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Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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3 Dec 2007 Star Trek: The Next Generation
To the disbelief of Starfleet Command, and especially of Admiral Janeway, the Borg were not vanquished when the USS Voyager destroyed their transwarp conduits. A disabled Borg cube seems to hold the answers to why the Borg are now striking out and killing, without troubling to assimilate their prey. Admiral Janeway, Seven of Nine and a team of Federation scientists know they don't have much time to stop the threat. Meanwhile Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise, who barely defeated the Borg who were trapped in Federation space, turn to Ambassador Spock for help. Can they discover what lies behind these strange and chilling developments before the Borg can make their triumphant return?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416527427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416527428
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter David is a prolific Star Trek author whose novels include IMZADI, TRIANGLE, Q-IN-LAW, Q-SQUARED and the NEW FRONTIER series, featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, specially created for Pocket Books.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time to leave well alone 11 Mar 2009
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Pocket books are clearly having fun reinventing the Trek universe - I suspect some editor somewhere is on a bit of a 'power trip' messing around with the fate of the central characters. Not to mention what they've done to the Borg!

If you don't mind Star Trek changing beyond recognition, great, buy it. It's a cracking read. If you prefer to leave things as they stand at the end of the canon stuff, be warned.... leave well alone!! Stick to the books set during the various TV series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Spanky
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I've struggled at times whilst reading this book. It's not that it is written badly but I struggled to accept a lot of the things going in it. Now I'm not going to ruin any plot points here because, even if you're reading this review I expect you'll probably want to read the book anyway. Despite what this book is like, it is followed by other books by other authors developing the Star Trek universe even further and I'd read this book for that reason alone.

As you will have guessed, the Borg play a big role in this book. However, the way they come to be a menace and the way in which they 'adapt' seems pretty far fetched to me, even for Star Trek.

By far my biggest gripe is that this author doesn't appear to have actually read the previous two Next Generation books in this line, i.e. Resistance and Q&A. The Leybenzon in this book is fairly different and Kadohata may as well be a different person entirely. Interactions and feelings that occurred in those previous books are ignored. It is as if Peter David couldn't be bothered to read the books and so just asked what the names of the new characters are and left it at that.

The story in this book also felt to be far too destructive in terms of the Next Generation universe. It's as if Peter David felt he could get away with anything. Certain things happen that would lead to some serious long term negative effects on the environmental and orbital stability of planets used several times in Trek episodes - several things and people from canon Trek and the real life universe are changed beyond belief in the matter of a few pages.

Some of the characterisations were uncomfortably off although not all. Spock is very well done indeed for one. The bridge crew have their moments in being accurate but it comes and goes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dulll and rather preposterous 9 Dec 2008
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Oh dear, it's all gone a bit wrong.

Generally anything involving the Borg is worth reading or watching, but this book is the exception. All this book amounts to is another retread of the "Borg flies to earth and try and destroy humanity" storyline.

And guess what? The Enterprise is the only ship than can stop them and only Picard has the ability in the whole of Starfleet to think of an imaginative solution. I can see the good captain in his ready room thinking: "Hmm, the pesky Borg are back and want to destroy the Earth? Gosh, it's almost like that Romulan chap a year ago with his big ship that exploded and killed Data. First time I made the Borg go to sleep - that won't work again. Shooting the plasma tanks thing worked well against the queen, but would she accept an invite to engineering for a cup of Earl Gray? Probably not. Ah, what about the Guardian of forever? Nah too silly. Hang on, wasn't there a big cone shaped alien ship type thing that was found by Kirk and it was nearly invulnerable, and was built to kill the Borg? Perfect! Let's go and get it and come to the rescue again. Hooray!"

The author then slips in some continuity stuff by referring to past events from at least a couple of old TNG novels. Throw in a few untypical crew members to replace data and Riker. Lastly, but definitely not least, there is a rather bizarre cameo by Mr Spock who has prepared a long list of obtuse, unhelpful and annoyingly smug one liners.

This book is a really lazy effort. It was dull; some of the stuff the Borg do is just too farfetched. I only finished the book out of curiosity to see what sort of ending was waiting for me. Answer - a really bad one. Avoid.
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2.0 out of 5 stars TNG comes to a crashing halt 5 May 2010
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The TNG "relaunch" has disappointed me, as it seems nowhere near as well plotted out as DS9's. Peter David has never been my favorite author for his "weird for the sake of weird" approach to novels. The scene where the Borg cube destroys Pluto and spins around like a Rubik's cube may just be the stupidest thing ever in Star Trek literature. Theres also the death of a main character from another series, which was an odd choice to make.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happens when your nasty to a Borg Cube. 4 Feb 2009
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Lets go through the checklist:

(1) Borg Cube: tick
(2) Only the Enterprise can stop it: tick
(3) Random characters showing up: tick
(4) A mass of crewman angst as they dredge up long forgotten storylines and characters: tick
(5) Peter David manages to shoehorn in a cameo by Calhoun and Co: tick

Where did it all start go wrong in the Star Trek books. Once upon a time there were clever references to past storylines, characters and other trivia. However they were done in such a way that enjoyment of the book was not conditional on you knowing any background. Before Dishonor seems to signify a series that is beginning to collapse under its own weight.

In the previous book, Picard and Co has stopped the Borg through their implausible plan. Part of which consisted dressing Picard up in his decade old Borg costume (which apparently wasnt taken by Starfleet to study or destroyed when the Enterprise D crashed). Eventually they stopped a newly formed Borg Queen by injecting her with a standard sex change potion which caused a Mrs Doubtfire effect.

In the current book - the Borg cube is being studied by Starfleet. Janeway gets caught and turned into the Borg Queen (no doubt her bun could not be added to Borg perfection). But this is a new kind of Borg Cube - it isnt fussy in what it assimilate - sorry absorbs. Yes this Borg cube absorbs everything - be it planets, starships or bits of the sun! We have the usual wild ideas of how to stop it - by resurrecting old storylines. We have attempted mutiny against Picard and his cronies - not surprising since Picard and Worf seemed to have turned into despots. In the end it takes a maths challenge to stop the Borg cube (another damning indictment of poor maths skills).
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this book is described as a Next Generation book but features Voyager characters, I liked the book very much even though I have never been a great fan Star Trek Next Generation
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Published on 15 Sep 2011 by john
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book follows on directly from the book Star Trek Resistance. The large Queen generating Cube built as a new nexus for the Borg has been disabled by the Enterprise. Read more
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