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Q-Strike (Star Trek The Next Generation, Book 49) Mass Market Paperback – 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019228
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #955,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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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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By A Customer on March 27 1999
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 8 1999
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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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