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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller

Hey everyone and thanks for coming to BookMattic. This week's Thrilling Thursday Book Review is yet another Star Trek book that I hope all you Trekkies out there will enjoy. Get ready for 'Takedown'!


Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller

BookMattic's Rating: 3/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.88/5


"Wars begin when you will, but they
do not end when you please."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

Reviewer's Log
Stardate: 70363

When I first picked this book up at the bookstore, I was wondering if it would be any good. Doing a little research about the author after I picked it up, I found out that John Jackson Miller is primarily a Star Wars author. Knowing that I felt skeptical whether this was going to be any good being that I'm a Trekkie. Well, I was wrong about my skepticism.

Reviewer's Log
Stardate: 70491.6

Takedown starts out with a medium pace but picks up from there with Admiral Riker on the Titan heading toward the meeting of the Peace Summit of Eight arranged by...they didn't actually find out right away. All the eight major powers in the area, picked ambassadors, some of whom aren't so friendly with the Federation, to go to this pointless, as they saw it, summit. To them it felt tedious since they knew they wouldn't come to a peace treaty. Nonetheless you get the sense that something strange or bad is going to happen due to Miller's skillful writing.

As we find out later there's a plot that could start wars between major powers in the area and the only thing standing in the way of this almost impossible situation with the betrayal of Riker, is Picard on the Enterprise and Ezri Dax on the Aventine

Night shot of Takedown in front of my house with the bright moon shining and twinkling star in the background.
It was actually very nice to see Dax in more of a central roll working alongside Picard to try and solve the conflict. She definitely has potential to have her own standalone book as the protagonist. I felt that Miller wrote Riker's voice and personality spot on and at times Riker's lines made me laugh out loud. 

There were a few other characters that Miller did a good job with characterizing as well as introducing a few new characters that are worthy of being in the Star Trek universe. The fast pace after the first chapter makes Takedown a quick read, but lacks focus on one main character or place. I felt like there was too much jumping around from one starship to another which made it feel like Miller has ADHD.

Not that I'm bias Star Trek, but John Jackson Miller needs to make sure he gets all of the characters voices and Star Trek vocabulary down pat before taking on a novel again (he wrote stuff like 'clicked his communicator'). On the other hand I give John Jackson Miller props for trying to make a creative and 'historically' correct Star Trek novel adding connections to previous Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes which truthfully to tell you is one of the reasons why this book still at least gets a 3/5 star rating in my book.



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