Long before Captain Jean-Luc Picard took command of the legendary Starship Enterprise, he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with Doctor Beverly Crusher. Though, for one reason or another, Picard never acted on his feelings, he found a measure of contentment as Beverly's close friend, colleague, and daily breakfast partner.
But when Doctor Crusher leaves her position on the Enterprise to become the chief medical officer of Starfleet, the brightest light in Picard's life is taken from him. And he has hardly resigned himself to his loss when he learns that Beverly has been declared missing in action on a distant planet -- and presumed dead.
Kevratas is a bleak, frozen world on the far side of the Romulan Neutral Zone where the Federation has become the plague-ravaged natives' only real hope of survival and freedom. Starfleet has no recourse but to send in another team to try to save the Kevrata -- and Picard is the natural choice. Critical to the success of his mission are two colleagues who served under him when he commanded the Starship Stargazer -- Pug Joseph, a man with a past to live down, and Doctor Carter Greyhorse, who has served time for attempted murder -- as well as a Romulan who left his people years earlier and never expected to return. Together, they follow the trail of Beverly Crusher to Kevratas, determined to succeed where the doctor failed.
On the Romulan homeworld, meanwhile, the political vacuum created by the demise of Praetor Shinzon has been filled by his staunchest supporter, Senator Tal'aura. But there are those who oppose her, including Commander Donatra and the warbird fleets under her command, because of the way Tal'aura has mishandled rebellions on the Empire's subject worlds.
And one rebellion in particular; the movement for self-determination on frigid Kevratas.
So begins a desperate struggle -- not only for the freedom of the long-oppressed Kevrata but also for the soul of the Romulan Empire. Before it's over, destinies will be forged and shattered, the Empire will be shaken to its ancient foundations, and Jean-Luc Picard's life will be changed...forever.
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This is the greatest TNG book to be written since Imzadi. Contains interesting additional backstory info about Dr. crusher, that actually coincides with the show. The first page pulls you in and you will probably NOT stop reading until you are finished. Picard and Crusher had great chemistry on the show and everyone wanted to see it acted upon, well here it is and it is GREAT. I highly recommend you purchase this one, you want regret it, especially if you enjoyed Imzadi. There are more than enough TNG book flops, this is not one of those. What are you waiting for? Get it a d start reading!
Implausible, even for Star Trek
Friedman seems rather able to remain faithful to the Star Trek mythos concerning the minutiae of the day to day lives of the characters with whom we have become so familiar, but on major plot points, he seems unable to maintain plausibility whatsoever.
Come on! Are we expected to believe that Starfleet Command would send Dr Crusher, NOT, mind you, a trained under-cover operative, but it's newly appointed HEAD OF STARFLEET MEDICAL on a perilous under-cover mission that had far-reaching political ramifications, COMPLETELY ON HER OWN, with NO BACKUP? And then just a few days later, send Picard after her with all kinds of insider assistance that should have been assigned to her to begin with? There could have been a zillion other ways to set this up! This is just LAZY. I was almost ready to close the book when Riker, Captain of the Titan, who, though closer to his feelings than Picard, has still made countless life and death decisions with steady stoicism, burst into tears in Vale's arms like a little girl. But this Crusher set up? I'm frankly INSULTED and want to throw this book out the window. Unfortunately, all I can do is delete it from my iPad which is distinctly less satisfying.