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The Valiant by Michael Jan Friedman
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20 years before he becomes captain of the Enterprise, a young lieutenant called Jean-Luc Picard takes command of his first ship, the USS Stargazer. He finds himself in the midst of a deadly confrontation that threatens to destroy the Federation.



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The Stargazer is sent on a mission to investigate the tales of a pair of visitors proclaiming to be descendants of survivors of the Valiant, presumed lost in an attempt to cross the Galactic Barrier more than three hundred years earlier. On the edge of the galaxy, the Stargazer is ambushed by Nuyyad warships, leaving her second officer, Lieutenant Commander Jean-Luc Picard, with his first command, as his captain and first officer... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 25, 2015 |
Story of Captain Picard 1st command. Often alluded to in the series but never fully fleshed out. This was a good read. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Not overly impressed. Just looking for something to indulge my need for something science fiction related. ( )
  seanvk | May 2, 2009 |
A well-written tale of how Jean-Luc Picard came into his first command, a story which derives from the classic Trek episode in which Captain Kirk's Enterprise crossed the Galactic Barrier, turning his best friend and first officer into a telekinetic superbeing whom Kirk was forced to kill. The story gets a bit convoluted at times, but is a good read for the well-versed Trek fan. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 19, 2007 |
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Carlos Tarasco of the S.S. Valiant stood in front of his captain's chair and eyed the phenomenon pictured on his viewscreen.
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