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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - DEATH IN WINTER

I'm a Star Trek fan. And a pretty big one. I grew up watching the series "The Next Generation" and have seen and read pretty much everything there is on the subject of "Star Trek". Unfortunately, the Heyne publishing house, which until a while ago held the rights to the books, had not published any books for a long time. My enthusiasm was all the greater when it was said that Cross Cult now have the rights and will bring new books to the market. The next generation kicks off with the book “Death in Winter”.

Original title:Death in winter
Translator: from the American by Stephanie Pannen
Cover illustration:Martin Frei
Publishing company:Cross Cult
Format: Paperback
Language: German
Dimensions: 17.8 x 12 x 2.6 cm (H x W x D)
Category: Science fiction
Number of pages: 354
Published: in Germany in October 2009, in the USA in August 2007
ISBN 10: 3941248618
ISBN 13: 9783941248618
Book binding price: 12.80 € (D), 14.50 € (A), 25 CHF (CH)

»Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly sixty non-fiction books and novels, more than half of which are called“ Star Trek ”or a variation of it. Ten of his titles appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also written for network and cable television, radio and comic books, including the "Star Trek - Voyager" episode "Resistance". On the rare occasions when he pays a visit to the real world, Friedman lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons. He continues to inform his readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, there is a high probability that they are not related to him. "

“Kevratas is a barren, frozen world beyond the Romulan Neutral Zone. The federation has become the last real hope of survival and freedom for plague-ridden locals.
Beverly Crusher, who has since left the Enterprise, is missing from a medical aid mission and believed to be dead. Starfleet has no choice but to send another team to rescue the Kevrata - and Picard is the natural choice.
Two colleagues who already served under him when he was in command of the Stargazer spaceship are decisive for the success of the mission: Pug Joseph and Doctor Carter Greyhorse. Joseph wants to wash away his past. Greyhorse was serving a sentence for attempted murder. You are determined to succeed where the doctor failed.
On the Romulan homeworld, the political power vacuum created by the death of Praetor Shinzon has now been filled by Senator Tal'Aura. But there are also adversaries, including Commander Donatra and the warbird fleet she commands.
Thus begins a desperate struggle - not only for the freedom of the long suppressed Kevratans, but also for the soul of the Romulan Empire. It will be shaken to its ancient foundations and Jean-Luc Picard's life will be changed ... forever. "

Choice of title

Before reading the book, I didn't know what to do with the title. I knew from the synopsis on the spine of the book that the story takes place on an ice planet, but I was still skeptical as to whether the title really fits the story. Ultimately, I think the title is well chosen. It is not only an association with the ice planet Kevratas, on which the main part of the plot takes place, but also applies to the cold in the Romulan Empire. And it describes the epidemic days on Arvada III quite aptly.

Cover

In contrast to the covers by Heyne, the new cover by Cross Cult takes getting used to. Personally, I like it better, because it is beautifully colorful. And above all, the cover fits the story wonderfully. The two main characters of the story, Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, are depicted on it and you know even without having read the book that it is the longingly awaited love story between the two. Another small highlight is the relief printing. The lettering is in relief on the front cover and the Enterprise-E is in relief on the back cover.

quality

The sides are firm and easy to grip. With the Heyne books you had the feeling that the pages are very thin. Not here. That also justifies the higher price to a certain extent.

font

The book was printed in the Bookman Old Style font and the font size is acceptable. Neither too big nor too small, at least for me.
Thoughts of the actors and indirect communication through z. B. Microphones are in italics. What I noticed, however, is that the italic font is a bit squiggly. Looks nice, but takes some getting used to - at least for die-hard Heyne readers.

Subdivision

The book is divided into a total of 17 chapters plus two prologue chapters that span 289 pages. The chapters are all of a manageable length. This is important to me in so far as I am a chapter reader. I always look at how long a chapter is and then decide how many chapters to read at a time. Many paragraphs are inserted in the text itself, which makes reading pleasant. This way you can quickly find the point where you left off.

writing style

I really like the author's style. He describes the characters so well that you can easily put yourself in their shoes. The descriptions of the places are detailed too, but not in a way that makes it seem boring. Overall, the style of the author makes the book quite easy to read, especially since M. J. Friedman has already made a certain name for himself in the fandome.

translation

  • I haven't read the original, but the translation is fine so far. Here and there I noticed a few small mistakes such as B. “Tricorder” instead of “Tricorder”, but that's no drama.
  • Another funny word I found is “subway”. I suspect very strongly that this actually means "underground movement". At least that's what the connection suggests. However, in the secondary literature it actually says "underground railround". Still, I find the German word somehow ... inappropriate.
  • Another mistake in the translation into the "Brigg". The author actually means “rest”, which means something like prison. In connection with a (space) ship, this is arrest. In the translation, however, it becomes “Brigg”, which is a two-masted sailing ship.
  • Whether it really owes the translation is an open question. In any case, it irritates me that Worf and Geordi suddenly start talking. They never did that in the series or in the films. But since the word “you” can mean both “you” and “you” in English, I tend to make a mistake in the translation.

Filmability

“Death in Winter” has many beautiful things and many new things. However, I don't find the book's potential high enough to be made into a film. There are far better books in the Star Trek universe that are worthy of a film adaptation.

Mistakes in plot and logic

  • I find it strange ... You live on an ice planet and all the houses only have wooden doors. It would have to be constantly draft and cold in the rooms. But puff cake. As soon as the door slams shut, there is a dead silence in the room because the wooden door completely shields the snow storm outside. Logic? Nothing.
  • The disease has ruled Kevratas for over half a decade. But so far hardly any of the Romulans have fallen victim to the disease. Only the locals died. The virus is seemingly unpredictable as it hits randomly. The incubation period varies from person to person. Somehow that sounds like Spanish to me. And as soon as Picard appears on this icicle of planet, the plague strikes the Romulans.
  • The underground kevratas only have what it takes to survive halfway. But no sooner does Picard arrive than they can get him computers, biomolecular scanners and all kinds of medical equipment. Um ... where is this stuff supposed to be from? And even if the Kevratas stole this from the Romulans, the Romulans aren't so stupid that they don't notice. In addition, it is mentioned in the book earlier that the Kevrata have no access to the Romulan buildings.

Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard is one of the best captains in Starfleet. Through his experience, he commands the flagship of the fleet, the Enterprise-E. It was built in 2305 and has been a captain's badge since (approx.) 2333. Picard is also a very good diplomat. Thanks to his skills, he has already been able to turn the challenges of Q, the Klingons, the Borg and the Romulans in his favor.

Beverly Crusher

Beverly was built in 2324. She was married to Jean-Luc's best friend Jack and has a son named Wesley with him. Despite the fact that Jack died under Picard's command, the two share a deep friendship. This is also one of the reasons why she has been the chief physician on the Enterprise-D from 2364 under the command of Jean-Luc Picard.

Sela

Sela is the half-Romulan daughter of Natasha Yar, the late Enterprise Security Chief. She is loyal to the new Praetor Tal’Aura. Sela is always called "the half-breed" by Tal’Aura, which is not surprising given her origin.

Tal’Aura

Tal’Aura was one of the senators in “Nemesis”. But since she was on Shinzon's side early on, she was not killed, but supported Shinzon. After his death, she was only too happy to take power and become the new praetor of the Romulan Empire.

Donatra

Donatra is a Romulan who was one of the opponents of Shinzon in the movie "Nemesis". She helped Picard destroy Shinzon's battle cruiser. She is also not particularly enthusiastic about the new Praetor.

Carter Greyhorse

Carter was the chief physician of the Stargazer under Jean-Luc Picard. In 2367 he tried to commit a few murder attacks on the Enterprise-D because he never really got over the violent death of his wife. He was convicted of these attacks and has been imprisoned in the penal colony in New Zealand ever since.

Peter Joseph

Peter, known as Pug, was the chief security officer on the Stargazer under Picard's command. He later served on the Lexington before becoming the captain of a cargo ship.

Decalon

Decalon is a Romulan who defected to the Federation over ten years ago. He knows the planet Kevratas like the back of his hand and is now supposed to support Picard in the success of the mission.

Manathas

Manathas is a Romulan who works for the notorious secret service Tal’Shiar. His specialty is transforming himself into other people with the help of plastic surgery. Among other things, he was there as a waiter at the wedding of Jack and Beverly Crusher on Earth.

Eborion

Eborion is one of the "Hundred", one of the oldest families in the Empire. His family has a lot of power, but he has very little to say about the family. That is why he earns the trust of the new praetor Tal'Aura and tries to make his adversary Sela bad against the praetor in order to win his favor.

"Death in Winter" is the first TNG book to be set after "Nemesis". It is imperative to have seen the film to understand the story. Since the story takes place for the most part in the Romulan Empire, one should be familiar with it. You should also at least know a little about the characters. All of the characters in the book are described very well, but a little previous education doesn't hurt. Since the book is set in the TNG universe, it is very beneficial to know the series. It's a bit difficult for complete series newbies to follow the story.

"Star Trek - The Next Generation": 2364 – 2370
"Star Trek VII - Generations Meeting": 2371
"Star Trek VIII - The First Contact": 2373
"Star Trek IX - The Uprising": 2375
"Star Trek X - Nemesis": 2379 (stardate 56844.9 = 05.11.2379)
"Star Trek - Death in Winter": 2379 (probably in December)

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“Picard heard the door whisper as it opened and then again as it closed. And from those marks, which cut his heart like knives, he knew that Beverly's successor had entered the room.
"I apologize," he said, but kept his eyes on the stars as he collected himself. “I was busy, otherwise I would have greeted you in the transporter room. In any case, I'm glad to have you on board. You are obviously highly qualified, otherwise you would not have been selected for this position. "
For the first time he heard his new chief doctor speak. “I have to take care of this post Applied, Captain. "
Had he only heard the words and not the voice, he would have been amazed at the coincidence - because those were exactly the words Beverly had uttered when she was aboard the Enterprise-D came. But when he heard the voice, he knew it wasn't a coincidence because the woman who uttered it then was the same who uttered it a few seconds ago.
The captain turned away from the viewing window and saw Beverly Crusher standing in front of him, who smiled sheepishly. "I ... don't understand ..." he said, tripping over his own words like a schoolboy.
Instead of answering, she crossed the room and took him in her arms. Then she lifted her perfect mouth to his and kissed him - long and passionately.
Then she said, “I was a fool, Jean-Luc. I was given a second chance to love you and I almost threw it away. Can you forgive me?"
Picard smiled and brushed a strand of hair back from her face. “Maybe with time. But we've had enough of that now, haven't we? "
And he kissed her again. "

HERE you can read the prologue as a PDF.

Spoiler! - Read at your own risk

The story begins in 2348 when Jack and Beverly Crusher married on Earth. Among the waiters is a camouflaged Romulan spy tasked with collecting genetic material from Starfleet captains. This is the prelude to the tenth Star Trek movie "Nemesis."

Then the story pans to the year 2339. Beverly Crusher, a teenager, lives with her grandmother in the colony on Arvada III. While Beverly is walking the son of a new colonist family, a cargo ship crashes on the planet. The colony's settlers come to the aid of the survivors. The strangers are the Kevratans, a species similar to the Yeti. The Kevratans have fled their homeworld in the Romulan Empire and are hoping for help in the Federation. This part of the prologue forms the cornerstone for the main storyline.

The main story is divided into two areas: on the one hand from the perspective of the Federation and on the other hand from the perspective of the Romulan Empire.
After the events of "Nemesis", the Enterprise-E lies in dry dock and is being overhauled. This is also urgently needed because the ship has suffered great damage. During the weeks in the dock, Captain Picard also has the opportunity to get to know his new crew. Many old friends are leaving the Enterprise to take on new challenges. Among them the chief physician Dr. Crusher, First Officer William Riker, and Counselor Deanna Troi.

About a week after Picard last spoke to Beverly Crusher, he receives news that she is "missing in action". She had been on a covert mission to Kevratas to find a cure for the plague there. However, it was discovered and found by Sela. Starfleet is now determined to complete the mission successfully and entrusts Picard with it.

Meanwhile, the Romulan Empire is getting more and more delicate. Donatra and her mentor Suran, who command the third and fifth fleets, still refuse to recognize the new praetor and split off from the Empire with their warbirds. That forces Tal’Aura to take action. Tomalak, the commander in chief of the Imperial Defense Forces, is given the task of eliminating the renegades by all means. Because the empire cannot afford to fight its own people as the outside worlds in the border area of ​​the empire begin to rebel.

While Picard wins his old friends Peter Joseph and Carter Greyhorse for his mission, Worf and Geordi LaForge decide to support Picard, even if they do not yet know how, as the two officers do not even know what the mission is and where it is taking place.

Meanwhile, Beverly Crusher is amazed to find that she is still alive. After being shot down by a disruptor, she comes to in a prison cell. When Sela comes to her a little later, she realizes that she is in big trouble. But she seems to be receiving unexpected help.A Romulan Centurion who turns out to be a Tal’Shiar agent tries to free Beverly from Sela's captivity.

In the meantime, Picard, Greyhorse, Joseph and Decalon arrive disguised as Barolian traders on the planet Kevratas. The otherwise quite paranoid Romulans are not suspicious and the group can enter the planet unhindered and begin their mission. To do this, Picard and his people go to an old friend of Decalon who lives on Kevratas and belongs to the Romulan underground movement.

While Picard hatches a plan with his men to contact the underground, Worf and Geordi continue to try to find out where the captain went to rescue Doctor Crusher. Worf contacts an old acquaintance who, however, has no idea about the mission either.

The Romulan contact on Kevratas wants Picard and the rest of his group to wait at his home for them. Picard, however, the matter is too delicate, which is why he does not wait for the return of the Romulan and despite the snowstorm that is outside and leaves the shelter of the house. Picard's assumption should turn out to be correct, because the Romulan has informed Commander Sela, who then has the house rearranged and finally wants to get her hands on Jean-Luc Picard, since she still has several bills open with him.

After the group fought their way underground for Picard, they soon encounter a group of Kevratas. After a nice little firefight because the locals think the strangers are the enemy, the Kevratas are only too happy to take the federal visit into their modest abode.

After Beverly Crusher lived three days in captivity by the Romulans, she is freed by a Centurion who turns out to be Manathas. After the two have shot their way clear and found a safe haven, Crusher realizes that Manathas was by no means generous. His plan was to take credit for the doctor's death himself. However, when Beverly discovers that the Romulan also has the disease, Manathas decides not to kill the woman.

While Beverly Crusher escapes from custody and Jean-Luc Picard crouches in the Kevratan underground, Worf and Geordi are still trying to find out where the captain is going on the Enterprise. Out of the blue, Admiral Janeway suddenly appears on the ship and she knows about the plan that Worf and Geordi are pursuing.

It shouldn't be long before Sela found out about Crusher's escape. She pulls out all the stops and blocks all escape routes for Kevratas. In addition, she requires her subordinates to go from house to house if necessary to find the doctor and, preferably, the Federation team.

And while Selas Centurions scour town for Manathas and Beverly Crusher, Picard and Kevratan rebels plan how to use the cure that Dr. Greyhorse works, best distributed among the population. At this time Manathas organized his transport back to Romulus and reported to his two employers, Tal’Aura and Eborion.

When Beverly Crusher comes to, she finds herself alone and handcuffed. Manathas has disappeared and left her - for now - alone. While the doctor tries to free herself from her bonds, she thinks back to Arvada III and remembers with horror how the refugees died within a few hours and how the first settlers fell victim to the disease. And she thinks about her time together with Jean-Luc Picard and how much she misses right now.

Picard feels the same way in the underground of Kevratas. Once again, the rebels have moved in their tunnels so as not to be discovered by the Romulans. And Greyhorse is still working on the vaccine against the plague that Beverly Crusher made years ago, at least for the citizens of the Federation. And on this basis the doctor is working feverishly on a cure for the Kevratas. While Jean-Luc alternately forges plans and stands guard with the leader of the rebels, he increasingly catches himself thinking of Beverly.

In the meantime, Tal’Aura has seen through Eborion's plan on Romulus. When he shows up again at his praetor's, she confronts him with these allegations. And since she has solid evidence, he admits it. For his honesty, Eborion is then led away by Tal’Aura's bodyguard and they promise him a publicly celebrated death.

For Beverly Crusher, things are getting very serious. Manathas, who is on the way with her to a place in the city from which they are supposed to beam themselves up to a ship in orbit, wants to bring her to Romulus. On the arduous march across the ice planet, Beverly sees one of the Kevratas who helped her at the beginning of her adventure - or at least she thinks so. On the spur of the moment, she defies Manathas. And she is lucky. The Kevratan is actually who she thought he was. The two of them flee together and the Kevratan hides Beverly in his house. And even if she doesn't know at this point: The same Kevrataner is one of the rebels, who has, however, remained on the surface. And so Picard learns that she is still alive.

However, Sela knows that too. She also has a spy among the Kevratans who blackmailed her with the life of his family. She also knows where the rebels are hiding, what the plan for distributing the cure looks like and how far Dr. Greyhorse has come up with his efforts so far.

Meanwhile, Tal’Aura feels safe on Romulus. Although she increasingly sees Braeg, the former commander in chief of the Imperial Fleet, as a threat, she has not yet intervened, although he has incited the people with his regular speeches against her. When, at another rally, he demands that the people rebel against the praetor, he receives thunderous applause. Tal’Aura can no longer accept that. When she is asked by the commander of her troops in the capital whether he can put an end to the hustle and bustle, she gives him permission. But the city guard did not expect that Braeg would also have armed his men among the audience. And so a fire fight breaks out. However, Tal’Aura is playing extremely unfair. While Braegs Centurions only have handguns, she wants to end the uprising with interplanetary hovercrafts. And she succeeds so well that the whole place of victory is soaked in blood.

In the meantime, Dr. Greyhorse completes the cure for the Kevratan plague and one of the rebels begins distributing the vaccine in the capital. He does this carefully so as not to give Commander Sela any reason to ask what he's up to.

Meanwhile, Picard and the rest of his team, accompanied by them, leave the protective underground to beam back to the cargo ship together with Beverly, which is still in orbit of Kevratas. But instead of meeting Beverly at the agreed meeting point, the group expects Sela and a unit of Centurions, who engage the rebels and Picard in a tough fight. And when he is helplessly at the mercy of Sela, Beverly becomes his lifesaver. She engages Sela in hand-to-hand combat in which she gains the upper hand and sends the Romulan into the realm of dreams with a hook on the chin. But as soon as she can join her friends again, Manathas appears in front of her. However, he is drawn into a tough fight by Decalon, which he loses. And when the victorious Romulan threatens Beverly with a disruptor, Picard puts him down.

And as soon as Braeg has finished his speech on Victory Square in the Romulan capital, Donatra and Suran prepare to turn his words into deeds. The two fleets face sixty warbirds. And both parties quickly open fire. However, Tomalak underestimates Donatra's skill and is first tricked by her. But he doesn’t let that sit on him and now does some magic for his part. Since he knows that Donatra wants to go to Romulus as soon as possible, he tries to prevent that from happening.

But she loses the fight, just as Braeg loses his life. In Tal’Aura captivity, he committed suicide. Eborion did not have this fate because he was hanged in public, which is a great shame for his family. This is due to his own aunt, who Eborion betrayed to Tal’Aura. However, the praetor could not book all victories in front of him. Half of the rebel fleet escaped. Among them are Donatra and Suran. And it faces the problem that the Kevratai virus has now developed a predilection for Romulans.

Picard returns to the Enterprise alone. Crusher and Greyhorse had previously been picked up by a volcanic ship to report on the mission in a starbase. And Joseph has to take care of his freighter. He mourns the time with Beverly, who he is sure to have gambled away their friendship once and for all, when he confessed his love to her in the middle of the Kevratan blizzard. And he misses her infinitely. After Picard has sealed himself off from the outside world in his quarters for three days, he finally wants to take responsibility for his ship and his crew again. But as soon as he has stepped foot out of his quarters, he comes across a woman who looks astonishingly like Beverly. But it's just a new crew member. And while he ponders his thoughts in his ready room next to the still chaotic bridge, the new chief doctor announces himself. Picard is not ready for it yet, but he asks the person to come to him. And is more than surprised to find that it's Doctor Crusher. And he's even more surprised when she just kisses him and asks for forgiveness.

I approached this book with very high expectations, because “Death in Winter” has the great task of leading the “next generation”, which after the tenth film “Nemesis” can be a difficult undertaking.

It was also relatively difficult to read the book. Not that it's written in a particularly complicated way. It's much more down to the different storylines. There are two major threads of action: one is the Federation and the other is the Romulan Empire. There are at least three internal threads of action in each of these actions. In the case of the Federation, this is Picard's group, then Dr. Crusher and the actions of Worf and LaForge. On the part of the Romulan Empire, it is the storylines of Sela, Tal’Aura, Donatra and Suran, Tomalak, Manathas and Eborion.

I find it positive that in “Death in Winter” you learn a lot about the way the Romulans think and act. I am a fan of this species and I am very interested in such information. The Romulans are otherwise neglected in the novels. One learns quite a lot of details about this species, such as: B. about the "hundred", the old families that are as old as the empire itself.

What puzzled me were the many associations with the USS Stargazer, Picard's first command. The series has never lost many words about the Stargazers, and the reader is more or less thrown into the deep end. There is a six-part series of novels about Stargazer that was published in the States beginning in 2002, but so far this series has not made it to Germany. The author is - one is hardly surprised - Michael Jan Friedman. Here Cross Cult could have gone according to the timeline and should have released the Stargazer novel cycle BEFORE the TNG relaunch. The book explains how and why the Stargazer was destroyed, but that's about it.

Another interesting aspect is the introduction of a new technology. While plastic surgery was always required for undercover missions in the series (TNG, DS9) to transform into another species, this is different from "Death in Winter". Small holo emitters are transplanted under the skin of the person concerned and this subdermal holoprojector technology ensures that the person optically takes on the shape of another species. But the projectors don't just create an image of the desired species. With the help of electromagnetic fields, they even create a touchable surface.

Jean-Luc Picard takes getting used to. He's so terribly emotional. I love reading romances, but somehow that doesn't really fit the captain. He has indeed become more soulful since the “meeting of the generations”, which is not least due to the death of his brother and his nephew. Nonetheless, this fact was never taken up again in “First Contact”, “Insurrection” or “Nemesis”. So I feel that this soulful side of Jean-Luc is too sudden. He feels quite lost on his broken and empty ship, but somehow none of this fits Picard. He, the captain of the flagship of the Federation, who is a brilliant tactician, who has a razor-sharp mind and masters all dangers confidently - becomes a softie ...

What I like very much again are the detailed descriptions of the author, not only of the surroundings, but above all of the characters. Beverly Crusher in particular is described better than in any other novel.

While reading, I was irritated by the sudden familiarity between the Klingon Worf and Geordi LaForge. In the series and in the films, they have always addressed each other as “you”, even if the two have served together for years. In the book, they suddenly start to say "du". This is strange as the two officers never gave the impression that they were so close. I therefore strongly believe that there is a translation error. And should that not be the case, it would be too sudden a turn of the two characters, which I see rather negatively, as it comes too abruptly.

The Kevratan plague is very mysterious. She has ruled the ice planet for over fifty years, but nobody cares. The Federation has known about this since 2339, but it wasn't until 2379 that they decided to help the Kevratas. But does it occur to you early enough? Sure there have been important things in the meantime (e.g. the Dominion War) and the tense relations with the Romulan Empire have always been shaky, but what has prevented the Federation from doing so so far? Because we know that there is the underground through which many Romulans overflowed. Why shouldn't it work the other way around?

Admiral Janeway makes me think. She just shows up on the Enterprise and of course knows about Worf and Geordi's plans. Yes, no, it is clear ... That she just shows up is not so surprising, after all, the Enterprise is in dry dock and it is only a stone's throw from the earth to the shipyard in earth orbit with a shuttle. But that she knows everything right away? Geordi and Worf are experienced enough to cover their tracks and not get caught. Janeway gives me the impression that the author was wringing his hands and trying to bring the woman in somehow. And in addition, every basic right, no matter how trivial, was apparently to him.

Chapter 10 begins directly with a logbook entry from Picard. That's not a bad thing either, but the logbook entry is classified as an addendum. Where is the first entry? When I read “Captain's Log, Addendum”, I find out that there is already an entry. But unfortunately the author leaves that out.

Even if it sounds mean now, I was glad when Eborion's plan was seen through by Tal’Aura and she had him publicly executed. I hated the guy for the rest of the book. Especially since the parts around him and his family were terribly dry and difficult to read.

And while the story rippled comfortably in the first two thirds of the book, it gets really exciting again in the last chapter. So exciting that you really get excited. There is not only a fight for the future of the Romulan Empire, but also a fight for freedom. These last chapters are so captivatingly written that it is hard to put the book down.

And the most beautiful is of course the happy ending, which, in contrast to some other parts of the book, doesn't sound feeble and corny.

Worf: "Every single employee in Starfleet Command should be coated with honey and tied naked with outstretched limbs over a mound of fire ants."

(Page 92)

LaForge: "Chasing Captain Picard without official permission - that could bring us to a military tribunal."
Worf: "Without question. But he gives more important things than ranks. "

(Page 93)

Crusher: "Go to hell."
Sela: "Romulans have no hell."

(Page 116)

After all, Romulan commanders weren't known for their great patience, and Sela was even more impatient than the rest of their loft. It was, she had been told on more than one occasion, one of her best qualities.

(Page 163)

Picard: "I don't remember you being so rebellious on the Stargazer."
Joseph: “You were like a god to me then. Now you're just a guy who forgot his marble. "

(Page 166)

Decalon knew what Romulans did to their captives. He wasn't exactly optimistic that they would find the doctor alive, let alone in sanity.

(Page 194)

Picard: "You mean ... you have the antidote?"
Greyhorse: "Yes. And a terrible headache. I had forgotten how exhausting it can be to look into a scanner for hours. "
Picard: “I'm sorry about the headache. But you got it for a good cause. "
Greyhorse: "You used to say that to me when we were still on the Stargazer."
Picard: "Sorry for not being more original these days."

(Page 249)

Picard: "Does the bridge look better now?"
Worf: “Not exactly that. The armchairs are still not in. "
Picard: "What, if I may ask, is causing the delay?"
Worf: “You sent us the wrong ones. But they got it back. "
Geordi: "And they told us that the right ones are on the way."
Picard: "They always say that."
Geordi: "Yes sir, they do."

(Page 289)

In addition to the actual novel, there are a few little extras in the book.

Love at second sight
Over three pages the reader gets an insight into the somewhat complicated relationship between Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, from the USS Stargazer to "Nemesis".

Quo Vadis, Jean-Luc?
What will happen to the relaunch of TNG? Exactly this question is clarified on six additional pages.

Excerpt from "Revelation 1"
Pleasing for the DS9 fans among us, there is the first chapter from the first book of the DS9 sequel as a reading sample at the end of the book.
This reading excerpt makes you want to read the whole book, which will soon be available in bookstores.

“Death in Winter” is a rather average book, which only really got me excited at the end. The book can still be recommended for TNG fans, but it is not a must for fans of the other Star Trek series to read this book.

That's why the book gets the following rating from me (out of a maximum of 5 points):

PER:

  • lots of information about the Romulans
  • detailed writing style
  • Introduction of a new technique
  • TNG relaunch
  • Long-awaited love story from Picard and Crusher
  • Cover design
  • exciting ending

CONTRA:

  • too many associations with the stargazer
  • sometimes complicated and confused plot
  • Picard is pretty sentimental
  • hardly understandable without previous knowledge
  • many interlinked threads of action
  • Logical error in the plot
  • Haunted references to the other Star Trek series