Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review: #6 Power Hungry by Howard Weinstein


Power Hungry plays out as a subpar Star Trek The Next Generation episode. Actually I will put this on par with my least favorite TNG episode A Fistful of Datas (seriously, I can't stand that episode - Data as "evil cowboy" and Alexander as a main character, ugh, shoot me now).

The novel depicts the Enterprise on a humanitarian mission to provide some "relief" to a planet plagued with terrible levels of pollution and on the verge of starvation. Of course when they arrive they find out the planet has a powerful group of "terrorists" (or freedom fighters depending on your point of view) who continue to cause trouble for the government. Yadda yadda yadda, nothing happens (seriously, nothing)... then Riker is kidnapped and eventually Picard saves the day by talking.

Screen shot from A Fist Full of Datas - the worst!

This book had absolutely no action and the plot was so dull I had to force myself to continue reading. So, if you are on a quest to read all the TNG novels (like myself), feel free to skip this one without any guilt.

Another point of interest: Riker and Deanna Troi are featured on the cover of the book, but Deanna appears perhaps three times in the novel and says less than 30 words, which I found odd or just misleading.

Sadly, this book actually ruined the fun of reading all the TNG novels for me, so I am going to take a little break from this endeavor. I shall return eventually, but I've had enough Star Trek novels for a while... now where are my fanfiction links...

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