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A Hard Rain (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  145 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A clever, page-turning thriller in which the world of the Starship Enterprise and the holodeck world of 1940s San Francisco entertwine. It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets and back into the holes they crawled out of... In the hardboiled style of a classic West Coast crime novel, HARD RAIN seamlessly blends th ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
A different sort of Trek novel...and not in a good way. The writers of these books should stick to space opera.
Dixon Hill has a case to solve. The Enterprise has lost an experiment in the holodeck. The Dixon Hill story is a lot of fun, and the way it is told is different from your normal Trek books. You don't really know what happened until near the end, and that meant that there were 2 mysteries. Though I do wonder about the holodeck sometimes as it always goes wrong. If you enjoy the Dixon Hill episodes, then this is the book for you. A good read.
Judith Paterson
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wasn't too keen on this at all. But I did decide to finish it instead of putting it down after a few pages. I hoped the story would improve but it didn't. Didn't like the way Data was portrayed as a 1 dimensional idiot and as for Luscious Bev and her high heels! It was downright disrespectful to a well qualified intelligent character. I know it was only a fantasy within a sci fi novel but I felt it took too many liberties with well established characters
Paul Lunger
Dec 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
The idea of a Dixon Hill novel seems like a good idea in theory; however, Dean Wesley Smith's "A Hard Rain" fails miserably in that category. The Dixon Hill story is called the "The Case of the Missing Heart" which plays out twofold as the holodeck malfunctions again & the Enterprise is caught in an area of space known as the Blackness. The story itself is essentially written as a bad murder mystery with the primary players being Picard as Dixon Hill, Beverly as Bev & Data as Mr. Data. T ...more
Moses Operandi
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
I can't say I enjoyed this book, but frankly, it was intriguing. The plot, the dialogue, and the fake patina of a 30s pulp crime novel were bizarre, and it had almost no substance at all. Strangely, I finished it. I guess something about it appealed to me subconsciously, and I was hooked from the first few lines: "It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets and back into the holes they crawled out of."

It wasn't good. In fact, it was prett
Jason Vargo
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
This is a story taking place almost entirely in the Dixon Hill universe. On its own, it could be a fun, enjoyable read. But the Dixon Hill story is linked to something happening to the Enterprise in the 24th century. That connection is tenuous at best and almost tedious at worst. Interspersed with Captain's Log entries, the Dixon Hill story takes twists and turns before it finally merges with the 24th century mystery. By that point, however, it's too late to redeem the story. And the ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was never quite sure what was going on, and by the time I figured it out, I had stopped caring. It feels like it was intended to be an entirely separate story, and last minute someone tried to make it fit within the TNG universe.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Didn't finish it. Couldn't finish it. Worst Star Trek book I've ever read. I never liked the Dixon Hill story lines in the show.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
dean Wesley smith delivers a great read in a hard rain. I always liked Dixon hill.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A hard rain, hard enough to wipe the slime... a fun adventure in the holodeck.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, sci-fi
This was generally OK, except that I didn't buy the basic problem, which made everything seem very contrived.
Apr 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
This is the only Star Trek book that I've ever thought was terrible. It was very repetitive and lacked the strong story line that I have come to expect from a Star Trek book.
Ralph McEwen
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting little mystery and writing format. I was able to suss out who done it, fairly early on.
Ivy M
Jul 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-books-read
Different writing style then I am use to but good none the less. Liked to watch Picard and Dix solve their respective problems. Would recommend it to other Star Trek fans.
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Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, but kind of cheesy in some spots.
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Edward Taft
Dee W. Schofield
D.W. Smith
Sandy Schofield
Kathryn Wesley

Dean Wesley Smith is the bestselling author of over ninety novels under many names and well over 100 published short stories. He has over eight million copies of his books in print and has books published in nine different countries. He has written many original novels in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and r
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