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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Debtor's Planet [Kindle Edition]

W.R. Thompson
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When a Vulcan space probe reports that the Ferengi are advancing the people of the planet Megara from a primitive agricultural state to a sophisticated technological society, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Starship Enterprise™ are ordered to transport an unlikely passenger to the system, a ruthless twentieth-century businessman who is now a Federation ambassador.
The Ferengi have been changing Megaran culture, turning a hard working and horoable people into vicious xenophobic killers. But the Ferengi are only hired hands. They have hidden masters, with plans to use the Magaran people as a powerful weapon against the Federation.
Now Picard must find a way to use the talents of this new ambassador to free the Megarans. But the ambassador is hididng a deadly secret of his own -- a secret that could unleash an unstoppable destructive force on the Federation.

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  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 22, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJHZ8
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, a good plot, a little overdone.... April 20, 2000
By Tony
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Ferengi, Cardassians, Danger, Intrigue, and a 20th century crooked businessman. What more could you want?
"Debtor's Planet" is definitely a well written book, which focuses not just on the main characters, but has decent plot development on the side of the bad guys, the not so bad guys, and some of the lower echelon crewman...oh, and Wesley Crusher.
There is a nice interplay of humor (some of Ralph Offenhouse's lines are hilarious) and action, along with the very interesting proposal of what would happen to a society if the Prime Directive were completely ignored.
My only criticisms would be the overdoing of Worf ...his actions and thoughts weren't how I see his character...however that problem is nicely undone at the end of the book (having to do with his relationship with his son).
Overall, a good read for Star Trek fans. Pick it up, and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story June 10, 2001
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Another pretty good Trek novel. We have a planet being overrun by Ferengi, who have enslaved the Megarans, in order to industrialize a once primative society into building starships. Ambassador Offenhouse is sent by the Federation, aboard the Enterprise, to resolve this situation. We find out that Offenhouse was a businessman from the 20th century, who was frozen after death, then apparently thawed out after finding a cure. Thompson never got into explaining this. Some of the Eugenics War was brought up where Offenhouse lost his son.
Meanwhile, Offenhouse uses his financier wit to tick off the Ferengi. An away team beams down to find out what is going on, then are attacked by the Megarans, or so they thought. Enter the Cardassians, who are the real string pullers on this planet.
Of course, Worf gets involved as does most of the main crew of the Enterprise to figure out what is going on. The Cardassians are discovered by an Ensign, who is an insectoid, resembling a bee! The Cardassians use the Ferengi and try to ambush the Enterprise in orbit.
All in all, this book had action and humor mixed in. All of the main crew gets involved at some point. The only gripe I had was the way the book ended. It seemed to just stop all of a sudden, and leaves you wondering what else was going to happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written. August 1, 2006
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Good plot, good handling of characterization, including the odd (but interesting and plausible) use of the character Ralph Offenhouse, introduced in the episode "The Neutral Zone", a very successful businessman from the 20th century who was frozen when he died until a cure could be found, awakening in the 24th century and very much an anachronism, as a Federation Ambassador dealing with the Ferengi. The man is still an anachronism, but having had some time to assimilate into his new time period, we find that the skills which made him successful in his own time are not completely without merit in his new time.

Another item worthy of note: the syntax of the language of the aliens in this book is complex enough that the Universal translator, while making the words and even the meaning understandable, doesn't completely eliminate the sense of the exotic. A nice touch.

Well above average as Star Trek stories go.
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Debtors Planet is a good story involving a certain Mr Offenhouse(remember the episode in which the Enterprise found a space capsule with several frozen people from the 20th century on it?) who has now found he has a knack for dealing with the Ferengi.
A planet has progressed exceddingly fast in it's technology, raising concerns with the federation and so the Enterprise is dispatched with Ambassador Offenhouse as Ferengi presence has been detected. The author did a good job of fleshing out this charachter who was only a one timer in the series.
The plot thickens into a prety good story as the investigation moves on. A few cavets; Worf, Dianna Troi, and Riker aren't portraied well in many places in the story. Secondly, the author takes a bit too much travel into explaining past episodes, many of which don't have much to do with the story at all(i.e. Wesley Crushers incident at Starfleet Academy). Thirdly, some sections of the book read like a conversation which may have been taken from a physics or Astronomy textbook, but then there are glaring errors in some aspects of Astronomy and scientific areas. Because of these reasons I can't really give this book four stars, but don't let that stop you from reading this enjoyable TNG novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Differing points of view October 6, 2010
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A Vulcan probe on a routine survey of planets reported an unexpected change in Megara, an obscure planet on the outskirts of Federation territory. Ten years earlier the planet had been at a pre-Industrial stage of development but now the probe was an electromagnetic grid, fission reactors and orbiting space craft. Fascinating! Before the report was completed though it was abruptly cut off. Further investigation was definitely required and the Enterprise was dispatched.

Capt Picard was chagrined to discover that the Federation diplomat selected to head the mission, Ambassador Offenhouse was the same Offenhouse who had been rescued by the Enterprise a few years earlier, one of the group of people who had been placed in cryonic suspension in the 20th century and then lost. The crew had felt sorry for the survivors who had been traumatized to discover that they were now in the vastly changed 24th century. That is the crew had felt sorry for all but one, an angry, obnoxious man who made the crew more concerned about how the 24th century would cope with him rather than the other way around. Apparently Offenhouse had coped very well if he was now an Ambassador and in charge of the mission.

It quickly became apparent why Offenhouse, the 20th century business man was chosen for the mission, he had a unique understanding of the race responsible for Megara's current state - the Ferengi, a race driven by profit and known for their ruthless greed. These were traits that Offenhouse understood far better than those who were more in tune with the current century. As the Enterprise crew, including the disgraced Wesley Crusher attempt to sort out the planet's disarray many were forced to look at the problem from other points of view.
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