Star Trek Book Challenge 73: A Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation #10)

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Trek BookGetting closer to the end!! This is the last novel for the TNG series!! Personally I could believe my eyes and had to go back and double check all the books haha. A Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation #10) by Peter David who also wrote Vendetta, Q-In-Law, Strike Zone, The Rift, The Siege just to name a few. I’ve read a number of his books in this challenge, as well as some of the his comic books. I think the only one so far I didn’t really like was Strike Zone.. But you can read about that in my Star Trek Book Challenge section. Anywho! Back to the novel and the plot line:

star_trek_novel_rock_hard_place Under the best circumstances, terraforming is a tough, dangerous task that pits the hardiest of pioneers against an unforgiving environment. When the terraformers on the planet Paradise fall behind schedule, commander Riker is given temporary leave from the U.S.S. Enterprise and sent to assist.

Riker’s replacement on the Starship Enterprise is a volatile officer named Stone whose behavior soon raises questions about his ability and his judgment. Meanwhile, Commander Riker has become enmeshed in a life and struggle with Paradise’s brutal landscape. However, he soon learns that not all of the planet’s dangers are natural in origin — as he comes face to face with Paradise’s greatest danger and most hideous secret.

I rather enjoyed this book and it was a nice way to wrap things up with TNG novels. There have been some bad one in the past and I was a little worried about this one. Stone was an interesting character to say the least. He was made to be Riker’s replacement, while Riker was went to a terraforma planet. An odd part of Stone’s backstory was he was able to beat the Kobayashi Maru program with out cheating…? It didn’t really go into that much and I would like to know how he did it with out cheating. Plus Stone is a little off his rocker insane.. That’s putting it lightly really. Over all the novel was great and a the characters were spot on! Peter David has and for the most part been writer with a good knowledge of the Star Trek history and characters. Great humor throughout the story and rather intriguing at times. If you happen to find a copy of this book, grab it and read it!!index

Star Trek Book Challenge 72: A Call to Darkness (Star Trek: The Next Generation #9)

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Star Trek Book Challenge 72: A Call to Darkness (Star Trek: The Next Generation #9)

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This is an interesting installment to the Star Trek TNG saga. It wasn’t half bad and easy to read, story plot moves along really fast. Also makes really good use of Worf and Dr. Pulaski (remember her?) and as well Geordi.

422975The “Enterprise discovers a lifeless Federation research vessel, orbiting a planet hidden behind a mysterious energy shield. Over the strong objections of his senior officers,…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 72: A Call to Darkness (Star Trek: The Next Generation #9)

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Trek Book

This is an interesting installment to the Star Trek TNG saga. It wasn’t half bad and easy to read, story plot moves along really fast. Also makes really good use of Worf and Dr. Pulaski (remember her?) and as well Geordi.

422975The “Enterprise discovers a lifeless Federation research vessel, orbiting a planet hidden behind a mysterious energy shield. Over the strong objections of his senior officers, Captain Picard and an away team beam over in search of the missing crew — And vanish.

But soon his captain’s disappearance is not the only problem facing Commander Riker. For a mysterious disease has begun ravaging the “Enterprise crew. Now Riker must uravel the secrets of the planet below in order to rescue Picard — and prevent the starship’s destruction.

It did take WAY to long to get to the main story plot. It wasn’t till about chapter 3 or 4 where things start to pick up. But in the end it was your basic Trek story line, at least it was handled nicely.

Star Trek Book Challenge 71: Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation #7)

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Star Trek Book Challenge 71: Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation #7)

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“I do not understand” – Data

Oh Star Trek… You say things!!! Ever just read something and go what the hell? Yeah.. That’s what I got out of this book.

217858The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM journeys to Lorca, a beautiful world with a feudal culture where the inhabitants wear masks to show their rank and station. Captain Picard and an away team don masks of their own to begin a quest for the planet’s ruler…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 71: Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation #7)

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“I do not understand” – Data

Oh Star Trek… You say things!!! Ever just read something and go what the hell? Yeah.. That’s what I got out of this book.

217858The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM journeys to Lorca, a beautiful world with a feudal culture where the inhabitants wear masks to show their rank and station. Captain Picard and an away team don masks of their own to begin a quest for the planet’s ruler and the great Wisdom Mask that the leader traditionally wears. Their mission is to establish diplomatic relations.

But shortly after transporting, Picard and his party lose contact with the ship, and Commander Riker leads a search party down to the planet to find them.

Both men, are unaware that their searches, indeed, the ship’s entire mission are part of the plan of a madman, a madman who is setting the stage for a trap that will ensnare both U.S.S. Enterprise landing parties, and leave him to seize control of the awesome Wisdom Mask as well as the planet Lorca itself.

The entire premise for this novel falls apart upon the mildest of scrutiny. A short story wouldn’t stand up founded on such an idea and rather ridiculous to think it would for a whole novel with this concept. Data making mistakes over and over again and the rest of the crew were so out of character it was mind blowing.. I think this novel fell victim to the lack of history and was written at a time when the second season was around. I just don’t know what else I can say about this novel.. Just skip it if you happen to find it.

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