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A Time to be Born (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

John Vornholt
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1 Mar 2004 Star Trek: The Next Generation (Book 1)
The Rashanar Sector, site of one of the fiercest battles of the Dominion War, now contains a vast intestellar graveyard littered with the hulks of hundreds of devastated starships. The destruction of so many warp drives has created a danger zone where the space-time continuum is distorted, and bizarre energies and anomalies are unleashed. To some, the former battleground is hallowed space. To others it is a scavengers' paradise, ripe for plunder, and the USS Enterprise is assigned to patrol it, protecting those engaged on legitimate salvage. But the ships' graveyard holds a deadly secret -- one that will force the android Data to make a heart-wrenching decision about the path his life will take, and will endanger not only the Enterprise, but Picard's very future in Starfleet.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; Reissue edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743467655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743467650
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Vornholt is the author of several bestsellling Star Trek novels including two of the hugely successful four-volume Next Generation/Deep Space Nine DOMINION WAR sequence. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, there was Star Trek: Nemesis. Then, there was the bright idea by Pocket Books to tell us what led up to the movie. Thus was the "Time to..." series born. It consists of a series of two-part stories by different Trek authors. The first, appropriately enough, is A Time to Be Born, by venerable Trek novelist, John Vornholt. It's an intriguing concept, as the movie had all of the characters ready to move off in different directions, and it would be nice to see how they got there. How is the first book? It's pretty interesting interspersed with some horribly dull parts.
Rashanar is the site of one of the most horrific battles of the Dominion War, and it is now a floating graveyard. Littered with wreckage and gravitational anomalies, the site has become a draw to many greedy species intent on salvaging as much as they can, most especially the Androssi. The Enterprise is assigned security duties at this site, trying desperately to keep the scavengers away so that Starfleet can recover its dead. However, hidden away in all of these fluxes and the warp in the space-time continuum is something sinister, something that can drain the power from any ship it discovers. Their mission will bring Data to a decision point, a decision that could end Picard's career. Unfortunately, the crew may not be alive long enough to care.
There are some really good parts to this book and they make it well worth reading. Unfortunately, there are a few too many scenes of various shuttlepods tip-toeing through the wreckage, playing dead, and otherwise flying around to make it a thoroughly engrossing book. Vornholt tries to make these scenes interesting by providing a lot of character interplay, but he doesn't always succeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me more! 17 Mar 2005
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In this book you get 2 things not shown on TV or film. First Wesley and the Traveller appear and you are given a better idea about how that unexplored loop of the TNG universe works. Second you get the darker side of one of Picard's brave decisions. The Federation actually has some politics! It's not all sweetness and light! Picard and the Enterrprise crew become the scapegoats for a difficult diplomatic situation. The realism works - the old cliche of 'making a difference' and 'saving the univrse' can get boring after a while! Read it if you want a grown up Trek book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek a Time to be Born 1 Dec 2004
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I've read a number of Star Trek books, and this is BY FAR the best I have I've read from TNG. From the start to the end the author keeps us wondering what is going to happen, just like in an episode of TNG, this is a truly fantastic book and I'm about to order the next one, 'a Time to Die', these books are set between Inserection and Nemisis.
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard is in threat of loosing his post as captain and the only person wo can truly stop this is the person who started it - Lt. Commander Data
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: A Time To Be Born 30 Mar 2004
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This is the best Star Trek novel I have read in a long, long time. What impressed me was not so much the plot (although that is interesting) but the fact that, for once, the author appeared aware of the long term relationships amongst the crew. Picard was allowed to make reference to his fondness for his crewmates - this is almost unheard of apart from, strangely enough, the Shatner novels and a few of Peter David's works. Yes, there are a few cliches and the editing could have been a bit tighter but unlike a previous reviewer, I felt the author stayed true to the characters and allowed a great deal more insight than is normally the case in these books. I was pleased to see an adult Wesley caring for his former crewmates and family. I look forward to reading the next installment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good - but only part one. 16 Feb 2004
By Gill
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This is an excellent book - and will answer a lot of questions such as what happened to Wes after he left with the traveller and what they all did between the last 2 films.
But its only book 1 of about 7. The final one doesn't seem to be published until about October 2004. I can't wait that long!!
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