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Old Aug 20, 2007, 03:33 PM   #1
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Trek Novels!

Alright, Sith mentioned we should start a trek novel thread, so I thought I'd start the ball rolling with one of my TNG rereads. Let's keep it Star Trek only, people.
Star Trek: The Next Generation "Fortune's Light"


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Dante Maxima Seven -- a world known to its inhabitants as Imprima. A world where Madragi -- huge social/economic entities wealthy beyond compare -- control the fate of millions..

Years ago, William Riker was part of the Starfleet delegation that opened Imprima to the Federation. Now the disappearance of an old friend -- Teller Conlon, who also served on that team -- draws Riker and the Enterprise™ across the galaxy, back to Imprima.

Because the jewel known as Fortune's Light -- one of Madraga Criathis's most priceless possessions -- has been stolen. And Teller Conlon stands accused of its theft. Now Riker must discover the truth behind the disappearance of both his friend and Fortune's Light, no easy task on a world where treachery and intrigue are commonplace...and where even an old friend's embrace may conceal the deadly bite of a dagger's blade.


Michael Jan Friedman's work stands out from many of the regular Trek writers, easily accessible and well-written. This novel despite being set in the 24th century is your basic detective story, with Riker as the detective. Lots of running around, looking for clues, some interesting fights and several twists you wouldn't expect. The main secondary character is Data, attempting to become more familiar with Riker's fascination with baseball, we get to see Data on the holodeck as a baseball player. Quite amusing.

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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Okay, I will start with a) the last Trek novel I read and b) my favorite Trek novel.

The last Trek novel I read was


John M. Ford's classic Klingon novel - The Final Reflection. I picked this up after reading a short bio on Ford right after his death. I was not dissapointed - this is indeed the quintessential Klingon novel, at least among the novels that have read. Well writtten, heavy on action, great ending.

Okay, nobody laugh and I'm slightly embarassed but my two favorite Trek novels of all time are


Uhura's Song - wholsale absurd yet so well written and so dadgum addicting this was by far the most page turn inducing of all Trek novels. I read it in nearly one sitting and the reread it a few weeks later.

I suppose my second is really a tie for first - another somewhat embarassing revelation...



Yes, Imzadi - and I know, I've been told by numerous Trekkies that this novel is not canon but it's still one of my favorites. Quite heart wrenching this one - great story too, not nearly as goofy as Uhura's Song but just as well written.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 12:03 PM   #3
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I liked Imzadi as well, the Guardian of Forever always hinted at so many more stories to be told, though in many of the Trek novels I've read, most have the Guardian has offlimits ala Talos IV, just not a General Order 7 level offlimits, which considering the dangers of using the Guardian, you'd think it would be. Or it's been destroyed. Imzadi II was a good sequel.

Peter David's books always make a great read.

Did you notice the discrepancy of the cover of Uhura's Song?
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 01:06 PM   #4
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I liked Imzadi as well, the Guardian of Forever always hinted at so many more stories to be told, though in many of the Trek novels I've read, most have the Guardian has offlimits ala Talos IV, just not a General Order 7 level offlimits, which considering the dangers of using the Guardian, you'd think it would be. Or it's been destroyed. Imzadi II was a good sequel.

Peter David's books always make a great read.

Did you notice the discrepancy of the cover of Uhura's Song?

Well, I'm no Trekkie by any stretch of the imagintion - but it does look like they've used a drawing of The Enterprise after her last refit - don't I see the torpedo bay deck they added, the lack of the outward extending front dish array and the presence new vented drives? Considering the novel (hence the uniforms) was set during the original five year mission.

Maybe?
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 02:05 PM   #5
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Well, I'm no Trekkie by any stretch of the imagintion - but it does look like they've used a drawing of The Enterprise after her last refit - don't I see the torpedo bay deck they added, the lack of the outward extending front dish array and the presence new vented drives? Considering the novel (hence the uniforms) was set during the original five year mission.

Maybe?

Correct sir, the uniforms do not correspond to the refit of Enterprise
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 03:15 PM   #6
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Have you ever read any good DS9 novels. Despite being my favorite series, I've never read a DS9 book that really impressed me. There a tons of original crew and TNG books that I love and a few that are as good as any science fiction I have read. But never found and DS9 books of that caliber.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 08:40 PM   #7
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I haven't really read many of the DS9 books set prior to the end of the TV series. However, I have read all of the books following Sisko's ascension, Kira in command of DS9, etc, and I have to say they are very engaging and well written.

With this thread, I see alot of feedback of books in the Trek Universe. Woo Hoo!
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Old Sep 25, 2007, 09:55 PM   #8
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Hard to believe it's the 20 year anniversary of TNG. Like DS9 before it, (with it's long story arc for the 10th Anniversary of DS9) TNG gets a special set of novels following the events chronicled in Star Trek: Nemesis. Death in Winter should be associated as post-Nemesis as well, but I yet to read it.



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The U.S.S. Enterprise™ is ready to rejoin the fleet. The body of the great starship -- which managed to survive the deadly Romulan-Reman attack only with Data's ultimate sacrifice -- has been restored.

With the departure of first officer William Riker and ship's counselor Deanna Troi, Picard has to replace two of his most trusted advisors. A Vulcan is granted the commission of ship's counselor. Logical and pragmatic, T'Lana is a highly decorated member of Starfleet who served with distinction during the Dominion War. For his Number One, Captain Picard has only one candidate: Worf.

The captain is looking forward to putting the shadows of war behind him, shaping his new crew, and returning at last to being an explorer. However, the Klingon refuses the promotion. And Picard senses that his new counselor does not approve of Worf.

Starfleet hands the Enterprise a simple assignment perfect for a shakedown cruise. Picard is confident that this is all he needs to bring his crew together. Before the mission commences, the captain once again hears the song of the Borg Collective. Admiral Janeway is convinced that the Borg have been crushed and are no longer a threat. Picard knows that she is wrong, and if he doesn't act immediately, the entire Federation will be under the domination of its most oppressive enemy.

Well, the Borg return, and this time they react quite differently. Janeway tells Picard to wait for a special advisor to help when he realizes that the Borg are in the Alpha Quadrant, but Picard knows he has no time to wait. Dillard, who wrote the novelization of Nemesis follows up with a fast paced book and sad in the fact that many familiar faces are gone from the ship's crew, particularly Data. It's interesting to see many of the characterizations of Enterprise personnel as they adjust to who's missing and for those new crew members. A very good read.



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Nearly two decades ago, Jean-Luc Picard took command of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-D. The captain knew it was an honor without equal. His new command bore the name of Enterprise. The people who had commanded other like-named starships had gone down in Starfleet's annals. Some officers would be intimidated, but they would not have been given command of Enterprise.

On her first mission, the Enterprise was sent to Farpoint Station. A simple, straightforward investigation. Perfect for a crew that had never served together. Then there was Q. An omnipotent lifeform that seemed bent on placing obstacle after obstacle in the ship's -- and in particular in Picard's -- way. And it hadn't ended with that first mission. When he was least expected, Q would appear. Pushing, prodding, testing. At times needling captain and crew with seemingly silly, pointless, and maddening trifles. Then it would turn all too serious, and the survival of Picard's crew was in Q's hands.

Why was it today that Picard was remembering the day he took command of the Enterprise-D? Now he commanded a new ship, the Enterprise-E. His crew was different. There was nothing about Gorsach that in the least resembled Farpoint. But Picard couldn't shake the feeling that something all too familiar was going on. All too awful. All too Q.

All right, the second Trek book I've read after Resistance, (and this book follows immediately after the events of Resistance) I have to say was very good. As you know, I've read most of the Trek novels, all series, and the ones that really seem to stick out are ones involving Q. This book ties many of the previous novels, and episodes that involved Q all together. Basically, Q has been prepping humanity each time he appeared for the situation that occurs in this book. I have to give the author major props for doing his homework and seamlessly meshing all this information into a well, thought out and exciting novel.

And, of course, there's Q. LOL

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Old Oct 2, 2007, 09:01 AM   #9
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Thanks Op! I plan on swinging by B&N this afternoon for a quick latte and will pick up Resistance - sounds very cool, love the idea of Picard moving on without most of his crew, adds a level of realism (always thought it silly that the original crew served together on the same ship for three decades!). I am finishing up George R.R. Martin's most excellent A Game of Thrones and will try to slip this one in before I tackle another volume of the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (now that he's dead, I feel strangely obligated to finally complete the series).
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 02:19 PM   #10
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I just reread Star Trek: The Next Generation "Contamination" #16 by John Vornholt. Can't find a working picture of the cover though.

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The U.S.S. Enterprise is stunned when famed scientist Lynn Costa is murdered in one of the ship's science labs. She and her husband Emil were known as science's greatest ongoing collaboration and, together had received the Federation's highest honors for their achievements in scientific research. Determined to see the culprit brought to justice, Captain Picard assigns Lt. Worf and Counselor Deanna Troi to the case. Their routine investigation of the ship's science lab soon reveals a dangerous web of deceit, betrayal, and madness. Now, Worf and Troi find themselves struggling against a ruthless assassin set on revenge, for whom murder is only the beginning.

Vornholt gives us a closer look at goings on inside the ship with glimpses of the internal story of the ship. A murder has been commited and it seems that it could be anyone in a small group of scientists. There are plenty of twists and turns as you get farther into the book. Though the beginning seems to take a bit of time, as you get to know the people involved, the Costas and their team, it quickly moves along later. You get to see Wesley take a bit more of an active role in helping with the investigation rather than being the normal annoyance we had to deal with in the show. All in all, a good book with a surprising twist at the end.
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Next we have Star Trek: The Next Generation "Boogeymen" #17 by Mel Gilden.


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Eric Baldwin is the Federation's premier exologist, a specialist in all manner of alien life forms -- and one of Captain Picard's oldest, most trusted friends. But Baldwin's discoveries have made him enemies across the galaxy, and now he wants Picard to help him by erasing all traces of his existence.

But Picard soon finds himself with little time to worry about Baldwin's problems. For the U.S.S. Enterprise. has suddenly become a strange and dangerous place -- a ship where assassins lurk in every corner, and even old trusted friends are not what they seem. Threats all masterminded by the strangest race of aliens Picard and his crew have yet encountered...

This could be considered a Wesley Crusher novel if you base it on the premise that it's Wes created something he shouldn't have and could get us all killed stereotype.

Wes is already concerned about whether or not he has the 'right stuff' to command a starship. Unfortunately, he feels that the run of the mill Romulan, Klingon holodeck adversaries won't be good enough to test himself, so with the help of Data and LaForge creates a nasty group to deal with. You tell where this can lead. Along the way we have Baldwin, an exologist that sees enemies eveywhere because of the discoveries he's made along the span of his career and wants out.

It's a light and quick novel full of things to keep you on your toes as the Enterprise's crew begins to deal with a ship under the control of a mad program, that could lead to the destruction of the Enterprise. Not bad at all, feels like a good episode of the show.
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Somehow I got distracted from adding to this thread, but here goes some of the latest reads.


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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.


Holy fricking hell. Peter David writes with his usual fact-paced, good actiony packed style. The Borg are now completely unpredictable, I was stunned at their new brutality compared to the good old assimilation days. There were some oddities and discrepancies, evidently David did not get to read a copy of Q & A before getting this written and out. But all in all, good stuff, however the apparent demise of a character at the end seems just an afterthought.



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The Starship Rhea has discovered a cluster of carbon planets that seems to be the source of the quantum energies rippling through a section of space. A landing party finds unusual life-forms inhabiting one of the planets. One officer, Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen -- a half-Vulcan -- makes a tenuous connection with them. But before any progress can be made, the Rhea comes under attack from the Einstein -- a Starfleet vessel now controlled by the Borg. The landing party can only listen in horror as their comrades are assimilated. The Borg descend to the planet, and just as Chen accepts that she will be assimilated, the lieutenant is whisked two thousand light-years away.
A quantum slipstream -- instantaneous transportation -- is controlled by these beings in the cluster, and in the heart of the cluster there is now a Borg ship. Cut off from the rest of the Borg collective, the Einstein cannot be allowed to rejoin it. For the sake of humanity, the Borg cannot gain access to quantum slipstream technology.

Starfleet Command gives Captain Picard carte blanche: do whatever he must to help the beings in the cluster, and stop the Einstein no matter the cost.


THe next book continuing events after Star Trek: Nemesis again we deal with the Borg. Despite the fact that it seems to be the only theme that they can keep mining for stories, Bennett does provide another good addition to the series. Thankfully, the Borg are not in the center-stage for this one, we have a good bit of the 'Seek out New Life' that we have come to expect from all our Trek. Evidently, these four TNG-Relaunch books are a lead in to the Destiny trilogy by David Mack beginning in October. David Mack had done great work with the Vanguard series and others, but I wonder what's going to happen next.

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So Sith, did you ever get to read Resistance?
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