Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20) by Terry Mancour
This is mainly a Data story, the rest of the crew are around. The Enterprise help a disabled ship and get involved in a dispute about people as property. It is not as straight forward as it sounds though, and there are a few twists in the story. The Spartacus title does give away the plot a bit but its a decent read. Till the middle of the book things start to go downhill. It’s almost like the author didn’t know what half of the tech was called or races for that matter.
Answering a distress call, the U.S.S. Enterprise� finds a damaged alien vessel — the Freedom — crewed by a race known as the Vemlans. Their captain, Jared asks for assistance in repairing his ship — assistance Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are only too happy to provide. But once begun, their relief efforts are interrupted by the arrival of an entire fleet from Vemla, who claim that Jared and his crew are escaped slaves — and their property!
As Jared and his people plea for protection and the right to be free, Captain Picard is caught between the demands of his conscience and the dictates of the Prime Directive. And when the Vemlan fleet threatens to fight if the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn’t stand aside, Picard must choose between the safety of his ship…and the annihilation of an entire race.
Meh… That’s all I really have to say about this novel.. Is just Meh… I’d over look this book if you can.