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3.0 out of 5 stars More plot needed
The pocket book edition is sequentially #2, but in the Titan (UK) edition this is the first Star Trek Next Gen (TNG) book, with encounter at Farpoint being #0. To my knowledge it is the first TNG book not based on one of the episodes.
I have read a mix of original series and the TNG books so far, and they can be fairly varied in the mix between character detail and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More plot needed, 5 Dec. 2003
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The pocket book edition is sequentially #2, but in the Titan (UK) edition this is the first Star Trek Next Gen (TNG) book, with encounter at Farpoint being #0. To my knowledge it is the first TNG book not based on one of the episodes.
I have read a mix of original series and the TNG books so far, and they can be fairly varied in the mix between character detail and plot. This novel leans more on tensions between the crew than adventure.
Following a very good introductory chapter starting on Earth in 1995 we skip through to the Enterprise under Picard on a fairly uneventful assignment to look at a larger than normal expanse of gas. this is shortly followed by Troi picking up images and memories from some humans who disappeared from a Russian aircraft carrier, Earth 1995. Its very stressful and painful for Troi which brings the past relationship with Riker under close scrutiny.
What follows is engagement by an 'alien' who appears to be pure energy that also feeds on energy, and is faster than the enterprise. Baring in mind that the enterprise always needs energy even for life support, how does it escape or hide?
Most of the book is a stand off between the Enterprise and the alien (Ghostship), with little except tension happening between the crew. There's a mini cold war going on between most of the crew, with Data getting a particularly hard time from Riker.

The ending is a little disapointing with little in the way of new ideas or problem solving.
Not one of the best TNG books, but one that's good if you're more interested in the early days of defining the characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Argumentative, 6 Jan. 2012
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This book is about the Enterprise crew seeing ghosts and being stalked by an alien being who prays on the ships` energy. The enterprise have to find out how to get away from this. However this plot is just the back story. The main content of the book consists of crew members being unpleasant towards each other. Picard and Riker are particularly prickly characters. I know this was based on the `rough around the edges` crew from the beggining, but still the crew are being much more vindictive than the tv series characters.

So not the best book. The second star is only awarded for the author, who has written some other great Star Trek books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Enterprise we know, 26 April 2013
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This is an early TNG novel and it shows both in terms of the crew (Gar is security chief, LaForge is not chief engineer) and terms of characterisation. In particular Picard and Riker just come across as wrong and far too unlikeable.

Nevertheless the story is quite interesting, something has been scooping up consciousness and now threatens the Enterprise. The Enterprise need to solve both the technical problem and an ethical one and in the end many things remain unresolved.

There are better TNG novels than this but reading this one won't be a total waste of your time.
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