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A Hard Rain (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A clever, page-turning thriller in which the world of the Starship Enterprise and the holodeck world of 1940s San Francisco entertwine. It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets and back into the holes they crawled out of... In the hardboiled style of a classic West Coast crime novel, HARD RAIN seamlessly blends th ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Paul Lunger
The idea of a Dixon Hill novel seems like a good idea in theory; however, Dean Wesley Smith's "A Hard Rain" fails miserably in that category. The Dixon Hill story is called the "The Case of the Missing Heart" which plays out twofold as the holodeck malfunctions again & the Enterprise is caught in an area of space known as the Blackness. The story itself is essentially written as a bad murder mystery with the primary players being Picard as Dixon Hill, Beverly as Bev & Data as Mr. Data. T ...more
Dixon Hill has a case to solve. The Enterprise has lost an experiment in the holodeck. The Dixon Hill story is a lot of fun, and the way it is told is different from your normal Trek books. You don't really know what happened until near the end, and that meant that there were 2 mysteries. Though I do wonder about the holodeck sometimes as it always goes wrong. If you enjoy the Dixon Hill episodes, then this is the book for you. A good read.
dean Wesley smith delivers a great read in a hard rain. I always liked Dixon hill.
Moses Operandi
I can't say I enjoyed this book, but frankly, it was intriguing. The plot, the dialogue, and the fake patina of a 30s pulp crime novel were bizarre, and it had almost no substance at all. Strangely, I finished it. I guess something about it appealed to me subconsciously, and I was hooked from the first few lines: "It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets and back into the holes they crawled out of."

It wasn't good. In fact, it was prett
Don't expect a serious mystery, or a thought-provoking SF. Don't expect complex characters or dramatic encounters with non-humans. Don't be put off by a lot of bloodshed. It's just a fun quick casual read, in the tradition of classic pulp.
I was never quite sure what was going on, and by the time I figured it out, I had stopped caring. It feels like it was intended to be an entirely separate story, and last minute someone tried to make it fit within the TNG universe.
Mar 13, 2014 Maggiemay1992 marked it as to-read
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This is the only Star Trek book that I've ever thought was terrible. It was very repetitive and lacked the strong story line that I have come to expect from a Star Trek book.
Different writing style then I am use to but good none the less. Liked to watch Picard and Dix solve their respective problems. Would recommend it to other Star Trek fans.
Didn't finish it. Couldn't finish it. Worst Star Trek book I've ever read. I never liked the Dixon Hill story lines in the show.
Ralph McEwen
An interesting little mystery and writing format. I was able to suss out who done it, fairly early on.
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Edward Taft
Dee W. Schofield
D.W. Smith
Sandy Schofield
Kathryn Wesley

Dean Wesley Smith is the bestselling author of over ninety novels under many names and well over 100 published short stories. He has over eight million copies of his books in print and has books published in nine different countries. He has written many original novels in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and r
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