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Could have been great....*possible spoilers*,
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic (Mass Market Paperback)
-Geordi LaForge pretty much gets his own story, there is more development with his romance with Leah Brahms, and he gets to command a ship, the U.S.S. Challenger.
-Nog is written as a strong character, and is head of security.
-Barclay is also a member of Geordi's crew.
-Alyssa Ogawa, too, is a member of Geordi's crew.
-Vol, a new alien engineer, is pretty funny and has some good lines.
-Montgomery Scott returns.
-Too many characters.
-When it feels the the story is over, it continues on: For example, we start with an "NX" vessel in the past(during the time of the show "Star Trek: Enterprise"; then we are in the Picard/Sisko/Janeway century, dealing with Ferengi villains and a character from TNG named Rassmusen, that cuts into mystery with NX vessel. As readers, we think that they will solve mystery after this Ferengi incident is taken care of, tying it back to the NX incident...and the story will end....but we are introduced, late in the novel, with yet more characters and more story and technobabble to the Romulan Sela who get tied up to whateve is occuring). Once the Romulan story begins...the story gets muddled, unfocused.
Not too mention, there is the subplot of what happened to Geordi's mother on the U.S.S. Hera.
(All this, and the NX incident is not followed up on, or not really mentioned).
-Too many characters, too much technobabble, convoluted story=confusing mess
-It was really difficult trying to finish this novel when it should have been reaching its coda after the Ferengi incident.
Not recommended. Although, I really would like a strong novel that focuses on Geordi and Leah, as well as Geordi's eventual command: U.S.S. Challenger..