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on 20 September 2015
This is the third book in a trilogy of stories which features a number of Star Trek entities, from ‘Next Generation’, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Voyager’ worlds. The story (and the trilogy) were written by David Mack, a prolific author in the Star Trek universe. So you know you’re in safe hands here, for continuity, characterisation and the whole Star Trek experience.
In this third book of the trilogy the action continues direct from the end of the second book, ‘Mere Mortals’. The main narrative takes place in February 2381. There is a flashback portion as well, which is integral to the plot which takes place in 2381. The story continues the struggle of the Federation and their allies against the seemingly unstoppable Borg onslaught. All seems hopeless, and millions more lives on countless more worlds seem fated to be lost. Picard is struggling with his own demons from his past with the Borg; Riker is agonised over his decision to leave Deanna Troi behind and their unexpected intruder; Dax feels her own destiny must be confronted now, or it never will be.
One of the delights of these books is that we get to read so much of the fears and hopes of many of the individual crew members, and ‘incidental’ players in the so much bigger and broader universal battle against the Borg. Crew members, individuals in the Federation government, Klingon warriors; they are all here, and all individualised and personalised, so that the reader feels they are also a part of the whole epic story which is now coming to its conclusion. What happens, and how it happens is really cleverly thought through, and offered with great conviction. I felt it would have been nice to have got inside the ‘minds’ of the Borg Collective a little earlier in the trilogy, but this last book in this mammoth story (over 800 pages across the three books) really races along at a great pace, and to a very successful conclusion. A great read, and thoroughly recommended for anyone wanting a great Star Trek story.