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Greater Than the Sum (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Christopher L. Bennett
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1 Sep 2008 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Believing that the annihilation of one Borg-controlled ship will wipe out their menace forever, Starfleet Command sends out the Enterprise to complete the mission -- only to discover how very wrong their calculations have been...One lone ship, the former science vessel Einstein, has been taken over by the Borg. Cut off as it is from the rest of the Borg Collective, if the ship can be found and destroyed, the Federation can rest easy. The task becomes more urgent still with the discovery of a system-wide slipstream which could enable the Einstein to reach the Borg Collective; or worse, give the Borg the capacity for instantaneous transportation to other parts of the galaxy. The Enterprise is dispatched to prevent that threat -- but the Borg have evolved and are more determined than ever to conquer Earth, and with it the Federation.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392770
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher L. Bennett lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended University for a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. with high honours in History. Prior to his X-Men endeavours, Bennett focused his love for science fiction into Star Trek novelizations for Simon & Schuster, including Star Trek: Ex Machina and Star Trek S.C.E Aftermath.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best TNG books 10 Oct 2008
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I've read many of the Star Trek TNG books. I found this one of the better ones. This was because it has Picard behaving like Picard. In this story they have to think their way out of the problem rather than just use brute force or rely on luck. The other things that make this story interesting are the way the author managers to inter-weave the characters' personal story lines into the main plot. Some other Star Trek authors don't know how to handle the personal lives, this author does so we get some interesting insights into Picard's behaviour.
One more thing the author does well is to get you interested in the new crew members that are introduced in this book.
The book starts a little slowly but otherwise this is well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for bringing Picard back!! 18 Jun 2009
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I picked this book up with a great deal of expectation. Expectation of a good Star Trek book. This expectation was driven by my experience of reading The Buried Age by the same author. This book for me was expertly written and captured the character of Picard brilliantly. Having been somewhat disappointed with the Post-Nemesis arc of novels so far and particularly with the characterization of Picard I expected this book to get things back on track.

Broadly speaking the post-Nemesis chronology includes: Death In Winter, Resistance; Q&A; Before Dishonour. Some of the Titan novels fit in around here somewhere, but having not read these to date I will say no more about this.

Following in the wake of Before Dishonour this book was always going to have to attempt a rebuilding exercise. The mutiny on the Enterprise and Starfleets treatment towards Picard in particular had left a sour taste in my mouth.

In this book this is addressed. By the end of the book I believe we actually have a bridge crew/senior staff that work together and might be around for a bit. Q's comment in Q&A about Commander Data "carrying them all for so long" I thought was particularly well observed. In this book we see a reshuffle with many of the mutineers being taken out and replaced with characters that actually make a difference. We have the synergistic effect of teamwork back in Star Trek!
For me Christopher Bennnett writes characters better than any of the current Star Trek authors. There is an undercurrent of family, procreation and individuality running through this book which is explored through interaction of the new and existing members of the crew. This is used to raise the stakes for what is going to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson 2 Oct 2008
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This is a good book and a must for next gen fans. Its answers some nagging questions from the show and films, however at times it feels like a history lesson. Theres some much backstory and information that the actual action feels secondary and rushed.
However if like me you like a lot of info and answers to questions, you will enjoy. If your an action junkie, I would read something else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 13 Nov 2013
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A well written story that draws you in and doesn't let go until the last page, I took it on holiday and read it in 3 days, which for me is pretty good.
I'll be looking for this author again as he doesn't go on page after page about 1 subject which can be tedious with some.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average- but with a sting in the tail 10 Nov 2013
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I have to start by admitting that I read this novel out of sequence, and as such, knowing the outcome of the Destiny trilogy that immediately follow it chronologically speaking, this rather took the edge off the threat posed by the Borg in this story. I agree with another reviewer however that by this point the Borg had maybe been overused as the "ultimate bad guys". As a supposedly unbeatable enemy, well, they actually had been beaten several times, so it was time to deal with them once and for all, and move on. Enter the Destiny trilogy...
But, back to this novel and trying to ignore my knowledge of the future, as a standalone story its okay, perhaps a bit better than my 3 stars would suggest, though not quite a 4 star effort. The Borg feature briefly at the beginning and then again at the end, in between there is quite a lot of time devoted to introducing T'Ryssa Chen and also to moving on the Picard/Crusher relationship. Family is an ongoing theme, with almost everyone it seems trying to convince Picard to start one, or otherwise confront his demons regarding family-related events in his past. At times this can become a bit overbearing and it can be a relief when the Borg appear and force some action into the narrative. The Federation have now developed two new weapons, one a new type of torpedo for offensive/defensive use during battles and the other a much more useful strategic weapon which has the potential to do much more widespread damage to the Collective. Having successfully used this weapon during this story, it would seem to be the Federation's hope for keeping the Borg at bay the future. But then... one gung-ho soldier is overconfident and the worst happens and finally, right at the end of the story there's a foretaste of things to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Borg, but also some intriguing ideas 11 April 2013
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The past couple of novels in the TNG line have all featured the Borg and guide frankly it's getting a little boring - the Borg turn up, assimilate a few people, destroy a few planets then Picard turns up, does something clever that's going to finish the Borg once and for all and saves the day. Of course,as with all the best villains, the Borg aren't really dead and are alive and kicking by the next book to repeat the cycle.

This novel follows a similar pattern but thankfully, the Borg aren't the main focus this time. An alien with the power to instantaneously transport people across the galaxy has been found and the majority of this book is concerned with the enterprise crews attempts to communicate with a totally alien alien.

The second theme of the novel is parenthood with a newly married Picard and crushed considering a child (don't they remember Wesley? Surely he would have been enough to convince them both to seek sterilisation

This novel proves for me that star trek is at its best when exploring new worlds and seeking out new life - one can only hope that future novels put aside the apocalyptic threats to the federation and concentrate on this aspect.
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