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

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  1,238 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
When Starfleet needs someone to oversee a terraforming operation on the planet Paradise, Commander Ryker is chosen. And while Ryker's temporary replacement aboard the ship raises doubts about his sanity, Ryker learns that not all the dangers of the planet Paradise are natural . . . and finds his life in the hands of his worst enemy!
Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 2nd 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Sep 13, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
Another winner from modern sci-fi/fantasy legend Peter David. Exciting and fun, with a rather creepy villain.
Heather Domin
Mar 11, 2014 Heather Domin rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek-books
This was one of my favorite TNG books when I was a teenager (the danger! the angst! the psychic hotline of love!), but at 36 I can see things I couldn't see at 13. The main one is Stone: he's supposed to be an intriguingly damaged loner, a pre-DS9 mirror to the dark spots in the Federation, and as a teenager I was *all* about that - now he mostly comes across as sociopathic time bomb and general creeper. (Both Deanna and Beverly are ~strangely drawn to him~ after he creeps on them. Gross.) Also, ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Kati rated it it was amazing
A Star Trek: The Next Generation tie-in. And I loved it! Peter David is an amazing writer and I love his ST books! Most male authors - especially those writing tie-ins - don't really "get" female characters or they write the emotional side of the characters wrong, just wrong or they completely omit it - but not Peter David. You can literally feel the characters the way he writes them. There's action and emotions and fun and suspense in this book, Peter David just gets it right. Also, a big part ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Camille rated it really liked it
Riker is sent to a terraforma planet to check on their status, his replacement, Quintin Stone, might be insane (even though he beat the Kobayashi Maru Simulation without cheating during Starfleet Academy), Troi is doing her Troi thing (feeling stuff) and we meet Wild Things (cannibal wolf like animals).

All and all it was another good read from Peter David. He is my favorite Star Trek TNG author because his story-lines are always intriguing, characters interesting and genuine humor throughout th
Mar 10, 2015 Mario rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

This is the second Star Trek book Peter David’s ever written and it’s the second one I’ve ever read. It was good but not as good as the first outing. I have to say I’m glad this wasn’t the first Peter David Star Trek novel I’ve read because I might not have read another one so soon. There is a lot to like about this book and one of them was to see how Pater David is getting comfortable writing about the crew of the Enterprise
William Johnson
Sep 16, 2011 William Johnson rated it it was ok
Shelves: trek
The Grand Star Trek Book Review #2: A Rock and a Hard Place (TNG #10)

Peter David pretty reliable but, like most of TNG's early books or early episodes, the going is bumpy with patches of promise. I like David a lot and his Star Trek series New Frontier was, at least for awhile, a marvelous book series.

David even says one of the characters in A Rock and Hard Place morphed into Captain Calhoun from the New Frontier series so you got that.

Riker is one of my favorite characters so a book about him
May 28, 2010 A rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I'm a sucker for any story focusing on Riker or Troi so I liked this as much as I thought I would. It was decently written, which can't be said for all Star Trek books. I will say that Stone was possibly the most annoying character in the history of fictional characters. I'm not sure If I was supposed to sympathise with him at the end or reach an understanding? I didn't do either regardless. He was reckless and disrespectful and frankly a complete tool. I would have kicked his a** out of Starfle ...more
Patrick Ashworth
Jul 15, 2015 Patrick Ashworth rated it it was amazing
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Jul 19, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
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Mar 26, 2013 Lovisa rated it really liked it
So interesting! It's like a darker TNG-episode but with the horror dialed up. It's like... what if Wesley really had been executed because he stepped over the line when he fell into that green house? What kind of episode would that have become then? This book is not shying away from the gore of starfleet (it is partly a military organization after all) and there's an uncomfortable feeling just oozing out of the book and it's pretty neat. Stone is a perfect OC, so complex but you still don't know ...more
May 19, 2008 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
Peter David tries for a more serious Trek book with mixed results.
The character of Stone is used to show some of the grey area of the Federation and how Star fleet personel are always finding loop holes in the Prime Directive, but he comes across as some kind of whack job.
He's not terribly sympathetic, so his views don't come across as strongly, because you're not sure how stable he is. Do you root for him or hope he gets the psychiatric care he obviously leads?

You can see what Peter is trying
Dec 08, 2014 ABC rated it really liked it
-Great story, though they really don't explain why a Starfleet officer would be needed for terraforming.
-Stone, is a really interesting character with his own agenda, and I actually found my self liking him. Although his climax was...anticlimactic.
-Monarchy planet. Picard claims that he can't attack the people because of the Prime Directive, but the Federation sent ambassadors to them, so they are obviously free for General Order One.
-Stupid name
3.5 stars
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 28, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A great way to put the overly-civil TNG crew on edge is to throw someone or something at them which completely shakes up their cozy status quo. Peter David manages this with a guest character that sets everyone's teeth on edge...and forces the reader to make some surprising re-evaluations of our hero crew members. Only the disposable Riker-in-alien-Alaska B-plot keeps this novel from total greatness.
Star Trek TNG was one of my favourite TV series.

"People are only nervous about something they don't fully understand.", " It was onlyu a few centuries ago that, if there was something unknown, humans would automatically deal with it in one of three ways: KILL IT, POLLUTE IT, or TRY TO MAKE MONEY FROM IT."

dr. Beverly Crusher
Medical Officer of U.S.S Enterprise

Easy reading...I really liked it..:)
Mar 30, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
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I can't believe I haven't read this particular novel until now.

This is a rather dark novel for Peter David but his signature wit shines through in parts.

Commander Riker is temporarily transferred to the terriforming planet of Paradise so the Enterprise gets Commander Quinten Stone as its first officer. But no one told Riker about the "Wild Things" and everyone knows that Stone is crazy.....
Aug 29, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of the best ST novels I have read for a while. The story was great, but I did end up wanting to smack Stone in the mouth; how dare he talk like that to Picard! The stuff between Deanna and Riker was a bit sappy - I don't remember it getting that bad in the series - but otherwise I thought this would have made an excellent episode.
Mar 05, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
These books are like a Sci-Fi version of a Harlequin romance. Easy to read with interesting but uncomplicated plots. If you watched the TV show the books will feel familiar - with the same characters and stories similar to a show episode. If you like Star Trek or even sci-fi stories in general these books are great for a light read or a pool or beach day.
Feb 04, 2008 Jeff added it
I read all these "Next Generation" books in middle school/early high school. Even then I thought most of them were pretty bad (and I remember this one being particularly bad). But I'm a completist so they must be included in my book list!
Cary Spratt
Apr 19, 2016 Cary Spratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, star-trek
Another entertaining novel from Peter David. Lots of action, scary monsters, a *very* interesting character who keeps you guessing -- is he 'good' crazy or a psycopath? -- and of course the small moments of humor interspersed throughout that seem to be a PD trademark.
A decent book focusing on Riker and Troi. The interesting parts are all to do with the new officer who joins the Enterprise, and how the crew react to him. The writing by Peter David is spot on for character.
Jul 28, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
Liked the dynamic of Stone and adding that wild card to the Enterprise crew and how they handled it. Due to it still being early with Picard I am sure he would have handled him differently if this was later on in the TNG series.
And I repeat, Peter David is simply one of the best ST writers out there (and in reality he writes a LOT more than just ST). This book was excellent.
Darla Stokes
Sep 12, 2013 Darla Stokes rated it liked it
Quick, engaging read, but I'm really not a fan of books written about TV shows. Plus, this was mostly about Riker, probably my least favorite character from ST:TNG.
Nov 04, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
It was better than some of the Star Trek books that I have read in that it seems more true to each character. I thought the adventure was interesting and that it had some nice twists.
Aug 02, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
A very enjoyable book. It is suspenseful, with a good bit of humor. It's not deep, and it asks (or begs) questions that it doesn't answer, but that doesn't make the book less enjoyable.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 Benjamin Plume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the numbered standalone NextGen books so far. My only criticism is that I don't think David has Worf/Klingon customs quite right in this novel.
Nef rated it liked it
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