Star Trek: Destiny #2: Mere Mortals Mass Market Paperback – Oct 28 2008
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About the Author
David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed Star Trek Vanguard series and its sequel, Star Trek: Seekers. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater. He currently resides in New York City.
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This is an update of an earlier review. First, don't bother ordering through Amazon, this book has been back ordered for over a year.
For the book I got it online as an e-book at Playstore.
Now if you know your Star Trek, you should figure out who the enemy is, and its the scariest one, it really gets to you, and mostly, how will it end.
in my opinion its the greatest trilogy written for TNG and its time line.
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This book picks up right were book one leaves off. The Enterprise and the Aventine are now working together to uncover the secret behind the subspace tunnels and Borg entrances and exits to and from the Alpha quadrant. The Titan crew has become the newest prisoners of a race of beings known as the Caeliar. The Caeliar you find out in "Gods of Night" were responsible for the disappearence of the Columbia and of course Erika Hernandez's long journey with the Caeliar and how she became many years younger when she welcomed the crew of the Titan that she was when she disappeared.
It is very simple if you were a big fan of the first book then you are in for a real treat. In my opinion "Gods of Night" while a great read was just setting the table and "Mere Mortal" you are starting to eat the meal. This book is better than Gods of Night a lot more action and everything starts to come into focus. The danger of the Borg hits you in the face by the end of the novel. We are not just talking about another little battle with the Borg, this is war.
Bottom line: If you like "Gods of Night" then you will absolutely love "Mere Mortal" and even if you struggled to get thru the first book you still need to give this book a go it is a lot better.
Time is running out for the crew of the Titan, and not just in their fight against the Borg. Deanna's pregnancy is becoming more detrimental to her health. But she doesn't want help from the Caeliar even though they are far more advanced technologically. This part of the story bothers me a bit. Obviously, she's distraught and wanting to keep her baby at all costs. But wouldn't you check to see if the Caeliar had the technology to help heal her and keep the baby? I know she doesn't trust them. But if she's truly as desperate to keep her baby (as most women would be), you'd think she'd be willing to try anything. As a female reviewer, I obviously got hung up on this subplot and found myself siding with Troi from the beginning.
Captain Hernandez has gone through a lot of changes, mentally and physically. Her character has the most depth in this story, as the central storyline revolves mostly around her. She's intriguing and easy to sympathize with. I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes her next.
And, of course, on the frontlines of the invasion, the Borg are proving to be near impossible to combat. As the situation grows worse, tensions and suspense run high. And Mere Mortals ends on a major cliffhanger that left me on the edge of my seat. I'm eagerly awaiting the conclusion - Lost Souls, set to release in late November. Again, Star Trek fans, don't miss this crossover trilogy!
I'm not sure if Mr. Mack does this on purpose, or whether he is required to by the publisher, but he has this annoying penchant for feeling the need to write scenes from the POV of like every ST character of every frigging series that's been on tv, or at the very least mention them in some way. This book covered all 4 series. I mean he even managed to squeeze in a mention of Jonathan Archer.
Classic obnoxious example that did nothing to advance the story: there is one scene... ONE SCENE, that is all... where Tom Paris is the POV. Apparently Tom is all depressed about his wife and daughter leaving, and we get several pages' worth of explanation of the why and how and the conflict with his father. Scene ends with his father sending him a message. Now, keep in mind there was no other mention of Admiral Paris before this. And after this? We don't see Tom Paris again at all, and the only other Voyager scene was Chakotay and Voyager getting their *** kicked by the Borg.
Pointless. Why did you bother? It's not that I don't care about Tom Paris and Voyager, but clearly this book has zilch to do with either. This is not a Tom Paris book, so why are you wasting my time? There is a LOT of wasting the reader's time in Mack's books in general, I have noticed. I find myself skimming over the scenes told from the viewpoints of various no-name minor characters who are pretty much just there to die. These scenes are typically pages full of dubious (at best) technobabble, and usually includes irritating whining on behalf of the character that's probably about to die. Or at the very least, has very little bearing on the actual plot. I have finished reading Mack books (you may ask why I have read more than one, considering my somewhat scathing review, but more on that in the next paragraph) in a single sitting, within a couple of hours, because I just skim over the BS scenes to get to the scenes that actually matter.
So why do I read these? Because David Mack sometimes shows these moments of absolute clarity and brilliance. This is why I suspect a lot of the trash (like including Voyager and Tom Paris even though it has jack all to do with the plot) comes from the publisher insisting on filler like this. Because when you take out Tom Paris, and the various weird aliens on Titan that are hard to even begin to sympathize with, and Beverly Crusher constantly whining about Picard not being the man she married (she does this in Mack's other trilogy too, the Data one), and the worthless scenes about President Bacco giving planets to the Cardassians to gain their cooperation, and the inexplicable and unnecessary single scene between Ezri Dax and Worf to resolve a conflict that never appeared before and is never mentioned again... when you take out all of the trash, you are left with the glistening diamond that is Erika Hernandez's story of captivity amongst the Caeilar.
Because really, these novels are about Erika. She is the main character. The hell she and her crew went through is poignant, gorgeous, and her story is really weighed down by having to carry the weight of Picard's Borg PTSD and Deanna Troi's unending whining and Beverly Crusher's eyeroll worthy nonsense. I feel like David Mack cares more about Erika than he does about any other character in the entire trilogy. It shows, in how he lovingly crafts her story and development. The most gorgeous moment in this book, written with a descriptive craft of a master, is when Erika flies into the raining sky after the Caeilar have granted her eternal youth, and her shattering realization afterwards. I found myself not giving a bloody whit for the fate of the beloved TNG characters I had grown up with, even though they are the reason I started reading the series. All I cared about was Erika and the resolution of her captivity.
Mr. Mack, cut out the junk and just write stuff like that. You do yourself and your readers a great disservice otherwise.