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Gods of Night
on 27 August 2015
This is the first 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 first book of the trilogy, we see action from aboard several starships – USS Enterprise E under Captain Picard, USS Titan under Captain Will Riker and USS Aventine under Captain Ezri Dax. A large portion of the relevant narrative also features an earlier starship, Columbia. The main narrative is set in 2381, with flashback portions beginning in 2156 and continuing through to 2168.
In 2381, it is now some five years after the Dominion War, and the Federation is facing another threat – this time, the Borg are back and they are bringing annihilation wherever they appear. How can the Federation stop them when they cannot even tell when the Borg are approaching, or where they are coming from? How many billions must die, and how many worlds must be destroyed? Nobody faces the fear of the Borg with more knowledge and understanding that Captain Jean-Luc Picard, having been assimilated by the Borg as Locutus and survived. But is his proximity to the Borg invasion a threat to the ultimate fate of the Federation?
Meanwhile, in the Gamma Quadrant, the remains of a starship lost for centuries have been found. But how can it possibly have got there when technologies of the time did not allow for such distant travel? And on board USS Titan, the Captain faces his own fears as he realises he must risk all, again, to save those he still has left.
This is a fantastic novel; a great sci-fi read, and a brilliant Star Trek novel. I think the Borg are an absolutely brilliant creation, and a novel which features them as the enemy, apparently unstaoppable, up against the best in the Federation, is a recipe for a real winner as far as I’m concerned. The author has taken what feels like a cast of thousands and placed them in different places and timezones, and across the galaxies, and written an epic story as the first of the three in this trilogy. I look forward immensely to the next book in the series, Mere Mortals.