An exhilarating thriller from best-selling author Dayton Ward set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, following Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew as they explore the previously uncharted and dangerous Odyssean Pass.
Headlong flight is a capable Star Trek book, with some interesting pieces, that never quite come together.
Years have passed since Captain Picard faced down a clone of himself and lost his friend Data (Star Trek: Nemesis). Now, while exploring the Odyssean Pass, the crew of the USS Enterprise E have stumbled upon a planet thrust from a parallel dimension. People there are trapped by the effect, and working to save them, an entire away team and the planet vanish.
Mr Ward brings the current standard of Star Trek novel to the table. The characters are presented in character, and the new book-only characters are able to continue growing. Exploring the "what could have been" is left as a feeling and isn't really explored.
The pieces of the story are good, but never are brought together. For a Star Trek fan, there were no surprises. The characters from the other dimensions behave just as we'd expect, the story is very linear, and the action as expected. One thread is dangled at the end, but being in another dimension it's unlikely we'll ever see it paid off.
While not a bad book, it just does not rise very high. It feels like a filler TV episode while we wait for the next big move in the Star Trek Universe.
Mr Petkoff did wonderfully with the text, voices and energy of the book. He continues to impress me in the Star Trek Universe after I'd first heard him on the Richard Castle novels.
1862. The Old West. Sheriff Jack is an undercover soldier from the future. He searches for a simple ledger known only as The Black Book. Alone and trapped in the past, Jack must find a way to get the book to safety before his demons catch up with him.
I was sold on this book by a friend who hadn't listened to it yet. We both liked the premise: "Time traveller goes back into the old west"
The first 1-2 hours... seemed to deliver on that... then....
Everything unravels. The writer introduces multiple story threads, and barely relates them to each other. He has characters spend time togehter, remarks that one is brimming with questions... and asks NONE of them. Zero exposition to explain what the hell the author is trying to say.
I also blame GoodReads as apparently this "first" book, was a collection of 5, previously smaller stories, now put together. I thought this would mean it was a complete story, But no, it's barely an introduction, and despite being published 4 years ago, the sequel is only now being released in July (no word on audio adaptaion).
Stick a pin in this, come back in a decade to see if it's done, then waste a credit or 3.
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.
Tim Lebbon's first foray into the Star Wars universe feels like it lacks focus, which is ironic since it follows only one character. The story flashes back and forth in the life of Lanoree Brock a Je'daii Ranger from her training to her latest mission upon which rests the safety of everyone and everything she knows.
Mr Lebbon may have suffered from the curse of being loaded down introducing a new era, new characters and new dynamics all at the same time. Unfortunately the story does not succeed as Drew Karpyshyn did with the Darth Bane trilogy. The story presents a number of possibilities and realizes so few.
January LaVoy is a new choice to voice the Star Wars books. She feels like she was chosen to reflect the new era, the fact the main protagonist is female. But she does not bring the range and depth of Marc Thompson.
Still, the new sandbox is interesting and worth exploring. As an introduction to this era it is presented well (the Dawn of the Jedi comics may flush it out better.) and since it is allowed to be different I didn't find it as jarring as R. A. Salvatore's Vector Prime.
Worth a listen, but maybe just once.
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