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Q-Strike (Star Trek The Next Generation, Book 49) [Paperback]

Greg Cox
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST: TNG - The Continuum: Q-Strike Aug. 17 2002
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuum: Q-Strike written by Grex Cox is the concluding part of the trilogy called the Continuum. As Riker heads for the "safty" of the outer fringes of the galactic barrier to escape the Calamarain, as the Enterprise is in grave circumstances, with psychokinetic energy of the barrier battling the Enterprise crew, as the shields are modified to absorb this energy; and the Q going to war with O and Jean-Luc Picard is still along for the transcendental ride through the galaxy with Q.
This book does grab you and it does keep you interested as to how will this Q-ish nightmare of cosmic war will end, as Jean-Luc Picard completes this strangest of all experiences through demensions... will the galaxy be doomed. As ancient conflicts resume between powerful enemies... Picard is now in the middle and the consequences are existence itself.
This book wraps-up some of the loose ends that Q has created and has a rather Picard solution to it. As this third installment of the trilogy was the best of the lot, you will find that the narrative to be the best, also. All in all, with the surpreme challenge at hand, who better to trust the galaxy's fate... none other than Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the weakest of the 3 books. Jan. 23 2000
By David
This entire trilogy is a gold mine for those of us who are fascinated by Q. Unfortunately, it is probably not going to appeal to those who find Q annoying, or those looking for a classic Picard-centered adventure.
However, having said that, this book is my pick for the weakest of the 3. Q has shared a part of his history with Picard, attempting to convince Picard to stop the Enterprise-E from making a big mistake... but they return to the Enterprise too late to stop it. With the release of a superbeing that makes Q look like Mother Teresa (well, maybe not THAT nice, but you get the idea), Q shows that he is far from being a perfect being. In fact, he gets scared right down to his socks (do they wear socks in the Continuum?) Admittedly, even though this does give a great insight into the basic character of Q, it doesn't make for very pleasant reading.
Also, this book can seem rather disjointed at times, since Q and his enemy tend to flash all over the ship during their battle, and because there are other problems facing the Enterprise-E.
All in all, a nice wrap-up to the trilogy, but perhaps in need of a quick re-edit.
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1.0 out of 5 stars People should strike from reading this series Nov. 2 1999
By A Customer
I'm probably gonna get a lot of email on this, but this book disappointed me on several levels. One, it could have been told in a single novel. Two, the characters were poor and you could care less about any of the people. Lastly I found it somewhat offensive in the way a certain character, The One, was portrayed as a representative of GOD in the Christian faith. If you doubt me, read some of the dialog of this character and find that except for one word or two many of it pronoucements are directly from the bible. Biblesque if you will.
Now I am no Jerry Falwell by ANY means, but I found that the idea that Christianity is based upon a evil entitiy more than a little bit offensive. I have been reading SCI-FI and fantasy for MANY year and understand the poetic license, but I hate to see a writer to cowardly to express his true feelings and disguise it in some truly weak writing and characterization. I'm sure others will see it another way, but then again this is my 1000 words for a review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not canon,but should be! March 27 1999
By A Customer
The INCREDIBLE finale to an INCREDIBLE trilogy!The three Q books are definatly my favorite "Star Trek" books.0 is a fantastic villian,malevolent and theroly sadistic,just the way I like'em.His dark ditties and great way Mr.Cox descibes 0's aloneness, almost(almost.)makes you feel sorry for him.Cox also does a great job of showing a niave young Q,and that even onipitant entities make mistakes.The creation of the origins of Gorgan,the ONE(also known as a false"God"),(*),and the Barrier are masterful.Another really funny scene is in ten forward,with Q,the female Q,and q.In fact all the scenes with them are funny.I have being waiting for an author to reintroduce them,and Cox does a good job,esp. on the female Q.But best of all are the delightful nuances that Q and Picard throw at each other.Even though novels are not considered canon,these are for me ,at least until the Creators come up with better canons. These books are so great,that this review doesn't do them justice.So,to do them justice, read them.Of course, these books do have one flaw.They end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Trilogy!!! Feb. 8 1999
By A Customer
The first book was great,the second book was amazing, the third book was wonderful,the story was great, the characters were great and the plot was great. But the best part of all was Q and Q and q. I was hoping for the longest time that someone would incorporate Q's wife and child into a novel and Cox did just that. And he did it wonderfully! I don't see what everyone else is saying but when I understood all the references, it made me feel like a real trekker, I like the references. I also liked the idea of someone who could rival the power of the Q. This trilogy answered many of my unanswered questions and actually stimulated me to pull out my "Deja Q" episode(Calamarain) and Star Trek 5, just to refresh my memory of the amazing creatures in this trilogy. The one thing that I found funny though was the fact that the advanced Tkon could'nt deal with some entities that Kirk took out in an hours episode, well I guess that's just Kirk for you. Overall though, the trilogy was one of the best I have ever read and Cox is now among my authors hall of fame along with Peter David and others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Well, being a long-time Trekkie (TNG is my favorite), I was quite disappointed with this book. Liked the premise, liked the characters, did not like the execution. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by Allen E. Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a Q book should be!
After starting well in book one, and then slowly down to a crawl in book two,book three lets loose with some of the best story telling in the book series! Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by Brian Reaves
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
The third book in the Q-Continuum trilogy is positively the worst.
It's boring and incredibly predictable, packed with pointless scenes that don't help the story progress one... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2001 by Mikael Kuoppala
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the trilogy
In this conclusion of this incredible trilogy ends with anoutstanding climax. After the destruction of the Tkon Empire, leadsthe first Q Continuum war, which Q is torn to whose... Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Mel Orr
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
While I like an occasional StarTrek novel, this one reads like a waste of time, and not only because I can't quite get into suspension of disbelief where humandoids normally... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2000 by Thorn
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not worth the money.
How frustrating to pay for 3 books to get a story that really isn't worth a single book. Definitely agree with the others that this was too drawn out. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 1999 by Mary Jo Sminkey
1.0 out of 5 stars agony from start to finish
I was expecting a lot from this trilogy, but I found the story stretched beyond measure to fill up 3 books, the characterization very flawed (how could Mrs Q not realize that her... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it's anoying!
Aparently Cox decided he had explain every undefined mystery in the star trek universe! From the dinos, to the barier on the inner and outer part of the galaxy, to why Q hangs... Read more
Published on July 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Not canon,but should be!
The INCREDIBLE finale to an INCREDIBLE trilogy!The three Q books are definatly my favorite "Star Trek" books. Read more
Published on March 27 1999
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