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A Time to Die (Star Trek The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2004


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743467663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743467667
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2005
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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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By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19 2004
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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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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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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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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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By Tommy Jeffers on 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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