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A Time to Be Born [Mass Market Paperback]

John Vornholt
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start Aug. 2 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has its share of problems, but overall it is a good start to the A Time series of TNG novels. The book has some great character moments that were sadly lacking in Star Trek Nemesis. Picard is starting to wonder if he may be forced into retirement soon, Data continues to struggle with his emotions, Beverly is feeling increasing lonely (though for Picard/Crusher lovers out there, there are hints that their relationship has taken a new turn considering Crusher wanted Jean-Luc to make the most of their last night on the Enterprise together!) These storylines make up for the slightly boring story and some laughable dialogue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Time to be Born (Book 1 of 7) June 15 2004
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The Enterprise crew has taken an assignment to the home of the fircest battle in all of the Dominion War, and the home of the worst space battle in history. Federation, Jem' Hadar, and Cardassian ships fought each other to the death here... Or was it something else that day? The Enterprise is here to keep scavengers from salvaging the derelicts and to recover bodies. Captian Leeden of the Juno, a Federation science vessel sent to study and Rashanar and recover bodies has been there for a while and remarks that there is no shortage of ways to die. She is right. Captain Picard and his loyal crew are in one of the most dangerous places in the universe. And, another interesting twist: they have someone watching over them. Wesley Crusher, former ensign and now a Traveler looks over the Enterprise because of the nightmare he saw in the Pool of Prophecy before being born into the Travelers. Will the crew of the Enterprise continue their mission and perhaps find out what happened, or will they meet the same end as the rest of the ships-death-and destruction? Read the book!
John Vornholt did a relatively good job of painting the picture here, but his writing was choppy and hard to follow at times. I liked it because of the intracate plot, but his writing was less than what I expected. I hope that you will read it and enjoy it, though, because the sequel came out pretty well. Enjoy it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Familiar" Characters? June 13 2004
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This novel, while containing a good premise, suffers deplorably from one of Vornholt's most noted issues: familiarity with established characters and poor writing.
Readers familiar with the characters of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" may find themselves wondering, based on the dialogue and actions of his characters, if Vornholt has ever actually seen the characters in action on a television screen. The two simply do not match.
Added to this is an excessivly florid writing style that attempts to describe but ultimately annoys, and a failure to understand that using the word "said" is actually okay.
The sum total of the novel, despite the interesting premise, is not enough to make it a worthy read unless you really haven't got anything else to read at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Plot Marred By Poor Writing June 7 2004
By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Vornholt has been among the most consistent writers of good Star Trek fiction, but alas he falls a bit short in "Star Trek: A Time To Be Born". This book will appeal only to those diehard Star Trek fans who are interested in finding out what happened to Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise after the film "Star Trek: Insurrection". Vornholt presents a very intriguing premise in his depiction of the Rashanar Sector's interstellar graveyard of warships left over from the epic Battle of Rashanar during the Dominion War. However, it is a premise marred frequently by poor writing and inconsistent plotting. At best this was an inexpensive, mildly entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a time to be born June 6 2004
By brooks
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i thought this book and a time to die were much better than a time to sow and a time to harvest. i almost didnt want to read the rest of a time to sow it was so bad. vornholt did a good job of showing that picard is human, that he does have flaws and vulnerabilities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Experience does not bring skill May 25 2004
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After reading Vornolt's first three Star Trek novels, I skipped everything else he's written because I couldn't stand his awful characterizations and his bad writing style. I picked up "A Time to be Born" from the library hoping that he may have learned something from writing more than ten novels, but unfortunately, he's just as bad as he's always been.
I should say first off that he plots well. I picked up his first three books because the plots sounded interesting. They still do. He's got great ideas.
However, trying to read his writing is quite difficult due to how overly flowery it is. In the first chapter, Wesley's dialogue reads like bad Tolkein fanfic. Also, he hasn't learned how to use the word "said" or how to use only one or two names for a character. For example, in the same chapter, Wesley is referred to as: Wesley, the former Starfleet Officer, the human, the newly born Traveler, and the young man. Usually he won't use the same name twice in a row, which makes for very stilted reading.
If his writing style doesn't put you off, and you want to see what could have happened to the Star Trek TNG crew between Insurrection and Nemesis, then pick it up, you might enjoy it. But I can't get past his bad writing enough to actually be able to like the book much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a decent book May 17 2004
By tammy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
the rashanar battle sight was one of the most fierces sights in the donminion war. it is also a big mystery. it is a graveyard of ships from both sides that all went on fighting until they had no more weapons. since no one lived to tell about it, it is a big enigma. the enterprise is assinged to the area to collect bodies and to keep scalpers away from the ships. easier said then done. the battle sight holds many mysteries as to how so many ships lost in this battle and if the enterprise is not careful, they can end up in the same shape.
for all you star trek fans, this book starts out very slow, building up to a spectacular ending. don't let the first part deter you from finishing or you will be disappointed. it also brings back a dear friend that i am also glad they introduced. happy reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read this book cover to cover is a couple of days. Simply could not put it down! The story is excellent and it totaly fits with the television serie philosophy. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Patrice Larivee
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage
I really fail to see how this book could have gotten seven positive reviews, except perhaps via the time-honored tradition of fake reviews by advertising peons. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Erwin J. Smiley
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN
Vornholt has written a very memorable and well done novel. This is a great start to a long series of books. I found the plot exciting and orginal. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Tommy Jeffers
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Star trek A Time to Be Born
Overall this book was great. I loved the character interation. The story was ok. My only problems werethe three admirals: Ross, Paris and Niqimoria. Read more
Published on March 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The ghosts of Rashanar, the dangers of Traveling
First off, let me start by saying that "A Time to Be Born" cannot be reviewed merely as a stand-alone; it is half of a story continued in "A Time to Die," and... Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Jason C. Garza
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish John Vornholt was writing all Nine parts of this series
In this nine part saga by Pocket Books, John Vornholt has the first two entries. Looks like a promising one. In this one Wesley Crusher returns to see his Starfleet comrades. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Picardfan007
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