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A Time to Love (Star Trek The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – 2004

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743462858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743462853
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The A Time to... series of novels have been a bit underwhelming thus far but in "A Time to Love" and "A Time to Hate" the series begins to come into it's own with the strongest pair of novels yet. It doesn't require non-stop action and excitement to provide an absorbing tale, although both these novels have their share of tension and conflict. Robert Greenberger takes the simple and straightforward approach of letting the characters be the center of the story, which makes for an extremely rewarding read.
Jointly colonized a hundred years ago by two violent races previously hostile to each other, the Bader and the Dorset, the Federation member world Delta Sigma IV has always been a model of interspecies cooperation. When it was discovered that a naturally occurring gas is shortening the inhabitant's life spans it seemed as if Starfleet Medical had found a counter agent. But someone has seriously miscalculated and the Enterprise-E is assigned to investigate when mysterious outbreaks of violence seem to be linked to the treatment.
To complicate matters, Kyle Riker, William Riker's estranged father, the man who headed the Federation delegation working to study and resolve the medical issues of the Bader and Dorset, is missing and he aims to stay that way. The situation quickly dissolves from bad to calamitous as escalating violence begins to spread across the planet and the governing council proves to be incapable of making any decisions. Called upon to provide everything from medical aid and security to damage control and repair teams for an entire planet whose population is hostile to each other and to them, the crew of the Enterprise soon realize that they can't hold the planet together for long.
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There is a lot to 'love' about this book. The "A Time To..." series serves as a setup to the last TNG movie, Star Trek: Nemesis. In it, the crew and ship we know are undergoing many changes, many which were rather unexpected. In it, Data is without his emotion chip that we've been used to since Star Trek: Generations. Troi and Riker, who got back together during the course of Star Trek: Insurrection, took their relationship to the next level by joining together in marriage. Apparently, Beverly Crusher also decides to return to her Season 2 position as head of Starfleet Medical.
While the "A Time to..." series has been an interesting concept, I as a reader haven't seen the idea executed all that well. The first two books, Born/Die, started the series with an awkward story that isn't very believable by TNG standards. As another reviewer said, the Enterprise's reputation is tarnished and those in the Federation and Starfleet Command begin to cast doubts at Picard. The crew is shaken and people are leaving the Enterprise left and right. While the previous books, Harvest/Sow, shows the crew getting back on the saddle, this book really hits the nail on the head in terms of the premise. We get an idea why the decisions were made by the main crew.
This book deals with a planet in distress. Something is causing two races living on one planet to suddenly turn against one another after nearly a century of peace and unity. The Enterprise is there to investigate the reasons behind the sudden change; and they're there to capture and detain Kyle Riker, Commander Riker's estranged father. "A Time to Love" in some manners fills in the gaps to the Kyle/William Riker relationship that another book, Star Trek: Lost Era; Deny thy Father, left out.
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Every time I read a series there is at least one weak, and mercifully short, book in the litter. Aside from the authors wonderful discriptions of the family life of one of the characters, and the rekindled relationship between Will and Troi, there is little love shown.
Actually, most seem out of touch with reality. It irritates me when chacters behave in a senseless way. For instance, why suspect Kyle Riker of wrong doing when he tries to catch a murderer? Isn't that what anyone in authority would do? And why, even at the end of the book do Council members still suggest that the natives make the Federation "pay" (and how in the world would they do that anyway)when clearly all the Federation has done, in particular the Enterprise,is treat their wounded, help keep the peace, and look for solutions to their medical problems? It's crazy!
Furthermore, why in the world is Starfleet treating Captain Picard as if they don't know he's a hero, and why is Picard and the crew acting as if they really were on a "tainted ship" when they know the truth. This lack of loyalty does not fit the Starfleet I have come to know. Not even Will seems to remember his improved relationship with his father.
And the ending reminded me of soap operas on fridays when they have a cliff-hanger and realize there's too much time left to simply end it, so the main chacters spend 10 minutes telling the audience "I can explain...the reason is so don't understand." Just words that do little to further the plot but kill time so the audience is still left frustrated. Note to author: Just end the book Mr. Greenberger. The series is good enough for us to want to read the next installment.
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