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A Time to Be Born [Mass Market Paperback]

John Vornholt
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Time to be Born (Book 1 of 7) June 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage April 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
The characterizations are extremely one-dimensional and are different from just about any other Star Trek story, canon or otherwise. In most cases the dialogue is outrageously painful to read. The setup and plot for the first half of the novel are extremely contrived, and I dislike being lead through an excessive number of hoops just so the author can set up the exact scenario he wants for the second half of the book.
I bought this novel as an ebook. After reading it, I'm contemplating perhaps skimming the next 1-2 in Borders. If those don't seriously impress me, I won't even bother with the rest of the series, and I strongly recommend that nobody else do so either.
If you want plot arcs in the Star Trek universe, I suggest looking elsewhere. If you want to preserve a respectable opinion of this author, I suggest reading his TNG novel "Masks" or TOS novel "Sanctuary" instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ghosts of Rashanar, the dangers of Traveling March 3 2004
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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 those who lambaste it for being either too rushed or too slow obviously have not finished the second half. With that out of the way, on to the review.
Simply put, if this is what the "A Time to..." series is going to be like, then we are certainly in for a treat. Vornholt probes deeply into the psyches of the "Enterprise" crew, giving even the little-used (but known) characters of Perim and Vale face time. Empathy is key in "Born," as we see in the opening chapters when the Traveler (Wesley Crusher, completing his training) comforts the old woman. We see the possibility of "Enterprise" self-destructing, alone in space, and feel the horror, pain, and shock Wesley feels watching his home explode. He feels helpless and decides to go against his Traveler training to help his former comrades.
And then the action begins. "Enterprise" is sent to assist with the recovery efforts in the Rashanar sector, working in tandem with "Juno" and the Ontailians, a superstitious race whose fear of Rashanar borders on devotional. Quickly we learn the politics and dangers of Rashanar; Picard, Data, and LaForge are ambushed on the hulk of a dead starship, and the result is the theft of the captain's yacht, "Calypso" (really, there is no luck with these captain's yachts). The Androssi are the culprits (for those who have not read the S.C.E. e-books, where we have the first mention of this pirate/foraging race, there is background information, so all is not totally new) and become the catalyst for the novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start
This book has its share of problems, but overall it is a good start to the A Time series of TNG novels. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars "Familiar" Characters?
This novel, while containing a good premise, suffers deplorably from one of Vornholt's most noted issues: familiarity with established characters and poor writing. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by James E. Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Plot Marred By Poor Writing
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". Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by John Kwok
4.0 out of 5 stars a time to be born
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. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars a decent book
the rashanar battle sight was one of the most fierces sights in the donminion war. it is also a big mystery. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by tammy
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
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 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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