Book #1 of the Stargazer series was very well done even though it required so much time to be spent on exposition of all the new players and their responsibilities. This is only the second book with Captain Jean Luc Picard in command, yet he is already demonstrating character traits and leadership style that would be familiar to those fans of the TNG television series and films. As many of the more successful stories have done in the past, "Stargazer Book #2 Progenitor", includes two solid story lines that are linked yet distinct, and includes other more minor themes from the first book encompassing the machinations of one Admiral McAteer. A name that will be familiar to many fans is mentioned only in passing, but when the name is Zefram Cochrane many memories and Star Trek History are recalled. Ensign Jiterica whose species I found so interesting in the first book plays a major role in this second book, which also introduces the now familiar space-time rifts that are explored and endured by so many Trek crews. There are also some crew changes that were made known at the end of book one, and further development within the crew, both as a team and as individuals who make great positive strides. The introductions were handled in book #1, and many personality issues identified as well. In this second book that are largely rectified one way or another. Captain Picard takes an away team off in support of his chief engineer much in the same way he will support Whorf some 3 decades later. None of the players on this crew are common to the TNG crew, but they are all just as interesting in their diversity, and some resemble the first Enterprise crew in their good-natured bickering. Also, as in the first book politics plays a large role, and like they often are in day to day life they are distasteful. I used the Microsoft E-Reader for this book although I have used the Adobe Reader as well. Purely from an ease of use, and from an easy on the eyes perspective, both readers are perfectly acceptable. The Microsoft version offers a text reader option which I have not used. I am running these on Windows XP although I don't know that this makes any difference.
Well all and all it was an ok book. Just a few criticisms though. Firstly the mating ritual had a fairly predictable outcome. Secondly the doctor chasing of the helmswomen is getting kinda boring. And the security officer Obal who looks like a chicken (apparently) is very annoying, he does nothing for the book. However the book does have some diamonds in the rough. First officer Wu appears to be developing quite well, theres plenty of scope for further development, but she's a great character so far. There was also a nice link to star trek Voyager, you will know it when you read it. If you like the Stargazer's first two books then get this,if not then it's best if you give it a miss.