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The Q Continuum: Book Two: Q-Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation 48) Kindle Edition
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There are a few interesting events, but Q is not as well written as he was in the last book.
Other major characters take a back seat to the overall plot in this chapter.
The one thing that really bothered me is that Jean Luc, for reasons unkown, cannot figure out why Q is allowing him to witness events in the past. It is sooooo obvious to the reader, but Jean Luc only figures it out on the last page.
I honestly think the author could have condensed book two into books 1 and 3 respectfully. Make each one of the slightly longer and cut out some of the inaction and drawn out sequences.
Moving into the second book, the story slows down a lot. Overall the story is interesting, but not absorbing. I found that I had trouble focusing on it, but I can't say for certain why that was. The background on the Tkon Empire is interesting as is the previously unseen history of Q.
The third book, of course, wraps up the story. Despite the grave struggle that Picard, Q, and company went through to resolve things, I didn't feel the excitement of it all. Again, I can't put my finger on any particular reason, but the series was a bit of a disappointment, though it was still fun.
There are three major problems with the Q Continuum series:
The first is too much of a reliance on references to events in past episodes of the TV series. An occasional reference is OK but these books, especially the first one, are littered with them. There are so many of these that it becomes distracting. It is a great way to take up space and make the book longer, but it does nothing for the story since the people reading these books are already Star Trek fans and are already familiar with all of these events.
The second problem is spotty editing. This has been a problem with Star Trek novels, especially the Voyager books, but this series is, in this respect, the worst that I have read so far. The problems are mainly in the form of entire words missing from sentences, or duplicate words. One or two such mistakes in a 275-page book may be understandable, but when there are as many as there are here it just becomes distracting. There are 32 such occurrences in the third book alone!
The third problem that I had with the series is that even near the end of the second book Picard was asking himself why Q had brought him on the journey and what it had to do with the barrier. This is ridiculous. The reason is obvious to the reader as soon as 0 commits his first transgression and Picard would have probably figured it out even before that. To think that he still didn't know after all that he had seen is stretching believability.
But in the end this is an entertaining story and if you are a fan of Q then you should like it very much. They're not the best Trek books out there, but they are worth reading.