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Tooth and Claw (Star Trek: The Next Generation #60) Mass Market Paperback – 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671042114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671042110
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.9 x 10.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,537,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DEEP IN THE TANGLE of night-blacked foliage, slick fur slid between thickly leafed branches, making no more than a whisper of sound beneath the clamor of myriad insects crying out for the company of their own kind. Read the first page
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This is author Doranna Durgin's, an author who has established herself outside of Star Trek, one and only foray into the Star Trek universe so far and I would definitely have to say that it would be nice if she revisited Star Trek fiction again. Based on the premise stated on the back of the novel, my first impression of this novel, and prior to reading it was that it would be another bland numbered novel that would find difficulty in holding my interest.
Upon reading it though, that first impression couldn't have been further off. While I wouldn't class this novel as being among the tops in the numbered novel arena I would say that it was a very good novel with a very good story. The only reason I haven't given this novel five stars is that I truly would like to have given it four and a half stars as it is very good story that is just a cut above the rest of the numbered novels but not quite in the realm of exceptional numbered novels.
I found Doranna Durgin's writing to be very good. This story has very good pacing that doesn't drift off in unnecessary directions, the plot set up and execution is carried out very well and the characterizations are dead on perfect to include some humorous moments which are difficult to do in print but she does it well here.
The cover art for this novel is a cut above the older ones as at about this time it seems that the powers that be at Pocket Books decided to start giving a little more attention to this somewhat important aspect to the Star Trek line of novels.
The Premise:
Although it's not specifically stated, this story is placed on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D prior to the events of "Star Trek Generations.
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The Enterprise embarks on a mission to negotiate use of star charts of an area of space riddled with gravitational anomalies, which are held by some rather 'prickly' types who wish for the Enterprise and her senior officers to have the "honor" of taking the son of the planet's ruler on a coming-of-age cerimonial hunt to harvest a trophy in a protected wild land.
These star charts are essential to speed up evacuation of a planet who's sun is going nova, and every minute which passes means more lives lost.
The mission on the planet Fandre soon becomes a desperate fight to survive when the shuttle crashes due to technical failure. The fact that the Legacy preserve is protected by technology dampning fields, as well as force fields which can only have openings at short intervals means that getting any outside help is nearly impossible.
Meanwhile, diplomatic negotiations for access to the star charts are continued, and discontinued amid social face-saving practices of these people. Finally, Picard sees no choice but to change his diplomatic tactics to speed the process of getting the star charts.
There were some minor technical problems I had with the book but which didn't impeed enjoyment of the story too much. It's an enjoyable book about coming of age, and seeing the world around you for what it is, as well as a survavialist adventure.
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By Joe Zika on March 3 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tooth and Claw by Doranna Durgin is a book about the right of passage... boy to being a man set in the STNG genre. The author has an engaging writing style. She captures the cast and crew of the Enterprise and keeps them true to form.
William Riker has the "pleasure" of taking a rather arogant young prince on his first hunt in a game preserve called the
Legacy. The Legacy is protected by a technology of force fields and a technology dampening field so you are on your own to prove your worth. Riker pilots the shuttle Rahjah into the preserve and meets disaster as the dampening fields take their toll on the shuttle and it crash lands adding to the intrigue. Can the spoiled brat prince and his party work together with Riker to survive? Here lies the story... and the author takes us through the trials and tribulations of the adventure.
This is one of the better written STNG books and has good character follow through without the loss of true STNG character profile. Ms. Durgin has a gift for writing and has a book here about survival against the odds. Action adventure are found and the consequences for actions also abound. The development of the plot and the characters is well thought and played.
This is a good read and I found the story to be irrevocably tied to the natural world and its creatures.
I recommend reading and enjoying.
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By Liz0000 on Feb. 7 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
_Tooth and Claw_ is a rather typical Star Trek:TNG book - it could have almost been an episode of the television show. The plot is mildly entertaining and moves along quickly. The characterization is done well enough, but there are no new insights (or maybe that is a requirement for Star Trek books). Our story starts out with the Enterprise helping out in a planetary evacuation (after whackos decide to kill the planet's sun) - this could have almost been a story on its own, but it is merely a plot device to get us to the real story. Picard must talk a "prickly" planetary leader into giving the Federation special star maps to help expedite the evacuation. In an gesture of good faith, Riker escorts the planetary leader's son to neighboring planet where he will celebrate a rite of passage on a planet with technology dampers and big, dangerous predators. Naturally, the son is a spoiled brat and everything goes awry.
My biggest complaint about this book is the plot is very contrived. A lot of elements seem to be there solely for the advancement of the plot. An example of this would be the unfortunate refugees and their dying sun. The plot is also very predictable, not only can you guess the ending half way (or before), but you guess most of the story from the blurb on the back. An ok read if you have nothing else to do, but I wouldn't really reccommend it. Their are far better Star Trek books out there.
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