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5.0 out of 5 stars The mysterious and exasperating Commander Quintin Stone, 24 Aug 2003
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
I have considered Peter David the best writer of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" novels for quite some time, with "Imzadi" the cream of the crop. In "A Rock and a Hard Place," David presents Commander Quintin Stone, who is quite possibly the most original and fascinating character created in a STNG novel.
Commander Riker is given temporary leave from the Enterprise to help the terraformers on the brutal ice planet ironically called Paradise deal with problems maintaining their schedule. Stone arrives to take Riker's place despite the insistence of his former captain that the man is a "loose cannon," "space case," and completely "impossible." It does not take Captain Picard long to see why. When Stone leads an away team to deal with a hostage situation on the planet Culinan, his outrageous solution has Captain Picard convinced the man is insane, Counselor Troi insisting he is not, and Dr. Crusher wondering about the massive scarring on the Commander's back.
The book basically alternates chapters between Riker on Paradise and Stone aboard the Enterprise. The latter plot line is so fascinating that you begrudge spending time on the other one, although you know in the end the two men are going to have some sort of confrontation that will solve the mystery of Quintin Stone. All we know is that Stone tells everybody a completely different story regarding his past and that he has a really big chip on his shoulder about the Prime Directive. All you need to know before you read the book is that the payoff for this mystery is an absolute stunner.
"A Rock and a Hard Place" is also worth a second look because Quintin Stone is obvious prototype for Captain Mackenzie Calhoun in Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series. Granted, Calhoun is not as psychotic as Stone, but each shares the ability to find creative ways of getting things done. Stone was always the one character from a Next Generation novel that I would have liked to have seen pop up again, and this is sort of like getting my wish granted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is just one of best Peter David's ever, 4 Feb 2001
This review is from: Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
This book is just great; Stone is the second best character Peter David has created, the best is Captain Mackenzie Calhoun who by the way, are very much alike, except Stone has deep psychological trauma and is far more useful to star fleet. I'd love to see it if those two team up. It is witty and mature handling the violence of this story very well. I don't know what Peter David is talking about when he says his books are miserable. This is brilliant, read it, READ IT NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is just one of best Peter David's ever, 4 Feb 2001
This review is from: Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
This book is just great; Stone is the second best character Peter David has created, the best is Captain Mackenzie Calhoun who by the way, are very much alike, except Stone has deep psychological trauma and is far more useful to star fleet. I'd love to see it if those two team up. It is witty and mature handling the violence of this story very well. I don't know what Peter David is talking about when he says his books are miserable. This is brilliant, read it, READ IT NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 17 May 2014
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This review is from: Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Paperback)
Loved the story, kept me wanting to read on, a shame when it came to an end.

The story was well written as all Peter Davids books are and I could imagine the whole story in my head, really felt like I was there.

Recommend buying this book :D
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