Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Debtor's planet

Author:  W.R Thompson
My recommended age: 11+ (or any true trekkie)
Their recommended age: NA
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
Number of pages: 274

Publisher’s description:
When a Vulcan space probe reports that the Ferengi are advancing the people of the planet Megara from a primitive agricultural state to a sophisticated technological society, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Starship Enterprise? are ordered to transport an unlikely passenger to the system, a ruthless twentieth-century businessman who is now a Federation ambassador.
The Ferengi have been changing Megaran culture, turning a hard working and honorable people into vicious xenophobic killers. But the Ferengi are only hired hands. They have hidden masters, with plans to use the Magaran people as a powerful weapon against the Federation.
Now Picard must find a way to use the talents of this new ambassador to free the Megarans. But the ambassador is hiding a deadly secret of his own -- a secret that could unleash an unstoppable destructive force on the Federation.
My thoughts:
·         Characters:  LOVE them.  I simply fell for Offenhouse.  Wesley was great, as normal.  Picard was true-to-movie.  Pretty much all the characters were superb.  The only problem I had was with Riker.  He kinda seemed, different then the shows, a bit more Klingon loving then he should be.  I think Thompson took more poetic license then was needed, but I'm not angry.  It was ok.
·         Plot:  Great!!  It had you thinking you'd gotten it all figured out, then, changed who was REALLY at the roots.  Plus, it kept with the normal Gene Roddenberry style.  Which is a 5 thumbs up for me!
·         Writing: Like I said in plot, it kept with Gene Roddenberry's movie style, and was quick flowing.  You just didn't want to put it down! Which meant, for me, staying up till almost 2 on a school night.
·         Cover:  I really liked it.  Picard looks real, Worf looks real, Offenhouse is, well, dramatized.  He looks a lot younger then he should, but thats ok, for me.
·         Ending:  ♥♥♥  If I try to tell, I'll give it ALL away.
·         World building  Perfectly perfect.  Sci-fi can be hard to bulid worlds on, but Thompson does it wonderfully.

Uh, there is some drinking.  Mostly the harmless synthinol.  Thats it. 
All of it is one big 'pro'.
None, oh, wait, Work curses in Klingon, but you can't understand whatever he is saying, cuz it is in Klingon.
Romance and sexual content:
There is a Ferangi that is said to have raped (no details, just small talk)
There is a battle.
multiple phaser scenes.
There is an Alien named SHiv that attacks Holograms on the holodeck with a knife.  It is part of her culture.

Drugs and drink:
Synthinol is used a lot.  But, (for non Trekkies) it is completely harmless.  Much like drinking alcohol flavored water.

Ambassador Offenhouse accidentally gets  Diana drunk.  All on accident, mind you.  He had no idea what a bit of Vodka would do to her. 

So, you all want to know what my rating is, right?  At least, I hope you do...

5 shining stars!!  I loved this book 101%.  I think EVERY trekkie should gobble it down as I did.  Or, if you're not a trekkie yet, maybe you should give it a try!  I did, and look at me now!  Can't tell where the trekkie stars, and the star wars fan ends!

What are you?  Trekkie or Star warsi?

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