort itself out as we move forward in the later Titan books.
The book starts with a lot of character development and then grows into a major political story involving the dissolution of the Romulan Star Empire. It definitely read like the start of a new Star Trek storyline but I assume the later books in the series will build more upon the character development side than the Political side. The stated intention for the USS Titan is to explore deeper into the Orion arm which is where I hope they go instead of just flying around the Federation ...(less)