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Old January 20 2015, 10:26 PM   #1
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TNG: Takedown by John Jackson Miller Review Thread (Spoilers!)


John Jackson Miller will see his first full-length Star Trek novel on shelves come January 27th, titled Takedown. Like in his Titan e-novella Absent Enemies, the USS Aventine is set to appear.

Blurb on forward sensors:

An all-new novel of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one of the most popular Star Trek series of all-time, featuring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise!

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…
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Old January 20 2015, 10:51 PM   #2
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Pre-ordered. Can't wait to read it!
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Old January 21 2015, 07:40 PM   #3
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Awaiting it to appear...
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Old January 22 2015, 11:07 PM   #4
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My order has dispatched. Looking forward to giving this a try.

EDIT: It's arrived. I'm going to start reading.
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Old January 23 2015, 07:47 PM   #5
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It's always nice to have new writers (new to Trek, I mean) become involved with the line; I hope we see more Miller Trek novels in the future. I found Absent Enemies so-so, but Takedown was a lot of fun. Simply having a new style of writing means a lot sometimes, and new angles on the characters and players that still nonetheless fit with what we know are always welcome. The more variety, within the existing mould of the novel 'verse, the better.

I thought Takedown was very enjoyable. Some of it feels a little uncertain in places, perhaps inevitably given that the novel 'verse Trek galaxy is a somewhat altered place from what viewers and fans of the shows are familiar with (navigating all that continuity must be tough), but on the whole I think this one worked. The continuity details were generally good, and the references all felt organic. Even deft, sometimes, like with the single mention of "banjo-playing professors".

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Old January 24 2015, 10:17 PM   #6
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I am definetly getting this one now.
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Old January 26 2015, 03:57 PM   #7
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Old January 26 2015, 08:01 PM   #8
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I found a copy on a trolley with other books needing to be put out in my local waterstones so picked it up and once I've finished what I am reading now, I'll read this.
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Old January 27 2015, 01:36 AM   #9
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My pre-order came through 20 minutes ago and I'm only 2 chapters in and the difference in quality between this and Absent Enemies is very apparent. Characterizations are far better (pretty much spot on) and terminology is bang on. Hope the rest is as good. Although I just noticed Aventine's registry is wrong in chapter 2. Its NCC-82602 not 82062

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Old January 27 2015, 04:14 PM   #10
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Every trek book I bought last year at my local Chapters was early. I felt so lucky. Everything was showing up one-two weeks early. And now TNG: Takedown, the first book of 2015, isn't at any store locations on the day of release, and none showed up early. I guess my luck has dried up
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Old January 27 2015, 04:45 PM   #11
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Every trek book I bought last year at my local Chapters was early. I felt so lucky. Everything was showing up one-two weeks early. And now TNG: Takedown, the first book of 2015, isn't at any store locations on the day of release, and none showed up early. I guess my luck has dried up

I pre-ordered my copy from Chapters and I got an email Friday saying it was in. I just haven't had a chance to pick it up.
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Old January 27 2015, 05:08 PM   #12
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^Which city?
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Old January 27 2015, 05:50 PM   #13
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^Which city?
Renfrew County.
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Old January 27 2015, 05:52 PM   #14
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My pre-order came through 20 minutes ago and I'm only 2 chapters in and the difference in quality between this and Absent Enemies is very apparent. Characterizations are far better (pretty much spot on) and terminology is bang on. Hope the rest is as good. Although I just noticed Aventine's registry is wrong in chapter 2. Its NCC-82602 not 82062

Also, later on (in the UK Kindle version anyway) there's a reference to wolf 357.

It's pretty good so far
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Old January 27 2015, 05:58 PM   #15
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Hmm.


And speaking of "banjo-playing professors," has any banjo-playing professor been established in ST?
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