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Gods of Night

(Star Trek: Destiny #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,098 ratings  ·  232 reviews
Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy's greatest scourge returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation -- and this time its goal is nothing less than total annihilation.

Elsewhere, deep in the Gamma Quadrant, an ancient mystery is solved. One of Earth's first generation of starships, lost for centurie

Mass Market Paperback, 429 pages
Published October 2008 by Pocket Books
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Robert Van kalker this is a very complicated question as there are many. Honestly this is a good jumping on point assuming you know the basics of Star Trek The Next Gen…morethis is a very complicated question as there are many. Honestly this is a good jumping on point assuming you know the basics of Star Trek The Next Generation and after. you can check out this awesome flowchart for reading order.

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The Destiny of the Federation begins here!

This is the first novel in a “Star Trek” book trilogy named “Destiny”


The Federation has suffered more casualties from hostile action in the past five weeks than in all the previous wars of its history combined.

The Romulan War. The Cardassian War. The Dominion War. Even the Battle of Wolf 359.
None of those bloody conflicts of the Federation against opposite powers, combined, produced so many loses of lives as in the very first st
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An epic, thrilling Trek story with crossover from every ST series except TOS. With frequently shifting narrative perspective between four ship crews, one of which occurs centuries earlier, there's a lot going on here, with a large cast of characters, many well known from the various series. The author provides a crew guide, listed by ship, as an appendix, which is of great help in keeping things straight early on.

As a standalone, the scope of the story would certainly be way too ambitious. As a
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best star trek book out there to finally find out how the borg came to be
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sold-back-to-hpb
"So, uh, we got this joined Trill who's a bit bungled up in the brain, ya know what I'm saying?"

"Like a bit on the neurotic side?"

"Exactly. The the funny things is, she's a counselor. On a space station."

"On a space station?"

"Yeah, that's what I'm sayin'. What um I s'posed tu do with a neurotic counselor?"


::fingers snap::

"I got it! Make her a ship's captain. Make her totally unrecognizable. Problem solved. Bada-bing bada-boom."

"Ya think?"

"I ain't payin' ya to think. I'm payin' ya to wri
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Really good! I enjoyed the Captain Hernandez and NX-02 chapters the most.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wish Goodreads allowed me to give a 4-1/2 star rating. This book was almost perfect. I could not put it down and only had a few small complaints that would keep me from giving it a 5 star rating.

After reading a few of his books, I would say that Mack is one of the best Star Trek writers. He gives his stories a very human element and manages to make large casts very exciting. (I usually prefer smaller casts allowing you to focus on a few characters.)

In this book, he has an extremely large cast.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, star-trek
Not bad, I will continue the series.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tng, titan
This is an incredibly strong start to the Destiny trilogy, both when I first read it years ago and in my most recent re-read. The action sequences are among the best in Star Trek, and the character moments work very well for the most part. I found the Columbia sequences to be equal parts heartbreaking and horrifying. It's clear from the very start that this is a very tightly-plotted story, with twists and turns that readers will not see coming. At the same time, the story is pure Star Trek throu ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A different sort of space opera...but a good one. Can't wait to see where the story goes from here! ...more
Stephen Osborne
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's been a long, long time since I've read a Star Trek book, so I thought I'd just jump in and pick a spot to begin again. And it seems I chose well. The first book of the trilogy is well written and exciting, full of "character" moments as well as action. There are A LOT of characters, though. 631. I counted them. Luckily, Mack gives you tiny updates just in case you haven't read EVERY Star Trek book, or have forgotten key moments in the TV shows. And Ezri Dax has my favorite line, when told b ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It's relentless, warp speed plotting -- aside from the Riker/Troi prengancy issue, there isn't a lot of room for character development...and I find the Columbia crew to be rather cliched much of the time, especially the typically hard-nosed MACOs. But all that aside, this is EPIC plotting on a grand scale...and considering the juggling of characters, planets, and battles that occurs in this novel, you have to give David Mack credit for keeping all the balls in the air, and never once letting one ...more
Drew Widney
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek-novels
Love the premise of the final showdown between the federation and the Borg. But the author just has way too many perspectives. There are way too many ships with their unique situations and each ship have large crews and it just becomes a jumbled mess. Committing to finishing the trilogy but damn, not some of Trek's best literature. ...more
Star Trek: Destiny: Gods of Night by David Mack "Destiny" is set more than a year after the events of ST: Nemesis. It builds upon the TNG-relaunch novels, the Titan-series and various other familiar characters - but don't worry, Destiny is quite a good point to get back into Trek without prior knowledge of the mentioned book-series.Given the split nature of the book that's jumping from one stage to the other, I'm going to follow those jumps in my review.
The Federation is at war with
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I’ve been waiting for this day for years: finally embarking on the journey into the great unknown (for me) of Star Trek post-A Time To... fiction, really starting with the Destiny Trilogy.
This is a solid opener to the trilogy, and I’m not exactly sure what the overarching story will be, but I’m enjoying the journey so far!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Star Trek: Destiny, a trilogy of novels by David Mack is widely regarded by Star Trek fans as the height of Star Trek prose fiction. Unfortunately, my reading of Star Trek: Voyager - Full Circle first spoiled my reading of this book as Full Circle revealed the ending of Destiny. Still, it is a great read and one I've enjoyed nonetheless. ...more
Jul 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
It's been a while since I visited the Star Trek novel universe. My biggest beef and the reason why I stopped was because at the end of every novel, it felt like there was a giant reset button that was pressed, and none of the characters would remember any of the events in the novel within the regular continuity of the series. Apparently that's been left behind, and I quite enjoy that point.

The book picks up with Captain Ezri Dax commanding her very own starship (how cute!! Last time I saw her sh
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ST novel fans; Mack fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy, star-trek
David Mack continues to show his strength as a ST author – fast paced adventures, good characterizations, well described space battles. The only complaint I would have in this first book of the Star Trek Destiny trilogy is that there’re too many dramatis personae – we’re following the crews of four starships, Enterprise, Titan, Aventine and Columbia. While Mack ably distinguishes most of his people, he still can’t develop them enough to make you care overmuch about them. Often he’s saved by the ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
The first in a trilogy of novels set in the post "Nemesis" "Trek" universe, "Destiny: Gods of Night" is one of the more entertaining and page-turning "Trek" novels I've read in a while. Credit a lot of that to author David Mack who in the course of the novel juggles at least four separate plot threads over several different eras of "Trek" history. If you've been wondering why the last Enterprise novel was advertised as part of the previous books in the series leading up to this, you'll find out ...more
Tanya Turner
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Review for the whole 'Destiny' trilogy.

I read a lot of Star Trek books and tend to rate them internally, so 5* for what I think is a good Trek novel, doesn’t mean it is necessarily a good novel for anyone who isn't a fan. These three books are 1* Trek novels for a reason entirely related to the story, not the quality of the writing. I like Trek when it deals with a whole range of alien cultures, and does not put humankind at the centre of the universe. These novels are absolutely guilty of putti
Jenny T
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first new Star Trek novel I've read in at least 10 years, possibly longer, but I didn't want to miss the Federation's final epic battle with the Borg. This is Book One in the Destiny Trilogy, and it mainly sets things up for the next two books and introduces the players, many of whom were new to me: Will Riker and the Titan, Picard and the Enterprise-E, Ezri Dax and the Aventine, and Erika Hernandez and the Columbia. There were a LOT of names to learn, but a convenient chart in the b ...more
Denise Cameron
Dec 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
If this was someone's fanfiction, I would say it's pretty good. But it's not.

The writing is problematic at parts. Most of the character interaction happens through teasing, which is boring and in some cases, odd. And then he takes two happy couples, and decides that the next logical step is babies. Fine, but both? And make one of them have very present-day Earth problems (miscarriages) with only present-day solutions? I don't remember Deanna ever even caring about having children, but now she's
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
It took a while to fit all the strings together but towards the end of the book everything turned out to be connected and I am really excited to read what's happening the the next 2 books.
Hint: Don't read/finish the book if you don't have the next one right at hand because it's a mayor cliffhanger.
John Yelverton
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An extremely well done novel that bridges two hundred years of Star Trek lore. There are a couple of plot points that seem implausible and untrue to the characters, but they're relatively minor and don't detract from the overall story. ...more
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, rubbish, star-trek
Part one of the trilogy that made me stop reading Trek.
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Generally a strong Star Trek book, though its very large cast makes reading it a bit daunting. That slows things down a bit, but things are really picking up by the end of the volume.
Crystal Bensley
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoying the beginning of this trilogy- I like comparing the scenes of Titan and Enterprise and the Columbia storyline. Interested in where this goes.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story

I loved the story, Especially Telling The stops of multiple crews, well done. - - - - - -- -
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
I had mixed feelings delving into yet another Star Trek novel about the Borg. It seems like this has pretty much been the sole focus of the post-Nemesis litverse aside from the Titan novels, and I've been feeling ready for something new. The high rating of this novel gave me hope that this would at least be a story worth reading. It was not only that, but much, much more.
The Borg are invading the Federation (again) and the U.S.S. Enterprise is at the front lines (again). Somehow, they are sendin
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 36 novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), games, and comic books.

Follow him on Twitter @davidalanmack or like his Facebook page.

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