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Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,133 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg.

In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to s
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
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TK Before Dishonor takes place between the two relaunches of Voyager. I recommend you read Christine Golden's run first, then Resistance, Q&A and…moreBefore Dishonor takes place between the two relaunches of Voyager. I recommend you read Christine Golden's run first, then Resistance, Q&A and Before Dishonor (TNG books) and then pick back up with Full Circle by Kristen Beyer for the full experience.

Although there are no major spoilers in this book for Christine Golden's run, this book is pretty important in the plot of Kristen Beyer's Voyager books. (less)
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Alejandro
Exciting action against the Borg!


This book is a direct sequel to the events described in the novel “Resistance” by J.M. Dillard.


ONLY RIVERS DON’T GET BACK

Sometimes,-- --in order to feel alive, one has to take chances with one’s safety.

No. One really does not.

While there is a novel published in-between of Resistance by J.M. Dillard and Before Dishonor by Peter David, which is the novel Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCandido, but that's a self-contained story concerning Q (the all-powerful enti
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Jerry
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's getting late, and I have a lot to do, so, I'll just say this: This book was better than usual for a Star Trek novel.
***Dave Hill
Dec 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text
(Original review: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2008/04/...)

Peter David has written a lot of very entertaining and well-crafted Star Trek novels. This, alas, is not one of them.

Overall: Fair
Story: Fair
Re-Readability: Fair
Characters: Fair

Story: This book, part of the new Next Generation novels, is a sequel to "Resistance". Unfortunately, that book was written by J.M. Dillard, and David tries, but can’t quite manage, to pick up the threads from the prequel and carry them along.

The Borg are back —
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Gary
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a perfect example of star trek at its very best
Mary
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
This is the sequel to Star Trek: Resistance by Peter David, and you should read that one first. Resistance references events in the Star Trek movies First Contact and Nemesis and the 6th season of Deep Space Nine.

There are some spoilers to the novel Star Trek: Vendetta by Peter David, though you don't have to have read that book to read this one.

*****

My main issue with this book is that I really like the relationship between Kathryn Janeway and Chakotay. Even though in cannon they never had mu
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Julie Ann
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hated this one. I love Peter David's "Star Trek" stuff (he has spun the best Q yarns out of all of them), but this one felt like an "anti-Voyager" rebuke.
David Hibberd
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take the Enterprise, Seven of Nine, Ambassador Spock, Captain Picard, the Borg, the Planet Destroyer, Kathryn Janeway, Lady Q, and other assorted characters and the result is an enjoyable story. When Janeway joins a team investigating a dead Borg cube things happen.
The Borg awaken and create a new queen who wants Picard and Seven. During its dormancy the Borg cube has changed. It isn't good.
It is up to the Enterprise and others to defeat the Borg. We know that Starfleet will prevail, but it is
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kingshearte
"In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg.

Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for *thei
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Matthew Rasnake
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: desperate Star Trek fans
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I have long considered Star Trek novels to be a kind of "cotton-candy" literature--mostly sugar and little substance. This novel doesn't break out of this established mold.

Also included is something that has frequently annoyed me with fan-produced and professional non-canon stories--the inclusion of cross-series characters and references. Of course, I can certainly understand the compulsion, considering how all the Trek series are taking place within the same universe, and there is precedent ev
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Jimyanni
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Peter David is an entertaining author; he is very good at telling a good story, with plenty of action and interesting characters. He handles established characters well, and has a good feel for who they are and what they would do in a given situation. His tone is always recognizable to an experienced reader, and sometimes it gets a bit irritating if one has read too much of his work in too short a period of time. He is very fond of the "sudden reversal" in which a character proclaims definitivel ...more
Katie Buerk
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome super hero Picard and damsel in distress to mad scientist crusher get up close and personal with the Borg queen
John Cipolla
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. was interesting how picard spock and crew worked to get the planet killer from The doomsday machine to fight the borg
Crystal Bensley
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to knock off a star because of a character death but it's just too damn exciting a story! Love the New Frontier references too.
John
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
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TK
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is literally the worst Star Trek novel I have read. I felt like the voices of nearly ever character were inconsistent, often blending together and never felt distinct or appropriate. The plot grows steadily more and more ridiculous as the story progresses. It didn't even capture a campy fun spirit. It was just convoluted and a mess that got more and more terrible as it went on. I won't spoil the plot, but the book builds up a pretty significant threat but never moves beyond a micro perspect ...more
Ebenezer Scrooge
Peter David continues to be, far and away, The Best Writer of Star Trek Novels. In the early days, there wasn't much competition in my opinion. But the so-called relaunch novels have been fantastic, like they are having the authors actually take the time to write a good story. And it seems like they have had some freedom now that they don't have to stay tied down to a tv series (by which I mean going beyond the movie/tv shows timelines and not staying within it) they can pretty much do what they ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first book on the long road to Kathryn Janeway's fall & resurrection, and a semi-sequel to "Vendetta", this is all action-packed plot, hurtling along at a break-neck pace but never losing control, thanks to Peter David's steel-handed authorship. This is an unyielding adrenaline rush from start to finish, with added doses of Mr. David's best jokes to lighten the apocalyptic mood.
Andi
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story and well-written, but it read like a glorified piece of fanfiction that could've very easily been pulled off the likes of fanfiction.net or archiveofourown.own, instead of as an independently written book published by an actual author who writes for a living instead of for pleasure.
Goldenwattle
An enjoyable read. It improved as it went.
Derkanus
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eugena Moulton
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
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Matthew
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-books
I thought this book was awesome. I find some of the other reviews and I've read here and on Amazon to be uber-nit-picky. I found the ambiguity of the mutiny to be excellent and in the great tradition of Star Trek (even if Roddenberry conceived of less internal conflict possible on a starship) and asked very interesting questions about the capacity of a charismatic captain to really function in a military organization as did Captain Kirk. Plus I found really flooring the catastrophe that Janeway ...more
Edwick
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the concept of novels, but its usually pretty hard for me as a reader to sit down, get sucked in and power through a 400 page novel. This book I did just that, and it was awesome. It was an easy read and great experience to get my brain a little more practice in reading bigger novels.

I enjoyed this book in the post-nemesis series of Trek novels. The Borg were insane and the cast of characters was pretty good.

Paramount states anything seen on-screen (movies, TV) is canon and "officially" h
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Alina Choong
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkers, esp TNG/VOY, Peter David fans
Recommended to Alina by: Picked it off a shelf at Kino's.
There hasn't been new trek for me in a long time, and this book was a walk down memory lane. Overall entertaining and fun.

The good thing is that it features some of my favourite and/or most familiar characters: Spock, Picard, Seven, Janeway, Q and of course, the BORG! And for most parts, they talk and behave like I remember how they would.

The bad is that the rest of the time, they talk and behave like any Peter David character would, with snappy one liners and witty, if sometimes predictable, i
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Elizabeth Perez
This book is about the TNG crew and part of the Voyager crew with Spock basically taking on the Borg and doing what they have to to save earth.

There was just so much good about this novel although I do understand how some gave it such a low rating. So the bad: I feel like David didn't quite nail some of the characters like Worf and lady Q. I just can not see the Q's actually thinking it's funny that anyone would die in a church. Star Trek is made by an atheist but I still felt those comments we
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Noah
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I acutally finished today - rather than weeks ago. I hope to improve on that.

I tend to read a lot of different books simultaneously. Some based on location (the bedside, the bathroom, the bus) others based on interest (the bedside often includes a stack of seven titles at various stages, and I pick up the one that matches my mood at the time - often something fictional (or two or three), something religious, something scientific, something sociological). This means that it ca
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Luke
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Before Dishonour" follows directly on from the events of "Resistance"
Admiral Janeway is on her way to examine the Borg cube defeated at the end of "Resistance" while the Enterprise is on it's way to Vulcan to attend a ceremony honouring the late Ambassador Sarek

A dire warning from Lady Q (see Voyager episode "The Q and the Grey)
isn't enough to deter Janeway from her visit to the cube and it's not long before she discovers that the Borg haven't been defeated.... They've evolved

Once again it's up
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Allison
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bloated continuity. I hadn't read resistance prior to this so a lot of references passed me by- as someone mentioned in another review, this book is in desperate need of a recap before the book begins.

The story is fair, some of the dialogue made me chuckle, characters are fairly fleshed out and distinguishable which is a relief after KG's Voyager novels. That's about where the good ends. For the most part, about 40 percent of the way through this novel became too over saturated- not enough time
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Charles
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never been a huge fan of Peter David's Star Trek stuff. It's hit or miss with me. This was an okay story, but I'm taking points off because this was a direct sequel to another book, a continuation of that storyline. There were so many things being referenced from that previous book that I was quite confused early on. I thought they were referring to events in the movie "First Contact," but it slowly became evident that that was not the case. It would have been nice if somewhere in the book, ...more
Eileen
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimbright, own-print
Hahaha, I get it. This wasn't really Peter David! It was doubtlessly the same ghost-writing imposter who butchered Blood Canticle, a mockery of the Vampire Chronicles supposedly written by Anne Rice. At least, I hope it was.

Because honestly, there's not much I can say about this, which is frustrating because I was so incredibly let down. Peter David's Vendetta is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels, right up there with Dan Simmons's Hyperion. So when I heard that there was a sequel, I was
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