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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Death in Winter (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  920 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Long before Captain Jean-Luc Picard took command of the legendary Starship Enterprise, he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with Doctor Beverly Crusher. Though, for one reason or another, Picard never acted on his feelings, he found a measure of contentment as Beverly's close friend, colleague, and daily breakfast partner.
But when Doctor Crusher leaves her position on t
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published 2005)
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Tunnelrat72 It's more about their realization of the relationship they are already in and the admittance of their commitment in the usual Star Trek style.…moreIt's more about their realization of the relationship they are already in and the admittance of their commitment in the usual Star Trek style. Definitely not romantic.(less)
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Mar 28, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Okay I'd be ashamed of reading this book...but I just won't.

I mean look at that cover! At first glance you assume it's a book in which Patrick Stewart tells tales regarding his adventures as an actor. Maybe just his Shakespeare work. You see it and you think "man I like Patrick Stewart. He's smart and cool and I bet this would be a good read."

Then you realize it is in the Sci Fi section, and that the shadow isn't Stewart in a wig but an ex-Muppeteer (no really she is), and that it says STAR TRE
Oct 24, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Without some knowledge of Star Trek canon, this book might be difficult to follow. I regularly feel like I m missing some subtext with the books set after the Dominion War. I missed that part of Deep Space Nine and nearly all of the Voyager seasons due to being in college and not having time to watch, and then being out of college and too poor to buy a TV or pay for cable. Luckily for me, those events aren t nearly as important in the book as events that took place during The Next Generation ye ...more
Athena Braun
Beverly is sent to Kevratas to develop a vaccine. She is captured by Sela. Picard teams up w/ Pug Joseph & Dr. Carter Greyhorse. Greyhorse must make a vaccine before a rescue attempt can be made. I loved this book because it went deeper in Jean Luc's & Beverly's feelings for each other.It also went in some detail about how her husband Jack died. The best part though was when she arrives on the Enterprise as the new chief medical officer. I thought there were some pages in the book that w ...more
May 01, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the absolute worst ST:TNG book I've ever read.
Emily Ann Meyer
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Jun 15, 2009 Forrest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
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honestly mem
Subpar and underwhelming, but the same could be said for much of Friedman's work. Far too many unresolved and unnecessary subplots (was there any point at all to the Geordi + Worf storyline?), an abundance of woefully underdeveloped characters, a rushed ending, and little at all to recommend it. On the other hand, Crusher rescues herself! And Picard/Crusher! So, conflict.
I am a big Star Trek fan but I have never gotten into the books. I decided to give 'em a try and this was a suggested starting point. In many ways, this felt like Star Trek - the pacing, the long build up to a quick resolution - so I wasn't disappointed. I was, however, expecting more details and back story. But, I won't give a bad review based on my expectations.

There were three stories happening concurrently; Picard, Crusher and company on a Romulan planet, Political intrigue on Romulus and Wo
May 23, 2010 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I back tracked and picked up this book, hoping it would fill in some events that led up to the events in Destiny. I admit, I'm a bit disappointed. It filled in a little of the backstory but it had little to do with their relationship and ended up delving into Romulan politics and some of Picard's old crewmates from the Stargazer. It almost seems as if there was a previous book that needed to be read that filled in some information. The characters were very one dimensional and the plot was rather ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How much one enjoys the styling's, the story in Death in Winter depends on how much one knows about the Star Trek Next Generation canon, specifically what happened in the film Nemesis and the Dominion War in DS9. I can imagine your eyes glazing over, but the truth of the matter is, if you are a fan of the tv show and consider yourself a Trekkie, you too will love this book, especially if you like the relationship between Jean-Luc and Beverly Crusher. I won't get into specifics, but this book fin ...more
Felicia Latoya Brown
Finally a book that dealt with Picard's feelings for Crusher. It's not the best written ST:TNG novel I've read, but I'm glad someone decided to delve into this love that Picard had been caring for almost 30 years before this book was written. We've already seen in episodes the length he would go for Beverly (remember he stayed to be tortured by a Cardassian just because he thought the Cardassian was going to torture Beverly), so it was believable that once again he would risk everything for her ...more
I was waiting very long to read a book about Picard and Crusher, but actually I was expecting something completely different. I did expect a fast running story ... and at last the long waiting lovestory between Jean-Luc and Beverly. but to get that, one had to wait until the last word. It is quite disappointing, also if there is a happy-end in that story.

I thought it would be something like "Imzadi". That was really good and it doesn't messed up the Star Trek Canon. So why Friedman doesn't write
Jun 07, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I wanted to love this book so much, but even my inner shipper couldn't get past the fact that this is basically really terrible fanfiction. There's a subplot with Worf and Geordi that goes nowhere, a needless cameo by Admiral Janeway, and a bunch of Romulans running around plotting against each other that added very little to the story. And yet the random Romulans still managed to be more interesting than the main plotlines with Picard and Crusher. I swear I'd rather have read a whole book about ...more
I liked the plot, but this book would've been better if:

1) The sections detailing episodes of TNG weren't so annoyingly detailed. I've seen every single episode of TNG more than once, I know my canon. I didn't need 3 pages reminding me of who Sela was, for example. I can understand wanting to make sure the reader knows some of those details, but are there really people that have never seen Star Trek out there that actively seek out and read Star Trek books? Seriously.

2) The whole Picard and Crus
Tyler Volz
Dangling plot threads and some odd characterization. I'm surprised the relaunch didn't die right here with this novel.
I put off reading this book for quite a long time after I originally bought the hardcover. It was just too perfect a set up. The subject matter, the cover (which deserves 4 stars all by itself and is beautiful on my Star Trek shelf), the story. I knew it would never live up to my hopes for it.

I'm really glad, now, that I thought to read Reunion first. I knew that one contained some Beverly/Jack/Picard back story and it was actually pretty entertaining but I really decided to read it that way (b
Maurice Jr.
Sep 06, 2016 Maurice Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the wake of Riker becoming a captain and taking Troi with him to his new command and Dr. Crusher leaving to head up Starfleet Medical, Captain Picard has to break in virtually a whole new crew. But before he can do that, he has to settle the ghosts of his past.

He and Beverly have spent years dancing around one another, and decided to be just friends. With her off the ship, Picard is miserable. Before he can say or do anything about it, he gets word from an admiral that she is missing and pres
Mar 13, 2012 Talia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Star Trek book, and considering I haven't read a new one in years, when I saw the subject matter, I snatched this one up. This book focuses on Picard's efforts to rescue Beverly after she is abducted while on an undercover mission to provide a vaccine to a non-Federation world under Romulan control. (I'm geeking out!)

That is the main plot, but it is the subplot that was of monumental interest to me, and no doubt to the other fans who picked up this book. Because - FINALLY - Trek focuse
May 16, 2012 Gilliam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Perfunctory writing at its best/worst (take your pick). A paint by number "Rescue the Fair Maiden" narrative populated by paper thin characters and pointless plot lines (although it seems likely that any author writing for the Star Trek franchise is obligated to meet some sort of fan service quota, even if it contributes virtually nothing whatsoever to story development).

The most startling aspect of 2005's "Death in Winter" is that it is not Michael Jan Friedman's first book; in fact I was flabb
Nov 03, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I'm a Star Trek fan. For those who know me you either already know this or would be totally unsurprised to find this out. In point of fact I'm a Star Trek the Next Generation fan - just to be clear. I doubt I've seen more than a dozen original series episodes and while I enjoyed many of the adventures of Capt. Kirk on the big screen my heart has always been securely on the bridge of the Enterprise-D.

That said, I probably hadn't seen an episode of this show in 20 years when, quite by accident
Jan 25, 2013 Weiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of plot elements get cut short, like the romulan plans to clone captains wasn't too relevant, and a few other times I was interested in seeing a plot develop, it just kind of withered away and went another direction. The characters were well written, the length was fine and easy to read. I stayed interested in most of the characters. I thought Worf's dialog was slightly off a couple times. But most of the dialog was fantastic, so I can look past it. I hoped for more interaction with Picard ...more
Just A. Bean
I went into this book with all the good will in the world, and came out feeling pretty grumpy. For something billed as the fruition of 20 years of sexual tension between Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, it certainly didn't have a hell of a lot of romance in it. They probably only had five pages where they were in the same room together. Granted, there was a certain amount of pining, but nothing that happened seemed to warrant a change in status of their relationship.

Instead, we got several h
Mar 21, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I read a ST fanfic book. It was handed to me and how could I deny Patrick Stewart's face on the cover, beckoning me in? I'd never read a ST novel before. It was definitely what I expected it to be: pulpy, action-packed, quick-paced, lots of name-dropping of well-known ST characters, TV shows, and films. Overall, very enjoyable. I read it in about a day.

The book takes place in Romulan space, post ST: Nemesis, and before the star near Romulus explodes in the new JJ Abrams' ST movie. Captain P
Carl Bussema
Picks up the events after Star Trek: Nemesis. Riker & Troi are off (he finally accepted his own command). Data is dead. Dr. Crusher has accepted (again) a post as the head of Starfleet Medical. Worf is acting XO and Geordi is still Chief Engineer. The ship is in SpaceDock for repairs following the beating it took in the movie.

The book largely focuses on a Romulan Empire subject world where the native (non-Romulan) citizens are suffering from a disease and the Empire seems to be ignoring them
Christopher Jones
Jan 06, 2014 Christopher Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Good story to help move us beyond the events of Nemesis. Picard's feelings for Beverly are something we've always known were there. Clearly they weren't going to be acted upon onscreen, but that's why it's great that we have the literature to move us beyond the constraints of television storytelling.

To be honest, though, the most interesting aspect of Death In Winter is the political upheaval within the Romulan Empire. I wasn't thrilled to have Sela back, if only because I don't like it when fam
Oct 03, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Death in Winter begins by explaining how Picard's genetic material was gathered in order to create Shizon from the movie Nemesis.

Crusher is on a mission to save a race of people who are suffering a plague while also suffering under Romulan occupation. This is a covert operation that finds her held captive by the Romulans. Call in Picard and two men from his past to rescue her.

The reason this book exists is to finally have Picard admit to Crusher that he loves her. It is also the first treatment
If you follow Star Trek: The Next Generation, you know that one of the knowns in that universe is Captain Jean-Luc Picard is in love with Dr. Beverly Crusher. But when Dr. Crusher marries his best friend Jack, Picard buries his feelings. After Jack dies tragically ( which happens pre- TV-series) and Crusher is assigned under his command, Picard never acts on or voices (for the most part) his feelings out of respect for his friendship with Jack. But it’s always there.

As a result, fans like me spe
Mar 24, 2016 Derkanus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2016 Farfoff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I stopped reading this only about 85 pages in. I still don't "really" know what the plot is at this point, nearly 1/4 in. These characters are over explained -- every time someone new is introduced we learn their entire backstory -- which means that if you already knew it, you are bored and if not, confused / off plot. I have read books by Friedman before and enjoyed them, but this one is pretty bad. I would have preferred to see more of BC's story -- her decision to go on the mission, her previ ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Early 'Trek books stuck to the sci-fi formula very well. The crew encountered some kind of scientific, ethical, or philosophical mystery and resolved it. Just like the episodes. By contrast, later 'Trek books are more like the movies in that they focus on character dynamics above all else. Death in Winter is basically nothing but Picard/Crusher shipping, so much that it doesn't feel at all like Star Trek to me.

I'm not going to surmise the plot much, you'd read the book if you cared that much. B
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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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