Star Trek: Stargazer
Book 1 - Gauntlet

Author: Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99
ISBN 0743427920
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Picard, at the start of his career in Star Fleet. But how will the new captain take to the pressures of command? His test comes in the form of White Wolf, a pirate who is leaving a trail of havoc across several sectors of space. And to make matters worse, Picard appears to have been set up to fail...

The book comes with a pedigree - Friedman is not new to Trek fiction - and as a result Gauntlet has the stamp of a man who knows what he's writing about. Picard speaks with a voice recognisable from the TV series but other characters, like Valderrama, are often more silly names than personality. The plot, which seems more pointlessly tangled than cleverly complex, rolls along, padded out with some lumpy dialogue.

And what do you know. White Wolf is actually some sort of scientist that Picard has heard of. Which brings me to a general point: is space really so small that you'll have visited or met somewhere/someone known to someone else on the crew of your ship?

Anthony Clark


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