A Time to Die (Star Trek The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – 2004
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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!)
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It is a good mystery and adventure story. It could certainly have been better, but unlike A Time to Be Born, this was actually worth reading.
Vornholt has given the reader a taste of the changes--such as Data's loss of his emotion chip--and set the stage for what will surely be a poignant, bittersweet exit for the crew and family of the "Enterprise" prior to Nemesis; these characters are not archtypes, and by making them simply do the expected would not be conducive to good storytelling. For example, the admiralty; Ross has always been a good guy, but his dealings with Section 31 as seen in "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" and his firm desire to keep the Ontailians as allies in the time of rebuilding merely add to his character.
Nechayev has always been somewhat standoffish, but she is one of Vornholt's favorite guest characters, and again, this is character building; I believe Peter David gave a throwaway line about how she had newfound respect for Picard because of his familiarity with Spock.
Onto the plot; yes, it is fairly obvious what will happen.Read more ›
First, the little highlight picture is decieving (thankfully). For the first book, having Picard on the cover made sense. Unless they're doing the pictures on a scale of popularity, Data really doesn't have that much to do with the events of the book beyond the first few chapters. I believe, in my own humble opinion, that Wesley Crusher should have been here because this book was more about him being born into his Travler lifestyle and by the end of this book, maturing as a part of his died off. I'm sure the powers that be questioned putting Wesley Crusher on the cover though since he's not exactly one of the best loved characters.
Second, the Bad Admirals club thing was left up in the air. I asked on another thread why on Earth will Admiral Ross, one of the few admirals we've really gotten to know in a series, suddenly would have some secret agenda which he would be willingly to put the fleet's most respected officer and ship on the line. I waited for more of an explanation, thinking by the end the reader would be given a reason for these actions since at least in my opinion and view (and memories based on Ross from DS9)this book totally creates or reveals some new side to Admiral Ross. On another note, Nachayev. Still, I was not convinced that this woman who I've always taken as being very independent and stand-offish, and not really buddy-buddy with Picard, suddenly jumps to his defense.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2005
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... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by NYC Reader
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... Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by John Kwok
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... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Terry Farrell
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. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by tammy
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. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Tommy Jeffers
The story of the Rashanar mystery was interesting and clever. The story of Picard and the political solution he represented was realistic. Read morePublished on April 6 2004
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 morePublished on March 9 2004 by Picardfan007