Now this was a vast improvement over the vastly underwhelming and boring book 1 'Gods of Night'.
On Earth the Federation President gathers allies and adversaries alike to form a last line of defence against the coming Borg onslaught. Will the Ferengi, Gorn, Breen, Cardassians and Tholians stand alongside the Federation, Klingons and Romulans? Elsewhere on Earth, Seven of Nine tries to get people to listen to warnings that even this may not be enough. But nobody listens.
In deep space, Picard and Dax work together to explore the mysterious subspace tunnels that seem to be the Borg's pathway into Federation space. As they explore the tunnels, they encounter many sights. During one trip the Enterprise discovers the ominous sight of ancient galaxy where every star is hidden within a dyson sphere. During another trip the Enterprise and Aventine run across an unfamiliar Delta Quadrant species and then have a very bloody encounter with a familiar Delta Quadrant species, the Hirogen.
Meanwhile the Titan is held captive by the supremely advanced Caeliar. As Troi's medical condition worsens and events become violent, Riker is forced to make a choice that may change Titan forever.
Also flashbacks show how Erika Hernandez was changed by her imprisonment by the Caeliar. Is she suffering from Stockholm Syndrome or was she forced to adapt to events totally beyond her control?
This was a good thrill ride. The Borg onslaught is scary, the threat and awe of the Borg is in full force. Then there are the little touches: hints of what is to come in future books of 'Star Trek: Enterprise', the 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' relaunch and 'Star Trek: Vanguard'. The starship Voyager makes a cameo appearance in this book and what happens to it, sows great potential plot for the upcoming books in the 'Star Trek: Voyager' relaunch. Also there are hints of even more malevolent races out there in other galaxies, could this be setting up future books?
One wonders how everything in this book can possibly be resolved in Book 3 'Lost Souls', it obviously can't. So the direction of many book series' will change after this. But how can they resolve the Borg armada? Seven says there is only one way to end things: us or them. Will genocide tactics have to be used in 'Lost Souls'? It's a scary thought.