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(Star Trek: Stargazer #4)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In 1893 a time-traveling Jean-Luc Picard encountered a long-lived alien named Guinan, who was posing as a human to learn Earth's customs. During this "first encounter," Picard saved Guinan's life, a favor she would never forget.
Five centuries later, Captain Picard, now commander of the Starship Enterprise ™, brought Guinan aboard as the ship's "bartender." The hope was t
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published August 25th 2003)
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D. H.
This episode's tie-in with TOS
For the first time, the tie-ins were with TNG and DS9. The TNG episodes were Time's Arrow (5.26 & 6.1), and the movie Generations. The DS9 tie-in involves Enabran Tain, a recurring badie.

The defector of the episode is...
Yes the odd theme of betrayal continues, and this time it was (view spoiler)However the ongoing story of (view spoiler) continues as well.

It was awes
Laurie Kazmierczak
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A look back before Captain Picard took control of the Enterprise. The set up is a bit contrived as Picard is the only person who can rendezvous with a friend from his past to pass on info to the Federation. But the action, aliens, and environment of Obivion keeps the novel interesting. The adventure adds even more interest as Guinan has a major role in the whole scheme.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, space-opera, star-trek
Guinan! A nice backstory for Guinan, and adventure for young Picard. Complicated and good multi-threaded story as Friedman fills in Picard's history as a young captain.
Toby Quaranta
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just not well written. Such a great idea that fell flat. Abandoned after a few chapters.
Anja Braun
Picard is 28 and Cpt. of the StarGazer. He goes to Oblivion to meet with a Zartani named Demmix who supposedly has information on a new sort of tactical system being installed in the Ubbarak's warships. His family was killed by the Ubbarak so his revenge was giving information to the federation. Picard arrives and goes to a bar to waste time before the meeting. This is where he meets a woman who seems to know him.Picard is accused of setting a bomb and is taken to a cell. The woman who he met re ...more
Scott Vout
Book 4 of the 6 book series and by far the best one so far.

This book introduced the Guinen character, a personal favourite of my from the Next Generation

This one is mostly about Picard on a secret mission and his exploits therein.

All in all, very enjoyable for a Star Trek believer.

On to book 5.
I've been really enjoying the Stargazer series, so I was disappointed in Oblivion, in comparison. The book is okay, but I had high hopes for this book because it featured Guinan. I didn't feel that the plot or the character driven subplots were all that interesting, so for me, it dragged.
Benjamin Plume
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
The best of the Stargazer books so far. The intrigue involved on Picard's mission away from the ship is well-executed, and there are plenty of great character moments for those who remain aboard Stargazer.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, books-i-own
Not terrible, not super memorable. To me, Picard didn't really feel very...Picard-y. And that's probably because he was a young Picard without the calm and wisdom that comes with age and experience. It still threw me off for most of the book though, and I came away largely disappointed.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book that goes into how Picard met Guinan. I enjoyed it a lot
Brian Delambre
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I havn't really read Star Trek books in the last 14 years, but I am really enjoying the Stargazer series by Friedman. I do miss seeing Next Gen on the air, and really loved the new movie.
Fun, wonderful. A really good read.
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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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