Tooth and Claw (Star Trek: The Next Generation #60) Mass Market Paperback – 2001
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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.
Although it's not specifically stated, this story is placed on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D prior to the events of "Star Trek Generations.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This is well written and very entertaining. The descriptions are very clear and vivid. There is a lot of action. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by R. Spottiswood
I have just gotten finished with Tooth and Claw. I (being a Trekkie from way back) almost always find Star Trek books entertaining and a quick read. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by Allen E. Stern
I have about a trillion ST:TNG books on my shelf, but this one is easily one of the best. It it filled not only with excitement and humor, but also meaning. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Dirahl
I must immediately add Doranna Durgin to my short list of favorite Trek authors, and I hope she writes a few more in this universe. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001 by Diane Bellomo
I'm not sure what fans of a TV show want in a book, but I have to say that if you want a good episode coupled with good writing, this is it. Read morePublished on May 23 2001 by JR
This is one of the best Star Trek books I've read in a long time. It was one of those "can't put down, read in one sitting" novels for me. Read morePublished on March 1 2001 by Alan Mietlowski
Durgin manages to keep the characters intact without making them stupid. Fascinating plot, cool writing. Loved it.Published on Feb. 28 2001