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5.0 out of 5 stars "Death first!", 8 July 2008
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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. He expands on the crew adding some great alien additions and the repartee between certain people is priceless. Riker's "Permission to be sexy Captain." moment is hysterical.
Wesley's developing friendship with Jaan and the crisis that they both face is both comical and tragic at the same time and brings a more human side to the acting ensign when he has to face facts that he cannot change everything.
The alien groups are also given depth and character. For the Klingons the triad of Kobry, Gava and Tron is delightfully done, right down to the final meeting of two of them when one finally gets his revenge.
The Kreel are an interesting species and they certainly would've been a great addition to the show, more so than the Ferengi in TNG as they would've filled the role as a dangerous race a lot better as the Ferengi ended up becoming comic relief more than anything else.
The book is very hard to put down and an absolute pleasure to read. If you enjoyed this, then check out Q-In-Law as well. A definite must have for any Trek fan.
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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
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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