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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Sojourners are terrorists Captain."
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation with #06: Power Hungry by Howard Weinstein.
The events of this novel take place just after `The Outrageous Okona' early in the show's second season.
The Enterprise is escorting emergency medical and food supplies to the planet Thiopia. The Federation is in the process of making...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not one of the very best.
I enjoyed this book, although I was slightly disappointed with the way the kidnapping of Riker was ultimately handled. It was imaginative and well written, and there were no glaring character faults. With it being set in season 2, the characters have settled down, and Weinstein knows them. Very enjoyable, if not one of the very best.
Published on 11 Jan 2002 by rona@younggala.freeserve.co.uk


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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not one of the very best., 11 Jan 2002
This review is from: Power Hungry (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book, although I was slightly disappointed with the way the kidnapping of Riker was ultimately handled. It was imaginative and well written, and there were no glaring character faults. With it being set in season 2, the characters have settled down, and Weinstein knows them. Very enjoyable, if not one of the very best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Sojourners are terrorists Captain.", 16 July 2008
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This review is from: Power Hungry (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation with #06: Power Hungry by Howard Weinstein.
The events of this novel take place just after `The Outrageous Okona' early in the show's second season.
The Enterprise is escorting emergency medical and food supplies to the planet Thiopia. The Federation is in the process of making Thiopia an ally as it has a strategic location and there is the possibility that the Ferengi are also trying to get a foothold in the area.
When the arrive they find that Thiopia is a divided society and a world on the brink of environmental collapse. They world had been damaged by the interference of the neighbouring Nuarans, who traded technology for mining rights. Now, with the mines depleted, the Nuarans have left a dying shell.
The current ruler, Sovereign Protector Stross, appears to be a forward thinking man trying to save his planet and unite its people. However, Stross is locked in an embittered struggle with the population of the Endrayan Realm and in particular, the Sojourners of the Sa'drit Void - a vast desert region - and their leader Lessandra.
Picard's efforts to find out what is happening on the planet are hindered by the Federation's Emergency Aid Ambassador, the rather grating and persistent Noxoran, Frid Undrun. When a depot is attacked by terrorists while Riker and Undrun are inside and then Riker is kidnapped, Picard has to uncover the cause of the hostilities and try to help each side reach a peaceful settlement before the situation devolves into full scale civil war.
Power Hungry is a product of the second season of the show. The story is rather straightforward with action sequences breaking up the rather wordy passages of negotiation. Like his previous novel `Deep Domain' (Classic Trek Novel #02 in the UK), Weinstein hammers in a rather environmental message without much subtlety and at times this seems to actually get in the way of the story.
However, he writes the crew of the Enterprise very well, giving each one their moment in the spotlight. Undrun is a marvellous and irritating character at the same time and his journey through the story is well done. The Thiopians themselves are interesting but none of them seem to leap out of the page to grab your attention as they are all very stereotypical. He describes the world very well but the characters are don't come alive.
All in all, Power Hungry is not a bad book and as a second season adventure you'll know what to expect.
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