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Old November 27 2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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SPOILER Mere Mortals Back Cover Summary Question SPOILER

Mere Mortals back cover. Maybe the best back cover summary I have ever read. One of the best books I have ever read, although it is close between these two and the "A Time to..." series. I think it is going to have to go to these because so far, the Destiny series is STRONG.

However, can someone explain to me the last line in the summary. I didn't really catch that in the book as strong as it came across when I read it. Erica Hernandez is the only thing I can think of since she was patient (understatement) and waited for her chance.

On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective's route to the Alpha Quadrant.
Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar -- survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the structure of space and time, creating a loop of inevitability and consigning another captain and crew to a purgatory from which they could never escape.

Now the supremely advanced Caeliar will brook no further intrusion upon their isolation, or against the sanctity of their Great Work....For the small, finite lives of mere mortals carry little weight in the calculations of gods.

But even gods may come to understand that they underestimate humans at their peril.
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Old November 27 2008, 03:29 AM   #2
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Re: SPOILER Mere Mortals Back Cover Summary Question SPOILER

I assume that refers to Hernandez. Caeliar thought it would be okay to keep them imprisoned and that they would never escape. But she did. And even Titan was able to tap in to their network, correct?

If they hadn't underestimated the humans they would have sent them off to another galaxy or something.

I also think they had no clue about Hernandez true power. Afterall she was listening in on the Gestalt without them knowing.

I think that sentence will acquire more meaning in Lost Souls.
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Old November 27 2008, 04:32 PM   #3
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Re: SPOILER Mere Mortals Back Cover Summary Question SPOILER

Or- didn't the destruction the MACOs cause happen in Gods of Night? They're still recovering from that in Mere Mortals- but they haven't learned their lesson- what right to they have to fling people to other galaxies like that even if they value their privacy? Why not only use that power against their real enemies? But they're stubborn, and repeating their mistakes with the Titan- so maybe not so much underestimating humans in general so much as the determination of the crews too?
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Old November 28 2008, 01:05 AM   #4
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Re: SPOILER Mere Mortals Back Cover Summary Question SPOILER

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I think that sentence will acquire more meaning in Lost Souls.
The more I read in Lost Souls the more I think you are correct about that. It seems that statement will have the biggest meaning over the entire series.

It must mean Hernandez and Titan, but definitely Erika. She did seem impressed that they had even tapped into the subspace streams.

But saying that, it never really had that punch in the book where you wanted to shove your fist in the air and say "yeah!!!!!!!" like it did on the back cover.
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