So-so. There were definite problems with adherence to the canon in both the A plot (before the first season of TNG, the Federation didn't know much about the Ferengi and had never seen them) and the B plot (people at the beginning of the 21st century in the Trek universe were busy fighting and recovering from the Eugenics Wars to be playing baseball, right?). I found the state of women's equality to be somewhat lacking for being several hundred years in the future instead of the author's time ofSo-so. There were definite problems with adherence to the canon in both the A plot (before the first season of TNG, the Federation didn't know much about the Ferengi and had never seen them) and the B plot (people at the beginning of the 21st century in the Trek universe were busy fighting and recovering from the Eugenics Wars to be playing baseball, right?). I found the state of women's equality to be somewhat lacking for being several hundred years in the future instead of the author's time of the early 1990s: Riker getting all weird about Beverley going with him to the maze and helping him get down into the pit--he's the one with the wound, why should it even occur to him that he's a *man*; the fact that he's surprised that the retainer assigned to him is a woman (even if one could write that off as being surprised that the sexist Imprimans have made a woman a retainer, his reaction doesn't come across that way); the fact that a woman can't just do her job and be viewed as valuable on that alone, but she has to be made Riker's love interest also--blech. I found the B plot a tad boring (I mean baseball's a boring enough sport to watch, let alone read about) and a little nonsensical (the idea that Data wouldn't immediately find out everything about the rules of the game and what he's expected to do to play his role is far-fetched--and he wouldn't go to Wesley either; he'd download the rule book, a baseball dictionary of slang, and watch some games...*then* he'd play the program). If he'd done that, he could have hit a home run every time he went to bat (I also don't buy that Data wouldn't be able to perceive and react accordingly to a curve ball). The C plot went nowhere (which is good because I doubt having Wesley save the day would have improved things at all). The mystery itself wasn't bad, but the problem with a backstory like this is that we have no investment in Teller's innocence or guilt, whether or not he's found dead or alive. We don't care and it's hard to believe that Riker cares either. The Impriman culture was fairly dull and the convenient/inconvenient high-tech ban seemed a little too gimmicky. I'd give it 2 stars here on GoodReads, but that seems a little low for a ST book I saw as average/ok....more
Old pal of Riker ends up accused of theft of a culture's priceless artifact, and the bearded and burly second officer must prove him innocent. Not a faboo story, but mind-candy of a Trek nature. I used to devour these like said candy, but I took my Trek any way I could find it.
Not a very good reading. The A-story isn't so bad, especially at the end it picks up the speed, and becomes fairly ok, but the B-story was pointless and boring. I couldn't care less about detailed description of baseball, an American game which I know very little about and don't care about at all. If it was some Data character moment to show sow growth, it failed to deliver.
Another story that promises much, but delivers none. Some lame story about an object that is stolen and recovered, mixed in with a LOT of baseball crap. Definitely not what I would expect from a syfy novel.
The story is a good one. There is a Data b-story, however, which didn't really fit in with the a-story at all. It was a interesting diversion, but every time one of those chapters came up I kept wishing it would get back to the real story. I also found that Mr. Friedman got some of the vernacular wrong, especially in the holodeck scenes.
I read only half this book and just had to stop reading. It's quite bad. Riker goes on a detective journey to find an old friend, while Data discovers Baseball. The Riker storyline - well, not that much happens in the first 100 pages, and its quite boring. The Data storyline, I really didn't care about at all, I think you'd have to be a fan to enjoy it. Shame really, I've liked this writers other books.
Another harmless, pleasant read from the TNG universe...although this one has the added pleasure of introducing the obsession some characters in the "Star Trek" universe have with the nearly "extinct" game of baseball. It would take DS9 to truly milk this trait for all its worth, but Michael Jan Friedman handles it rather sweetly in this novel.
I was quite into Star Trek Next Gen when I read this, but is was so incredibly poorly written and the plot so bad it just didn't do it for me, even for a fan willing to overlook some flaws to get a dose of a favourite show.
Una storia tutto sommato debole, che utilizza il "Guardiano dell'Eternità" per mettere una pezza ad una trama abbastanza improbabile ruotante attorno a Riker, a Deanna Troy e Worf, con salti temporali.
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.