The Last Best Hope: Star Trek: Picard Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An original novel based on the new Star Trek TV series!
A thrilling novel leading into the new CBS series, Una McCormack’s The Last Best Hope introduces you to brand-new characters featured in the life of beloved Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard—widely considered to be one of the most popular and recognizable characters in all of science fiction.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 42 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||11 February 2020|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 23,235 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The basic premise of the show is flawed, however. Starfleet and the Federation members balked over the resources required to save the Romulans, but why not build a series of super-massive transporter buffers to store the Romulans in transit until they get to the required new planet? That would save time and resources.
The writing is fine, i was worried sick for Jordi and i miss Data. But this is not a Tng novel, its a Picard novel, so we had better get used to that.
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I have to say I was fortunate to buy this book because UM is quite simply the best Star Trek novelist out there, and it was because of her pedigree that I bought the book. I will now start watching the series again from episode 1
Although the novel was published after episode 3, I think it’s best read after episode 4 - as it covers a lot of the detail of things that are alluded to in the first four episodes, and could be considered a spoiler if you’ve not seen these already. Arguably, you might want to watch episode 5 first too, but I think it works well after episode 4.
I maintain that Una McCormack is one of the best Star Trek authors out there, and I was incredibly pleased to hear she was writing this. It’s an amazingly well told tale of incredibly difficult times, and she successfully weaves in Star Trek’s classic parallels to today without it seeming in any way forced. The characters leap out of the page in a way that’s almost greater than they do on TV - the background really helps in engaging and empathising with them in the TV series too.
I have to be a little disappointed that the new TV series effectively erases a good chunk of the storyline that I’ve enjoyed reading in the novels over the past decades, and this book sits solidly in the new canon, though there are a few small nods where possible. I’m glad however that the reason the novel continuity has ended is positive - that we have a new TV series which is quite possibly the best written Trek yet.
Overall I didnt hate it but i wont be reading any more of this author's work. So, 3 stars.
Captain Picard is such an iconic character, known and loved by generations of Star Trek fans. The start of the eponymous TV series is pretty confusing, finding him disillusioned and retired, moping around his estate and vineyard in France. The background of how he ended up in this sorry state after such a stellar career is only thinly hinted at, and so after watching 3 episodes without being much the wiser, I fortunately came across an advert for this book, which reveals not all, but much of what happened in the gap between his promotion to Admiral, and his relegation to the family estate.
The book is excellently written, with great characterisation that takes us inside the minds of a couple of well-known USS Enterprise officers, plus a few interesting new people. The story line is, of necessity, rather strung out, and didn’t hold my interest as well as I feel it might have done if this hadn’t been a book designed to fill a gap in the Star Trek canon. It does, of course, end on a downer, dumping Picard where we find him at the start of the TV series, and leaves quite a lot unanswered that I hope will be revealed as the series progresses.
While it wasn’t a truly riveting read, I’m glad I read it, as I now have far more of an idea of what is going on!