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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this story, with the development of the Borg and new members of crew, it is brought more up to date.Published 23 months ago by Miss Jemma L Wright
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. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by GT500
Not a bad story, a little slow in "getting going" but get's there in the end, otherwise not a bad story line.Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by Robert Sharratt
unlike the previous novel BEFORE DISHONOUR, this was way too slow for me, which i don,t expect for a novel featuring the borg. Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by andrew from llangollen
As Star Trek EU novels go, of the more recent batch, this is one of the best.
It's clear that the author has been given some guidelines but a lot of freedom within them... Read more
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