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The First Virtue (Star Trek: Double Helix #6)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  195 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The final book in this great saga is set 30 years ago -- stardate 2350 -- when a young Captain Picard commanded a ship called Stargazer and first encounters the deadly foe that late threatens the existence of the Alpha Quadrant.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 1999 by Pocket Books
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Easily the best book in this sub-series, this book is the prequel to the rest of the books in the set. It tells the story of why the villain of the series did the things he did, and why he hated the Federation in general and Picard in particular so fervently. The book was saved for the final entry in the series in order to keep the mystery of his identity throughout the series, and I understand the purpose of doing so, but frankly I think that the value gained from maintaining that mystery was n ...more
Sean Randall
To complete a complementary series, we have a book that takes us back and back again, to well before the first title. to a time when Picard commanded the Stargazer, a time when jack Crusher was still alive, and to a time before Tuvok under the auspices of Janeway infiltrated the maquis cell headed by Chakotay.

We learn in the previous title that Thul blames the Federation in general and picard more specifically for the death of his Son, Mendan, but the only details we have on that insident were
David Palazzolo
The final book of Double Helix, The First Virtue should have been the first--and in the sense of internal chronology it is. Welcome to the era of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's first command, the USS Stargazer. Jack Crusher is still alive, and Tuvok has just rejoined Starfleet at the rank he left years prior--an ensign.

The book chronicles the fall of Gov Gerrid Thul, who eventually becomes the 'Big Bad' behind the plagues in the earlier novels. Denied permission to marry into the Thallonian Imperial F
Joshua Palmatier
I'm not sure why they designed this series so that the first book chronologically was the last book in the series, except for the idea that they could keep the real antagonist secret until the very end. There wasn't any real significant plot reason otherwise. But this last book in this sequence was decent. Not as powerful or as interesting as the installment by Diane Carey or Peter David (books 3 and 5) but a well-written edition to the series.
First off, Beverley should not be on the cover because she is not in the book(well, 2 pages only). This is set on the Stargazer, Picard's old ship. A young Tuvok is sent to help on a mission to stop 2 planets going to war. There's a lot of good character bits in this, and we finally find out why the baddie of Double Helix hates the Federation. A good book.
After the travesty of the fifth book in the series, it's hard to recover...and this book doesn't make Double Helix much better. See my review for more details:
Plot: C
Writing: D-
Vocabulary: D-
Level: Easy
Rating: PG13 (genocide, murder, deceit, torture, slavery, battle, assassinations)
Worldview: Good guys vs bad guys
Nicola Zunino
Carino come libro a sé. Come sesto libro di un'esalogia di rivela un prequel anche loffio che non svela o spiega il senso dei primi cinque libri del ciclo.
Benjamin Plume
Very solid read...the medical thriller of the ST world.
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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television and radio, and scripted nearly 200 comic books, including his original DC superhero series, the Darkstars.
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