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See also Death Before Dishonor, a comic, and later title of a comic collection containing that comic which was also written by Peter David.
Series: The Next Generation
Author(s): Peter David
Publication information
Published: Paperback - November 2007
Pages: 352
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-4165-2742-8
Date: 2380

Cover of the German translation


Introduction (blurb)

An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg.

In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg.

Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for their culture. They will not be denied. They must not be stopped. The old rules and assumptions regarding how the Collective should act have been dismissed. Now the Borg kill first, assimilate later.

When the Enterprise manages to thwart them once again, the Borg turn inward. The dark places that even the drones never realized existed are turned outward against the enemy they have never been able to defeat. What is revealed is the thing that no one believed the Borg could do.





BoyajianBrennanBeverly CrusherMiranda KadohataGeordi La ForgeZelik LeybenzonMeyerJean-Luc PicardJon StephensT'LanaWorf9 of 18BaxterBorg QueenAndy BrevoortMackenzie CalhounDelcaraLucius FoxGalloway (Fleet Commander)Kathryn JanewayEdward JellicoLady QLindellMatsudaAlynna NechayevPerrinHoward RappaportTina RogersTom SchmidtSeven of NineSpockTraberTwoAntin VargoMark WackerYarrow
Referenced only 
Reannon BonaventureDataMatt DeckerGuinanHughJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyChristopher PikeQqWilliam RikerSarekMontgomery ScottSocoDeanna Troi


Borg cubeChawlaUSS EinsteinUSS Enterprise-EUSS Excalibur-AUSS FreedomUSS Nautilus • "Pride" • USS ThunderchildSpinradUSS TitanUSS VoyagerUSS Constellation (NCC-1017)Planet Killer


PlutoQ ContinuumEarthSan FranciscoTitanSaturnSector 10VulcanP'JemRigel VStar System L374The YardEpsilon Sigma VSector 108BunkerNeptuneCharonNixHydra ElysiumDorvan VSector 001JupiterXenex


HumanBorgVulcanRomulanKlingonTholianPreserverSpecies 038Xenexian

States and organizations

United Federation of PlanetsStarfleetBorg CollectiveSarek School of Diplomacy and Ambassadorial StudiesStarfleet AcademyCorps of EngineersStarfleet MuseumFederation Council


Bendii SyndromeCastrodiniumCloaking deviceCode 9gagh • ghuy'Cha • GodGrozitThomas Jefferson • Judas goat • KolinahrNeutroniumProject EndgameRomulan aleRubik's CubeSecond Battle of Sector 001 • Security Protocol 276 • SisyphusSlaughter of Sector 108 • Xeno's paradox


  • The working title for this novel was "Excessum Rector" which could be translated to "The Queen is Dead".
  • An excerpt from this novel was published in issue 134 of the Star Trek Magazine, and in the back of the novels Resistance and Q & A.
  • Events in this book built upon two previous novels - Vendetta and Resistance.

Related Stories


Published Order
Previous novel:
Q & A
TNG novels Next novel:
Greater Than the Sum
Previous story:
Cutting Ties
Stories by:
Peter David
Next story:
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 13-17 (May 2380)
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Full Circle
Prologue & Chapter 19 (section 1-6)
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2380.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Full Circle
Prologue & Chapter 19 (section 1-6)
Chapters 48-50
Next adventure:
Full Circle
Chapter 19 (section 7)

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