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Strike Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 5)

Strike Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Peter David
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Deep in the uncharted regions of our galaxy, the Kreel, a primitive, warlike race have stumbled upon weapons powerful beyond their wildest imagination. The Kreel have used those weapons to attack their most bitter enemies, the Klingons.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM are called in to mediate the dispute by ferrying diplomatic teams from the two warring races to the source of their conflict, the mysterious planet where the weapons were discovered in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, and discover the origins of the super-powerful weapons.
Before the entire galaxy errupts into a full-scale war...

About the Author

Peter David is a prolific Star Trek author whose novels include IMZADI, TRIANGLE, Q-IN-LAW, Q-SQUARED and the NEW FRONTIER series, featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, specially created for Pocket Books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reissue edition (23 May 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Death first!" 8 July 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation with #05: Strike Zone by Peter David.
The events in this book are supposed to be set at the beginning of the second season but the writing and humour makes the whole thing seem more comfortable at the end of it, or better yet in the fourth season.
Peter David once again proves that he can turn his hand to just about anything and make a damn good read and you'll find yourself laughing out loud at some of the scenes contained within.
The story centres around the discovery of a planet by the technologically young and warlike Kreel (for some reason called Cantovs on the back of the book) which is a storehouse of ancient and incredibly powerful weapons. The Kreel immediately use them to attack their sworn enemies, the Klingons and the balance of power in the quadrant is shifted to the brink of war.
Picard is ordered to mediate between the two sides and has to transport the Klingon group, lead by their ambassador, the Honourable Kobry, and the Kreel delegation, led by Aneel. Things go from bad to worse as it becomes clear that both races have a furious hatred for each other and that negotiations may be impossible. With the ship becoming a volatile powder keg, Picard's has to keep both sides from killing each other before they reach the planet.
Although the concepts behind the story could have been rather dark and filled with tension, David injects a healthy dose of humour into the plot which lightens the mood without detracting from the issues underneath.
The crew of the Enterprise are very well written but the familiarity and humour would make this novel more at home in season three or four of the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent Read 9 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much. Lots of action and
an interesting story. I recommend it to all fans of TNG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 14 Mar 2013
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Any fan of Star Trek should read this. It deals with some very dark issues but like all of Peter Davis's books you will be laughing as well. The story is fun with some nice banter particulary with Pulaski and Data leading to a genuine laugh out loud moment. All of the characterisation is strong and Worf and Riker are stand outs. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 25 Dec 2012
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I didn't totally agree with the way the Klingons had been written but definitely a well written, humorous book. One of my favourite of the first six TNG books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 13 Feb 2000
By Dirahl - Published on
This book is a LOT different from other ST:TNG books I've read, and I'll tell you why: IT'S HILARIOUS! I like Star Trek books as a general rule, and obviously Star Trek isn't always meant to be knee-slapping funny, but I think it's neat to have at least one book that's willing to be playful with the Star Trek universe.
Okay, I admit the ending seemed to be a bit of a cop-out, but it is forgivable because of the style of the book. It is meant to be taken lightly--it's the kind of book you should read if you're having a bad day and you need something to cheer you up, or if you're just in the mood to laugh a whole lot.
The storyline is easy to follow, and even though the characters are often very funny, they are still well developed. I think any slight deviation from the characters' normal behavior (and there are a few instances) are forgivable for the sake of humor.
Granted, I wouldn't want every book I read to be like this one, but this is great for a change, and in fact I read it over and over again just because it's so funny.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Next Generation does Humor 15 Sep 2001
By Nancy A. Fox - Published on
This is Peter David's first Next Generation book, and it is very enjoyable. The plot involves a "backwards" race called the Kreel (very reminiscent of the Vogons from Hitchhiker's Guide), who stumble across some extremely powerful technology and weaponry. The Kreel use this weaponry to terrorize their mortal enemies, the Klingons. The Federation is asked to mediate between these two races before full scale war erupts, and the Enterprise is chosen to transport representatives from each to the planet of discovery for negotiations.
As would be expected there is conflict and posturing by both races along the way, plus the opportunity for some very humorous exchanges. There is also a secondary plot dealing with Wesley Crusher trying to find a cure for a genectically transmitted disease that's killing one of his friends. This story line is not played for laughs.
As usual with Peter David, the book is well-written, there is a lot of humor in the story and the story moves along at a brisk pace. This book is significant for a couple of things. It is the first Next Generation book to deal with Dr. Crusher leaving the ship in the 2nd season, and it is the first book to feature Dr. Pulaski. While "Survivors" dealt with Tasha's death at the end of the story, this is the first book to have Worf as security chief. Finally, this is also the first Next Generation book to deal sympathetically with Wesley Crusher, and it gives a better reason for his staying on the Enterprise after his mother has left than any of the 2nd season storylines ever did.
As many of the reviewers before have stated the book's ending is a bit of a let-down after the big build-up. Many of the characters act atypically as well, especially Worf. However, the bottom line is that this is a very entertaining book and if you enjoy Star Trek the Next Generation, you should find this a fast and fun read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best book but still very entertaining! 12 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I'm not sure what USSHawley was saying about TNG and DS9 being at different times, they are both in the same time frame (on the show anyway). At any rate, Peter David pumps out a book that doesn't quite live up to his standards but it still quite entertaining. He explores Wesley Crusher and the friends that Crusher would inevitably make and lose while on the ship and gaining perspective into Crusher's life has intrigued most Trek fans. I won't say this one is a "must buy," I reserve that for Imzadi, Qinlaw, Qsquared, and Vendetta. However, if you're looking for a very good book, that isn't quite "great" you can't go wrong with Strike Zone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm shift... 23 May 2003
By Heather Tiemens - Published on
I first read this when I was young and stupid, and my reaction was something along the lines of 'Yeah, yeah. Next,' and little else. And, for a long while, that was how I left it, even when I began to reread the novels on a whim -- I mean, for crying out loud, let's face it. The 'description' of the plot on the back cover leaves a lot to be desired. So does the cover, for that matter. Thus it was only recently, when persuaded by my sister to give it another chance, that I at last discovered just how good this novel is.
Nearly everything in here is perfect. The alien 'menace,' the Kreel, are not seen on the TV series, but David brings them to life with a gleeful enthusiasm, painting them in a humorous light at first that makes them a little difficult to take seriously. As the book goes on, however, we see that these aliens aren't just your typical ignorant phaser-toting race, and things begin to take on a darker tone as one particular Kreel begins to lay his plans.
I'm sure we're all aware here of the general populace's famously publicized despisal of Wesley Crusher, something to which I never personally subscribed. David doesn't seem to, either, and he uses this book to show us a very different side of Wesley. When he learns that a close friend is dying of a brutally painful, irreversible disease, Wesley begins his own 'search for the cure,' refusing to believe that it's hopeless. I know that many of us out there who have lost loved ones to cancer or other incurable diseases know just how it feels. But Wesley's search degenerates into an obsessive compulsion, robbing him of much more than sleep as he pours more and more of himself into what others see as a hopeless cause. All of you out there who sneer at this character because he's so perfect, so smart, all of you need to read this book. Wesley literally begins to come apart at the seams. It was in this characterization that I felt Peter David touched the threshold of brilliance.
The final scene, where Picard gently confronts Wesley about his role in the affairs that have unfolded, is nothing short of incredible. You can see the thread of Wesley's sanity unravelling almost before your eyes, and his exchange with Picard leads to a breakdown the likes of which you have never seen. Overwhelmingly emotional, and very tenderly handled by David, who finishes off this marvelous effort with one last wink in the reader's direction.
Absolutely outstanding.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the BEST Next Generation novel ever written!!!!! 21 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on
The Enterprise is sent to ferry parties from two races who hate each other's guts (the Klingons and the Kreel) to the source of their dispute, a mysterious planet. This planet (temporarily named DQN1196) is chock-full of extremely powerful weapons, which the less technologically advanced Kreel have used to attack the Klingons. Sent to negotiate a treaty that would be satisfactory to both races is the Honourable Kobry, a legendary Klingon ambassador. He arrives with his aide, the beautiful Gava, who takes an interest in Lieutenant Worf.
But the real story, the heart and soul of this book, revolves around Wesley and his Selelvian best friend, Jaan. Jaan has developed an extremely rare genetic disease unique to his race, for which no cure has been found, so Wesley becomes determined to find one. However, his determination soon turns to obsession. He shuts himself in his cabin, working around the clock, forgetting to eat and refusing to rest. By the end of the book, Wesley is a physical and emotional wreck, leading to a positively explosive climax. I could go on and on about this, but to tell more would spoil the ending.
This is one of The Best TNG's ever written, and of all the dramatic Star Trek novels, this is my favourite. Peter David has a talent for writing characters, the likes of which I have not seen in any other author of TNG books.
I am unashamed to say that Wesley is my favourite Star Trek character ever, and David's sympathetic portrayal of him impressed me very much. Wesley is an extremely fascinating character, but most of the time, he is underused and unexplored (not to mention decidedly unapppreciated, by too many people) In this book, he is given the story he deserves. Probably the best scene in the entire book is the one at the very end. I LOVE this scene, and would give an arm to see it on screen! If they had filmed this as an episode, even the most ardent of Wesley-haters would find it hard not to like him. I won't spoil it for anyone, but suffice it to say that reading it was the most memorable experience a Star Trek novel has ever given me(and that is saying quite a lot). This is a must-read for all who call themselves fans of Star Trek, and even if you don't like Wesley, after reading this book, you may find that you have changed your mind. If five were not the maximum number of stars allowed, I would give it many, many more.
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