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Stargazer Book One: Gauntlet: 1 (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jan Friedman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Long before he took command of the Starship Enterprise™, Captain Jean-Luc Picard led another proud vessel through the uncharted regions of the galaxy: the U.S.S. Stargazer. Thrust unexpectedly into the center seat, the twenty-eight-year-old Picard must live up to the challenges of starship command -- and a crew that hasn't yet learned to trust him.
The pirate known as the White Wolf has been wreaking havoc across several sectors, and the inexperienced Picard has been given the assignment to stop him. Surprised at getting such a challenge, Picard soon learns that he is expected to fail in his duty and have his captaincy disgraced before it can even begin.
Given an untested crew and an impossible mission, Picard must beat the odds and apprehend the White Wolf -- but the pirate keeps a shocking secret that leaves Picard to make a deadly decision.


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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: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (April 30, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0UT4
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series! May 11, 2002
By HS Lim
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first came across the Stargazer series, my first impression is that "Oh no, not another series to follow!". I am also following the new Enterprise series and Capt Calhoun. I am a fan since STTOS, I had initially did not pay much attention to STTNG but after following the series, I feel it is the best of all the ST series so far. Because of this, my impression of Picard and his crew has always been on Enterprise D. Enterprise E did not form much of an impression.
Stargazer to me is a step on a ladder for Picard and did not warrant much attention. After reading this book and the previous one, I am more inclined to follow it a bit more closely.
This story again shows the ingenuity of Picard and his ability to triumph where others have failed. His crew is by far the most interesting (not the most colourful) when compared to Capt Calhoun's and Capt Archer's, at least in my opinion.
Picard was sent to hunt an outlaw. He was sent on a mission where he is expected to fail and take the consequences. A pawn in politics meant to bring down Picard's mentor. How well I can empthatise with his situation!
He triumphed despite uncertainties due to his inexperience. He grows more confindent with each encounter and there are leadership lessons within the story.
The story is fast paced and I went on reading till I complete the story. I am looking forward to the third one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gauntlet is a wonderful read April 24, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Prolific Star Trek author Michael Jan Friedman has a definate hit on his hands with Gauntlet. We have a book that is somewhat different from Mike Friedman's usual fare. We have a book whose story is character driven. There are no galaxy saving adventures, just people learning to know each other and trying to do the best that they can. Some succeed whereas others fail just as in real life. The story revolves around Picard being assigned to track down and capture a pirate. In the course of doing this we are introduced to some engaging new characters. Some remain at the end of the book while others are sent packing. The book is quick paced and never gets boring and is almost impossible to put down once you begin reading it. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trek Novel/Series September 8, 2003
By g0ku
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of the Stargazer series, but the series actually got a start by M. J. Friedman in ST:TNG Valiant. That was the first one I read. Afterwards I started on this series and found each one was just as good and on par with one another, my favorites being Valiant and Gauntlet. Gauntlet in particular does start off slow, but after the events of Valiant has some serious groundwork to lay. This crew is very young and still trying to find itself. They deal with many new crewman as well as newfound promotions in the best way that they can, and eventually reach a certain cohesivness by the end of Progenitor. I suggest this series to anyone looking to stray from the mainstream of trekdom and indulge in the enigmatic story of the unproven but able crew of the U.S.S Stargazer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. July 22, 2008
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Not a bad read, if a bit predicatable in spots and a bit implausible where it isn't predicatable; we're supposed to accept that the "White Wolf" isn't really so bad, although he was prepared to destroy Picard and his crew if they hadn't gotten the upper hand on him, and that a Starfleet captain would fire on a fellow captain and his ship to defend someone rather than attempting to discuss the matter like a reasonable being? And that Picard would have simply accepted these actions once their rationale was explained? I think not; these are dangerous games they're playing, and somebody could have gotten hurt. I can't believe that Picard would have gone along with them so readily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book -- BAD Kindle Transfer August 16, 2012
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I am enjoying reading about Picard's first command. The story itself is rather slice of life, but the characters make it worth it.

I am enjoying the various supporting cast members in the Stargazer's crew. Lieutenant Obal, the very odd security guard who is an instant underdog you want to cheer for. The Asmund twins, humans girls raised by adoptive Klingon parents, are very fascinating. Chief Engineer Simenon the lizard-like species and resident grump and most of all Ensign Jiterica as a non-corporeal, non-humanoid lifeform. Rounding out the cast of characters is the Ensign who turns out to be a bully and a bigot -- who I won't name, to preserve the surprise.

The story is a day-in-the-life-of Star Trek type of story. The crew's character growth and increasing depth make it interesting.

Finally, though, I have to mention that the transfer to Kindle format didn't go well. I suspect some sort of a single-pass OCR process, with little to no review. There are quite a few formatting problems with things like words running together, etc. Not enough to be distracting, but noticeable.

4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book August 10, 2011
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Great first entry that gives us the background of Picard before the Enterprise and begins to tell us the story of the Stargazer, always wondered what Picard's first command was like since I saw the tng episode the battle with the Stargazer being found, great characters, and great plot, looking forward to the seond entry!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STARGAZER, Engage! April 30, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Michael Jan Friedman's new Star Trek Stargazer series promises a lot of potential with this first book. Jean-Luc Picard has only recently received a battlefield promotion to captain. Admiral McAteer, newly assigned to the Star Fleet sector, is out to make a name for himself, and he's also dead-set against accepting Picard as a captain. As an effort to scuttle the young captain's career, McAteer assigns Picard to apprehend the elusive White Wolf, a pirate that seems to be more ghost that flesh and blood. In a further effort to sabotoge Picard's command, McAteer places new crewmembers aboard Stargazer: people that are young and untried, people that have obvious problems that will interfere with the command and performance of the starship and the mission.
A Star Trek author of considerable talent, skill, and experience, Friedman's newest series came from two earlier entries in the adventures of the young Jean-Luc Picard: Star Trek Nex Generation: VALIANT and Double Helix: THE FIRST VIRTUE. The author has also contributed to Star Trek Starfleet Year One, Star Trek the Original Series, Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, as well as several mini-series within the franchise. He also wrote the only Star Trek Next Generation/X-Men crossover. Other novels spawned from comic book properties include a Fantastic Four adventure: THE REDEMPTION OF THE SILVER SURFER, Superman novels, and X-Men novels. There are at least two Justice League novels for young readers coming up, based on the hit cartoon series. He's also a contributor to the Wishbone adventures, displaying a versatility and wide interest.
In GAUNTLET, Friedman really hits his stride.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the back story of Captain Picard.
Finally, the back story of Captain Picard. I have been curious about his stent as the youngest captain in the Federation
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow on from the book The Valiant
Read the book The Valiant first and then read this book. It is great to read about the early stages of Picard in this series of books.
Published 17 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of a Saga
Just getting around to reading the Stargazer series...and I was hooked after the first chapter!!!!!!!!!! Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by SouthernScoundrel
1.0 out of 5 stars Very descriptive , but story is awfull.
Picard? First misssion as a captain and he disobeys his orders and turns a blind eye to another starfleets captain trying to kill him and his crew of the stargazer by a federation... Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by JayMcL
3.0 out of 5 stars first in series
I liked this book and will eventually read others in this series. 3.5 stars but if you dont read this one you may miss out on some real gems later in the series.
Published on April 6, 2009 by James Michael Mcleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Michael Jan Freidman is one of the best Star Trek authors. I devoured this book in one day. Great story, action and character development made this one of his best. Read more
Published on July 12, 2008 by R. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Star Trek Novel I've Ever Read
According to the author the crew of the Stargazer are racist, liars, gullible, and plain stupid. The actual story doesn't begin until three-quarters of the way through the book. Read more
Published on December 8, 2002 by barbre
5.0 out of 5 stars White Wolf 0 ......Picard 1 ....Picard's first command
A Pirate called the White Wolf has been causing trouble and Picard; who is a green captain was expected to fail in his mission. Read more
Published on July 16, 2002 by Picardfan007
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series
Paramount is always looking to expand the Star Trek universe. Normally this is do to increase the amount of dollars generated by the franchise. Read more
Published on July 7, 2002 by Amazon Customer
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