Book Review Death in Winter – Star Trek Part 3

Book Review Death in Winter – Star Trek Part 3

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The story rates as a ‘Good Read’ but that is only because of its score using our standardized scoring criteria. The dustcover of this hardbound version was much more interesting than the actual contents of the novel itself.

If you are heavily into Star Trek and are very familiar with the events that have occurred within the various versions of Star Trek, then this novel may be good enough to get you through a long four or five day weekend. But in our opinion, it might be best to pick this up at a discount bookstore as a mass-market paperback.

Pros

We are given an in-depth look at some of the interactions between Picard and Crusher, both professional and romantic. Although the romance is covered obliquely, it is clear that there is an attraction between the two of them.

Consistent with other books and the television series, former characters are introduced into the novel that have had some impact on at least some characters or events. In fact, one of the characters brought back is originally seen in one of the earlier episodes of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) series. The author wisely decides to given enough references to her original appearance to allow her to be a viable character in this novel.

The author does a commendable job in keeping the storyline consistent within the world of Star Trek without causing any major new twists on the main themes presented in the series or the movies starring TNG personnel.

Cons

The storyline flows along very smoothly. However, smoothly does not also equate to a quick enough pace to keep the reader involved actively with the events unfolding. There is no end of opportunity to set the book down and take a break before picking it back up.

In a not too often seen ineffectual depiction of the Star Trek Universe, the author has managed to capture the spirit of TNG without giving the reader enough detail or involvement to garner any type of emotional response for any of the events that take place. In fact, the only high note that comes across is the words whispered into an ear and a long-awaited passionate kiss. But sadly, even those feel as if they are only a tossed-in afterthought.

The author appears to rely extensively on the work of other authors and writers having already described places, events or characters that appear in this work. By no means can this novel stand alone, and requires a working knowledge of Star Trek: TNG to be able to understand or even picture characters, or the politics that exist between Empire and Federation. For the Star Trek novice, much of the storyline would be too obscure to enjoy.