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Death of Princes: Death of Princes 44 (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Jan 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (6 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671568086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671568085
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,727,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.

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By A Customer on 18 Jun 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An interesting story with much mytery surrounding it. The crew of the Enterprise is split into two in order to complete two different missions. What unites the two is that both of those planets the crew members are sent to have either just joined the Federation or are about to join it. However, there are people standing in the way of those who wish to become part of the Republic. There's a lot of mystery, occasionally I found it quite like Agatha Christie's books. My only criticism concerns the end, which was a bit too predictable, I thought. Otherwise, a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book! 8 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like this book. The two stories were balanced really well, and I enjoyed the crime/mystery scenario surrounding the plague storyline. Buy it ... if you like Star Trek books with lots of character interaction, dealing with alien races and a story line that keeps you guessing. Don't buy it ... if you like lots of action, space battles and things getting blown up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best ST:NG book I've read in a long time. 26 Jun 2000
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the most part I found this book to be very interesting and exciting (especially the assassination story). There were however two things that didn't make sense to me - 1. I couldn't accept Deanna as some kind of undercover agent (has she ever done anything like that in the series or movies?) 2. Why didn't Riker and the others get sub-cutaneous locators so that they could have been beamed off of Grell's island? It might have presented a problem if they were caught and the locators discovered, but the risk of being caught was greater if they had to carry Maria Wallace.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Predictable Plots, Bad Charachterization, inconsistant 1 April 2003
By Rachel E. Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Death of Princes is two stories, both rather mediocre on thier own, and even more mediocre mixed together. When two stories are together as in this book, it's nice to at least have the book edited in an every-other-chapter format, unfourtunatly, there is no telling where the book will flip from one story to the next.
There are also several inconsistancies. In the begining of the book, a refrence is made to one planet, and the fact that the low gravity and *thick* atmosphere make it easier for the bird decended inhabitants to fly. However, when an away team beams down, refrence is made to the uncomfortable moment in adjusting to the *thin* atmosphere, as if one were stepping out onto a mountaintop.
In order to move the plot along, the author convieniently forgets about technology avalible, such as transporters and communicators, at key moments. Technical plausibility consistant with the show and technology does not exist in this book.
As others have noted, Dianna Troi is not Dianna Troi at all....I'm not sure who took her body over, but she speaks and acts totally unlike herself, as do many of the charachters. Riker and Barclay even *gloat* at the evil bad guys towards the end of the book. In both stories the 'bad guys' are just too illogical, or too evil to be belivable.
There are far better books out there in the TNG series to read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good stories, POOR characterizations, THIN follow-though 6 Sep 2002
By RoseWelsh - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel kind of funny giving this a "bad" review seeing how so many others loved the book. But...
I love Star Trek. Big fan. These two stories were wonderful, as the other reviewers pointed out. Yet, the author, sadly, could NOT capture the characters at all. Mr. Peel had Picard worrying about silly things he'd never worry about regarding his relationships with his crew. All the characters, exept perhaps for Beverly, said things completely out of character--almost charactures of themselves. The feministish comments by Deanna and her cohort were thin and ... cliche. In fact, there was a lot of cliched dialog in this novel. A lot like a really bad first season episode.
In all other books I've read with Deanna having a big part in the story along with Riker, she's always known when he's in trouble, instead, Mr. Peel has her coming off a (perfectly flawless... no conflict at all) mission and dialing up chocolate when Riker was in trouble. Even if the author could have convinced me that the characters wouldn't worry about Riker and his party, I still was unable to believe Deanna, even without her Imzadi connection to Riker, would so flippantly not worry about Riker being on a dangerous mission--especially since Barclay was along for the ride. The fact that Deanna's "powers" played so little part in the novel may have tickled the editor to no end, but it's NOT Deanna. Mr. Peel's characterization of Deanna, above all was not convincing, no matter how you slice it. The ONLY other author who has written Deanna even more poorly was Peter David in _Q-In-Law_.
Another thing, as I breifly noted, these missions went off too easily and were solved too easily. In the hands of a more skilled author this could have been a perfect duology. The extra space would have given the author more time to fleshout the story and bring on more conflict. There was little conflict--everything fell too neatly together like a poorly written episode. The villans were supremely one dimensional. The feminist statment being made by the author was thin and one dimensional.
The stories were really good--they had big potenial. None of that "Data saves the Universe" ... nor was there much hint of the diplomatic storyline that became so awefully popular with Simon & Schuster publishers a few years ago. You know the one, Picard and the crew are sent in to solve a dipomatic stalemate and everyone gets captured. SNORE.
I must say, I might have been spoiled lately, reading incredible Star Trek novels by more than competent authors who know the Star Trek universe like JRR Tolkien knew Middle Earth. This may have made this particular novel seem worse than it is to me. But, sad to say, even _The Last Stand_ stands head and shoulders above this thin novel.
All in all, I'm afraid, it could have been so much better in the hands of someone more skilled and knowelgeable in ST. A good diversion, but little else.
FYI: These are some of the best novels I've read recently--ST:NG Maximum Warp duology is superior, as is the ST:DS9 trilogy Millenium (There was no "Dallas-last-season's-only-a-dream ending" as one might believe with the type of plot line involved, and I was heartily impressed by that and many other finer points.) I have also become hooked on the DS9 "after the finale" books, that so far, have been written by some superb authors--including the Bashir Section 31 novel.
STNG #44 The Death of Princes - A truly enjoyable novel! 27 April 2004
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surprisingly, this is the last Star Trek novel in any of the series written by John Peel who is an excellent author. As with his first two novels, I found his writing to be absolutely superior in the genre, from characterizations to pacing to overall duel plot set up and execution, this novel has everything that a Star Trek novel reader would want when it comes to a desire for a good Star Trek "fix."
The cover art is the one minor detractor for this novel and most others published at the same time as it seems that Pocket Books wasn't too concerned with putting too much effort into the cover art for Star Trek books when this one was published.
The Premise:
This novel is one of those true rarities in the world of Star Trek fiction as it carries two distinctly different plots involving the crew of the Enterprise. On the planet Buran a mysterious disease is overwhelming the population. As the crew of the Enterprise shows up to help, the people of Buran turn against them, leaving Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard with some hard choices in the face of opposition while trying to assist the population of Buran while at the same time, hoping to stop the people of Buran, who recently joined the Federation, from pulling out of the Federation.
On nearby Iomides, Commander Riker attempts to find a Federation observer that has disappeared but they know that the observer is bent on violating the Prime Directive in an attempt to prevent an assassination...
As stated above, this is an outstanding novel that is a cut above the rest when it comes to numbered novels. I highly recommend this novel to any all fans of Star Trek fiction! {ssintrepid}
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