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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Stargazer: Maker (Star Trek: Stargazer) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jan Friedman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Ensign Andreas Nikolas, heartsick over the loss of his Mirror Universe lover, has resigned his post on Jean-Luc Picard's starship, the Stargazer, to seek a home on the freighter Iktoj'ni.
All he wants of his new life is a chance to forget his troubles. And that's what he gets -- until the Iktoj'ni is taken over by a monstrous alien with unbelievable powers and a disdain for all forms of life.
Without saying why, the alien sends the freighter hurtling toward a part of space inhabited by the Ubarrak, the Federation's deadliest and most xenophobic enemy. And Nikolas, who fears that the incident will start a war, can't convince his captor to turn back.
Picard's only hope of stopping the alien menance is Serenity Santana -- a woman who once abused his trust in the name of her people's survival. Now she's back, asking for the captain's trust a second time.
Picard desperately needs Santana's help in his struggle to save his galaxy. But will she justify his faith in her -- or once again twist it to serve her own shadowy ends?


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About the Author

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of more than forty science fiction and fantasy books, among them many Star Trek and Star Trek: Next Generation novels.

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  • File Size: 1503 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743448588
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (August 31, 2004)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC295C
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid stopping point in the series September 30, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Maker", the latest entry in the Stargazer books series, brings to a head several of the plot threads building since "The Valiant", published back in 2000. Over the course of "The Valiant" and the subsequent six books, we've seen Friedman weave together an intricate if not terribly complex framework for the series. As I stated in my review of "Enigma", the balancing act of keeping a series like this interesting is the cast of characters, and Friedman consistently delivers. Jiterica, Cole, and Nikolas are the stand-outs on that front, as we see the various relationships take shape and change. The character development is what really forms the nucleus of the series, considering that the main "plots" of the past six books haven't been earth-shattering or even terribly new.

In "Maker" we get two driving narratives. The first is the Stargazer and the choices Picard must make when he learns that Serenity Santana (who last appeared in "The Valiant") warns him of a threat that is impossible to ignore, but could cost him his command if he helps her. Given that one of the plot threads in this novel (as has been building since "Gauntlet") is Admiral McAteer's dislike of PIcard getting a command so young and the forthcoming hearing to determine whether he should continue as captain, some of the real drama comes from Picard's anxiety over his the decisions he must make and knowing that it will most likely cost him.

The second is the former Engisn Nikolas, and his deadly mis-adventure on the ship he now works aboard. I won't spoil the plot, but it interweaves nicely with the Picard storyline, building to a natural conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ST: Stargazer, Maker July 18, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek: Stargazer, Maker written by Michael Jan Friedman is worderfully well constructed story. As with all of the Stargazer series, Michael Jan Friedman writes them and he hasn't diappointed us with this story. There is character development, mystry, action, and intrigue with this story.

"Maker" is well developed and has two main stories within this book. If you have read "Valiant," this story finishes a lot of loose ends and ties in well with that book. The Stargazer series is about the young Jean-luc Picard in his first captancy aboard the Stargazer and a well rounded crew.

"Maker" expands on and has very good characterizations of not only Picard but the crew as well, filling gaps and making the reader feel as if we known these characters all along.

Captian Picard is fighting to hold on to his captaincy, as three admirals decide his fate. Also, there is a story of ensign Andrea Nikolas as he leaves the Stargazer and work on a cargo ship and all hell breaks loose. He's up against a super being like Gary Mitchell in the original series of Star Trek. Only in this case it's a Nuyyad trying to take over the galaxy, and Nikolas is taken along for the ride of his life.

This book takes off with a bang and rivits the readers attention till the end making this one of the better books in the Stargazer series. Friedman dosen't disappoint the reader with this book.

I enjoyed this novel and it was a fast read. This is an excellant book and it highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book not just for Stargazer fans December 14, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a true sequel to The Valiant, thankfully with the quality of writing that deserves. The descriptions of the book are generally good. Many of the characterisations are somewhat shallow, and some Stargazer crew appear just so we do not forget they exist. The few characters important to this story alone get the depth, and they are very well done. Andreas Nikolas is excellent. The depiction of the Barrier-affected Nuyyad is remarkable. He is one of the most inventively sadistic villains in Star Trek. The pacing is also well judged. About halfway through, I thought the book was turning to slow scenes of the life of the Stargazer crew. There were just a couple of those scenes, and then the author brings in some of the mind-bending scenes between Nikolas and the Nuyyad. To sum up, this is a good read. It is enjoyable in its own right, and you probably do not have to have read most, perhaps any, of the previous Stargazer books to understand the characters.
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