Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Singular Destiny (英語) マスマーケット – 2009/1/27
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The Shape of Things to Come
The cataclysmic events of Star Trek: Destiny have devastated known space. Worlds have fallen. Lives have been destroyed. And in the uneasy weeks that follow, the survivors of the holocaust continue to be tested to the limits of their endurance.
But strange and mysterious occurrences are destabilizing the galaxy's battle-weary Allies even further. In the Federation, efforts to replenish diminished resources and give succor to millions of evacuees are thwarted at every turn. On the borders of the battered Klingon Empire, the devious Kinshaya sense weakness -- and opportunity. In Romulan space, the already-fractured empire is dangerously close to civil war.
As events undermining the quadrant's attempts to heal itself become increasingly widespread, one man begins to understand what is truly unfolding. Sonek Pran -- teacher, diplomat, and sometime adviser to the Federation President -- perceives a pattern in the seeming randomness. And as each new piece of evidence falls into place, a disturbing picture encompassing half the galaxy begins to take shape...revealing a challenge to the Federation and its allies utterly unlike anything they have faced before.
Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.
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The storyline is pretty simple. Former adviser is called back into service of the President of the Federation. As he goes about his mission, he notices a number of events that lead him to a unexpected discovery, which will affect both the Federation and the Klingons. Although anticlimatic (due to my expectations), I was also pleased because it was a more realistic scenario for the Star Trek universe.
The reason I wrote "The wrong road" in the review title is that I strongly disliked the Borg story arc. To me, this book and it's final revelations could have been released without it. There was no need to kill off Janeway, to write about supercubes which could absorb starships, or to have 7000 cubes destroy worlds. That was simply too far out and unnecessary.
The galaxy is a big place. There are so many unexplored worlds and powers that they could have achieved a similar situation without the Borg. In fact, they already did, with the Dominion War. And the end result in this book would have been just as relevant.
In any case, we are now at a point where the we can get back to normal....maybe. Only time will tell.
The book is incredibly disjointed trying to tell every single story that happens, with over 100 characters. That might be okay, if the stories told were interesting or well written... they are not. The author is horrible, can't paint a picture with words, and takes themes which might be interesting and just makes them boring.
This book is not worth it, and the author should be ashamed he even wrote this into the Star Trek series.
The "Destiny" Trilogy left off with the Federation and Klingon Empires in chaos after the Borg attack. DeCandido writes the first half of the book in a very chaotic way, that I think added to the feeling of the book. Chapters fall on the reader like random tiles in a mozaic picture, that one of the characters makes clearer as the book goes on.
This book is also the opening of an entire new series of books to come in 2010. It is a worthy read, worth the time and money.
Before you read this book, it would be helpful to read the Destiny Trilogy, of course, and also much of the book ties into the IKS Gorkon books that came out last year.