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The Peacekeepers

(Star Trek: The Next Generation #2)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,307 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Exploring a deserted alien spaceship, Lt. Commander Data and Lt. Geordi La Forge suddenly find themselves transported light years away – into the middle of a deadly conflict!

While Captain Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise™ search feverishly for the missing crewmen, Data and La Forge discover they are in a station almost identical to the one they were exploring, hi
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vast improvement from the first TNG novel. The first couple of tie in books in a series never fully has the characteristics perfect, but I could hear the actors voices more clearly in this one.

The story’s main focus sees Data and Geordi stranded from the rest of the crew, there’s some nice dialogue between the pair.

As this is set during the first season, I felt that the story fitted in seamlessly. A little slow in places but nevertheless and enjoyable read.
Octavia Cade
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bit of a mixed bag here. The writing's thoughtful and it's a book about ideas rather than action, although there is some of the latter, no question. But the first half is also very slow and just a wee bit dull. I was planning on two stars until the halfway point, where things began to improve quite a bit and even some of the rather heavy-handed allegories weren't impacting on my enjoyment. I was beginning to think this was a solid three star read, until we hit the ridiculous ending. Worf finally ...more
Lolly's Library
OMG this was such a slog to get through! This story was so talky, which isn't necessarily bad, but in this case nothing gets done or even really said. It was also boring and, in many ways, poorly written thanks to Gene DeWeese not knowing how TNG crew interacts with one another. (As I said in my update, Counselor Troi would never call the captain 'Jean-Luc' while on the bridge; I don't believe she even called him 'Jean-Luc' in private. That would've been Beverly's privilege. Troi would use eithe ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, tng
In many ways, I felt that The Peacekeepers works well as a TNG adventure. While some of the characterizations are still not quite what we see on screen, you can tell that the book series is starting to better align with the show as we go forward. The guest characters have an interesting role to play, and while the plot isn't the most exciting, this novel still managed to keep my interest throughout. Overall, a satisfactory early adventure for the TNG crew.

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Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fun little romp. An ancient derelict spaceship and disappearing crewmen? I'm down. ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After reading the first book I was really hoping the second would turn things around for the characters. It sort of succeeded on this front, because I didn’t feel as outraged by the characters as the first book. So whatever attempt the author made to simulate the characters they did a semi decent job. Data still feels a bit off, but I went back and watched the first season and I feel like his character changed a bit between the first and second seasons. Since these novels are based around the fi ...more
Daniel Shaw-cosman
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not a worthwhile TNG novel. Some interesting insights into how Geordi sees the world, but otherwise it takes place mostly off of Enterprise and is not very interesting. Also, Troi kept calling the captain "Jean Luc". Very strange... ...more
Martijn Hartman-maatman
Even for a big fan like me this book is hard. The story is lame, the characters are just stupid and nothing really happens. It's just a long and than this happens and than this happens.... ...more
Jesse A
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
Just dull. I kept waiting for something interesting but nothing.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Aside from providing mindless diversion on a train ride, there isn't much positive to be said for this. It makes a poor sci fi story, has awkward characterization even for a plot set in TNG's inferior first season, and stretches believability within the broad confines of the Star Trek universe. The story unfolds in an agonizingly slow manner where half the time is spent with futile searching by the Enterprise's early engineer and the constant berating of the crew by a demanding Picard. For awhil ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Early novel for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it shows. As I start to read all of the novels 30 years after the show debuted, I now realize that the authors that they picked to write the first handful of novels had no clue about any of the characters, the backgrounds or personalities. The story was not compelling as the dangers that Data and Geordi faced were week and didn't have any tension. I kept wanting to care about the characters, but I just couldn't. There was no action at all, it j ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
The worst Star Trek TNG I have ever read. These expanded cannon books can be hit or miss, but this one is like Bizzaro World TNG. Nobody acts like they would in the series. Picard is mean and cranky and yelling at everyone. Gerodi walks all over the Prime directive (after repeatedly thinking to himself, “Is this what Picard would do?”) Data just plays along with the whole thing. They put a whole world (and their lives) at risk because of it.
Morbus Iff
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
Being very early in the TNG timeline, both show and novel, this was "nothing more" than a parable of our world and future potentially going astray if we don't get our act together. Low-tech and unknowingly inaccurate (it claims Geordi has no physical eyes vs. just being blind), but the episodic beats were predictably hit. The ending was an incredible farce of eye-widening "really?!" ...more
Don Incognito
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even twenty years or more after reading it, I remember that this was a particularly interesting and engrossing Star Dreck novel. Gene DeWeese's Star Dreck novels usually are. It's about someone using abandoned alien weapons to prevent war through fear on his planet. ...more
Tyler Michael Jonsson
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Mark R.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some reviewers have written that this second "Star Trek: The Next Generation Book" is an improvement on the first, "Ghost Ship," due in part to the characters being closer to their TV counterparts. Maybe there's something to that bit about Picard's and Riker's personalities, but story-wise, I'll take "Ghost Ship's" weird, sort-of-ghostly tale over "The Peacekeepers" and its dull villains and dragging pace.

The Enterprise finds a derelict craft hovering above a planet. They send some of their peop
Joe Sullivan
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Stopped reading it, never finished. This books suffers greatly from having been written way too soon, by someone not fully familiar with the characters.
The story revolves primarily around Data and Geordi. Geordi's overreaction to everything is partly forgiveable, but oh shit, Data is just annoying. Every single thing has to be in-depth analyzed. Data has never been portrayed as, well, stupid as he is in this book. And it happens a lot.
Not worth having to go through that in every single Data "sce
Daniel Nichols
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ideas weren't bad, but there's a Prime Directive breach right off the bat, and the characters obviously hadn't been fleshed out well in the universe by the time this was written... There's tons of unnecessary explanation of in-universe things, and weird terminology. Picard in particular, as he seems like much less of a cool, competent leader... He hourly demands things of everyone which they must themt calmly tell him aren't possible, which frankly kinda makes him look a little stupid. He ha ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek, 2018, kindle
Eh....this wasn’t very good. It felt like watching season one. I figured it wouldn’t be great though, mainly because it’s so early in the series.

My major complaint was not the story itself really, but the interactions between characters. Some of the things they said were eye rolling. I kept saying to myself, they wouldn’t say that, this makes no sense for the period of time, why are they making a quirky reference to money?, etc.

Anyway, here’s to hoping the next one is better.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Maybe it's just because the last Trek book I read was such dog shit, but I really enjoyed this one. The plot, and especially the ending, were super contrived (when the characters in the novel talk about how unbelievable the book's resolution is, you know there is a problem), but if you are going to enjoy any Star Trek media at all then you have to cut it some slack because that's just how Star Trek is. ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A derelict space platform transports Data and La Forge to a planet where discovered technology has formed the basis for a despotic government who enforce peace at all costs.

Written before the series aired, 'The Peacekeepers' manages to capture the feel of the characters very well and the novel holds together as well as any of the first season episodes.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, sci-fi
This was pretty decent. I felt like it was an accurate presentation of the characters most of the time and the plot felt like it easily could have been an episode of the show. That said it was a pretty predictable plot and the twists or big reveals weren’t very shocking. I had a pretty good time reading it anyway.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I could totally see this as an episode. Mystery, danger, ancient space derilicts, mistaken identities, nuclear armageddon... this book is packed with a lot of stuff. The descriptions are more streamlined, which makes it more realistic and in some ways more readable than its predecessor, but also loses a little something. Still, in terms of Star Trek plot, well done!
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It's hard not to like a Data/Geordi adventure. This one is much better than the first book of the series. It's 98% of a four-star novel. But the last 5 or 6 pages it falls apart and is victim to over-complicated contortions that plays out with Worf in ridiculous role-playing on the holodeck, all in the name of the Prime Directive. I'd give those last few pages 2-stars. ...more
Jesse Booth
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have very few gripes with the story. My biggest annoyance was the overuse of the word descriptive word “virtually.” But it was a fun little TNG story that explores Geordi and Data, which is always grand.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: trek
Classic Trek.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Geordi and Data and this story focused primarily on them. The ideas are interesting and the pacing is good. The end is a bit anticlimactic but otherwise a good read.
Michael Hanscom
A bit of early TNG taking on the Prine Directive. A marked improvement from the last (first) novel, but still obviously at a point where the characters were still being developed.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, unreadshelf2020
Let's just completely throw the prime directive out the airlock!
That's okay, still enjoyed it!
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
No idea what is going on between the two ‘Shar’ brothers...
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