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The Star Trek The Next Generation (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  300 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Three hundred years ago, the "S.S. Valiant" was destroyed during an ill-fated attempt to cross the legendary Galactic Barrier. Starfleet had always assumed that the "Valiant" had perished with all hands aboard, until a pair of unusual humanoids arrive at Starbase 209, claiming to be the descendants of a handful of "Valiant" survivors who found refuge on an M-Class planet b ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published 2000)
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This has to be my favourite Star Trek novel that I have read so far. There are so many cool things wrapped into it - it references classic ST episodes and Captain Kirk, it sets up plot lines that are resolved in other books and it shows Picard in his first command - what more can you want?

The Valiant disappeared centuries ago when it was forced to cross the Galactic Barrier. A buoy was found stating that the Captain had to destroy the ship when one of its crew developed superhuman abilities and
Apr 07, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
USS Stargazer’s latest tour of duty, second officer Lt Commander Jean-Luc Picard, is ordered to investigate the rumors of an alien species, the Nuyyad, that is reportedly planning to invade the Federation.

The Captain of the ship dies during a battle, while his first in command enters a coma, leaving Jean-Luc Picard acting captain. After a subset of the crew fails to mutiny, Picard solidifies his role as the leader of the and captain of the ship. They finally head off across to the Galactic Barr
Parsons Parsons
Nov 08, 2011 Parsons Parsons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story of Captain Picard 1st command. Often alluded to in the series but never fully fleshed out. This was a good read.
Fantastic tale of how picard becomes the youngest capt. in history.
Oct 04, 2011 rivka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrek, bookswaps
An entertaining look at a young Jean-Luc.
Mar 11, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great.
Mårten Ericson
There is no way this book has an average on 4. And that's comming from a Star Trek fan. This is a 2.5 book. It's not bad but the language is simple, there are no descriptions what so ever and the plot is neither intriguing nor very dense. The book is useful as a lesiure read on a hot summer day when you don't mind skipping a page here or there. An if you do, you won't miss a thing!
Mar 19, 2015 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this book was amazing and from the start just had a speed that a Star Trek book has. I loved how the Michael the author put the Original Series and the Next Generation together and kept it up throughout the book. This is a must read for Next Gen. fans.
Todd R
Jul 16, 2015 Todd R rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not worth the time to read. Began shuffling through this one after about 120 pages in...Very predictable from the get go, nothing new here. I will attempt book 2 simply to get more of Picard's history.
Oct 08, 2015 Batya7 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid Star Trek!
Feb 11, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No such thing as to much Stargazer.
What a great crew.
Mike really brings them to life.
Shane Amazon
Oct 04, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Valiant was a fun and enjoyable read. It's storyline answered many questions left behind by Star Trek The Next Generation. Especially how Commander Picard became Captain of the Stargazer. Although the characters are well thought-out some aspects of both the characters and the story are pretty predictable. Not an epic tale but a fun one nonetheless
Jonathon Laudinsky
The Valiant covers the rise of Picard from the stargazers second officer to its captain after a mission crossing the galactic barrier. How Picard lead the stargazer to defeat a potential hostile alien invasion of the federation, stop a munity, and find a saboteur among his crew.
Aug 30, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I didn't like this quite as much as Friedmans other Star Trek stuff. The enemy is just a faceless plot device, Picard advises Starfleet to limit contact with Kelvan colony because 1 scientist was a jerk, etc. Still good though.
Benjamin Plume
Read the Stargazer series, so I felt as though I had to go back and read this one as well. Not bad, but a little boring since the story was already rehashed ad nauseum in the other books.
Victoria Gaile
Mar 10, 2013 Victoria Gaile rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, is this awful.

I guess the sound effects are kind of neat. But good heavens, the heavy-handed writing.

It'll do to clean house by, I suppose.
Jun 14, 2012 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty decent read; one of the better Star Trek novels I've read. The cover proves conclusively, that at one time, Picard did actually have hair.
Sep 26, 2012 MVV rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Abridged Audio Book version. Its much better on TV. reading Star Trek is not as good as watching it.
Jul 28, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun- like a new episode of Star Trek!
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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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