Q-Strike (Star Trek The Next Generation, Book 49) Mass Market Paperback – 1998
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The mischievous creature who calls himself Q has subjected Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to many of their strangest experiences. But little had been known of Q's curious existence or that of the advanced dimension from which he comes. But now Picard knows more than he ever dreamed about an ancient conflict whose consequences might spell the doom of the entire galaxy. The galactic barrier has fallen and Q's oldest enemy is free once more. Captain Picard and his crew find themselves in the middle of a cosmic war between vastly powerful entities. The future of the Federation may be at stake, but how can mere mortals turn the tide in such a superhuman battle? Picard has to find a way, or neither the Q Continuum note the galaxy will survive.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by Allen E. Stern
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 2001 by Brian Reaves
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
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 morePublished on June 16 2000 by Mel Orr
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 morePublished on Jan. 29 2000 by Thorn
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 1999 by Mary Jo Sminkey
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 morePublished on Sept. 15 1999