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Shadows Have Offended

By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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An original novel based on the acclaimed Star Trek TV series!

The USS Enterprise has been granted the simple but unavoidable honor of ferrying key guests to Betazed for a cultural ceremony. En route, sudden tragedy strikes a Federation science station on the isolated planet Kota, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard has no qualms sending William Riker, Data, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher to investigate. But what begins as routine assignments for the two parties soon descends into chaos: Picard, Worf, and Deanna Troi must grapple with a dangerous diplomatic crisis as historic artifacts are stolen in the middle of a high-profile ceremony...while nothing is as it seems on Kota. A mounting medical emergency coupled with the science station’s failing technology - and no hope of rescue - has Doctor Crusher racing against time to solve a disturbing mystery threatening the lives of all her colleagues....

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Not what I expected but still very good.

When this book first got announced, I thought it would be a continuation in the post-Nemesis storyline that The Next Generation novels have focused on over the last few years. As in the next book after David Macks awesome Collateral Damage. It's not that at all. Apparently THAT storyline will actually be ending later this year with the Star Trek Coda trilogy. (But this new book still might have something to do with the upcoming trilogy because a place called Coda does get referenced.)

This actually takes place during season 7 of TNG, just before the series finale All Good Things. And I found that very refreshing. The last few years the only TNG books I have been reading focus on that post-Nemesis storyline. So it was nice changing it up and going back to a story that takes place during the show.

Season 7 is not my favorite season of TNG, but I think it is definitely the most underrated season and I love it. So it's nice seeing a novel that specifically focuses on that time.

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Excellent choice for TNG fans

I honestly haven’t been able to get into most Star Trek novels but this one was great! Exactly like an episode of the show & with Deanna Troi & Beverly Crusher w Worf taking the lead - and those are three of my favorite characters, too! 5/5 stars, can’t wait for more gems like this with someone who truly understands the characters and universe!

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Good Story,

The story was good. It took a long while for things to start making sense in the Coda plot. The only other small thing is that the ranks and positions were a bit off. Data and Geordi should be referred to as Commanders rather than lieutenants, as their rank is lieutenant-commander. Also, Data was referred to as the executive officer, and that's Commander Riker's position. Aside from that, everything worked.

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Shadows Have Disappointed (still recommend)

Shadows have Offended did a great job breathing some life into the dying IP. Read just like a classic TNG A/B storyline episode with plot 'A' being a 7/10 and plot 'B' being 6/10. Plot A (with Worf) does take a minute to get into but picked up momentum towards the end, Plot B (Beach) was boring, hard to visualize and had an unsatisfying conclusion.

While not a member of the Enterprise-D, R. Petkoff is clearly a fan an had fun with the different roles. Nothing spectacular on display in the performance or story, just solid, classic TNG and I accepted that greedily even I was hoping for a more engaging story.

Still recommend regardless because the success of TNG books determines the future of the series on audible. Star Trek needs some love on this platform as the book titles and cover art is a mess..

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Entertaining for TNG Fans

While his character voices here are not quite as polished as in the TOS books (although his Worf is spot on), the narrator continues to be one of the best things about these audible novels.

SPOILERS: The story itself got a little wonky and drawn out as Crusher was going through dreamland, but was entertsinjng overall. It reminded me of the TNG episode "Home Soil" with its crystalline creatures that are discovered to be intelligent.

The biggest plot point left dangling, IMO, was what happened to the settlers who were going to be moved to this planet? Surely they can't go there now, but their fate was never discussed.

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Okay story, but clearly lacks TNG knowledge base.

Overall, this audiobook wasn't bad story wise. There were some big issues with the ranks of the characters. By the end of Season 7, Troi was a Commander and a line officer. La Forge was a Lieutenant Commander and a line officer. Yet Worf was center chair....

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I actually really enjoyed this book.

overall I really enjoyed the story. as others have mentioned it felt like an episode of tng. it takes place about halfway through the 7th season. the author does a better job of developing warf and Troy's relationship then they did in the series.
the book was clearly written with strong female characters in mind and I kind of dig that. Troy and crusher are definitely the leads in the story with Picard being sidelined and Geordi barely in it at all.
as usual Robert petkoff did a fantastic job narrating the story.

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A slow paced mystery

It's got a slow paced but a very interesting payoff in the end. I would say it's very much in the Roddenberry style and the characters are in keeping with Next Gen's later season of development it would probably fit between all good things and Generations.

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Glad fo listen to Next Gen story, but this was bad

Boring story line. I had to skip some of the "descriptive" scenes (5-7 chapters) that could have been reduced to 1 chapter. The narrator was the only saving grace with this book.

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