Progenitor (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Stargazer, #2)
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Progenitor (Star Trek: Stargazer #2)

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Thirty years before the days of Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was thrust unexpectedly into command of another proud vessel: the U.S.S. Stargazer. Surrounded by a crew he doesn't entirely know or trust, the young Picard must answer the challenges of leadership....
While Picard and his...more
ebook, 283 pages
Published May 6th 2002 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published May 1st 2002)
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This book gives us information on the beginnings of the Captaincy of Jean-Luc Picard, who rose to captain the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek : The Next Generation. In this book the ship is on a routine mission when the captain decides to divert to Gnala, the homeworld of the chief engineer.

Once there the senior staff take shore leave (all at once, and in a danger zone?) to help aid the engineer with a ritual that is never explained, although enough is brought out that it is understood. Amok T...more
Picard and his senior staff aid Simenon with a personal ritual on his homeworld while Commander Wu embarks on a rescue mission on the Stargazer.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was fast-paced and hard to put down, and I finished it in a day. The circumstances of the senior staff's departure seemed dubious, but it was great fun to read. (They can all just disappear together on a personal matter without shore leave?) I was also distracted by the numerous typographical errors (Victoria is someti...more
Where do I start?

The Gnala ritual that involves fathering children -- and yet seems to involve no actual female. Even in passing.

The bizarre markings/genetic code nonsense, clearly there solely to make Greyhorse not be a useless addition to the party.

The very obvious hints about Ulelo are tiresome and heavy-handed.

And the ending, where it's not even clear what happened to the two men who have the misfortune to desire the Asmunds. Bah!

Book 4 in the series features Guinan, though. That one looks...more
This is a solid second entry of the series. I know the characters and I can just sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a fun ride. It reads like a good Star Trek episode. Plenty of principle back story and by the end I started to really get to care about some charcters and relationships. Fun read over all. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Benjamin Plume
A pretty solid second entry in this miniseries. I can't quite give it that fourth star, because it doesn't do anything to me to set it apart from an average Next Generation episode. However, an average Next Generation episode is good, so this isn't a sharp criticism. I was entertained by the read and the "new" cast of characters is fun.
Scott Vout
A much better book the book one. The characters are now familiar and Friedman picked two characters to develop a little deeper, which was nice.

The "evil" I mentioned after reading book one has developed a bit more though not yet fully evident.

Looks like book three will be in the future read pile.

Stinkaroo, even for a Star Trek novel.
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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of nearly sixty books of fiction and nonfiction, more than half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Ten of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television, radio, more than 150 comic books, most of them for DC Comics, for whom he created the Darkstars.
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