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Mere Mortals (Star Trek: Destiny #2)

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On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective's route to the Alpha Quadrant. Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the "Starship Titan" have made c ...more
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Published October 28th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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The destiny of the Federation continues!

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


It’s the first time Picard’s called for reinforcements since the Klingon Civil War.

The investigations of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax come to a common point.

The USS Enterprise-E, under command of Picard, was searching for an explanation of how the Borg were reaching the Federation space without early warnings.

The USS Aventine, under command of Dax,
C.T. Phipps
Feb 16, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mere Mortals is the second in the Star Trek: Destiny series. It's also my favorite of the three books, nicely ratcheting up the tension while preparing us for the big finale. The Borg have fully invaded the Federation and things are crumbling down our heroes' heads. I admit, part of my joy from this book comes from the glee of seeing Worf fight a Hirogen in a completely unnecessary but quite amusing side-adventure.

Digression: I feel terrible for Worf. Worf is a bit like Wolverine in that he's
This second book in the series doesn't disappoint. Action-packed to the brim, both with ship to ship battles and hand to hand ones. The final step of the Borg invasion of known space has commenced, with enough Borg cubes to destroy all the inhabited worlds and starbases at the same time. All hope rests on the shoulders of three iconic characters: Picard, Riker and Dax and the Caeliar Hernandez.

As an added bonus we receive glimpses of what Erika Hernandez's life among the Caeliar had been like fo
This second volume in the Star Trek: Destiny series was, if anything, more annoying than the first. But I keep reading because I want to see how they're going to survive since the Borg have started channeling their inner Dalek.

And the whole time paradox thing, though done to death, still fascinates. For that I can put up with Deanna Troi and Jean Luc Picard being even more whiny and illogical than usual.
Crystal Bensley
Jun 13, 2015 Crystal Bensley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good continuation of the series- the action scenes were the only bits that dragged a little.
Jan 05, 2016 Derkanus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Preston Pendergraft
The middle book of the destiny trilogy, incredible cliffhanger of an ending.
Dec 07, 2014 Jc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Mack throws us into a variety of turmoils in this second book of the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy. Continuing the theme from Gods of Night we see three different novelle surrounding the tales of the remainder of the Columbia crew, the Titan (and associated away team), and The Aventine and Enterprise. Spanning a time period from the late 1500s (by our calendars) and 2381 this book has a lot to cover, and it covers it all very well.

While the remainder of the crew of Columbia is aging in the g
Lance Schonberg
Feb 03, 2013 Lance Schonberg rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Note: this short review will be attached to all three of the Star Trek: Destiny books, and I’m trying not to think about how long I’ve been putting this off.

Star Trek: Destiny is trilogy set in the expanded universe of post-Nemesis Star Trek. It involves, to varying degrees, the crew of the Enterprise, Titan, Aventine, and the NX-02 Columbia, as well as a few other viewpoints to give you a more wide ranging view of what is essentially a giant conflict.

The conflict? The Borg have decided that the
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 Maurice Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting better and better.

The Enterprise and the Aventine are in the Azure Nebula trying to find the Borg's staging ground for their recent attacks. They work feverishly to find out which subspace aperture there is the one the Borg use so they can take the fight to the Borg. On Earth, Federation president Nan Bacco organizes a huge armada of ships from many civilizations, including the Klingons, the Romulans, the Ferenghi, the Cardassians, the Talarians, the Gorn and the Breen an
Sep 25, 2012 Jimyanni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is, in general, a well-written book with a compelling plot, good characterizations both of established and original characters and good pacing and movement. I dock it a star for not being a complete story within itself; it is book two of a trilogy, and is a pretty worthless read unless you read the beginning of the story and the end of it in books one and three.

But beyond that caveat, I also have another: this is a fine story if you're a die-hard Star Trek fan who has kept up with all of th
Feb 25, 2015 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mere Mortals is the second of the crossover Star Trek Destiny trilogy, following up on the events of God's of Night in which the Borg essentially declared war on the Federation.

Mere Mortals takes place over several different story arcs, following Captains Picard and Dax as they search for a way to thwart the Borg invasion, the crew of the Starship Titan and their encounter with the technologically advanced Caeliar and follows the efforts of the F
Jul 13, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
This is the continuation of the previous novel where the Borg are invading the Federation. Whereas the initial novel was used to set up the war and how NX-02 was involved, this one builds on it. "Mere Mortals" is essentially nothing but war preparation with bits of Columbia's Captain Hernandez spread throughout. Given this, the book takes some time to get going leading ultimately to the actual invasion and Hernandez making her move. Strangely, and disconcertingly enough, a battle with the Hiroge ...more
Joseph Barnes
Jan 31, 2013 Joseph Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective's route to the Alpha Quadrant.
Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar -- survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the s
Apr 12, 2010 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a trilogy, the second book is supposed to be the darkest. Up until the ending, it didn't feel that way with Mere Mortals. It felt very optimistic as it started off with a battle the Enterprise one and they even found out where the Borg were coming from. Not only that but alliances were formed.

Since Mere Mortals is not the darkest part, it spends a lot of time building up, what I assume, is to be a very pivotal plot line with Erika Hernandez and her motley crew that's stuck with the Caeliar. D
Beth - ;)
Bood 2 of the Destiny series ends on a cliffhanger of course, just as the first one did. Of course we know that our favourite characters will still be with us at the end of book 3 but I am looking forward to seeing just how tha author manages to destroy over 7000 Borg cubes bent on total annihilation of every world in all four quadrants. Only the Enterprise, Aventine (with Ezri Dax as Captain) and Titan (with Will Riker as Captain) appear to be still intact at the end of the book, with Voyager s ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the series is the set up for the battles to come. If you are looking for anything else, I'm not sure if you'd be content with what you find. There is development of small parts of plot here and there and quite a bit of history for the story from the past, but as far as your main characters go, it's mostly just the prep for war and how everyone will handle that.

This is a book of sadness and upset along most of the plot line. Not at all a book to read when you are separated fro
Mar 16, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 30, 2014 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful surprise. After the exceedingly dull narrative of the first book this one hooked me in. Plot lines started to come together in compelling ways. The long captivity of Captain Hernandez begins to pay off as we find the crew of the Titan is now trapped in orbit around the Caeliar home world; while Troi's pregnancy increases the tension.

Meanwhile, in the Azure Nebula, Picard and Dax are trying to unravel the mystery of the subspace tunnels that the Borg are using to attack the Feder
Adam Walker
This was a great read. I might have been a tad unfair on the first book, since it had to set everything up. but now that the building finished we get right to the meat and potatoes! the characters seem more cohesive and tight. the action fast and suspense thrilling. sadly, the Titan crew and Troi especially have little to do other than annoy me. Titan was a weak spot in book one and that trend continues in book two.

if I had one complaint, it's that some characters get little exploration or depth
Where the first book was let down by the need to introduce a new race to the Star Trek universe, one of immense power, and its need to integrate all of the 'The Next Generation' Era series, The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine, this book was let down by its need to conform to a beginning and an ending that felt as if they had already been set. Whereas some series feel as if they have books with individual stories that flow into each other, this series felt like a 1,200 page novel tha ...more
May 12, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy should absolutely have been one longer book, or two books of moderate length - the story is padded out in a way that everyone involved should feel badly about. I know you wanted to sell a trilogy, editorial staff - and I know being asked to stretch an interwoven plot over 3 books would be tricky, D. Mack - - but all of you could surely have figured out a way to do this without the 250 extraneous pages.

That said - this book is really good. Better than the last instillation, and endin
Jan 26, 2015 Jarrah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another action-packed installment in the Destiny trilogy. The story was certainly exciting and kept me turning pages. But I would've preferred the book to focus on more of the characters we'd already spent time with, rather than spending a huge chunk of time on the diplomatic machinations of the Federation president and various diplomats. It was cool getting a bit with Garak and Seven of Nine but characters both felt underused in that subplot.

The part I most appreciated was the continuing expla
Mike McDevitt
Jul 24, 2011 Mike McDevitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I'm talking about! This trilogy is remarkably good, pulling me back into the Trekverse which I hadn't really visited for years.
Captain Erika Hernandez's centuries-long imprisonment/immortality would've been difficult to give time and weight to on TV, but is quite involved and moving here. The plight of the Borg's enemies in extremity is also very compelling: with the Borg acting like Cylons/Daleks how soon will the Federation collapse into Battleglum Galacticglum? I like the UFP
May 20, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this one better than the first one in this series. For some reason, I just liked the broader mix of characters. The early history of the Federation isn't interesting to me, so I think that's why I didn't enjoy the first as much. This book focused more on various plots, how they weave together. I enjoyed the bits with Hernandez more because they didn't focus exclusively on the 2100s. The Borg are always fun to me. I know some people's reviews I've seen indicate they're tired of the Borg, ...more
Jenny T
See my review for Gods of Night. David Mack brings the Star Trek universe to life in amazing ways -- the sheer scope of this book (and its predecessor), effortlessly juggling characters, ships, worlds, and timelines, and the depth of detail (from Klingon insults to Romulan politics, to cameos from old friends who have come a LONG way since I saw them last) is incredible.

Now that the Federation has gathered its allies, Book Three promises a war with the Borg armada and some insight into the origi
Feb 22, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a very well written book, but something about this series bothers me. i think it is that this is a sci-fi story that happens to be set in the Star Trek universe, but it doesn't really feel like Star Trek. It lacks optimism, it's a little too dark and brooding, the characters suffer a bit too much, there is a lot of death and violence. i am looking forward to the third book, but even as i enjoy reading these stories i can't help but think that the author would be better off writing in the ...more
I like reading the continuing adventures of the Trek verse. Even if I don't love everything they're doing to the characters, I am at least glad to see them in action. Mack's characterization of Picard is still bothersome, following 74 different POVs is still distracting, but at least there's a germination of some truth in here, and some story beginning to emerge. I accidentally read a later trilogy, so I know a lot of these people survive this story. I still don't believe it should have been a t ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to say this Destiny series is absolutely great. I'm writing this review after having finished book 3, and the series itself gets a 5. I'm being a little stingy giving 4 stars to book 2, it's only because it slightly dragged in the middle with the Hernandez story, spending a little more time there than I thought was needed. But at the end of the day, this book delivers with plenty of action, plenty of our favorite characters, and a great storyline. The borg threat is imminent, and th ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Nicolas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was intense! Normally I find the middle book in a trilogy to be a bit of a let down since nothing begins and nothing ends. That was not the case with Mere Mortals. It continues the story from book one, but many new twists make this just as interesting. I love how seamlessly they are combining elements of TNG, Titan, Voyager, DS9 and even Enterprise. (There was even a little shout out to Peter David's New Frontier series.) As expected this ended with quite a cliffhanger. I'm glad I've alread ...more
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty 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), film, and comic books.

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