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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Nightshade [Mass Market Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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Dec 1 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation (Book 24)
Newly reissued, the exciting Star Trek novel from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton!

After 200 years of civil war, the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is almost unbreathable, and the population is nearly extinct. The two warring factions have finally agreed to talk peace, and Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to help them negotiate a settlement. Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counsellor Troi beam down to Oriana, just as the Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Alone on the planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise team learns that there are people who would rather finish the devastating conflict than talk peace. Now, Worf and Troi must prevent planet-wide disaster, before time runs out.…

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After two hundred years of civil war the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is nearly unbreathable, and the people themselves are wasting away. With hope nearly gone, the two warring factions have at last settled down to talk peace, and the EnterpriseTM is sent to help them negotiate. Just after Picard, Worf, and Troi beam down, however, the ship is called away on another urgent mission, leaving them stranded alone with the Orianans, some of whom would rather not see a peace agreement reached. Picard is framed in a case of murder, and the negotiations fall to Worf.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but definitely disappointing. May 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If the reader is not familiar with Ms. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, and goes into this book expecting simply another Star Trek book by a random author, he or she will doubtless be at least mostly satisfied. The plot is above average for the genre, and if it does have a fairly common theme for Star Trek (and particularly Next Generation) novels (inhabitants of unenlightened planet are in danger of destroying their planet's ecosystem) it is a storyline that is handled fairly well here; the plot moves, and the characters seem recognizable. The writing is a bit sloppy, with a few too many commas where there should be either semicolons or periods, but not to a truly distracting extent, and the occasional misuse of a word ("breath" used as a verb, instead of "breathe", as in "give me room to breath"; "suppose" used instead of "supposed" as in "what were the powers suppose to be able to do?"; "use" instead of "used" as in "It's what our world use to be") is annoying, but again, not so frequent as to be a really terrible problem.
The real problem is that, if the reader is familiar with Ms. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, he or she comes to this book expecting something truly exceptional, and that isn't at all what he or she gets. This book was published only a year before "Guilty Pleasures", the first in the "Anita" series, but the quality here is decades behind the quality in that book. Some of the problem, admittedly, is that we are working with established characters here, none of which is Anita Blake, and much of the delight to be found in that series comes from the portrayal of that very delightful character. Perhaps Ms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #24 Nightshade - A very good early STNG novel! Sept. 21 2003
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"Nightshade" is one of the better early Star Trek The Next Generation novels! It is too bad that this author hasn't revisited the Star Trek genre since writing this particular novel. I found her writing to be quite fluid and with a great sense of style in her plot setup and execution. One of the more interesting aspects of this early STNG novel is the fact that she explored the personal dynamics between Worf and Troi, long before the actual series did.
The cover art for this particular novel is pretty much the standard fare for the earlier STNG novels in which a picture of the two primary characters for the novel are plastered on the cover.
The premise:
The planet Oriana has suffered through two hundred years of civil war and is now dying because of it. Finally realizing what they have wrought for themselves, the two warring factions seek peace at the negotiation tables and the Federation is asked to mediate. In comes Captain Picard and the Enterprise. Captain Picard, Lieutenant Worf and Counselor Troi beam down to the planet to begin the negotiations.
Just as Captain Picard and his team begin negotiations the Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Now alone on the planet, Captain Picard and his team must continue their negotiations for peace between the two warring factions but he is then accused of murder and Lieutenant Worf must continue the negotiations.
Worf and Troi now have to find a way of stopping the violence between the two warring factions to include those who do not wish for the negotiations to succeed and find a way of vindicating Captain Picard.
What follows from there is, as stated above, one of the better early STNG novels that I'd highly recommend adding to your Star Trek library. It would be nice to see this author make a revisit to this genre. {ssintrepid}
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4.0 out of 5 stars ST: TNG Nightshade July 29 2002
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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Nightshade by Laurell K. Hamilton is a book where Worf and Troi shine and Captain Picard is more in the background as the Enterprise is called away on another mission.
I found the book to be captivating and mildly fascinating as a planetary war on Oriana, which has gone on for two hundred years, has finally come to a negotiation for a settlement. After the planet's biosphere has been devastated and the people are dying. Picard, Worf, and Troi are beamed down to Oriana, but soon find that the Enterprise is called away leaving them all alone to settle the conflict. After this set up, the book takes off and Picard is accused of murder and Worf is left in charge of the negotiations. Throughout the book we see the Worf/Troi relationship begin to flower bringing them closer to one another, but the overlying problem of planetary war looms and to avert a planet-wide disaster, Worf has to negotiae the peace between the two warring factions.
Worf has Troi to fall back on, but together they unravel the truth. This is a well told story with a narrative that flows and the character development between Worf and Troi is excellent. I enjoyed this story as the main thrust of the story fell on someone else other than Captain Picard; and the Enterprise was away on another mission, which left the characters to their own resources to solve this potential disaster.
If you like Worf and Troi this is the book for you as both characters begin to explore a relationship and problem solving together.
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