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Twenty years before the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a young Lieutenant called Jean-Luc Picard takes command of his first ship, the USS Stargazer... The USS Stargazer, a long-range exploration ship commanded by Captain Ruhalter, is assigned to pick up descendents of the survivors of the USS Valiant, a ship that was lost at the far edge of the galaxy in the veryTwenty years before the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a young Lieutenant called Jean-Luc Picard takes command of his first ship, the USS Stargazer... The USS Stargazer, a long-range exploration ship commanded by Captain Ruhalter, is assigned to pick up descendents of the survivors of the USS Valiant, a ship that was lost at the far edge of the galaxy in the very first Star Trek Original Series episode. The evacuees claim that a deadly invasion force from outside the galaxy is nearing the United Federation of Planets. When they are ambushed by the invaders, Captain Ruhalter is killed, leaving a young Lieutenant, Jean-Luc Picard, in charge of the ship in the midst of a deadly confrontation. Picard must swiftly learn to be an effective Captain; while dealing both with a crew that has not yet come to trust his judgement and with hostile aliens more powerful than anything the Federation has encountered before....

Title : The Valiant
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ISBN : 9780671775230
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Number of Pages : 279 Pages
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The Valiant Reviews

  • Jerry
    2019-03-12 19:10

    Friedman is not among my favorite Star Trek authors, and books like this are why.

  • D. H.
    2019-03-12 22:16

    Again I enjoyed reading a Star Trek novel because it was well-paced and easy to read.After trying (and failing) to get through a couple of SF classics, these books are coming as a relief.There are a few negatives, and it may seem like I'm pointing out the obvious here, but there's a ton of fan service. Maybe because I'm a TNG fan, I didn't notice this much in Reunion because I got all the references.However, I'm not a TOS fan, and all I know about Gary Mitchell and the Kelvans comes from discussions on the Mission Log Podcast. So they're vague memories at best. But if you know about these stories when you read this novel, you're supposed to see the novel creating a connection between TOS and TNG and react with an oh-cool. If you don't then its kind of like, I get it, but I'm not really one of you.But there are not gatekeepers here. Like any good episode of Gene Roddenberry Star Trek there are morals, messages, and meanings.1. Give people second chances.2. Forgive those who have wronged you.3. Trust outsiders even if they're superpowered.4. Trust yourself.5. Listen to others.(view spoiler)[Now unfortunately a lot of these are undermined by the ending in which Picard in a decision wholely unearned by the story recommends Star Fleet keep the existants of the telepaths on Magnia a secret and refrain from ever trusting the entire race of Kelvans ever again. (hide spoiler)]There's also a lot of Stargazer fan service. (view spoiler)[How the captain became captain, how the first officer became first officer, how the engineer stayed the engineer, and most importantly how the doctor began a secret relationship with Gerda Asmund setting him on course to... (that's a spoiler for a different book). (hide spoiler)]At times, those winks and nods slowed the novel down in a bad way.Overall, though, an enjoyable read, and I'm planning to head straight into the next Stargazer novel because I suspect the story will become something on it's own.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-03-11 20:38

    I've tended to blow hot & cold on Michael Jan Friedan's writing in the past...but this is easily the best of all his "Star Trek" novels that I've read to date. The tale of Jean-Luc Picard's rise to command the Stargazer is an exercise in crisp, concise, exciting, emotional storytelling in the best "Star Trek" tradition. This is a novel I practically inhaled -- a rollicking adventure from start to finish.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-03-15 19:18

    This has to be my favourite Star Trek novel that I have read so far. There are so many cool things wrapped into it - it references classic ST episodes and Captain Kirk, it sets up plot lines that are resolved in other books and it shows Picard in his first command - what more can you want?The Valiant disappeared centuries ago when it was forced to cross the Galactic Barrier. A buoy was found stating that the Captain had to destroy the ship when one of its crew developed superhuman abilities and threatened everyone on board. But now two people have appeared, saying they are descendants of the crew that survived. They say that a race of warmongering aliens, the Nuyyad, have set their sights on crossing the barrier and destroying the Federation. The Stargazer is sent to investigate, taking along its young second Officer, Jean-Luc Picard. But when the Nuyyad turn out to be more formidable than first thought, when a saboteur is working to keep the Federation from succeeding and when the Captain is killed, Picard finds himself thrust into command.I like this author's ST novels - they are fast-paced, true to the characters from TV and keep you thoroughly entertained from cover to cover. I'm not sure I could be so trusting of people proved to be a threat, but it has to work for the story to complete. Overall, I enjoyed the couple of days I spent in this books company and look forward to tracking down more books by this author.

  • Steve
    2019-03-11 00:26

    This book attempts to tie in the fifth Star Trek movie with Picard before he was a captain, and I'm afraid to say it doesn't really work. To my mind, having Picard as the second officer on a rather small ship was a mistake, since the captain and first officer should be able to sort out anything, but making him the first officer from the get go would have been too obvious -- but it was anyway. The characters didn't really feel three dimensional, and sadly, most of the plot twists were obvious. I enjoy reading Star Trek books by this author, but I'm not sure if I will read another in the Stargazer series.

  • Garrett Shepard
    2019-03-07 20:30

    Second ST book finished. The premise of this book was pretty good, the little mystery within as a good addition to the story. However, the story seemed to jump from scene to scene without any break, but that could be due to the Kindle format. Also, the part that bothered me the most was how the story was resolved. Let just say it was a little unbelievable. As far as the setting and some of the background information, which was not the author's fault, but it went completely against the Next Generation canon. That is what bothered me the most. But overall not a bad story, and gave a little background on Captain Picard.

  • Mårten Ericson
    2019-03-11 23:39

    There is no way this book has an average on 4. And that's comming from a Star Trek fan. This is a 2.5 book. It's not bad but the language is simple, there are no descriptions what so ever and the plot is neither intriguing nor very dense. The book is useful as a lesiure read on a hot summer day when you don't mind skipping a page here or there. An if you do, you won't miss a thing!

  • rivka
    2019-03-10 01:36

    An entertaining look at a young Jean-Luc.

  • John (JP)
    2019-03-03 03:20

    Story of Captain Picard 1st command. Often alluded to in the series but never fully fleshed out. This was a good read.

  • Timothy
    2019-03-11 03:17

    Fantastic tale of how picard becomes the youngest capt. in history.

  • John
    2019-03-18 03:13

    It was great.

  • Buddhagan
    2019-03-23 02:35

    This novel wasn't as great as some of the other TNG ones. I read the ebook format which seemed short; my nook said 162 pages. I can't put my finger on what was lacking but at least I know some of the background of Picard's 1st command. If you want to read the novels in a somewhat chronological order, read this before the Stargazer series.

  • Wesley Cole
    2019-03-02 00:39

    Not badNot bad not great but not bad either. A really ok star trek experience. I would recommend if your a fan of Picard.

  • John Barclay
    2019-03-26 00:23

    This was an interesting idea (Picard's early life) but it really didn't work as a book for me. Too many elements, too many different plots all coming together with WAY too much last minute rabbits.

  • John
    2019-03-18 23:33

    USS Stargazer’s latest tour of duty, second officer Lt Commander Jean-Luc Picard, is ordered to investigate the rumors of an alien species, the Nuyyad, that is reportedly planning to invade the Federation. The Captain of the ship dies during a battle, while his first in command enters a coma, leaving Jean-Luc Picard acting captain. After a subset of the crew fails to mutiny, Picard solidifies his role as the leader of the and captain of the ship. They finally head off across to the Galactic Barrier to investigate the Nuyyad, Magnians, and Kelvans. Once they arrive at the destination, Picard deals with a human race capable of telepathy, like Mitchell from TOS, some saboteurs, and an all out battle with an alien star base. In the end, Picards proves triumphant and earns the permanent commendation of Captain of the USS Stargazer.This book is not what I expected. I went into this book thinking I can get through it fairly leisurely and without much attention to the details. This book read much like other Star Trek books in such that it read like a tv episode. What made this a bit different is the amount of backstory and subplots compressed into such a small amount of space. I found myself frequently backtracking and examining how the current events relate to the previous ones and how they would be relevant to the upcoming ones.I think the story could be expanded and layered; building a stronger connection from one plot to the next. It might also be easier to follow.

  • Daniel Smithwick
    2019-02-25 00:14

    In order to really enjoy this novel, you'll want to re-watch or at least be familiar with these episodes:'Where No Man Has Gone Before,'(Gary Mitchell becomes a super human because of the strange properties of the Great Barrier) 'A Rose By Any Other Name,' (Introduces the Kelvans as a race of super aliens who come from the other side of the Great Barrier) both from the Original Series, and 'The Battle,' from the first season of The Next Generation (the one where Picard speaks at length about his service on the Stargazer and that ship's crew. We actually see the Stargazer in that episode). This was a fun novel but I would not use it as the starting point for the Stargazer series. Instead start with the Next Gen novel, 'Reunion,' where Michael Jan Friedman introduced a lot of these characters. If I have one criticism, it would be that the quantity of starship battles is so great as to become just mundane: "Oh, gosh, they've destroyed another enemy vessel. How many is that at this point? Oh, well, it probably doesn't matter."

  • Drake Tungsten
    2019-03-07 21:24

    Drake Tungsten I enjoyed this book very much. I liked finding out how the character of Picard became the person, and the captain, we see today.This book, the beginning of the "Stargazer" series, starts off with Picard as the second officer of said ship. It was very enlightening to see the way that he looked for a balance between the command style of his captain and the first officer in terms of developing his own style.He wasn't as reckless as his captain, but neither was he as "by the book" as the first officer. He saw what and what not to do, which is something many of us, including myself, have learned in our own lives.

  • Shane Amazon
    2019-03-04 23:31

    The Valiant was a fun and enjoyable read. It's storyline answered many questions left behind by Star Trek The Next Generation. Especially how Commander Picard became Captain of the Stargazer. Although the characters are well thought-out some aspects of both the characters and the story are pretty predictable. Not an epic tale but a fun one nonetheless

  • Evelyn
    2019-02-28 21:19

    Overall this book was amazing and from the start just had a speed that a Star Trek book has. I loved how the Michael the author put the Original Series and the Next Generation together and kept it up throughout the book. This is a must read for Next Gen. fans.

  • Cary Spratt
    2019-03-07 00:36

    Decent story. I hadn't really read anything focusing on Picard pre-Ent-D so it was nice to see him in this setting. Several nods to TOS episodes, including the tetrahedron cubes, which made me laugh when I thought back to the TOS episode with those cubes.

  • Todd R
    2019-02-28 01:19

    Not worth the time to read. Began shuffling through this one after about 120 pages in...Very predictable from the get go, nothing new here. I will attempt book 2 simply to get more of Picard's history.

  • Jonathon Laudinsky
    2019-03-17 02:29

    The Valiant covers the rise of Picard from the stargazers second officer to its captain after a mission crossing the galactic barrier. How Picard lead the stargazer to defeat a potential hostile alien invasion of the federation, stop a munity, and find a saboteur among his crew.

  • Mike
    2019-02-26 03:17

    I didn't like this quite as much as Friedmans other Star Trek stuff. The enemy is just a faceless plot device, Picard advises Starfleet to limit contact with Kelvan colony because 1 scientist was a jerk, etc. Still good though.

  • Victoria Gaile
    2019-03-15 01:19

    Wow, is this awful.I guess the sound effects are kind of neat. But good heavens, the heavy-handed writing.It'll do to clean house by, I suppose.

  • Joe
    2019-03-19 03:38

    No such thing as to much Stargazer.What a great crew.Mike really brings them to life.

  • Benjamin Plume
    2019-02-27 03:36

    Read the Stargazer series, so I felt as though I had to go back and read this one as well. Not bad, but a little boring since the story was already rehashed ad nauseum in the other books.

  • Batya7
    2019-03-23 02:33

    Good solid Star Trek!

  • M
    2019-03-15 20:26

    Abridged Audio Book version. Its much better on TV. reading Star Trek is not as good as watching it.

  • Scott
    2019-03-22 01:26

    Fun- like a new episode of Star Trek!

  • James
    2019-03-21 21:10

    It is pure prequel of Star trek Next generation