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Death in Winter (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Hardcover]

Michael Jan Friedman
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3 Oct 2005 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Like "Homecoming" (0-7434-6754-X) did for "Star Trek Voyager" and "Avatar" (0-7434-0050-X) did for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Death In Winter" picks up the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" story after the TV/movies are complete and tells all-new stories about favourite Next Generation characters and their subsequent lives. After the fall of Shinzon (as seen in the feature film, "Star Trek: Nemesis") the elite of the Romulan Empire are battling over who will seize control. Caught up in this struggle are the Kevrata, a once proud people, now strangled under Romulan domination. When a biogenetic disease threatens to wipe out their race, Starfleet assigns its new Chief Medical Officer, Dr Beverly Crusher, to aid the populace. But when she suddenly goes missing and is presumed dead, Jean-Luc Picard must race to try and locate Crusher and help find a cure for the disease that could kill millions.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074349721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743497213
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 14.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Jan Friedman is the author of more than forty science fiction and fantasy books, among them many Star Trek and Star Trek: Next Generation novels.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It took you *this* long to do something, Picard? 13 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
Star Trek fans' reactions to the last movie (Nemesis) were overwhelmingly negative (and the box office showed it). However, it has been the springboard to some wonderful Star Trek books (not to mention the fact that I, basically, enjoyed the movie anyway). The A Time to... book series, the Titan series, as well as the wonderful Articles of the Federation. But what happens to the Next Generation crew after the movie? Death in Winter, by Michael Jan Friedman, begins to answer that question. Whether it does it well is yet another question.
The Enterprise E is in drydock, being repaired after the horrible battle with Shinzon in Nemesis. But Captain Picard has more on his mind than just his ship. Doctor Beverly Crusher, the woman whom he has loved since he first met her when she was marrying his best friend Jack, has left her position on his ship and is now head of Starfleet Medical. He is pining, but he begins to pine even more when he is informed that she was on a covert mission to the planet Kevratas, a world on the rim of the Romulan empire, and that she is missing in action. She was there to find a cure for the disease running rampant through the population there. Starfleet wants Picard to lead another mission there, with a doctor from his old ship, the Stargazer. A doctor who is now in a penal colony for trying to kill Picard and other former Stargazer officers. Recruiting his old security officer to help them, along with a Romulan dissident, they go to Kevratas to find a cure, while Picard plans the search for the woman he loves, the woman he is certain is still alive. Meanwhile, Romulan politics intervene, which could mean the deaths of them all.
Death in Winter is not a very filling book. With small pages and large type, it looks bigger than it is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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What Star Trek fan wouldn't be lured into the icy embrace of `Death in winter'?! That's my first question. But for those of you like myself who can't possibly resist the urge and plunge themselves unthinkingly into that ice-cold embrace...is it any good? That's my second question and the answer is yes, it is quite good. Unfortunately it isn't the outstanding story I was hoping for, but that's beside the point, because this is still `Star Trek: The Next Generation'- a generation I grew up watching and whose characters are as clear to me as the members of my own family. And one which I'm pleased to say has been very faithfully rejuvenated here by experienced Star Trek writer Michael Jan Friedman.

For me, the characterisation was perfect throughout, no exceptions and it was an absolute pleasure to be in the company of analytical, compassionate Crusher and strong but reserved Picard once again after so long a time devoid of their company. The love affair between these two has of course been a very long time in the making and my insides jumped with recognition and nostalgia each time Friedman would reference one of the television episodes that focused on their tentative relationship, as a way to clarify their feelings and emphasise this passion that has lain dormant and unspoken for so many years between them.

To be perfectly honest this is a bit of a lacklustre story, albeit one that's exquisitely phrased and grippingly written. But unfortunately there just isn't enough original material to elevate it above the more run-of-the-mill Star Trek novel, which touchs all the bases, but somehow doesn't add up to a greater whole.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but still disappointing.. 18 Feb 2006
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Format:Hardcover
I won't go into an synopsis of this story as it has been done, much better than I could do, in previous reviews. Just my humble opinion. This is the book fans have been waiting for, the Crusher/Picard story and maybe after this long wait anything would be a little disappointing.
My main problem was Picard's characterisation. His words and actions seemed off throughout the entire story, I kept thinking, Picard wouldn't do/say that. In particular I remember that he fequently used the word 'grand'. Only a slight thing but I'm sensitive to it because as an Irish person living abroad, everyone jokes about my constant use of the word (anyone with Irish friends will know what I mean) and I can't recall that it was a phrase Picard ever used much. There were lots of little details like this which put me off the book rather than the main story.
I can forgive other Trek authors for this, Peter David for example makes characters do/say the unexpected for comic effect, but this is an important story and will have ramifications in the following books. It's not right!!
On the other hand Crusher was well written, could easily 'see' her character as I read.
Another annoyance was the Worf/Geordi storyline. Worf and Geordi did some plotting and nothing came of it. At all. Nothing. I wondered often if I had missed something but since the book is so short (for a hefty hardback price) it would have been difficult to miss anything.
Fortunately I had read the old TNG book Reunion so I knew some of the backstory with Picards old Stargazer shipmates but I find it unusual how a reader would have to have read this or perhaps the stargazer books to be fully in tune with the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start after the events in Nemesis
Knowing there would be no more Next Generation movies made me feel empty. Sure I like the new JJ movies but I still miss the trek I grew up with. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Shearer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, thats it exactly.
It IS okay. I consider it to be like the TNG episode FAMILY, straight after the borg episode. Its really good, but dont feel left out if you dont read it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dan Brierley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but unfinished
This novel takes place after the events of the film, Nemesis. The enterprise is in dry dock under repair, familiar faces have departed to pursue new opportunities and captain... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in Winter
'Death in Winter' has a fairly straight forward plot but some very nice back story on Beverley Crusher. We also get to see a lot of it from her point of view which I enjoyed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Margie Greyvenstein author of 'Masked Gods'
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but poor execution
This is the first (and probably the last) TV tie-in book I've read and, sad to say, I was unimpressed. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by WMG
2.0 out of 5 stars A chilly beginning
Death in Winter kicked off the adventures of the Enterprise-E crew after the events of the film Nemesis. Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by 8of5
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre, will not leave a lasting impression
Flat, pedestrian storyline, as other reviews have pointed out, this is primarily a Picard and Crusher book. Read more
Published on 31 May 2009 by Mr. I. Ogilvie
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but very slow told...
I was waiting very long to read a book about Picard and Crusher, but actually I was expecting something completely different. I did expect a fast running story ... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2007 by Zauberlehrling!
3.0 out of 5 stars Icy cold weather forecast
Is this book any good? That is the question everyone asks when they are about to buy a new book, and if you had asked me I would have said yes, the book is good. Read more
Published on 19 April 2007 by Janne Lauridsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Picard is back!!
Brilliant story, and the author cleverly combines his Stargazer series into Next Gen. Can't wait for the next book!!!
Published on 4 Jan 2006 by nik
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