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Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 33) [Kindle Edition]

Dafydd ab Hugh
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder, be they Federation, Klingon, Romulan, or Cardassian. Among the items at auction is a photon pulse canon capable of punching through a starship's shields with a single shot. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher is kidnapped from the Academy by renegade Ferengi who have set their sights on the photon canon as well, and Captain Picard must outmaneuver enemies on every side to save Wesley and protect the EnterpriseTM from the deadly fire of the new canon.


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When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder, be they Federation, Klingon, Romulan, or Cardassian. Among the items at auction is a photon pulse canon capable of punching through a starship's shields with a single shot. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher is kidnapped from the Academy by renegade Ferengi who have set their sights on the photon canon as well, and Captain Picard must outmaneuver enemies on every side to save Wesley and protect the EnterpriseTM from the deadly fire of the new canon.

About the Author

Dafydd Ab Hugh is a well-known science fiction author whose credits include several popular Star Trek novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 22, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJFZU
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It would appear to me, after having read a handful of reviews, that readers either loved this book or hated it. Those who loved it, I happen to agree with and will not argue with. But those who hated it, I beg to differ with. The haters claim that these Star Trek characters were wildly out of character, one reader even going so far as to claim (paraphrasing) that anyone, even the most casual observer, could tell that the characters didn't ring true, even for someone who has watched only two episodes of the TV series. Er, excuse me, but is it logical to presume to know the characters so well, after only two 43 minute episodes (less commercials), so as to even recognize when they are out of character? Bologna.

What this author did, aside from not taking himself too terribly seriously, was entertain me like no other Star Trek author has ever done, even causing me to laugh out loud, embarassing myself in public, while reading on a bus. The fact that Paramount and the Simon & Schuster people sanctioned this book and published it, clearly illustrates that it passes whatever mysterious criteria there might be for a ST:TNG novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #33 Balance of Power - A very good STNG novel! October 13, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the serious nature of author Dafydd Ab Hugh's first Star Trek novel, Deep Space Nines #5 "Fallen Heroes," "Balance of Power" is a lighter hearted, much more whimsical novel, while still possessing a story of a serious nature that is well told. I definitely like Dafydd Ab Hugh's writing style as well, as it is fluidic, with good pacing that doesn't bog down too often. The characterizations for this novel were "dead on" accurate for the known characters in each situation.
The cover art for this novel is pretty much the bland, standard fare for when it was published.
The premise:
In an unusual premise for a STNG novel, the author draws primarily from known characters between STNG and DS9, bringing them into a hilarious, well told tale. It was especially nice to see Grand Nagus Zek get some time in a novel!
A famous Federation scientist dies and his son puts up many of his quirky inventions for auction to the highest bidder. Many Federation and non Federation races come to this auction, in hopes of acquiring the technology. Among those items being auctioned is a powerful photon pulse canon that is capable of punching right through a starships shields; an item that the Federation would definitely not like to see in the hands of the Klingons, Romulans or Cardassians.
In a bold move for a novel, the author also brings Wesley Crusher at Starfleet Academy into the story. (I say bold move because for some reason, many "fans" totally rejected this character out of hand.) While attempting to aide his best friend, Wesley finds himself kidnapped by outlaw Ferengi that are bent on controlling the universe through commerce and they've set their sights on the photon pulse canon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally Unrealistic, but funny at times August 15, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Balance of power is a totally unrealistic book when taken in context with the star trek universe.
Firstly, there is the emphasis on money, gold-pressed latinum and refrences to starfleet cadets needing to pay for thier education, food, lodging and so forth. Yet, throughout the series it's made clear that they have eliminated the need for money, and have eliminated poverty on earth. So why the focus on money and the lack of it from the charachters? Yes, people in the federation do spend money, but on luxury items, not on basic nessicities or education.
The Warp Five speed limit? Why is this book the only one I've read which mentions it? The author took one episode WAY out of context. The warp five speed limit was for *one* SINGLE sector, not the whole quadrant, so the whole rediculous plot around getting to an auction on time is totally wrong. There have been no refrences in any episodes of star trek TNG or DS9 about a warp five speed limit.
Another thing is the charachters acting totally wrong. Geordie acting like a jerk and telling people off, Worf not acting right and more. The only charachter who was portraied anywhere near correctly was Wesley Crusher.
Most of the book was just [bad]. However, some of the Ferengi and Wesly interactions were funny....so the book gets two, rather than one star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor characterization February 2, 2003
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Never thought I'd give a Star Trek novel 1 star! But this story was weak, and the Star Trek characters were cardboard and did not fit their personalities, except maybe for Data.
Basically, the story centers on Wesley Crusher being kidnapped by Ferengi, after they discover he has a device that countefeits latinum. A big auction of a dead scientists inventions takes place on Novus Alamogordus. The Federation, Klingons, Romulans and Ferengi, among others travel there to bid on these inventions, the biggest of which is the photonic pulse cannon.
Using counterfeit latinum, the Ferengi, Munk and Tunk, using Wesley as their slave per se, end up winning most of the items. It's up to Wesley to figure out how to stop the two, while at the same time, not breaching his Ferengi contract, and getting charged with counterfeiting by Starfleet.
I thought the writing was deplorable and weak. And when does Picard call everyone by the first name during most of a book or TV show? Except for Data, who was experimenting with a laughter program, the rest of the book drew low interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read. This.
Great read - great look into the less clean side of the Star Trek Universe.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars An utterly vapid and pathetically cheesy waste of time.
This has got to be the worst ST:TNG book that I have ever read, and I've read most of them. I realize that the writers of these books aren't exactly the cream of the authorial... Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Lugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but not a particularly good one, either.
The main plot for this book was fairly lighthearted and funny, somewhat in the style of "Trouble With Tribbles" or "A Piece of the Action" from the original Star Trek TV series. Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by James Yanni
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Good
I love this book! Perhaps the main reason is the humor, especially by the greedy ferengis. I can't add more than what was said already by fellow reviewers, but for the fun of it,... Read more
Published on July 20, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars ST-TNG: Balance of Power
Star Trek-The Next Generation: Balance of Power written by Dafydd Ab Hugh is a Wesley Crusher/Ferengi book with some very funny humor sprinkled in to make the book read... Read more
Published on March 12, 2003 by Joe Zika
3.0 out of 5 stars Not even Wesley can ruin this one
Another serious case of mispackaging by Pocket. The legend across the top of the cover declares "Captain Picard must keep a deadly weapon out of enemy hands!! Read more
Published on February 11, 2003 by jrmspnc
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, you never really put it down.
Ab Hugh is a great suspence writer, he is soooo good at keeping pace. If he didn't really limit himself to TV/Video Game tie-ins he would be a household name, up there with Koontz... Read more
Published on March 18, 2002 by Screendoor
4.0 out of 5 stars Balance Of Power
This is a really good book, very funny, esp. for a Star Trek book! The official synopsis left out the most important parts. Read more
Published on May 6, 2001 by Angela
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing personal but,
Nothing against the author but, this was the worst Star Trek book I have ever read. The author completly ignored the Star Trek mold. Read more
Published on December 25, 2000 by SHANNON L. MARCUCCI
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