Star Trek The Next Generation: Takedown
New Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller
Hey El Moochadores, now out on bookstore shelves is an exciting new STNG novel, Takedown, by veteran science fiction writer, John Jackson Miller. Published, 2015, by Simon and Schuster, this new novel follows the continuing adventures of Captain Jean Luc Picard, and the crew of the Enterprise E, as they face off against a renegade Federation starship that is destroying communication centers all across the neutral zone. Worst yet, it appears this ultra fast vessel (the USS Aventine) is commanded by Picard’s former first officer, now Admiral, William T. Riker! Insert climatic music here–.
A lot of credit has to go to author John J. Miller for crafting a Star Trek novel that was both fun, and yet still reminiscent of the sentiment expressed by television series we all loved some twenty years ago. He did an amazing job of recreating many of the characters from STNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and then weaving them into a fantastic adventure of deep space diplomacy and warfare. Though I’m usually sometimes negative about any TV based novels (because they’re often written to be little more than well crafted fan fiction with absolutely no effect on the universe they’re trying to promote… no risk, no reward) Takedown read like it could have been part of the STNG universe, if we had still had it to watch. Which is another effect the book had on me. I miss Star Trek, dammit. And I’m not talking about the crappy, lens flare-infested, films forced on us by J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. No, I miss this version of Trek. A version that feels fun and thoughtful. I miss the Star Trek the was about exploration and improving humanity, not clown hands and obvious plot holes. I want the Star Trek back that begins with stuff like, “New Life and New Civilizations.” Reading Miller’s novel felt like I was getting a small piece of that entertainment back, and I can’t believe how much I missed it.
Takedown is now available in paperback in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online here. Below, I’ve posted the books synopsis along with a few sample images of what a few of the ships mentioned in book may of looked like. All the images are from Unusualsuspex’s deviant art page (awesome work too!), and aside from Enterprise E, I can only hope this is what they looked like. You can actually check out a few sample pages from Takedown here.
Make it so! (heh.)
When renegade Federation starships begin wreaking destruction across the Alpha Quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis. But the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation… – See more at: Simon & Schuster.