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The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse - only to find that some fates really are inevitable.

Their most daunting mission will be their finest hour.

The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy comes to a shattering conclusion as the Temporal Apocalypse forces Starfleet’s greatest heroes to make the greatest sacrifices of their lives.

™, ®, & © 2021 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©2021 TM, ®, ©, STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. February 23, 2015, tweet by Leonard Nimoy ©2015 Leonard Nimoy. Used by permission of Susan Bay (P)2021 2021 CBS Studios Inc. All rights reserved.

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terrible way to end years of novels

Too much to say but this was a disservice to years of trek novels. Not sure why since its a different timeline that these characters couldn't continue to lead their lives in the fantastic ways you had them living. Canon be damned, these books prior to this were a much better story than "Picard" and deserve better....

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Disappointing

Don’t like the ending at all or the whole store line. They killed off every hero in the Star Trek world it seems and the bad guy still win.

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Hated the ending

I'm a huge Star Trek fan, but the ending to this book was horrible. just horrible.

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AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

I am a Star Trek fan and a David Mack fan. I started reading his TNG novels with A Time To Kill and A Time to Heal. I loved his work on the Vanguard series and the triumph of the Star Trek Destiny trilogy. I enjoyed his Starfleet Corps of Engineers work, more recent TNG novels and his work on ST Titan. His writing style has influenced my own.

All that said, this novel — Star Trek Coda Book 3: Oblivion’s Gate — was torturous to endure. I listened all the way through the 16-hour audiobook (448 pages), which has an incredibly masterful performance by Robert Petkoff. Yet from the dismal prologue to the unique conclusion, I was disappointed and dismayed. Now, it had good plot moments and fine character moments. There is a beginning, middle, and end. And, as expected of David Mack, there is masterful prose here. But by the Prime Directive, this was SO unnecessarily long, drawn out, overly complicated, and just painfully, nihilistically depressing.

I listened to the first two ST Coda books, by Dayton Ward and James Swallow (also narrated by Petkoff). They dealt with the same subject matter, but they let the characters breathe, there was a feeling or momentum against seemingly hopeless odds (in that Star Trek way we’re familiar with). But they handled it in a mostly positive way. That made those books exciting, daring, and positive with some sad notes along the way. I loved those books!

Here, every character — literally every single character — had to face their own pending, inevitable death — and we had to writhe and agonize along with them. The universe tears itself apart for reasons only alluded to for most of the book, adding to the despair and hopelessness. This whole book felt like an experiment in unbridled nihilism with a few moments of relief in the form of a few characters’ faith, hope, and spiritually. And when I say a few, I mean count-it-on-one-hand few.

Things that don’t really matter (do we really need a chapter-long literal mental torture scene between Picard and an old foe? I was delighted when Beverly(!) killed them, so it would end) are given a ten-minute spotlight while universe-and-time-ending threats are put on hold? It seemed indulgent and gratuitous. I couldn’t enjoy these diversions and filler moments; they broke the momentum and made me want to pull my hair out. The characters are set in groups and spread all over time and space and even realities and we have to jump back and forth between them. As a reader, it was jarring and irritating.

On another note: in the vast majority of Mack’s books, I can pick out the central themes and they usually fit and make sense. This book’s themes were both obvious and confusing: Death is inevitable. We all have to face it, but it’s how you live that matters. People aren’t really gone when they die, they will always exist. We define what’s real in our lives because time, space, and emotion are all figments and illusions. It gave me a headache wrapping my brain around it.

Philosophy is all well and good for discussions. Star Trek has explored time, space, and reality through different lenses. Sometimes you get “The City on the Edge of Forever” and sometimes you get lizard babies in “Threshold.” This book was not “Threshold” by any stretch of the imagination (I’d be hard-pressed to find any literary Trek that did). But I had really been looking forward to Oblivion’s Gate. I suppose I was hoping for more along the lines of “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

Even so, the characters, history, and totality of Literary Star Trek deserved a fitting end to their nearly 20-year-long universe, as opposed to being erased without getting a chance to say goodbye. And ST Coda was and is that chance. So despite my criticisms for Book 3, I do want to convey my appreciation to the originators of the Star Trek Coda trilogy for your efforts. Dayton Ward, James Swallow, and David Mack, thank you for making it so.

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I didn't love it. Didn't hate it. A great deal of the story seemed superfluous, and unnecessary.

Overall, a fun tale.

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Just couldn't get behind some of the choices

I feel like the premise of this triad was extremely compelling, but parts were definitely dragged out and the ending for me was extremely unsatisfying. Normally love David's work, but could not get with this one. Robert Petkoff was (as always) absolutely brilliant.

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A truly trek ending

This is a fitting end to the Coda saga. Still sad to see it end like this, but at least Paramount ended like this unlike the way Disney did with star wars legends.

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Achieved their objective!

After having read the motivation for why this series was done, I thought they did a good job meeting the intent. But if I had just picked this up as a cold read, I might not have liked it. Petkoff does a great job with the characters as always but his Sisko could be better (needs improved diction). One weak part of this all encompassing story is the lack of any appearance of Q throughout the series! Very hard to beleive. So, now let's talk about why this trilogy was necessary in the first place.... 🤔

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Strange ending

Loved the action, story, and the characters of the alternate universes coming together. But the ending left me disappointed. I think something more emotionally tangible would of better then the numb and strange.

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heavy on filler

This final book contains to much filler and would have been more engaging as two books only. With all the filler content I kept stopping and finding something else to listen to.

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  • 01-11-22

weak ending

promising book series attempting to tie together star trek multiverses. first two books very strong but let down by poor ending. disappointed

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  • John Moore
  • 12-14-21

I cried at the end

it's not perfect but you know what? It ain't half bad either.
As a life long trekie I enjoyed these books. the closed out a saga the grew up with me from childhood.
my praise and thanks to the authors and all involved.

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  • James C
  • 12-13-21

Great story.

Great story that sets everything up for the Picard series rather than just deleting every story thats came before without an explanation.

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  • Vedli
  • 12-12-21

TNG relaunch novels end with a whimper.

nihlestic to a fault, the crews of TNG & DS9 sacrifice everything to preserve the open sewer that is STD & Picard, pathetic.
SPOLIERS from here out.
It turns out the only way to stop the Dividians is to erase the entire timeline of the trek lit universe from existance. Rather than create an examplar story of what Star Trek is it throws it all why in a pointless orgy of destruction all to protect the the new shows that think Sci-fi is a just a dumb action show with a few big words thrown in.

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  • D M
  • 12-05-21

A fitting send off to the Expanded universe

The end of the Star Trek expanded universe has arrived our heros face their final battle to save the multiverse !

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  • 12-04-21

Excellent and explosive finale!

What a way to go!

I commend the three writers of the Coda trilogy for the wonderful way in which they have tied a delightful bow in the Litverse saga. This feels like a natural way to bring events to a satisfying conclusion with a brilliant Trek-twist.