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A Time to Die (Star Trek The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

John Vornholt
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather dull Aug. 7 2005
By A Customer
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A rather dull conclusion to the first part of the A Time series of books. The story was slow and repeatative and the writing leaves much to be desired. Like A Time to be Born the dialoge is horrible, and sounds nothing like the characters. If you're a hardcore TNGer or you want to read the entire A Time Series then go ahead, other wise avoid the first two novels in this series.
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I can't begin to tell you how shocked I was at the reviews for this book. Not only does the author have trouble representing the characters truthfully (I mean he only has seven years of TV episodes and four movies to study), but the writing was horrendous, just like every other book I've read by this author.
But overall, I was most disappointed with the characterizations. I didn't see the crew I love, which was what I was hoping for. If you want to see a Star Trek crew back in action where the books read so clearly that you can actually see the story as if it were an episode, go get the DS9 relaunch.
I pray that the other authors in this series show me the TNG crew, because this author couldn't find them.
Oh, one last thing: It is not 'witty' or 'inventive' to rehash dialogue directly from episodes or movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Better than Vornholt's previous novel June 19 2004
By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER
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John Vornholt's "A Time to Die" works better as a work of Star Trek fiction than his earlier "A Time to be Born", since he does a better job fleshing out characters. However, this novel is still replete with serious plot errors and oversights, most notably in its depiction of Wesley Crusher's love affair with Star Fleet Counselor Colleen Cabot. Why they fall for each other is simply glossed over, and Wesley's coming to grips with her tragic demise could have been written in such a way to show some growth in his character. Still, to Vornholt's credit, he has written a somewhat better installment in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Die (Book 2 of 7) June 16 2004
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Picard has been cleared of all charges. But he wants to go back to the Rashanar Battle Site. Counselor Coleen Cabot is his caretaker now, and Picard is still seperated from his ship and his crew. But now, at least, he doesn't have to worry about court-martials. Then Wesley Crusher meets Cabot and whisks her away to another place. Using his powers as a Traveler, Wesley takes her to Rashanar, hwere anything can happen. The Ontaillians are in charge, and it seems that anyone can go in-but not out. Picard is finally released to his ship, but is considered a civilian. He cannot help to command his ship, nor can he help get the mission underway, until a unique opportunity presents itself, and he takes it, to find the doppleganger and unlock his shackles for freedom!
I liked this book a lot better than the first one-for one thing, it was easier to follow, and it had a lot more action in several parts. i would definately reccommend this to whoever would read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars much better than the first book May 26 2004
By tammy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
a time to die starts out with wesley the traveler trying to convince several people in the higher ranks of starfleet to at least believe captain picard's story. after some negotiations the enterprise crew is allowed to return to rashannar to try and discover the mystery behind the graveyard. they encounter all types of adventures that prove very enlightening and answer a lot of questions. for all of you fans that sort of went to sleep in the first book, this one is much better written and does not jump all over the place.
it is my believe that the books will each get better because if they did not what would make us come back and read all 9?
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book was just, well...not very good. May 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I did not enjoy reading this book, or the first one in this series. Poor characterizations, disjointed action, plodding plotlines, and a lack of flow in the writing style made me feel like I had to work hard just to get through these books.
While I was glad to see Wesley get some play time, I couldn't figure out the Colleen Cabot character at all. Not only did she feel fake, not a genuine person, but she also did some odd things for an intelligent female - the way she started her relationship with Wesley, for example, just rang false. Dr. Crusher's reactions to the return of Wesley also didn't ring true. The author has some difficulty writing female characters.
After getting through the first book in the "A Time To..." series, I read the second only so that I could read on in the series, simply as background. I did not enjoy Vornholt's style of writing. I've heard the other books are better, so I plodded through this one. The characterizations were just, well, not very good.
Two stars because I've read worse Star Trek (See "A Hard Rain" to know what I mean!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars FUN CONTINUED April 13 2004
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The second book in this series neatly ties up the plot of the first one. While it isn't an Earth shaking experience, the novel is still very entertaining an well paced. It is full of adventure and a lot of excitment. I would have liked to have seen Wesley's relationship with his love developed a bit more. However, I must say that I read the book very quickly and am looking forward to the rest of the series. All in all, this is a great addition to any Trek library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, shallow romance
The story of the Rashanar mystery was interesting and clever. The story of Picard and the political solution he represented was realistic. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more enjoyable than the first book.
After A Time to Be Born I had rather low expectations for this book, and thankfully they were exceeded. The descriptions are good if not as spectacular as Vornholt can do. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by R. Spottiswood
4.0 out of 5 stars Answers, Questions, Agendas, Development
"A Time to Die" picks up immediately where "Born" leaves off; Picard is railroaded by the tribunal, and Nechayev bargains for his career. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Jason C. Garza
3.0 out of 5 stars A tad bit overated, SERIOUSLY.
I just finished A Time to Die and find myself asking, "What?" These two books were a duology so in theory, most of the threads should have been sort of brought together, though I... Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Antoine D. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Wesley Crusher returns!
Wesley decides that he must help Captain Picard from being charged with the destruction of the federation starship. In the last book a phantom ship was destroyed by Picard. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Picardfan007
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review
The conclusion of "A Time to Be Born" is an interesting novel. I was excited when I found it on the shelf and jumped right into it. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by B. Everett
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