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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater than the Sum by [Bennett, Christopher L.]
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About the Author

Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures and Tower of Babel, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines. More information and annotations can be found at home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBennett, and the author’s blog can be found at ChristopherLBennett.wordpress.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (29 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCQ406
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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