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Balance of Power by Dafydd ab Hugh
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When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder, be they Federation, Klingon, Romulan, or Cardassian. Among the items at auction is a photon pulse canon capable of punching through a starship's shields with a single shot. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher is kidnapped from the Academy by renegade Ferengi who have set their sights on the photon canon as well, and Captain Picard must outmaneuver enemies on every side to save Wesley and protect the "EnterpriseTM from the deadly fire of the new canon.… (more)

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Huh, a book with Wesley Crusher in it. I didn't know that there had been any Star Trek The Next Generation novels that had him when he was at the Academy (after the whole 'held back a year because I participated in killing my wing man' episode but before the 'traveler's going to abduct me' episode).

There are two main stories. The first is that a famous inventor dies and his son decides to auction off all his inventions. Some think that they're amazing (and the weapons dangerous), others, like Geordi LaForge are sure that they're a bunch of hot air (vaporware).

The second story involves Wes Crusher. He and his Academy roommate inadvertently create a machine that turns another metal into something that passes perfectly for Latinum.

It wasn't a badly written novel, but in some places it seemed sort of uneven. Not in regards to the plot, that was even and well put together, but at the beginning and a couple of other sections the writing seemed forced.

Still, I liked how ab Hugh wrote the Wes Crusher character, a lot of time the character is given a short shrift because the writer only sees what the character started as on the TV show (sorta a whiny brat), not what he ended the show as (more of an adult for sure). So, that makes this book refreshing. And, it was a bit more humorous in places than your average Star Trek novel as well. ( )
  DanieXJ | Feb 27, 2013 |
This is, at one level, your standard Star Trek novel; the crew of trhe Enterprise have to save the galaxy from itself.

However, on another level, it is a damned funny read and the way that virtually no-one ends up representing the people you would expect at the auction, and how they come to terms with this, is brilliantly told. ( )
  JohnFair | Jul 13, 2008 |
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