Meanwhile in 2386, Captain Picard makes make what he thinks is first contact, unaware of the hatred his acts will unleash. Picard is hostile to Taurik and Admiral Akaar and is annoyingly smug and intensely annoying with his rapturous moralistic tone. I’m mostly uninterested in the emotionally glib Picard. Beverly Crusher only exists to be Picard’s helpmeet and cheer him on his menacing trajectory. Since she got together with Picard, her personality and plot lines are now non-existent. This book is disappointingly generic.
There is no dramatic incident. This has no poignancy and is not dark and complex. Picard is gleefully unpleasant, as well as stupid and confrontational. His grumpy huffs and tiresome exhibition of unhelpful ill-manners somehow do not put a dent in his incongruously cheery crew’s absolute personal loyalty. The ONLY point of interest in this book comes at the end when Picard learns his involvement in the moral quagmire of Section 31 has become public knowledge. He has growing unease that he will be reviled for his hypocrisy. This almost makes sitting through his spectacular tantrums worthwhile.
Picard manically rants about his moral code, utters predictable criticism of others and has a sneering disbelieving tone. One feels profound distaste for his dismissive and unpleasant impositions. Why is Picard so indivisible from the Enterprise? This novel fails badly and Picard’s delusional conviction in his moral stature is morally catastrophic.
Picard shows off incalculable lunacy, the alien race du jour is a tiresome priggish culture and are not universally complimentary of Picard. This had an authenticity gap as people project assumed narratives and have a taste for a fight. This was not gleefully lurid, just banal and full of exposition.
Creator’s pet T’Ryssa Chen needs to go, there are lots of references to old ‘Star Trek’ novels like ‘Strangers From The Sky’ also Geordi is still boring. This is a failed unwieldy attempt to tie together decades worth of ‘Star Trek’ stories.
“Submitting himself for penance.”
“Can I trust you?”
We Are Not These Bodies, Strung Between The Stars
His Carnivorous Regard
“To see is to be seen.”
The Labyrinth Of Sleep
Death May Die
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