- Series: Star Trek : The Next Generation
- Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Star Trek; Reprint edition (February 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671794264
- ISBN-13: 978-0671794262
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Devil's Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1994
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The Devil's Heart is a gem with a mission. It's powers are beyond comprehension, and it ends up in the hands of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. With what control does he wield the great power of Pagrashtak, the bloodstone, this Devil's Heart that can, and has, created and annihilated civilizations?
Pretty much nothing. Be prepared for a history lesson. Carter's tale isn't so much about what Picard does with the stone but, rather, how Picard learns, through an unrelenting amount of dreams, where the stone has come from, and its destiny. The cover of this book caught my attention: Picard with eyes glowing red. What a fantastic cover! Our beloved starship captain with powers not unlike what Riker once held as a gift from Q!
And, oh sure, Picard uses these powers, once. The possibilities of this book went straight down the drain. I find solace in reading adventures about our humble Federation crew, but this was not at all what I expected. Picard becomes neither demon nor saint, but somnambulist.
Fear not, for those of us who expect good writing get it anyway. Carter's sketches of Data's thought processes is so well-written that, if they still produce ST:TNG books, I hope she does one with Data as the lead. She writes every Enterprise character believably (nearly with the same internal descriptions as she does with Data), which is more than I can say about many other ST authors.
As the mission moves on, the senior officers become concerned with thier captain's obcession with a stone which the Captain is rarely seen without, on the times that he is even seen. Captain Picard feels it is his duty to be a warden of this stone, and as he begins to understand the importance of the stone, learning from it, he begins to be tempted by the power it promises to bring him.
This is an enjoyable TNG book, well written with few faults. I'm reminded in a way of another great story about an ancient relic which is now recieving heightened interest after the three movies have been made, Lord of the Rings...even the name "Gem-bearer" is not far removed from "Ring-bearer" and the stone seems to have similar powers of corruption on whoever holds it.