Das Glück ist Lieutenant Jasminder Choudhury, der Sicherheitschefin der U.S.S. Enterprise, hold gewesen. Sie hat überlebt. Doch für ihre Heimatwelt, Deneva, die wie viele andere Planeten während der gewaltigen Borg-Invasion ins Zielfeuer geriet, gilt das nicht. Alles Leben auf der Oberfläche wurde ausgelöscht und der Planet unbewohnbar gemacht. Jeder, der nicht rechtzeitig evakuiert werden konnte, wurde getötet. Choudhury steht nun vor der Frage, ob ihre Familie zu den Geretteten gehört. Ober ob sie sie alle für immer verloren hat.
Die Enterprise ist nur ein Schiff, und Jasminder Choudhury ist nur ein Offizier, doch ihre Geschichte wiederholt sich überall in der gesamten Galaxis immer und immer wieder. Hunderttausende evakuierter Personen sind überall verstreut und suchen nach einem sicheren Ort, an dem sie Trost finden können. Captain Jean-Luc Picard erhält den Befehl, alles ihm Mögliche zu tum, um die verlorenen Seelen der Borg-Invasion aufzuspüren und zu retten.
Zum ersten Mal seit Generationen, erleben die Bürger der Föderation Not, Ungewissheit und Angst. Blutig und dennoch ungebrochen steht die Föderation am Rande eines Abgrunds. Der Captain der Enterprise befindet sich in einer wenig beneidenswerten Lage und muss sich fragen, ob es wahr ist, dass diejenigen, die gut darin sind, einen Krieg zu gewinnen, schlecht darin sind, den Frieden zu bewahren.
I hate it when Star Trek gets preachy. This is one of those books that shows no thought to cosmology, biology or any reasonable likelihood of occurrence. I took it as a lecture to the United States on its immigration policies. If the destruction that occurred in the previous ST stories had happened, there would be drastically different things happening. We are talking about well traveled worlds, not the frontier. There would be hundreds of commercial ships running around the star systems. System based law enforcement/search and rescue ships would be in Pacifica and Alpha Centauri systems. space habitats, mining facilities, orbital shipyards would be as plenteous. Only in the DESTROYED systems would the orbital infrastructure have been destroyed! If a homeworld were destroyed, refugee ships would make for a colony world of their own species first. It makes sense. Biological needs such as medical attention would be better served by doctors familiar with one's own species than in a multispecies hospital. Think about the species in My Enemy My ally. No human could realistically live on those high gravity worlds that provided the crew of the Inaeu. Scientists say that there are ten's of thousands of Earth-like planets in the galaxy, supposedly. The overflow would be sent to a myriad of undercolonized worlds. They would attempt to use the Genesis Wave to recreate destroyed worlds. There should be thousands of civilian ships involved as well as planetary defense forces like we say in The Best of Both Worlds Part 2. This could have been a lot better if the edutors at Pocket tried for a touch more realism.
It's not quite as intense as it wants to be, and it's too busy being a pilot episode for the post-Destiny/Borg-free continuity, but it does manage to successfully launch nearly 10 years of new books that kept Trek fans very happy. It certainly sets the stage for the "Typhon Pact" series that follows, and even though this continuity has been set aside in the post-"Picard" universe, it was very worthwhile while it lasted.
Part of me misses the days when you could pick up a Star Trek book, and enjoy a gripping story, knowing that in the end, everything would be the same. These arcs that are building up, show that nothing will be the same. I did find parts of the story to be compelling, but some of the decisions seemed rather out of character, which left me feeling cold. The "climax", what little there was got a few giggles, but that was it. At least I now have solid grounding from stories that I've read before and after this one in the arc.
Reading this book in 2022 is an interesting experience compared to 2009.
The 2015 European Refugee Crisis is an obvious real world parallel. So is Brexit with the fact that the refugee crisis led to that event (or so certain groups claim). The book has a much happier ending, of course, because the people in the Federation are, by and large, much better people than the ones that exist in our world. Certainly, the idea of the government coming together in a crisis and doing their best to make the world a better place is something that I'm glad I can read about since we went through our own Borg Invasion with the nanites involved being significantly more deadly.
Here, though, I believe this is the best possible follow-up for STAR TREK: DESTINY. Just sort of skipping past the consequences is a time-honored Star Trek tradition but not something that is warranted in the case of such an apocalyptic set of books. Refugees, political dissidents, and xenophobia hit so much harder now. But I'm going to show what a selfish-selfish fan of Star Trek that this book REALLY hits hard because of STAR TREK: CODA.
T'Ryssa Chen, Choudhury, and so many other characters in these books are now dead. Worse, they never even existed thanks to the ravages of the Crisis on Infinite UFOPs. Which is a shame since these two have rapidly moved up to become my favorite characters in the Expanded Universe. Christine Vale came back to the "novelverse" thanks to Dark Veil but I haven't yet seen these two (and hope they do). It adds a sense of dread and moroseness to the tale. They're pulling through the worst tragedy in Star Trek history only for an even worse one to claim them in the end.
This doesn't hurt the book but actually adds to the power of it. It's a very low key book about finding survivors, helping refugees, and more -- giving ample character development time for the heavy focus on personalities as well as trauma. It reminds me of the best of DS9 where Kira and other characters dealt with the worst elements of the Occupation.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace by William Leisner was the other book I was reading during a day of being lazy and indulging pleasures while in the company of old friends. It is one of the books that remind me of episodes like “The Quickening” from DS9. It shows some of the aftermath of a war, it’s slow moving but it also shows off the character strengths and weaknesses.
Losing the Peace takes place after the Destiny Series and before the Typhon Pact books. It was one of the books that are a bit slow moving that is both important to the series progression and a stand-alone book. The book uses a couple threads. First there is Crusher and Kadohata go to Pacifica to help report on the conditions on the refugees. Second is how Worf wants to help his partner Choudhury get over her grief about losing her parents and the lost of all Deneva. Third is how Picard kidnapped two officials and brought them to Pacifica so they could see the conditions of the refugees first hand after they voiced more selfish concerns after the Borg.
I love character books/episodes especially if it’s a character that I like. I’m a huge fan of Beverly Crusher so I love how this book used her. It showed her compassion to medicine and even her fragility after Jack’s passing that nearly took her away from that career that helped her to resonate with refugees on Pacifica. The book also talked about Miranda Kadohata in the same thread and how hard it is on families when one parent has to leave to enter the course of duty. I also loved how Picard was used. He was back to normal Picard who was brazen at times. Plus loved how he used a quote from the Generations movie. And I loved Worf. He was back to being both a protective mate yet at the same time he was trying to be sensitive and not treading on her toes too much. It was the Worf I loved over the years on DS9. The one character that I hated was Trys Chen. She seemed like an immature and extremely narrow minded which really felt wrong since she’s a First Contact specialist.
I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was so deep and well done. It wasn’t forced. It also felt like it parallels to the world right now without being preachy. I liked it a lot.
In the stories that preceded this book, the Federation fought a terrible, bloody war against the Borg, and the Borg laid waste to numerous planets and did incalculable damage to the Federation in terms of both lives and ships. But the Federation prevailed in the end, the Borg were eliminated as a threat, and the Enterprise lost no major characters. So all is well, right? The world goes back to normal?
Of course not, but that's what we would normally expect in this sort of genre fiction. Death and destruction that doesn't directly impact our characters is usually ignored in subsequent stories. Not this time. This book looks at what happens after that devastating war; there are refugee camps of displaced citizens of worlds that were destroyed, and while only a tiny fraction of the populations of those worlds managed to escape in time, (maybe a hundred thousand or so out of billions for each world) that's still enough people to overtax the resources of the worlds that they are seeking refuge on. The Federation has lost so many ships that their resources are not up to the job of evacuating those refugees to new planets, or even keeping the peace when conflict breaks out between citizens and refugees on the afflicted planets. Survivors have lost family and friends, and suffer from survivor guilt, and hostile empires like the Gorn and the Romulans are potentially going to take advantage of the Federation's weakness if it focusses on humanitarian aid and rebuilding rather than maintaining its borders.
How the main characters deal with all of these issues is perhaps more of a test of their worth than how they deal with straightforward hostility and combat. It shows their mettle under long-term strain dealing with ambiguous situations in which there are no cut-and-dried answers to their problems, where they have to deal with moral ambiguity. Simply by addressing these issues, this book is several cuts above most in the genre. The fact that it actually does a pretty good job of examining them in a fair and balanced way makes it even better.
For some reason this book is not listed among the "must read" or "best Star Trek books," but it should be. This novel explores an essential question that doesn't come up a lot in ST fiction, namely,whether Utopia can live up to its ideals in a time of crisis. Sure, citizens of the United Federation of Planets have evolved into a more enlightened society with almost no crime, no violence, no unemployment, no lack of housing or food. But do their ideals of justice and equality spring from that abundance or do they stand on their own?
In the various iterations of Star Trek from the 23rd and 24th century, utopia is in the background. Whenever Kirk and crew or Picard and crew encounter some primitive civilization, they can safely and smugly say "well, at least we're not like that," or, as Sisko and Bashir blithely remark at the end of Past Tense part II, "it's hard to understanding how people were ever like that," and "how did it get to be that bad?"
But in 'Losing the Peace' we find the Federation in turmoil after the Borg have wrecked everything; destroying lives; leaving billions homeless. At one point, a group of refugees finds themselves in a camp on a member world and, I kid you not, the natives of this planet, so-called enlightened citizens, determine that the best way to deal with their fellow UFP citizens is . . to build a wall to contain them!
Written in 2009, this novel seems as far fetched as Past Tense must have when it first aired in January, 1995 ("Surely we've evolved. That can't possibly happen here!") In 2018-2019 William Leisner's 'Star Trek: Losing The Peace' is more prescient, more relevant, more on point than it was in 2009 or most of the novels on the "must read" list.
Not a bad ST:TNG book at all, but it's really going to be hard for anyone to follow-up on David Mack's incredible three-part epic "Destiny". Mack totally changed the ST:TNG universe, and now other authors are diving in and playing along, writing stories about the "clean up", as it were. This one was not one where ANYTHING really monumental or even particularly memorable happens, but it was well-written and paced, and the characters were accurate. I especially liked that Captain Picard continues to disobey the Admirals who order him around (many of whom have much less experience then him). What was really priceless was when they offered to make HIM an Admiral and he said "well thank you but I really must decline"!
One of the better Star Trek books I've read. Sure, it isn't nearly as positive as old school TOS or TNG stories, but I like how it follows up on the dramatic events of the Destiny trilogy, and shows that the work has only just begun, even though the war may be over. Star Trek is exactly the kind of universe for telling stories of diplomacy and relief efforts, and not just stories of violence and war.
A good follow up to the Destiny trilogy. The crisis situation had an interesting set up as tensions grew, however it resolved in typical TNG fashion, I just wish it kept raising the stakes, and sort of gave the situation a typical TNG easy out. The book also sets up the next group of books so we will see where it goes from here.
I'm a fan of books that include character moments, and this book is full of them. As a novel, this book is written in such a way that I had little trouble imagining it as an episode. It's nice to see something written in the philosophical vein that is Next Generation. We all could benefit from stepping back and looking at the costs of our victories and what we do next.
Possible spoilers ahead. The Federation is licking its wounds after the Borg razed many of its planets in the epic Star Trek: Destiny trilogy, and millions, maybe billions, are now refugees. This novel examines the fallout from the events of that trilogy, including some of the political ramifications. While I found nothing particularly special about this novel, there was nothing that really disappointed me either. It is by no means a thriller or adventure novel, but is more of a contemplative and steadily-paced story of how tragic events affect different people. The survivors of the Borg attacks must come to grips with the destruction of their planets, and Starfleet officers themselves are often among those now without a planet. From the back cover of the physical book (yes, I read real paper books whenever I can), you can see that Lieutenant Jasminder Choudhury is one of these. Her home planet, Deneva, was completely destroyed by the Borg, and she is clinging to the small hope that her family was among the few refugees. The book doesn't spend as much time on her as the description suggests, though, and her story is overshadowed by the refugee crisis on the Federation word Pacifica, which several of the Enterprise crew are sent to handle. There are a few political undertones as well, giving us an idea of the effect of the Borg invasion on the Federation presidency and admiralty. This was a pretty enjoyable book, and I think it is worth three stars out of five. It won't blow you away, but it will be worth your time.
De flesta Star Trek-böcker har tre olika nivåer av sin berättelse: övergripande berättelse, grundberättelse och personlig berättelse. William Leissner är en författare som aldrig tappar taget om den personliga nivån och berättar gärna om allas tankar och känslor gentemot varandra och visar på så sätt hur de hanterar en kris som för oss svenskar måste kännas helt ofattbar. Många, många, miljarder medborgare har dödats och Federationens stjärnflotta är till stora delar krossad. Mitt i allt detta möter vi flera personer som på olika sätt lider i en omöjlig situation.
Grundberättelsen här är USS Enterprises uppdrag att reda upp små trådar i den stora väven som är resterna av Federationen. Det är inget fel på den berättelsen, utan den tvärtom engagerar och intresserar mig som läsare. Det som är det stora minuset med denna bok är den övergripande berättelsen som jag inte får någon kontakt med. Den känns inte närvarande, den haltar och den tar bort för mycket av fokuset och gör att boken sjunker i värde. Då kvittar det att den övriga delen av boken är riktigt bra, för det sammantagna betyget blir lågt för att boken i helhet blir rörig.
Much slower paced than the previous action and emotion packed Destiny and Full Circle books, but not in a bad way. This book looks at the refugee crisis facing the Federation in the aftermath of the Borg invasion and also shows some of the losses/consequences on the Enterprise crew: Chen, Choudhury, Taurik, Kadohata. It dawned on me about halfway through that this would be Miranda's goodbye, which was a bit of a relief as her character has been hard to connect with. I enjoyed seeing flashbacks to Crusher's life after Jack's death, although personally I thought the author made him sound like quite a selfish partner. Excited to finally get some hints at the Typhon Pact. Having hated Akaar since Avatar, I hope we see the back of him soon!
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This ST novel felt like reading a summary report. The decsriptive parts of the situation after the Federation invasion by Borg were providing an enumeration of the aftermath of the conflict which led to devastation of several worlds, discribing the erosion of Federation, unwillingnes of member planets to help in the refugee situation but dived also into some of U.S.S. characters, e.g Beverly Crusher, Jasminder Choudhury. Despite the fabula, developement felt like scuttling on one place until few last chapters at the end. The novel remains an important link between the events during the Borg invasion and upcoming Typhon pact era books as it creates the political and social frames for the following ST post-nemesis novels.
this is not one of my favorite books. Although the writing is well done, and the characters are there, I personally thought that the story line was weak. It did not have the usually sweeping story line of other books. This book should take a page from the new start trek spin off tv show "Star Trek: Strange New World." where they episode is a standalone story, where travel among the stars exploring new worlds. What this provided is just a state of the federation after the Borg invasion, So i am only going to ask that star trek books get back to the roots the made the show and the franchise awesome.
If the Destiny cycle took its cues from big episode epics like TNG's 'Best of Both Worlds', Voyager's 'Endgame' or movies like First Contact is more inline with TNG episodes like 'Family' or 'Data's Day'. There is a lot going on here. One of the many plots is a little telegraphed but very well told. Really, the only reason it get's demoted a star is two small typos which probably came about because of last minute changes that were put in place because of Destiny and/or the ending of Singular Destiny. Still over all, it would have made a pretty good set of episodes.
Following the end of the Borg Threat in the Destiny Trilogy, the Federation is in a state of crisis. In Destiny, the Borg came not to assimilate, but to annihilate, resulting in the devastation if not destruction of multiple worlds. Now the Enterprise has to start helping in the aftermath, while the crew deals with their own losses. Beverly Crusher is sent to help at a refugee camp where tensions are rising between the refugees and the natives, while Picard works to deal with local crises and search for lost survivors.
I really enjoyed this story. I know some may not like it because there isn’t a save the galaxy problem. In this novel we get to see the postwar recovery and resilience, and we are reminded that Starfleet isn’t just meant to be in battle. We are also reminded that refugees should not be treated as lesser beings and that being in Starfleet includes kindness and finding ways to reduce suffering. War is so wasteful of life and energy and resources. Let there be peace.
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...won the war against the Borg, only to lose the peace to our own complacency.
Excerpt from: "Losing the Peace" by William Leisner.
It’s hard to follow those Destiny novels but Someone had to do it. The Federation isn’t so saintly once they don’t have their replicators and other privileged necessities. I loved the back story of my favorite Doctor.
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Dealing with the immediate fallout from the Destiny trilogy. Was an interesting book, but very slow pace in which very little happened. Personally would've found it more interesting to see this from a more political and social POV, similar to Articles of the Federation, although was good to get some perspectives from those on the ground.
I am not a fan of the newer Star Trek books. Star Trek was intended to be a positive and essentially upbeat vision of the future, but the books in recent years have been decidedly dystopian. Just not fun to read.
Selten ein Buch, über dessen Ende ich mich so gefreut habe. Und das nicht des Inhalts wegen.
"Den Frieden verlieren" ist nämlich - von der Geschichte her - sogar eine recht gute Idee. Denn nach großen Veränderungen im Raum der Föderation bleibt im StarTrek-Universum kein Stein auf dem anderen. Und mit den Folgen zu leben fällt auch den aufgeklärten Gesellschaften des 24. Jahrhunderts nicht so leicht, wie man meinen sollte. So erhält die Enterprise gleich mehrere Aufträge gleichzeitig und tut ihr Bestes mit frustrierten Flüchtlingen, Politikern und Offizieren die Gegenwart zu meistern.
Soweit so gut.
Das Ende habe ich allerdings herbeigesehnt, da der Autor eine unerträgliche Menge an "Political Correctness" in den Text gepackt hat. So sind
() alle ausschließlich positiv behafteten Politiker weiblich () alle egoistischen, voreilig handelnden Politiker männlich () eine nahezu 60jährige bekommt ein Baby () gezeigter Fußball ist selbstverständlich Frauenfußball () eine Offizierin lässt ihren Mann mit drei Kindern auf einem Planeten zurück und gilt als fortschrittlich (als ob in der Geschichte jemals Seeleute dafür geschätzt worden wären, dass sie ihre Partner im Stich gelassen haben) () das (vormals kratzbürstige, männliche) MHN wird durch ein (einfühlsames) weibliches ersetzt () Klingonen empfinden es (jetzt plötzlich) als anachronistisch, wenn einer der ihren sich zu einem Nach-Sex-Partnerschaftsantrag verpflichtet fühlt () usw. usf.
Die Liste geht noch ewig weiter. Bis hin zu einer Szene, in der über ein hässliches Baby geschrieben wird - einen Jungen. Die Protagonistin wendet sich ab und dem viel hübscheren Mädchen zu.
Jeder einzelne Punkt dieser Liste wäre hinnehmbar - alle zusammen sind es aber nicht.
Star Trek war immer bemüht eine Gesellschaft zu zeigen, an der jeder teilnehmen kann. Eine utopische Gesellschaft, in der zB. optische Merkmale irrelevant werden. Aber ein Umdrehen aktueller, als unfair empfundener Verhältnisse macht keine Utopie aus, sondern führt allenfalls zu umgekehrt unfairen Umständen. Dieses Buch ist deshalb für mich zu viel des Guten.
Dürfte ich eine Bitte an ST-Autoren äußern würde sie aus drei Teilen bestehen.
1 - Hört bitte auf, so bemüht Archetypen zu ruinieren. Es macht Geschichten nicht spannender. Klingonen sind der Inbegriff einer archaischen Kriegergesellschaft. Schwule, promiske Klingonen-Heiler, die als völlig akzeptiert gelten, sind vielleicht etwas neues - aber nicht alles neue ist gut.
2 - Political Correctness an sich darf nicht zu revanchistischem Geschichtenerzählen führen. Misogynie ist ein Problem - Misandrie ebenfalls.
3 - Fasst Euch kürzer, verdammt. Die Geschichten sind ewig lang ohne sich zu entwickeln. Die große Geschichte dieses Buches hätte auch prima mit der Hälfte der Textmenge erzählt werden können. Das wäre sogar wesentlich spannender gewesen, weil sich das Tempo von "Schnecken überholen" zu "nahezu angemessen" verändert hätte.
So. Ich habe fertig. Tut mir Leid, aber irgendwann musste ich mir diesen Frust ja von der Seele schreiben. :)
Losing the Peace by William Leisner is the follow-up book to David Mack's epic (and galaxy-changing) Destiny trilogy. Read that series before picking up this book.
Most of this book was very down and depressing. The refugee crisis is at the forefront of the novel, along with the associated political fighting. This is to be expected since numerous worlds were destroyed and billions were killed by the Borg. A quote from page 215 is a good example of the mood: "They were like lost souls in purgatory waiting to be delivered to paradise-or, perhaps more fittingly, caught in a state of limbo."
For a while it seemed like the book would just be a compilation of bad things happening in the Federation, but around page 250 things start to pick up. Picard finds a plan to partially mitigate the political fallout, while Crusher and her team stay committed to doing what little they can to make a bad situation brighter. By the end I was no longer regretting starting a dark and dreary novel. In some ways this book is similar to Kirsten Beyer's Full Circle, which deals with the effects of Destiny through the Voyager crew.
After this book I skipped A Singular Destiny and jumped into Typhon Pact Book 1: Zero Sum Game. You don't need to read Losing the Peace to understand or enjoy Zero Sum Game. But, this book will give you more of a sense of closure with the tragedies of Destiny. The Federation is not a coalition of blissful, peaceful planets anymore.
I did have a few minor nit-picks. First, on the cover page, Picard and Worf have their rank pips on the wrong side of their collars. Second, the "Historian's Note" lists a date of 2361, which should actually be 2381 (immediately after the Destiny trilogy, not 20 years before it).