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A Time to Be Born (A Time To... (Star Trek:TNG) #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  711 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path aw ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published January 14th 2004)
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Mar 19, 2008 rytr_1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Excellent opener to the nine-book series that apparently connects two TNG movies (Insurrection and Nemesis). Early on there's a lot of chasing around through space, but just as I was beginning to get tired of it the storyline took a very interesting turn. The characters are captured very well on the page, especially Picard and Data. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by revealing that there is a cliffhanger at the end of the novel, which makes me heartily sorry that the second book (A Time to D ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek series
Shelves: star-trek
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Oct 16, 2009 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review summarizes the entire "A Time To..." series of Star Trek: The Next Generation books, a nine part series drawn from a collective of authors.

Reading Star Trek books has always been my occasional guilty pleasure. When I started reading them when I was younger and REALLY into TNG, they still occupied the lower shelf on anyone's display shelf, if they even warranted consorting with "serious" books at all - a stigma hung around the Sci Fi's genre neck to varying degrees in perpetuity, even
Sep 04, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
A good start to the beginning of the end of the TNG crew, leading up to Nemesis.
Apr 13, 2010 Jimyanni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
. Another long, drawn-out series of books that do not, individually, tell stories but that require reading the entire, 9-book series in order to get any closure. What can I say? The story here, such as it is, is pretty well told, as is normal for Vornholt. He handles the characters well, has good pacing, good action, all of that. But the ending leaves us thoroughly unsatisfied; it's going to be necessary to wade through the entire series to get any feeling of completion.

If you like this sort of
Aisha Mahmoud
Aug 22, 2010 Aisha Mahmoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This book was surprisingly good. I had read mixed reviews on so I was not sure I was going to get into it as much as I did but I could not put it down. I did not expect, either, that I would be as eager as I am to read the next book in the series. Captain Picard is not one of my favorite Star Trek captains and get I really am liking this book. And I could not stand Wesley Crusher and he is in this but I still liked it. The Rashanar Battle Site is a fascinating read and I cannot wait t ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, trek, tv
I started this series out of order and have already read the second book, so I already had an idea where the plot was going, still the Next Generation was the first TV series that really made me a Trek fan, and it was good to be able to pickup where the series and movies left off (although this series occurs before the last movie).
Bill Sweet
Feb 20, 2011 Bill Sweet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
It took me two tries to finish this. Not the best writing I've seen, and I didn't buy some of the characterizations (Picard especially seemed "off"). Perhaps we can ascribe that to the intentions of this series, a nine-novel attempt to tell what happened between the last two (and worst) TNG movies. So maybe it's because the characters were "off" in Nemesis as well.

All that said, the story did eventually take me in, and I'm onto the next one in the series. I can't wait to be on to subsequent volu
Jul 15, 2011 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting Star Trek story that moves at a slower pace. However as you plow through the text, a hook takes you to the very end. It also seems like it contains two individual stories, however they work together perfectly. I have to know how it ends, so I guess picking up the conclusion book is my only option.
Aug 25, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good: John Vornholt is one of my favorite Star Trek authors, and he does an excellent job here. The start of the course of events that led to Nemesis makes for enjoyable reading. Profanity is kept to a minimum, and I didn't see any sexual content; both of those content issues have plagued this franchise for a while, so, that was a nice surprise. The ending made me glad I have the next installment on hand.

The Bad: The problem with prequels is that you already know how it's going to end; unles
Craig Andrews
With the era of the Next Generation seemingly at a close with Nemesis it's given the excellent writers and overall series bods at Simon & Shuster a chance to go back and fill in the gaps in Trek history. The Enterprise E and it's crew have been given a new re-launch now carrying forwards after the end of Nemesis but also they've done a few cool things and gone back and filled in the gaps between movies. The first series subtitles "A Time To..." fills ii the gap between Insurrection and Nemes ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Jarrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I decided to go back and re-read this series for the first time in years as part of a quest to read the current TrekLit universe in the recommended reading order.

Golly there was a lot that happened in this book. I know that it is part one of a duology, but there was enough here to easily make up a two part TNG episode on its own.

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May 30, 2012 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the library book exchange along with the sequel "A Time To Die" and I was pleasantly pleased with this read. I've never read a Star Trek book before and it was funny that the voices of the characters were the same as those I saw in the TV series. Overall good book. Currently reading the second one.
Oct 12, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I was quite happy with this story and will be quickly moving on to the next book in the series.

There was plenty of action and I can't fault characterization. I even loved seeing another side of Admiral Nechayev even if only briefly. I found myself experiencing anxiety right along with the crew of the Enterprise.

Nice book
Joshua Palmatier
Jul 23, 2012 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in what appears to be a long series, which I'll call A Time To . . .. The series' intent is to reveal what happened to the crew in the time before the movie Nemesis--how did the crew end up split apart and separated, on different ships, with different jobs, etc?

In this first book, the Enterprise is sent to a battlefield from the Dominion War where every ship taking part in the battle was destroyed. No one knows what happened, but it appears from the wreckage that everyone
Jul 17, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, tng
It is interesting that I recall so little from this book after having read it years ago. I expected the story to be quite forgettable (seeing as I forgot it), but I was definitely into it this time around. The action, pacing, and characters were all pitch-perfect. While not necessarily the best-written Trek story, there is certainly no reason to think that it's forgettable or uninteresting. A pretty solid character exploration for Picard and others, with some unexpected twists and turns that mak ...more
Jesse Lehrer
Definitely an enjoyable look into the TNG world again near its end. We see all the great characters doing fun stuff, there's solid plot and it's actually pretty interesting to see Picard getting treated as an aging and perhaps unstable captain (this was seen in the show on occasion but this book has the most severe treatment I've seen). The overall story isn't anything amazing, but if you like TNG it's definitely a fun and very light read. It suffers a bit from the "male gaze" as for some reason ...more
Luca Mauri
This book is almost brutally cut in two parts.
The first one actually deals with the investigations in the Rashanar Battle Site, where the crews of two Starfleet vessels face apparently unexplainable events, looters, scavengers and dangers beyond any expectation.
Unfortunately the book does a poor jobs in creating real suspense or to develop the mysteries in a logical way: they are simply there and a sudden - possible - explanation just come up in half a page.

Immediately after this, the books turn

The Enterprise is sent to help recover dead bodies from a battlefield in space. There's looters, and special anomalies to deal with. Meanwhile, Wesley finally finishes his training to become a traveller. This is a good, quick read and ends on a cliffhanger. It does feel like it should have been a tv episode. A good read.
John Yelverton
Though I do realize that this is the first in a very long series, I did not find it to be very true to the characters. Jean-Luc Picard becomes magically inept, and Starfleet seems to chunk every principle that it was ever founded on out the window. Maybe the other books explain it and clear this up, but I was definitely left wanted by the time I finished this tale.
Aug 19, 2015 J.S. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-misc
The book starts with the inclusion of Wesley Crusher into a group know as "Travellers," although he doesn't re-enter the story till near the end. The story mainly concerns the crew of the Enterprise and their mission to assist in the protection of the site of the Dominian War so bodies can be retrieved and fend off those trying to profit by stealing components from destroyed ships. But as things go wrong, Captain Picard is accused of negligence in his duties for allowing his personal cruiser to ...more
Brian Lewis
I enjoyed Vornholt's writing style. After reading a few Star Trek books written with poor vocabulary and poor grammar, it was refreshing to read the work of a talented artist. Also, although the style and word usage was more refined than most Star Trek books, it was not difficult to read.

I found the story to be mostly original for a ST book, and I greatly appreciated the change of environment about half way through the book, because I was getting very exhausted and maybe even a bit seasick from
Dec 17, 2014 Caitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle
This was the first Star Trek novel I've ever read, and it doesn't give me a good first impression of the expanded universe! All of the characterization is flat, the prose was poor, and the plot itself was boring. Even the formatting of the Kindle ebook was garbage. (Every time a word is italicized, the entire rest of the paragraph is italicized. I think about 75% of this book ended up being in italics.)

I was interested in reading the story of what happened in the time leading up to the Star Tre
Nov 28, 2014 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I've had this book (and almost all of the others from the "A Time To..." series) on my shelf for quite a while, waiting for me to find the time to read it. ST books have always been a guilty pleasure for me and after a few years of not reading them I decided to break by fast by starting on this series.

Bad idea.

I'm sorry to say that this book reads like a poorly written fanfic written by a wanna-be Trekkie who doesn't really understand the main characters. Picard's inner thoughts are written so p
Dec 16, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vornholt has written a very memorable and well done novel. This is a great start to a long series of books. I found the plot exciting and original. The book goes at a very quick pace, and I found myself caught up in the action and twisting plot. The novel does what it should: It reads like a television show. This novel will satisfy readers that love ST:TNG. It gives wonderful insight into the long forgotten Traveler, and fans finally get to see just what Wesley Crusher has been up to. Picard is ...more
John Cipolla
Very fast paced and very interesting.
Jul 12, 2016 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After gathering dust for far too long, I've decided to give this post-Insurrection pre-Nemesis novel series a go, although after finishing the first book, I'm not sure whether that's such a good idea.

There's no escaping the fact that Vornholt's writing lacks the finesse of modern day Trek authors such as David Mack. His characterizations of the crew often miss their mark, leading to dialogue that just doesn't jibe with the characters we all know so well. Likewise, their inner voices often come a
Maurice Jr.
Jul 30, 2016 Maurice Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent start to what promises to be a great series! The A Time To series tells the story of what happened between the movies Insurrection and Nemesis, and it did not disappoint. The Enterprise is assigned to help police a Dominion War battleground called Rashanar- their mission is to reinforce the Juno, a ship that has been there for months already, and the Ontaililans, a reclusive race who recently joined the Federation. They're trying to retrieve the bodies of the dead from the Battle of Ra ...more
This book takes place between the movies Insurrection and Nemesis. It is part one of a story that is concluded in A Time To Die.

Captain Picard and the Enterprise are on a mission to investigate a space battlefield, the remains of a conflict that took place during the Dominion War. They are to discourage looters and aid another Starfleet vessel assigned there to recover as much of the honored Federation dead as possible. There are weird things going on there. Ships disappearing, ships being in p
Kai Knetsch
Sep 14, 2016 Kai Knetsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off slow and was a bit hard to get into for me. But around half way it really picked up and in the 2nd half it was hard to put down. Looking forward to see what happens in book 2.
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