Picard and his comrades launch a journey through time to discover the Borg's deadliest secret when the deadly alien race threatens to assimilate the entire Federation. Movie tie-in.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Only the courage and determination of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew prevented the Borg from striking at the heart of the Federation and Earth itself in the year 2367. Picard and the USS EnterpriseTM were able to score a stunning victory against the Borg.
But all that has changed, and the Borg are back...
Stronger and more dangerous than ever, they are ready to launch a new attack against the Federation, one that threatens its past...present...and future. Once again, Captain Picard, Commander Riker, Lieutenant Commander Data and the rest of the crew must face their greatest foe in a startling confrontation that will take them across time and put them face-to-face with their relentless enemy, revealing the Borg Collective's deadliest secret...and its true face.
END --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
That line, uttered by Dr. Zephram Cochrane in both movie and novelization, has to be my all time favorite from the Trek film series. The most interesting difference between movie and book, as far I am concerned, is that despite James Cromwell's fine performance I found the film's Zephram Cochrane incredibly annoying. I never developed a shred of sympathy for him, because the background the film gave me - the Third World War and its chaotic aftermath - wasn't sufficient to make me understand him. I don't know, not having seen the script from which J.M. Dillard worked, whether she added "Zef" Cochrane's tragic battle with bipolar disorder (a disease that before the War had an effective treatment), or if it was among the elements that inevitably got cut as the film took shape. But I do know that for me, it made all the difference in being able to care about this character and root for him.
The book follows the film with little filler added except for background on Lily Sloane and Zephram Cochrane, which gives it a similar pace. They complement each other well.
The plot and characterization are both excellent and the writing is fluid and professional. The book is a pleasure to read.