Death in Winter

Death in Winter Long before Captain Jean Luc Picard took command of the legendary Starship Enterprise he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with Doctor Beverly Crusher Though for one reason or another Picard never

  • Title: Death in Winter
  • Author: Michael Jan Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780743497220
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Long before Captain Jean Luc Picard took command of the legendary Starship Enterprise, he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with Doctor Beverly Crusher Though, for one reason or another, Picard never acted on his feelings, he found a measure of contentment as Beverly s close friend, colleague, and daily breakfast partner But when Doctor Crusher leaves her position on tLong before Captain Jean Luc Picard took command of the legendary Starship Enterprise, he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with Doctor Beverly Crusher Though, for one reason or another, Picard never acted on his feelings, he found a measure of contentment as Beverly s close friend, colleague, and daily breakfast partner But when Doctor Crusher leaves her position on the Enterprise to become the chief medical officer of Starfleet, the brightest light in Picard s life is taken from him And he has hardly resigned himself to his loss when he learns that Beverly has been declared missing in action on a distant planet and presumed dead Kevratas is a bleak, frozen world on the far side of the Romulan Neutral Zone where the Federation has become the plague ravaged natives only real hope of survival and freedom Starfleet has no recourse but to send in another team to try to save the Kevrata and Picard is the natural choice Critical to the success of his mission are two colleagues who served under him when he commanded the Starship Stargazer Pug Joseph, a man with a past to live down, and Doctor Carter Greyhorse, who has served time for attempted murder as well as a Romulan who left his people years earlier and never expected to return Together, they follow the trail of Beverly Crusher to Kevratas, determined to succeed where the doctor failed On the Romulan homeworld, meanwhile, the political vacuum created by the demise of Praetor Shinzon has been filled by his staunchest supporter, Senator Tal aura But there are those who oppose her, including Commander Donatra and the warbird fleets under her command, because of the way Tal aura has mishandled rebellions on the Empire s subject worlds And one rebellion in particular the movement for self determination on frigid Kevratas So begins a desperate struggle not only for the freedom of the long oppressed Kevrata but also for the soul of the Romulan Empire Before it s over, destinies will be forged and shattered, the Empire will be shaken to its ancient foundations, and Jean Luc Picard s life will be changedr.
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    • Talia says:

      This is a Star Trek book, and considering I haven't read a new one in years, when I saw the subject matter, I snatched this one up. This book focuses on Picard's efforts to rescue Beverly after she is abducted while on an undercover mission to provide a vaccine to a non-Federation world under Romulan control. (I'm geeking out!)That is the main plot, but it is the subplot that was of monumental interest to me, and no doubt to the other fans who picked up this book. Because - FINALLY - Trek focuse [...]

    • Mike says:

      So I'm a Star Trek fan. For those who know me you either already know this or would be totally unsurprised to find this out. In point of fact I'm a Star Trek the Next Generation fan - just to be clear. I doubt I've seen more than a dozen original series episodes and while I enjoyed many of the adventures of Capt. Kirk on the big screen my heart has always been securely on the bridge of the Enterprise-D. That said, I probably hadn't seen an episode of this show in 20 years when, quite by accident [...]

    • honestly mem says:

      Subpar and underwhelming, but the same could be said for much of Friedman's work. Far too many unresolved and unnecessary subplots (was there any point at all to the Geordi + Worf storyline?), an abundance of woefully underdeveloped characters, a rushed ending, and little at all to recommend it. On the other hand, Crusher rescues herself! And Picard/Crusher! So, conflict.

    • Gilliam says:

      Perfunctory writing at its best/worst (take your pick). A paint by number "Rescue the Fair Maiden" narrative populated by paper thin characters and pointless plot lines (although it seems likely that any author writing for the Star Trek franchise is obligated to meet some sort of fan service quota, even if it contributes virtually nothing whatsoever to story development).The most startling aspect of 2005's "Death in Winter" is that it is not Michael Jan Friedman's first book; in fact I was flabb [...]

    • Elizabeth says:

      I liked the plot, but this book would've been better if:1) The sections detailing episodes of TNG weren't so annoyingly detailed. I've seen every single episode of TNG more than once, I know my canon. I didn't need 3 pages reminding me of who Sela was, for example. I can understand wanting to make sure the reader knows some of those details, but are there really people that have never seen Star Trek out there that actively seek out and read Star Trek books? Seriously.2) The whole Picard and Crus [...]

    • Anja Braun says:

      Beverly is sent to Kevratas to develop a vaccine. She is captured by Sela. Picard teams up w/ Pug Joseph & Dr. Carter Greyhorse. Greyhorse must make a vaccine before a rescue attempt can be made. I loved this book because it went deeper in Jean Luc's & Beverly's feelings for each other.It also went in some detail about how her husband Jack died. The best part though was when she arrives on the Enterprise as the new chief medical officer. I thought there were some pages in the book that w [...]

    • Felicia Latoya Brown says:

      Finally a book that dealt with Picard's feelings for Crusher. It's not the best written ST:TNG novel I've read, but I'm glad someone decided to delve into this love that Picard had been caring for almost 30 years before this book was written. We've already seen in episodes the length he would go for Beverly (remember he stayed to be tortured by a Cardassian just because he thought the Cardassian was going to torture Beverly), so it was believable that once again he would risk everything for her [...]

    • Tyler Volz says:

      Dangling plot threads and some odd characterization. I'm surprised the relaunch didn't die right here with this novel.

    • Christine says:

      I wanted to love this book so much, but even my inner shipper couldn't get past the fact that this is basically really terrible fanfiction. There's a subplot with Worf and Geordi that goes nowhere, a needless cameo by Admiral Janeway, and a bunch of Romulans running around plotting against each other that added very little to the story. And yet the random Romulans still managed to be more interesting than the main plotlines with Picard and Crusher. I swear I'd rather have read a whole book about [...]

    • Christopher Jones says:

      Good story to help move us beyond the events of Nemesis. Picard's feelings for Beverly are something we've always known were there. Clearly they weren't going to be acted upon onscreen, but that's why it's great that we have the literature to move us beyond the constraints of television storytelling.To be honest, though, the most interesting aspect of Death In Winter is the political upheaval within the Romulan Empire. I wasn't thrilled to have Sela back, if only because I don't like it when fam [...]

    • Christina says:

      If you follow Star Trek: The Next Generation, you know that one of the knowns in that universe is Captain Jean-Luc Picard is in love with Dr. Beverly Crusher. But when Dr. Crusher marries his best friend Jack, Picard buries his feelings. After Jack dies tragically ( which happens pre- TV-series) and Crusher is assigned under his command, Picard never acts on or voices (for the most part) his feelings out of respect for his friendship with Jack. But it’s always there.As a result, fans like me s [...]

    • Forrest says:

      I have read countless Star Trek novels in my life, and this one was an impulse pick at the local library. While I have read other books by Friedman and have enjoyed them, this book seemed a little too formulaic. After finishing the book, I had the impression that I got less out of the story than I might have otherwise if I had read Friedman's Stargazer books beforehand. As I haven't read them, I didn't really get any sense of overall motivation for characters like Pug Joseph or Dr. Greyhorse. Th [...]

    • Alex says:

      Okay I'd be ashamed of reading this bookbut I just won't. I mean look at that cover! At first glance you assume it's a book in which Patrick Stewart tells tales regarding his adventures as an actor. Maybe just his Shakespeare work. You see it and you think "man I like Patrick Stewart. He's smart and cool and I bet this would be a good read."Then you realize it is in the Sci Fi section, and that the shadow isn't Stewart in a wig but an ex-Muppeteer (no really she is), and that it says STAR TREK o [...]

    • Zauberlehrling! says:

      I was waiting very long to read a book about Picard and Crusher, but actually I was expecting something completely different. I did expect a fast running story and at last the long waiting lovestory between Jean-Luc and Beverly. but to get that, one had to wait until the last word. It is quite disappointing, also if there is a happy-end in that story.I thought it would be something like "Imzadi". That was really good and it doesn't messed up the Star Trek Canon. So why Friedman doesn't write ju [...]

    • Joy says:

      I back tracked and picked up this book, hoping it would fill in some events that led up to the events in Destiny. I admit, I'm a bit disappointed. It filled in a little of the backstory but it had little to do with their relationship and ended up delving into Romulan politics and some of Picard's old crewmates from the Stargazer. It almost seems as if there was a previous book that needed to be read that filled in some information. The characters were very one dimensional and the plot was rather [...]

    • Elizabeth says:

      This was the absolute worst ST:TNG book I've ever read.

    • Derkanus says:

      Summary: Beverly Crusher, once again off the Enterprise and in charge of Starfleet Medical, is sent on a top secret mission to the Romulan satellite planet Kevratas. The Kevratans are being ravaged by a plague called Bloodfire, but the Romulans won't aid them; fortunately, Beverly already devised a cure years ago (a ship of the infected crash-landed on her home planet of Arvada III when she was but a teen, and this convinced her to become a doctor). However, she's not on the planet long before C [...]

    • Ron says:

      I won't say it wasn't worth reading but it was awfully drawn out, and the most obnoxious part was the fact that they worked "clip show" framework into the story. Yes, you heard me right - clip shows, those cringe worthy blights on serialized TV shows produced in shameless moments of budgetary shortage in a novel. Granted - it was thematic in nature, and a little deliberately corny (characters wondering "I wonder what made me think of that at a time like this?"), but at the end of the day the sto [...]

    • Bailey Marissa says:

      (3.7)The Picard/Crusher ship is basically the only reason I tolerate Next Gen, so when I saw that this book focused on that, I was totally on board. Unfortunately, it doesn't focus too much on them, but it's nice to see how Picard really feels about Beverly. There was also Geordie and Worf trying to come help, but another character from ST:V comes to stop them. Most importantly, everyone was in character and the plot wasn't ever slow.I miss Data. *sniff*Recommended 11+ for Star Trek violence, ki [...]

    • Kai Knetsch says:

      Overall I liked this Star Trek book. The author detailed what's going on with the Romulans very well. I thought the side-plot with Worf and Geordi was a little useless, but the main plot was good. It continues the plot from Nemesis well.

    • John says:

      I have made it a goal in 2017 to start reading Star Trek novels that take place post-Nemesis. I have ventured into novels within the timeline of the on-screen canon, but I feel like the authors were confined a bit, not able to stretch their creative powers beyond what was established on-screen. This being the first novel on post-Nemesis reading lists, it seemed a natural place to start.From the back cover, the novel seems rather unique in that it touches on a rather unexplored facet of the Next [...]

    • Chiara says:

      Libro che mi ha appassionato e che è riuscito a fondere il canon al non-canon: partendo da dove Nemesis aveva chiuso il sipario, vediamo un'Enterprise che non è completamente al centro delle avventure, così come vengono lasciati da parte Geordi La Forge e il Klingon Worf, per quanto rimasti al servizio di Picard sull'ammiraglia. In questo romanzo, la fanno da padrona Picard, Crusher e i Romulani, con qualche comprimario ben gestito, che portano alla conclusione alla quale diversi shipper avev [...]

    • Anna says:

      "Without some knowledge of Star Trek canon, this book might be difficult to follow. I regularly feel like I m missing some subtext with the books set after the Dominion War. I missed that part of Deep Space Nine and nearly all of the Voyager seasons due to being in college and not having time to watch, and then being out of college and too poor to buy a TV or pay for cable. Luckily for me, those events aren t nearly as important in the book as events that took place during The Next Generation ye [...]

    • Just A. Bean says:

      I went into this book with all the good will in the world, and came out feeling pretty grumpy. For something billed as the fruition of 20 years of sexual tension between Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, it certainly didn't have a hell of a lot of romance in it. They probably only had five pages where they were in the same room together. Granted, there was a certain amount of pining, but nothing that happened seemed to warrant a change in status of their relationship.Instead, we got several h [...]

    • Ian says:

      Early 'Trek books stuck to the sci-fi formula very well. The crew encountered some kind of scientific, ethical, or philosophical mystery and resolved it. Just like the episodes. By contrast, later 'Trek books are more like the movies in that they focus on character dynamics above all else. Death in Winter is basically nothing but Picard/Crusher shipping, so much that it doesn't feel at all like Star Trek to me. I'm not going to surmise the plot much, you'd read the book if you cared that much. B [...]

    • Emily Ann Meyer says:

      This was a self-indulgent purchase--I've not read a Star Trek: the Next Generation novel since high school, but I'd heard there were strong Picard/Crusher elements in this one, and I had to check it out myself, because this was the first TV show and the first "couple" on a TV show that I fell in love with.To that end, it did not disappoint, and the angst . . . oh, the delicious angst was wonderful. When compared to other media tie in books (e.g Buffy and BSG where often the fanfiction is better) [...]

    • Joshua says:

      How much one enjoys the styling's, the story in Death in Winter depends on how much one knows about the Star Trek Next Generation canon, specifically what happened in the film Nemesis and the Dominion War in DS9. I can imagine your eyes glazing over, but the truth of the matter is, if you are a fan of the tv show and consider yourself a Trekkie, you too will love this book, especially if you like the relationship between Jean-Luc and Beverly Crusher. I won't get into specifics, but this book fin [...]

    • Carl Bussema says:

      Picks up the events after Star Trek: Nemesis. Riker & Troi are off (he finally accepted his own command). Data is dead. Dr. Crusher has accepted (again) a post as the head of Starfleet Medical. Worf is acting XO and Geordi is still Chief Engineer. The ship is in SpaceDock for repairs following the beating it took in the movie.The book largely focuses on a Romulan Empire subject world where the native (non-Romulan) citizens are suffering from a disease and the Empire seems to be ignoring them [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      I put off reading this book for quite a long time after I originally bought the hardcover. It was just too perfect a set up. The subject matter, the cover (which deserves 4 stars all by itself and is beautiful on my Star Trek shelf), the story. I knew it would never live up to my hopes for it. I'm really glad, now, that I thought to read Reunion first. I knew that one contained some Beverly/Jack/Picard back story and it was actually pretty entertaining but I really decided to read it that way (b [...]

    • Maurice Jr. says:

      In the wake of Riker becoming a captain and taking Troi with him to his new command and Dr. Crusher leaving to head up Starfleet Medical, Captain Picard has to break in virtually a whole new crew. But before he can do that, he has to settle the ghosts of his past.He and Beverly have spent years dancing around one another, and decided to be just friends. With her off the ship, Picard is miserable. Before he can say or do anything about it, he gets word from an admiral that she is missing and pres [...]

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