Again I enjoyed reading a Star Trek novel because it was well paced and easy to read.After trying and failing to get through a couple of SF classics, these books are coming as a relief.There are a few negatives, and it may seem like I m pointing out the obvious here, but there s a ton of fan service Maybe because I m a TNG fan, I didn t n Twenty Years Before The Start Of Star Trek The Next Generation, A Young Lieutenant Called Jean Luc Picard Takes Command Of His First Ship, The USS Stargazer The USS Stargazer, A Long Range Exploration Ship Commanded By Captain Ruhalter, Is Assigned To Pick Up Descendents Of The Survivors Of The USS Valiant, A Ship That Was Lost At The Far Edge Of The Galaxy In The Very First Star Trek Original Series Episode The Evacuees Claim That A Deadly Invasion Force From Outside The Galaxy Is Nearing The United Federation Of Planets When They Are Ambushed By The Invaders, Captain Ruhalter Is Killed, Leaving A Young Lieutenant, Jean Luc Picard, In Charge Of The Ship In The Midst Of A Deadly Confrontation Picard Must Swiftly Learn To Be An Effective Captain While Dealing Both With A Crew That Has Not Yet Come To Trust His Judgement And With Hostile Aliens Powerful Than Anything The Federation Has Encountered Before. I ve tended to blow hot cold on Michael Jan Friedan s writing in the pastbut this is easily the best of all his Star Trek novels that I ve read to date The tale of Jean Luc Picard s rise to command the Stargazer is an exercise in c This has to be my favourite Star Trek novel that I have read so far There are so many cool things wrapped into it it references classic ST episodes and Captain Kirk, it sets up plot lines that are resolved in other books and it shows Picard in his first command whatcan you want The Valiant disappeared centuries ago when it was for This book attempts to tie in the fifth Star Trek movie with Picard before he was a captain, and I m afraid to say it doesn t really work To my mind, having Picard as the second officer on a rather small ship was a mistake, since the captain and first officer should be able to sort out anything, but making him the first officer from the get go would have been too obvious but it was anyway The characters didn t really feel three dimensional, and sadly, most of the plot twists were obvious I This book attempts to tie in the fifth Star Trek movie with Picar Second ST book finished The premise of this book was pretty good, the little mystery within as a good addition to the story However, the story seemed to jump from scene to scene without any break, but that could be due to the Kindle format Also, the part that bothered me the most was how the story was resolved Let just say it was a little unbelievable As far as the setting and some of the background information, which was not the author s fault, but it went completely against the Next Gener Second ST book finished The premise of this book was pretty good, the little mystery within as a good addition to the story However, the story seemed to jump from scene to scene without any break, but that could be due to the Kindle format Also, the part that bothered me the most was how the story was resolved Let just say it was a littl There is no way this book has an average on 4 And that s comming from a Star Trek fan This is a 2.5 book It s not bad but the language is simple, there are no descriptions what so ever and the plot is neither intrig An entertaining look at a young Jean Luc. Story of Captain Picard 1st command Often alluded to in the series but never fully fleshed out This was a good read. Fantastic tale of how picard becomes the youngest capt in history.