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Trekkers will love this novel's premise: The crew from Star TrekR: The Next Generation crosses paths with the original Star TrekR crew when they all fall into some sort of time warp. Publication is timed to coincide with the release of the next Star TrekR movie.
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At first chapters are confusing and this book most definitely requires an avid prior Star Trek fan familiar with both new and old generation episodes for maximum understanding and impact: those with such a background will appreciate the complex interactions between past and present when a natural phenomenon brings together very different Trek protagonists from different times. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek (Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416530991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416530992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,101,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Drabick on September 18, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wish that Amazon had a rating higher than 5 stars; this book would get such a rating from me. First, I have to thank the authors; the Reeves-Stevens wrote Prime Directive, the first Star Trek novel I ever read. I went on to read HUNDREDS of Star Trek novels, including most of The Original Series (TOS), most of "The Next Generation" (TNG), and many of the earlier Voyager novels. This is the best Star Trek novel I have ever read. What a movie it would make.

The scope of this novel ranges across many years and a variety of civilizations, ranging from pre-WWIII through TOS into TNG and beyond. We see fascinating aspects of Zefram Cochrane and a nasty enemy, as well as Kirk and his crew, Jon-Luc Picard and his crew, and others. We see more of Zefram and The Companion. We've seen interesting science in Star Trek, including warp drive, transporters, and time travel, but this novel takes our glimpses of future science to whole new levels.

The end of the novel brings a fantastic climax, showing the Federation at whole new levels of unification, and continuing to "boldly go where none have gone before". You won't believe where they're going until you read the novel.

And then, there's another meeting with "The Guardian of Forever". The connections between the Guardian and Picard's zenoarcheological links with "the Preservers" get very interesting.

Rush to order this book from Amazon, or dash to your nearest bookstore, but don't wait to buy this book if you're a Star Trek fan. And give it serious consideration, if your a Sci-Fi fan and haven't gotten into Star Trek yet.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards (rmgomske@lightcom.net) on December 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book based upon the fantastic 'Prime Directive' which, until THIS book was released was THE GREATEST Star Trek novel in print--bar NONE. Judith and Gar have outdone themselves with a truly gripping story that is very difficult to put down. I at first had the impression that the crews of the original series would be 'mixing it up' with the crew of Next Generation a lot in this story, and without spoiling the plot, just DON'T expect that, and, well, it'd be hard NOT to enjoy this book regardless of what you expect. After reading it you can't help but notice the glaring storyline error's in 'First Contact' but don't worry about it, the book isn't about defining problems in the movies--it's about as good a story as you are likely to find in print, and written in superior Trek style. Gene Roddenberry would have LOVED to have these authors on his payroll--unless he DID and I am unaware of it. Gene was a visionary, and this book takes that vision and adds tremendous depth and entertainment value. Every Trek fan will find this a good read, but the true Trek Nerds will find it a GREAT book because of how the past is tied together so well, so seamlessly, so FUN. If you are struggling over which Trek book to read and 'Federation' is one you haven't got ahold of yet, well what are you waiting for? Grand Sci Fi in Grand tradition. As usual, read, enjoy and thank me later. Let me know what you thought of the book: rmgomske@lightcom.net Ciao!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PJ Brafford on December 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel was truely one of the best Star Trek books that I have ever read. Its version of Zefram Cochran is far better that that of "First Contact's" and I think that most people would agree with that. I also think that most people would agree that they wish thet the episode and movie writers were as good as Judith Reeves and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. The book was absolutly WONDERFUL, I would recomend it to and Trek fan. I, myself have read it three times and it was equaly as enthrawling every time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DudeMan on October 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Warning: Spoilers Galore

Few will read this review anyway, but let's say some things right off the bat:

Stevens and Stevens rank along with Peter David as the most consistently superior Star Trek authors around. While you may not love every book, none is a hack job (for the most part!), with a love of Roddenberry's world and in-depth knowledge of the various series incarnations clearly evident in the books. In the end, these aren't people solely interested in a paycheck - they want to tell great stories. That said, while I appreciate the effort the authors gave this book, and it shines in comparison to so many other Star Trek books, that still doesn't make it a superior novel. It is hard to explain why I didn't care for it, and all of this is personal opinion and you will find many who feel differently (listen to them instead!), but here are my concerns:

*I've been reading this for a week or two or three and can't finish it. As others have noted, the plot is amazingly convoluted and I just got tired of it after a while. This can't be a good sign.

*the villian in the piece - Adrik Thorsen - wears a dark hat all the time, and I mean ALL THE TIME. He gets pretty boring after a while, but he won't die, despite repeated attempts and twists, to the point where I wanted this "really bad guy" to actually get rewarded for his truly amazing persistence. After a while, I kept thinking, "Boy, is this guy Optimal"!

*it is never a good sign when the phrase "Data-thing" is used in a book. And used repeatedly I might add, to the point where I started to giggle a bit when I saw it. I mean, say this three times for me: "Data-thing, Data-thing, Data-thing". Isn't that a riot?
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