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Finally finished reading Star Trek: Destiny book 3: Lost Souls by David Mack.  The book continues on from the previous two instalments and finally resolves some of the storylines set up in the previous two.  It also provides you with the answer of the origins of the Borg.  It shows how 3 different Starfleet captains deal with the upcoming battle with the Borg.  The back cover tells us:

The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal — and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suffered.

For Captain William Riker, that choice has already been made. Haunted by the memories of those he was forced to leave behind, he must jeopardize all that he has left in a desperate bid to save the Federation.

For Captain Ezri Dax, whose impetuous youth is balanced by the wisdom of many lifetimes, the choice is a simple one: there is no going back — only forward to whatever future awaits them.

But for those who, millennia ago, had no choice…this is the hour of their final, inescapable destiny.

This book finally answers some of the questions the first two put in your mind – like who is the Borg?  Why do they want to annihilate Earth? What is Particle 010 that the Borg want?  By the end of the book you find out all the answers. 

I found this an enjoyable read and really felt for the characters.  Riker, who had to leave his wife and away team with the Caeliar so that he could help save the Federation, Picard who finally accepts others into his personal life and with the prospect of fatherhood finds himself again facing the Borg and an uncertain future for  his child.  Dax, who gets a baptism of fire in the role of the Captain of the Aventine and Captain Erika Hernandez who finally comes to terms with the changes that were enacted on her by the Caeliar.

The book also poses the question of when does genetic engineering go too far?  Is it acceptable at all?  Shows one of the outcomes of genetic engineering gone wrong as well.  I do admit that I’m an avid Star Trek fan and so am somewhat biased towards the books but I’m also likely to then be left really disappointed if the book isn’t good.  Thankfully with this book I can honestly say that it was a great read and I found it hard to put the book down.

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