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A thrilling untold adventure based on the acclaimed Star Trek: Picard TV series! 

The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. 

Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack - but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict! 

©2021 CBS Studios Inc. All rights reserved. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Fabulous

So well written and read. Just like watching an episode. I hope the author can write some more similar.

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Perfect

It would be difficult to overstate how good this story is. James Swallow has mastered the characters and delivered a story that perfectly matches the themes and feelings of STPicard.

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Great Story

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Looking forward to 3rd book. Good for understanding events prior to television series.

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A wonderfully intriguing story. Great Narrator

A wonderfully intriguing story, that compliments the Events in Picard Season 1 greatly. The narrator does an absolutely amazing Job. Wonderful audio book

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Love the Picard prequels

I love the Picard prequels but I'm uncertain what connexion this one will have to the greater storyline. I'm sure all will be revealed in time

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  • Roderick J Hayes
  • 12-01-2021

Captain Riker learned from the best

Of the three Star Trek tv series that aired in 2020 the first season of Picard was the most disappointing for me. As a kid Next Generation was as close to a foundational text as a sci fi tv show can be. Jean Luc Picard was a unique type of super hero, showing someone that didn't use brute force or super human powers to solve problems, just diplomacy and careful thought. Though he was in his 30s William Riker was a great stand in for youngsters (because Wesley Crusher sucked) and always grew with the lessons Picard passed down. Without making this a review of the show it had plenty of really fun moments but never felt like it reached for the same ideals Next Generation and that era of Trek tv did. (Go watch Lower Decks it's not just great Trek but the best tv show of 2020)

This is the second book based on Picard, after The Last Best Hope last spring. Like that book this one is technically a prequel, though it's connection to the show is much more tertiary and in fact Picard only shows up in any capacity for a few pages. This doesn't hurt the book and in fact I easily enjoyed this one quite a bit more.

The plot unfolds a year after the main inciting inciting incidents of the Picard tv series, when androids attacked Mars, the Federation abandoned rescue efforts of the Romulans and Picard leaving starfleet. These events merely serve as the backdrop to this story, which follows an older, wiser Riker as he captains the USS Titan.

What unfolds is an adventure full of all the techno babble, somewhat predictable twists and a Starfleet captain willing to use diplomacy over violence whenever he can that makes Star Trek great. Swallow writes all the characters incredibly well, whether it's characters established in the tv series, adapted from the now non canon Titan series from a few years ago or his own creations. I enjoyed 5 year old Thaddeus Riker especially. Since children in Trek are usually rather annoying it was refreshing to have a kid who acted more or less like any kid his age.

The pacing and style could easily fit as an episode of 90s Star Trek or as a film sequel to Nemesis. It's not high brow science fiction, and as I alluded to many of the moments framed as twists were perhaps too predictable and overly choreographed, but it's the most fun I've had yet with a Star Trek novel.

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  • Andy
  • 11-01-2021

freaking awsome

need more books like this one!!

awsome plot, awsome depht and character development.

would love to see more riker troi books

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 08-01-2021

Robert Petkoff is an outstanding narrator.

James Swallow thank you so much for bringing this story to life. This book takes place one year into Picard retirement and before the Rikers lose their son

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  • Mat Shafer
  • 07-01-2021

Great continuation of the new time-line

it's great to see Trek getting its timeline synced. this story really meshes well with the new series. thank you for finally getting everything together.

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  • Michael Burton
  • 22-02-2021

Disappointing follow-up to Last Best Hope

I loved the previous ST: Picard book, probably more than season 1 of the show, but this book just wasn't very interesting. There was little in the way of suspense to keep me coming back and I had figured out the central mystery hours before it was revealed. The villain is a one-note fanatic who the characters keep saying is deviously smart, but never actually does anything clever or original. It was great to spend time with Riker and Troi again, but I felt like the author didn't quite capture what makes those characters so compelling and we spend way too much time with their annoying kid. There are good stories to tell about children in the Star Trek universe, but it's very rare that those stories ever actually work. As usual, narrator Robert Petkoff did a wonderful performance. He could probably read Star Trek effectively in his sleep at this point. If you've already gone through most of the Trek books Audible offers, go ahead and get this, you'll probably enjoy it just enough to make it worth your time, but keep your expectations low.

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  • Jerry "JSFMIDIG"
  • 21-02-2021

Story misses events from other Star Trek stories.

John Luq was never an admiral. William Riker was never a captain! He was a 1st or number 1 to captain John or Jon (spelling) and then jumped from a 1st officer to an admiral from the movie stories and other novels and never made captain. The ladies maried to the men. So the novel doesn't flow with other story's and I'm 63 not a kid and I really don't care enough to tell other's how to write their story's! alright already it's still SciFi to me!

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  • Travis
  • 12-01-2021

Great story in new timeline!

i was bummed at first to learn that Picard wouldn't follow the Next Gen books but so far I've enjoyed the books under the new timeline! This is more of a Titan book in the Picard timeline. It's full of action and great character moments for several characters. I fully enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2021

great read

loved it great to read more of Riker and Deanna's adventures in Star Fleet I look forward to reading more

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  • Victoria Sullivan
  • 18-03-2021

Good Story, Some Mispronounced Words

Trek fans will enjoy this. Great characters! However, the narrator mispronounces some Trek lingo (species names, etc.) I was surprised you this. Obviously there were some quality control processes missing here.

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  • Arcene Viehouser
  • 13-03-2021

star trek:picard: The dark veil

loved it!
it was so good, it kept my interest all the way to the end.

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  • OldMiley
  • 26-01-2021

Rushed and obvious

As a fan of Star Trek, TNG & Picard and having listened to this books predecessor I was really looking forward to this, especially knowing the focus would be on Captain Riker and the Titan.

I was left feeling disappointed though. The story was enough to keep me listening but it was never spectacular and most of the major plot points were so blatantly telegraphed, although admittedly a non-fan probably wouldn't notice at much as a fan of the various series'.

The middle of the book focused too much on Riker & Troi's son and parts of that section came across as being written for kids despite the overall tone of the book being written for adults, however I will concede that the performance by Robert Petkoff could be responsible for that perception.

The ending was interesting enough, as all the plot threads came together but there was never any real resolution to some of the characters stories which left me feeling a little robbed. Another gripe was the blatant fan service for pointlessly shoving a legacy character in at the end. It added nothing.

It just feels like it was rushed, with little care, a simple narrative and characters that do some strange things despite you knowing them so well as a viewer of the many series'.

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  • Jules
  • 04-03-2021

Very enjoyable

Great story filling in a lot information but adding lots of new ideas too. Very well read by Robert Petkoff as usual.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2021

Fantastic!

Narrating was excellent! loads of action, great story , would recommend listening to, definitely 👍

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