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Survivors: True Tales of Endurance [Mass Market Paperback]

Jean Lorrah
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March 15 1991 Star Trek Next Generation (Numbered) (Book 4)
Treva is an isolated human colony on the fringes of known space on the verge of becoming a true interstellar community, a full fledged menber of the Federation. But now the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM has received a distress signal for Treva is in the throes of a violent revolution, a revolution led by a merciless warlord who has committed countless atrocities in the name of freedom.

Data and Lt. Tasha Yar are dispatched to investigate. Once they reach Treva, they discover the truth, and any possible solution may be far more complex than a simple rebellion. Treva's president wants more then Starfleet's good words in her fight against the rebels, she wants their weapons technology.


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Treva is an isolated human colony on the fringes of known space on the verge of becoming a true interstellar community, a full fledged menber of the Federation. But now the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM has received a distress signal for Treva is in the throes of a violent revolution, a revolution led by a merciless warlord who has committed countless atrocities in the name of freedom.

Data and Lt. Tasha Yar are dispatched to investigate. Once they reach Treva, they discover the truth, and any possible solution may be far more complex than a simple rebellion. Treva's president wants more then Starfleet's good words in her fight against the rebels, she wants their weapons technology.


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4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #4 - Survivors - A superb early STNG novel! July 14 2003
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Of all of the early Star Trek The Next Generation novels, this one definitely stands out among the rest as being one of the better ones. Granted, there are a few back story or canon errors within this one but that is to be expected as this one was written very early in the series run on television and the author had no idea where the series was going to go with respect to certain aspects. The sad thing is that this fine author has only published four novels in the Star Trek arena, two Original Series novels and two STNG novels. Considering how well she wrote these novels, it would be very nice to see her make a foray back into Gene Roddenberry's universe. For fans of Lieutenant Tasha Yar, this quick but excellent novel is a real treat.
The premise:
As this was written very early in the television series, the author picked up well on the dynamic interpersonal relationship between Commander Data and Lieutenant Tasha Yar. In doing so, she put these two characters in the midst of away mission on their own, dropping them off on a human colony known as Treva. They quickly become embroiled in the situation to include running into a Starfleet fugitive that just so happens to have been Tasha's former fiancé. While this human colony "was" intent on becoming a Federation member (which is a bit of an irony considering that it is a "human" colony), they find themselves having to deal with a violent revolution. Now Data and Yar find themselves in the middle of a bloody revolution and having to find a way to end the bloodshed and stay alive at the same time.
What follows is as I stated above, an excellent early STNG novel that captures the dynamic of the relationship between Data and Yar extremely well. The last chapter of this outstanding novel is also quite intriguing as well.
I highly recommend this novel to any and all fans; die hard or casual, of the Star Trek genre as it well exceeds the Star Trek novels of its time. {ssintrepid}
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for Tasha Yar fans... Aug. 16 2001
By Alaria
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When the Enterprise receives a distress call from the planet Treva, security chief Tasha Yar and android science officer Data are dispatched to investigate. What the two discover, however, is far more than a simple conflict between the government and a group of rebels. Data must escape from the clutches of the exotic Trevan president Nalavia, while Tasha is forced to confront painful memories when a member of the resistance turns out to be the first man she ever loved, Darryl Adin, a former Starfleet officer convicted of treason and murder six months before they were due to be married. With time running out, Data and Yar must discover the truth in order to save both the planet of Treva from destruction and escaped criminal Dare Adin from life imprisonment in a rehabilitation clinic...
Of all the Star Trek books I have read so far, I would rank "Survivors" as one of the highest. Tasha Yar was my favourite of the Enterprise-D crew up during the first season and I always felt that her death in the episode "Skin of Evil" was a disappointing end to the one of the strongest female characters seen on Star Trek to date. There were so many aspects of the character that could have been developed or were never explained and this book at least provides some consolation. I'm not completely sure, but as far as I know this is the only novel to focus on Tasha and for that reason alone "Survivors" is a must-have for all fans of the character. Very little of the remainder of the Enterprise crew is seen: Data and Yar are the principal characters and much of the novel is set in flashbacks to Yar's past. There are a few minor continuity errors of course, no mention is made of Tasha's sister Ishara and her home planet is given a new name - not the author's fault because these facts were revealed long after the book's publication. Overall, this was a fantastic book and I definitely recommend it to all Star Trek fans and especially to those of Tasha Yar.
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I never did forgive the writers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for their treatment of Tasha Yar, easily the most interesting character on the show. First they radically underutilized her, then wrote her out of the show entirely. Okay, they wrote her out because the actress wanted out, but perhaps if the character hadn't been so underutilized, Denise Crosby wouldn't have wanted out. And in any case, if they were going to write her out, they could have done so without killing her, and if they absolutely HAD to kill her off, they could have done so in a way that wasn't so completely trivial and worthless.
This book gives us a wonderful look into the character of Tasha Yar, as well as a bit of insight into Data and the interrelationship of the two. It is a marvellous precursor to "Metamorphosis", another Next Generation Novel by Jean Lorrah. It is easily the best "Next Generation" novel I've read to date. The ending seemed a bit rushed, as Ms. Lorrah takes us through the story of the end of Tasha's life, without being willing to go into great detail, assuming that we've seen the episode that tells that story. But that is my only complaint, and it is a minor one, because she DOES tell enough of the story to fill in someone who isn't familiar with it. It simply felt a bit rushed, as I say.
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The life of Tasha Yar,Next Generation's Security Officer, unfolds in a story even a non-Trekkie could love!From her sad childhood as a wild orphan,to her rescue by the dashing Dare, and finally her death in the hands of the evil Armus, the reader is drawn in by her unwavering sense of duty to Starfleet.Even her love for Dare could not distract her from her mission in life.

Tasha Yar was a perceptive, caring woman who cherished her relationship with the android Data. Her perception of him enhanced our understanding of his almost humanoid qualities. Once they were lovers,but then they were colleagues facing war together.Surprisingly, the android could be jealous of Tasha's rekindling of her relationship with Dare.

This book is a meaningful tribute to a strong woman, a great role model and one of the most shining characters in Star Trek history, Lieutenant Tasha Yar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Survivors centers around my two favorite ST:TNG characters, namely Lt. Tasha Yar and Lt Cmrd. Data. It reveals intimate details of Tasha's past that were never allowed into the... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by "the_phantoms_opera"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book
Alright, this is my favorite book. I began reading and watching Trek in June and even if I wasn't a Trekker, I would love this book. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by "star_trekker121"
5.0 out of 5 stars As fine a story of people, feeling beings, as you will ever
Trust me, this is one fine novel.
I'm a 57 year old, very practical, lawyer. I'm not a particular Trekkie, though I have watched and read a fair amount of it. Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by A reader in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE LONG AND PROSPER, TASHA YAR...NOT!
'SURVIVORS' IS (AS OF THIS WRITING) THE ONLY STAR TREK BOOK TO FOCUS (BASICALLY) ON LT. NATASHA YAR. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2001 by TJAMES03
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I read this one twice. Something I rarely do. I wont tell you the ending (that you dont already know) but at the end we relive the gut-wrenching memorial of Tasha Yar with... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2000 by Derrick Ryals
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential For TASHA YAR Fans
Out of every ST book I've read, this is still my favourite. It provides you with much-needed information about the late security chief, Tasha Yar. Read more
Published on July 15 1999 by Jyotii
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute To Tasha Yar!
This book offers a glimpse into the brief life of the Enterprise's late security chief Tasha Yar. We barely got to know her on the television show, now you can read all about the... Read more
Published on June 20 1997
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