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Old April 23 2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Favorite Trek Lit Cliffhangers - Spoilers

Over the last few days I've started to narrow in on the big cliffhanger ending of Plagues of Night. I've known about the ending for a while now, but today it go me thinking about past Trek Lit cliffhangers. What are your favorites? Feel free to include both end of chapter and end of book ones. Since we're discussing the ends of books I think it's pretty obvious there'll be big spoilers here.
The top two that come to mind for me are the attack on Kira and Ro at the end of Olympus Descending and the destruction of the first Excalibur at the end of Dark Allies. Dr. Ree biting Troi in one of the Destiny books was a pretty great shocker too.
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Old April 23 2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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The conclusion of the second book of Destiny, with Troi dying, the Titan fleeing, and the Enterprise-E and the Esquiline and everyone in the galaxy finding out that the Borg apocalypse was imminent, is easily my favourite cliffhanger.
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Old April 23 2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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The Excalibur one was the most memorable one for me.
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Old April 23 2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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I'd have to say the ds9 relaunch books that lead up to Unity and the return of Captain Sisko.It was one of my favorite cliff hangers.Also Plague of night and raise the dawn. The Enterprise Romulan war books had a heck of a cliffhanger ending when it came To Trip Tuckers storyline behind enemy lines.

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Old April 23 2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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The end of Cathedral is my favorite cliffhanger.
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Old April 24 2013, 01:14 AM   #6
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Oooh, was that the death of Shakaar? That was great one, I can't believe I forgot about it.
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Old April 24 2013, 03:00 PM   #7
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I think I'm getting too jaded for cliffhangers. When I read the last line of Plagues of Night there wasn't a doubt in my mind that the next book would reveal that the explosion had merely briefly engulfed the station and not destroyed it. A little way into Raise the Dawn I was going, "No f--king way! They actually did it!!"

That said, the ending to The War of the Prophets was pretty damn cool. Try as he might, David Mack's body count will never even approach that one!
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Old April 24 2013, 11:33 PM   #8
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How about the body count in "Echoes"? How many civilizations got dumped into space?

But I think the best cliff-hanger was n "Capture The Flag" when LaForge was captured, and you didn't't know if his team would win or not.
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Old April 26 2013, 07:08 PM   #9
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The Soul Key has a neat cliffhanger - the Ascendants are gathering as Ghemor appears before them. Fearful Symmetry also had a good ending - Kira and Vaughn transporting to the mirror universe and then flashing back to Sisko giving Vaughn a secret mission.
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Old April 27 2013, 04:10 AM   #10
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The Soul Key has a neat cliffhanger - the Ascendants are gathering as Ghemor appears before them.
Yeah, that was good. Now if only we could get the follow-up story!!
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Old April 27 2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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I love the line Ghemor gives the Ascendants when they ask who she is - "I am the fire". Pretty chilling.
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Old April 27 2013, 03:21 PM   #12
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Plague of Night has my favourite Trek lit cliffhanger
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