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Q-Squared by Peter David
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In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful that Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the "Starship EnterpriseĀ™ ." In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious and seemingly all-powerful. But this time, when Q appears, he comes to Picard for help. Apparently another member of the Q continuum has tapped into an awesome power source that makes this being more powerful than the combined might of the entire Q continuum. This renegade Q is named Trelane -- also known as the Squire of Gothos, who Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over one hundred years ago. Q explains that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous. Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between super beings. And this time the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe -- this time the stakes are all of creation...… (more)
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It says this is unabridged, but I swear, at 3 hours, it feels like it's been edited down to fit a specific time frame. This compression made the book feel rushed, took away character personality. Even Q felt ... bland. If that is ever possible.

The primary baddie in this book is definitely annoying. More annoying than Q. And that's saying something. But he seemed more like a spoiled brat playing with a new toy rather than an omnipotent being with the power to destroy the universe...

Interesting way to end it, not sure I like it. This is a book where... I can honestly say it needs to be read, not listened to. Unfortunately, because John de Lancie is such a good reader for most of the Q based books. ( )
  gilroy | Dec 14, 2017 |
This is another ST:TNG book that I loved back when the show was still on the air. Once again, Peter David took the source material to new heights with his intricate storyline and great humor. Recommended to anyone who likes Star Trek and/or Peter David. ( )
  cvalin | Jan 24, 2016 |
Q, a mysterious, omnipotent being, once again wreaks havoc on the Enterprise when he returns to challenge his archenemy Trelane, another being from his continuum, and their confrontation could spell the ultimate disaster for Captain Jean-Luc Picard. 150,000 first printing ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
It was okay. I remember why I stopped reading Star Trek books 20 years ago... and why I gave up on STTNG even longer. Got tired of all the extra-dimensional, time travel where no one remembered what happened, thus it doesn't impact the characters or the series. It had plenty of fun, adventurous parts, but... somehow it left me hollow.
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  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
By the time Q-Squared debuted at the height of NextGen fandom back in the mid-1990s, Peter David had cemented himself as one of the premier Star Trek novelists. Possibly THE premier Star Trek novelist. I wish I got on board early with the show's expansive book series. I loved ST:TNG and would have equally loved passing the time reading Star Trek while waiting for new shows to air. Incidentally, this book was one of the first Trek novels I ever read.

Similar to Imzadi, but still two distinctly different stories, Q-Squared is a fusion of all the great elements of Star Trek. That's understating it. As the author relates in the forward, there are the episodic novels, the ones that feel like one of the TV episodes, and then there are the more ambitious novels, the ones where a writer can push the boundaries of the Star Trek universe and weave a complicated story that could never exist on TV. Q-Squared is such a novel and one of the best. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Dec 26, 2014 |
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