TNG: Resistance by J.M. Dillard Blurb: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, his ship repaired, must now reassemble his crew. With the departure of both William Riker and ship's counsellor Deannna Troi, the captain must replace his two most trusted advisors. He chooses a Vulcan, a logical choice, and for his new first officer, Worf. But the Klingon refuses the promotion and the new ship's counsellor appears to actively dislike Worf. A simple shake-down mission should settle everything. Except that once again, the captain hears the song of the Borg collective. Admiral Janeway is convinced that the Borg have been crushed and are no longer a threat. Picard believes she is wrong, and that if the Enterprise doesn't act the entire Federation will be under the domination of its most oppressive enemy. ______________________ My review from 2007: An average novel. The writing is decent enough, but the character work is very uneven in my opinion. There are some characters J.M. Dillard captured very well, especially Janeway. The Janeway shown here is exactly how I see her: anal about the regulations as long as it isn't her breaking the rules. Most of the regulars characterizations are decent, too, but I don't buy the whole Worf plot about him not believing in his worthiness to be in a commanding role. He was commander of a Starfleet vessel after Jadzia's death, the Defiant, he was responsible for the relation between the Federation and it's biggest ally, but now he doesn't think he is worthy to be Picard's first officer? Way to constructed dilemma for my taste. Of the new characters the only one with a good characterizations is killed off in the end, so the whole work is kind of wasted, especially when you see how one-dimensional T'Lana remains. The story has it's moments, but the new viciousness of the Borg isn't enough to make them overly interesting again. Overall an improvement for the TNG Relaunch after "Death in Winter", but nothing that blows you away.