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Collateral Damage

(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  51 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours comes an original, thrilling novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

The past returns to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard—a crime he thought long buried has been exposed, and he must return to Earth to answer for his role in a conspiracy that some call treason. Meanwhile, t
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Steven You don't need to read 70 books for this. Even if you were to read all the TNG books this builds on it's "only" around 30. But more specifically this …moreYou don't need to read 70 books for this. Even if you were to read all the TNG books this builds on it's "only" around 30. But more specifically this is a direction continuation of a storyline that was started around 15 years ago in "A Time To Kill" and "A Time To Heal". The books since then introduced new characters that show up here. There are some other large events that were detailed in other books (like the Destiny trilogy). And some events tie into the last Titan book. Having that history would probably make the book more satisfying, but it's not strictly necessary. Even reading the two mentioned books isn't absolutely needed. These books always recap important previous events.(less)
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Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Star Trek, Next Generation. Unfortunately, this sanctimonious trial of a story should not have seen the light of day and does a disservice to the series. 2 of 10 stars
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two completely distinct story lines here. In one, Picard is the subject of a legal proceeding, accused of participating in the murder of the previous Federation president and sedition against the Federation. Picard seems uncharacteristically maudlin and deflated throughout, and the proceeding itself is mundane and predictable. Yawn.

However, the other story is riveting. This follows the Enterprise's search for and recovery of a stolen Husnock weapon of mass destruction and is full of su
I liked the fast-moving pace of the story, even Picard's court room scenes, but I particularly loved the way Worf gets to shine in this tale.

A fun, fast-paced story that connects back to a few key moments in Picard’s life: the inquiry into what happened to one of Picard’s previous ships, the Stargazer, Wolf359 and his brother’s death. And to his many years as a Captain and a mentor to Worf. There’s also a connection to Voyager and one of its former crew members who gave birth to a daughter duri
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novel is packed...almost too packed, and I do have to say that I was far more invested in the Picard side of the story. That said, the rest of the novel is so full of plot, events, and characters that it's certainly never boring. I just wish some of it could have been hived off into a separate novel, as the Picard storyline is as intense and gripping as anything you'll find in a Trek novel. Where it all goes from here should be interesting indeed.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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C.T. Phipps
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
COLLATERAL DAMAGE is probably the final Star Trek: The Next Generation book set in the novelverse continuity. With the arrival of PICARD, much of the storyline has been overwritten with Captain Picard no longer married to Beverly Crusher as well as not having a son. He also obviously didn't resign from the Enterprise to help with Romulan refugees. Much of the story deals with the fallout from the fall of Section 31 and the role Picard played in forcing a Federation President to resign. The rest ...more
No Tea, Earl Grey, Hot: Captain Picard Effs Up
The United Federation of Planet’s military jurisprudence offers justice, or does it?

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

How can it be that Captain Picard is fallible – he’s Capt.-Always-Do-the-Right-Thing?! And thus, this story made me feel I had missed something. He and Doctor Crusher are marrie
Scott Williams
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel does a good job of tying up the Picard story that began way back in the “Time to...” series. There’s some really great courtroom drama. Unfortunately, Picard himself is a bit passive. Most of the drama comes from the lawyers.

The B-plot is very complicated but it’s an important Worf story. Worf is maybe the character that has grown the most in these post-Nemesis novels. Here, he relies on his experience as an ambassador, as well as lessons learned from Picard over the years to demonstr
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mike & Lindsey Willis
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picard on Trial!

Captain Picard stands accused of sedition and conspiracy to commit murder! The shadows of Texas - from the A Time To series event that has been established as one of the pivotal events in the Star Trek Extended Universe - come to haunt Captain Picard as the collapse of Section 31 has brought some of the Federations darkest secrets to the light. With old allies re-emerging and new enemies rising, this book will be a new pivot point in the series, laying the foundations for 2020's
Wes Robertson
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking beyond (no pun intended) the predictable conflict resolution you can gain a sense of Star Treks insight into how humanity should exist..... replacing alternative space races with various human races in modern time allows the reader to focus on the social issues associated with world conflict resolution between people of different backgrounds and cultures. There is the underlining theory throughout the story that a morally correct end may not always be obtained through ideal circumstances ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A preliminary enquiry into Captain Picard's involvement in the Section 31 assassination of UFP President Mon Zife sees him having to defend himself against an angry Attorney General, Phillipa Louvois, who previously presided over his court martial for losing the 'U.S.S. Stargazer'.

In temporary command of the 'Enterprise', Worf finds himself facing off against Nausicaan Raiders who hold the Federation responsible for the loss of their homeworld during the Borg invasion.

Mack holds readers' attenti
Dorthea Kemp
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I understand that the powers of Star Trek want to move in a specific direction, but I don't like the direction. This book is a step in the direction ultimately leading to the new Picard series. Familiar and new characters are both here and the writing is solid. The story is good but no suprises and pacing is moderate. The book is worth reading if you are keeping up with Star Trek in general, but don't look for Next Generation type stories here. That has been abandoned in general in the change of ...more
Leif Paulson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read from start to finish. So much TNG nostalgia packed in along with bits from the previous TNG extended universe stories of the past 15 years. Fulfilling to see a conclusion and now onto the next adventure.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nice coda to the whole Section 31 episodes. Plus there's action, adventure, humor and more!
Kent Pettus
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**As per all of my reviews, I like to preface by saying that I listened to this book in audiobook format. This does indeed slightly skew my rating. I have found that audiobooks, give me a better "relationship" with the characters if done well, but also kills the book for me if narrated poorly. Also due to the nature of listening to the text, names and places may be spelled incorrectly here as I often do not have the physical volume in front of me.
Also, I have written this review in a "rolling up
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like Star Trek, but honestly, I prefer to watch it rather than read it. This just was not fun for me.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As always pure pop corn reading following the crew of TNG past the series. Held my attention and served me Picardy and Worf goodness. All you really ask for out of this series.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but some details made my eyes roll

Overall this is a good book and a worthy finale to the series. There is a lot to like here. The Tezwa story thread that was started many years ago finally has a conclusion. Along the way there is some gripping action and courtroom drama in two separate story lines. Worf gets a chance to shine as a captain and negotiator. Even the often obnoxious (view spoiler) is interesting. His parts are told in first person and somehow that PO
Paul Lunger
The most anticipated "Star Trek: The Next Generation" novel of 2019 is a surprising miss by David Mack due to reasons that are a bit complex. "Collateral Damage" is the culmination of the Section 31 story line & tries at best to resolve it with a twofold plot that at times gets in the way of itself. Plot #1 involves the planet Nausicca which was destroyed in the Borg invasion & they as a race feel forgotten about by the Federation who did nothing to help them rebuild. A group of them who are try ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Collateral Damage carries straight on after the previous book with Picard confronting the decisions that he had to make during the Tezwa incident which has come to light following the collapse of Section 31! :D The proceeding are edge of the seat with Picard facing harsh penalties such as treason and conspiracy if it all comes to pass! :D At the same time the Prosecutor is none other than Phillipa Louvois, who prosecuted Picard for the Stargazer loss, and has a serious axe pointed at Picards hea ...more
Patrick Hayes
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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An enjoyable read, but the story was not what I was expecting. I haven't read any of the previous novels involving Section 31 in this series, as--truth be told--it's one of my least favorite Trek elements, but I've enjoyed several of Mack's previous Trek novels so I was willing to give this a go.

Picard is under investigation in a not-a-trial for assisting Section 31 in the murder of the Federation president. I expected this to be the main thrust of the book and it was not. Instead this story is
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Collateral Damage continues (quite possibly for the last time) the written adventures of the Next Generation. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been forced to stand for actions he took that led to the removal of the former president of the United Federation of Planets. While his captain is on trial for his career and freedom, Worf has taken command is is suddenly thrust into a mission that could doom Earth.

I enjoyed the fast paced and fun of this novel. A 'guest star' from early season 2 Next Generati
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. I expected more on the Picard front, but that was really only a small portion of the book. The rest was devoted to the Enterprise's efforts to save a planet and Starfleet Intelligence trying to keep Worf and the crew out of their business while a group of Nausicaans rampaged through the galaxy. Some great, funny moments. I enjoyed Riker's scenes as well as Worf's solution to the Nausicaan situation. His substitute second in command while LaForge was off ship was also terrific.

Frank Davis
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was a satisfying account of the events that follow Picard's trial for alleged crimes... events that we observed across many previous novels. Mack handles the emotions of the people involved expertly and I often felt like I was in the room observing like a fly on the wall.

Typical for me, l enjoyed the Enterprise investigations much more thoroughly than the political aspects. Without leaning into spoilers we catch up with at least two unexpected characters, fami
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It seems like this is kind of the end of this series of books with the next generation. I'm not sure what the future holds for this series now that Picard is a new TV series. There appears to be some discontinuity between these books and the TV show for example Beverly Crusher and him are married in these books with a child but there is no mention of that on Picard yet. It would be great if they actually do tie these two together everything else seems to align even th ...more
John Keegan
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel wraps up some of the lingering plot threads that have been in play for decades in the "novelverse", which is a feat in and of itself. If the "novelverse" goes the way of the Legends continuity in the Star Wars lit-world, then at least there has been an opportunity to bring some of the ongoing storylines to a conclusion and point towards "what might have been". (So much of what has been shown in "Star Trek: Picard" would require either scrapping the "novelverse" or rendering much of it ...more
This was a good book. I will admit that I have not read many of the Star Trek novels and it's new to me branching out into the written Star Trek Universe. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't spectacular. I like seeing that the Picard show seems to have incorporated many of the things that the expanded written universe introduced and I think that Star Wars would have been better had it done the same thing.

I love that we've seen Worf grow so much as a character throughout the entire length of the
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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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