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What a wonderful surprise. After the exceedingly dull narrative of the first book this one hooked me in. Plot lines started to come together in compelling ways. The long captivity of Captain Hernandez begins to pay off as we find the crew of the Titan is now trapped in orbit around the Caeliar home world; while Troi's pregnancy increases the tension.
Meanwhile, in the Azure Nebula, Picard and Dax are trying to unravel the mystery of the subspace tunnels that the Borg are using to attack the Federation. While there they witness an overwhelming attack. This was a "Holy Crap" moment in the story where I did not pause for a moment to begin reading the final book in the series.
What I learned from this tale was to trust David Mack; he has mad skills as a novelist and there is nothing in the books that doesn't pay off further along.
Read this trilogy; it changes everything about Star Trek literature. From this you really get the sense that the plots are moving forward again.
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