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Descent (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Carey
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Borg are back -- and nastier than ever. No longer mindless, inhuman drones but cyborg soldiers on a mission to assimilate all intelligent life, their new goal is the complete destruction of the Federation. And in the midst of facing the Borg again, Captain Picard learns that he may be the cause of the change.
Commander Data is changing as well. For the first time in his life, Data feels a genuine emotion -- and that emotion is deadly, destructive rage. When it is revealed that the Borg are commanded by an old enemy out of Data's past, Data must choose between his allegiance tot he Federation and the one thing he wants above all else...


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The Borg are back and crueler than ever. No longer mindless, inhuman drones but cyborg soldiers on a mission to assimilate all intelligent life, their new goal is the complete destruction of the Federation. And in the midst of facing the Borg again, Captain Picard learns that he may be the cause of the change.

Commander Data is changing as well. For the first time in his life, Data feels a genuine emotion, and that emotion is deadly, destructive rage. When it is revealed that the Borg are commanded by an old enemy out of Data's past, Data must choose between his allegiance to the Federation and the one thing he wants above all else.END

About the Author

Diane Carey is the author of the bestselling INVASION!:FIRST STRIKE and numerous other Star Trek novels including episode tie-ins from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, amongst them THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR, TRIALS AND TRIBBLEATIONS and WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND (all DS9), both DS9 volumes of the bestselling DOMINION WAR quartet, EQUINOX and ENDGAME (both Voyager).

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  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 22, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0NDM
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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting book March 3, 2003
Format:Paperback
I have to disagree with some of the recent low reviews given for this book. I felt the book overall was better than the episode. The author gave more details regarding how Commander Riker dealt with Hugh's feelings of betrayal by the Federation, and I thought the author's portrayal of the holographic characters Data interacted with was quite interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Descent, But Not Decent June 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
Once again, Diane Carey takes a great story and pollutes it with a crazy writing style. In this case, she appears to be trying to set a world record for the most metaphors and awkward wordings in a single novel:

...Will Riker felt the aloneness on the plant's surface the same way he felt cold in winter...

...Screams rose, and the concert hall became an echo of high-pitched sound. The banshees were descending to warn them of a death in the village...

...An abandoned ship is a melancholy thing, even in the springtime...

...The climbing was enough to pull legs and arms out of their sockets. Riker was pretty sure about that, because he almost turned around a couple of times to retrieve one of his limbs he was sure had fallen off...

...The ship didn't like the oxer they were making her jump. She bucked. All they could do was grab the mane and hold on...

...Data felt the heat gathering in his system as he had seen storms gather on unaccommodating planets...Hunger burned in the hot soup of free sensation flooding him...

...The Enterprise was a thing on the wind, a ship with no rudder, thrust with no brakes, a vehicle with no steering wheel...

Over and over and over again. A good book should make you forget you're reading it, allowing you to be engulfed in the story. In this case, you can't find the story for all the literary craziness. It's a true shame, because the story is a really good one. Too bad Michael Jan Friedman or Peter David didn't get the call on this one.

Watch the episode on DVD, accept that as the better version by far, and move on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Episodes 152 & 153 June 5, 2013
By Jared J
Format:Paperback
Diane Carey's novel 'Descent' is a pretty accurate interpretation of the two star trek episodes by the same name. For anyone who has not read this story, this will be an exciting and wonderful read! For us Star Trek junkies who are reading the books to fill our TNG needs, this book adds next to nothing. It is almost an exact interpretation of the episodes. This is good because the episodes were great! Bad, because its just like watching them again.. No, matter a good read overall and an easy 4 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars STNG Descent - A fairly decent novelization! October 5, 2003
Format:Paperback
"Descent" is the first in a string of successive and somewhat successful episode novelizations for author Diane Carey. This novelization for Star Trek The Next Generations six season closer and seventh season opener is a fairly decent one for her first try out at novelization in the Star Trek genre. As with all novelizations, the point in reading them is for the "between the scenes" action and some character personalization that is simply not possible on the screen given time and budget constraints. Diane Carey accomplishes that fairly well in this novelization!
The original story is by Star Trek author and later Star Trek Voyager Executive Producer, Jeri Taylor and the teleplay by Ronald D. Moore and Rene Echevarria. When taken into comparison with the series other outstanding season ending cliffhangers and openers, I'd rate this one as dead last. Although there were some fairly decent character moments in this story, the overall premise just didn't "click" with me too well.
The cover art for this novelization is fairly standard for the time it was published.
The premise:
Capitalizing on the past success of the episode "I, Hugh," in which a lone Borg is found and nursed back to health after crash landing on a remote planet and then later returned to the Borg after he'd become an individual, Descent expounds on that basic premise. The Enterprise is called to a station that is under attack, only to discover that the Borg have attacked it and are still there. In what can be considered quite an amazing moment of Star Trek history, Data defends him and his crew mates and suddenly displays anger in a very large degree.
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