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Publisher Description

The mysterious "missing years" of Captain Picard's life—before he commanded the Enterprise—are revealed at last in this Star Trek: The Next Generation novel!

Jean-Luc Picard. His name has gone down in legend as the captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer and two starships Enterprise. But the nine years of his life leading up to the inaugural mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise to Farpoint Station have remained a mystery—until now, as Picard's lost era is finally unearthed.

Following the loss of the Stargazer and the brutal court-martial that resulted, Picard no longer sees a future for himself in Starfleet. Turning to his other love, archaeology, he embarks on a quest to rediscover a buried age of ancient galactic history...and awakens a living survivor of that era: a striking, mysterious woman frozen in time since before the rise of Earth's dinosaurs. But this powerful immortal has a secret of cataclysmic proportions, and her plans will take Picard—aided along the way by a brilliant but naive android, an insightful Betazoid, and an enigmatic El-Aurian—to the heights of passion, the depths of betrayal, and the farthest reaches of explored space.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2007
June 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pocket Books/Star Trek
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Priester68 ,

Great story

Really filled in the gap of what Picard did before the Enterprise.

Steve Feldmann ,

Excellent Prequel for Picard and TNG

This imaginative and complex story about a part of a familiar character’s life that’s only obliquely referred to in the series is well worth the read. One reads the acknowledgments and sees the care and breadth of Bennett’s research, yet he is also a spellbinding and meticulous storyteller. There are reasons for everything he says, and there are no loose ends, no superfluous additions of characters or places just to fit them in, and no actual hero worship (so tempting when dealing with an icon like Picard). At one point, I was a bit miffed at Bennett’s portrayal of Picard in a less-than-flattering light: as vindictive or obsessive. But Bennett’s skill at keeping it real made me want to find out how his protagonist was going to evolve into the character in TNG, and Bennett does so with kindness, depth and understanding.

I don’t read a ton of ST novels, and, frankly, many have vaguely disappointed. I am glad I read this one.

Mr. Bowe ,

The Prequel TNG Didn’t Know It Needed

This is an EXCELLENT prequel to TNG, and creatively retcons many things you see on the series that wouldn’t otherwise make sense. It takes you from Picard’s final day aboard the Stargazer right up to his first day on the Enterprise, and it is an INCREDIBLE ride. This book is adding to a list of novels that are starting to convince me that Star Trek novels are better than the TV series or movies. You won’t regret this read.

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