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

Greg Cox
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Sept. 13 2003
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. This book, the 3rd of a 3 book trilogy had way too much talk and background info for my liking. It appears the author took 1 exciting book and split it into 3 much weaker parts. Profits are the only reason I can think of why this was done.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a Q book should be! Aug. 15 2001
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! Q faces an enemy more powerful than himself (a storyline touched on in Peter David's incredible "Q-Squared"), but this time he is trapped aboard the Enterprise and must play a sadistic game of "Hide and Seek" against his enemy, O. The storyline involving the female Q and baby q was equally gripping, as they faced the Betazoid professor now enhanced by the Galactic Barrier (as happened to Gary Mitchell in the original series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before"). The story races along incredibly well, and makes up for the horrible sluggishness of the second book in the series. Definitely not one to miss!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Aug. 13 2001
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 bit. The ending scenes are discustingly sentimental and full of clishés, robbing the book of any credibility and seem to be added in a rush, as if as an afterthought.
In short: pointless.
If you want to read a good Q novel read "IQ" by Peter David and John DeLancie, wich is one of the most original Star Trek books to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the trilogy June 16 2000
By Mel Orr
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 side to be on. In the past of this book, we see the other Q also from the episode, "Deja Q", the female Q, Quinn from the second season episode of Voyager, "Death wish", and a Q who looks remarkably like Picard....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed Jan. 30 2000
By Thorn
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 oversmart superpowerful dieties. I could not bring myself to care for the story much
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not worth the money. Nov. 17 1999
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. In fact, many times it seems things are thrown in JUST to link them to other Trek references. I'm never a big fan of stories that do this, try to pull in characters and situations we've already seen, other than the essentials (I guess it's supposed to make the author look clever)...but this series did it so much I wanted to scream. In fact, I can't think of single character or plot device that was completely original and din't have SOME reference to something else in the Trek universe.
Having said that, there were things to like about the books, so I give it 2 stars...not totally awful, but not sure it'd be worth reading when you have other choices.
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