Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds

{4.5/5} “Having participated in numerous first contact situations over the course of his career, he always tried to wonder what the representatives of the other party were thinking during the opening moments of such a meeting. Fear? Uncertainty? Anticipation or hope? Picard had seen all of those reactions and everything in between.”

Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward, published in 2017

In 2031 an Eizand ship crashes on Earth. Agents of the Aegis rush to find the ship and inhabitants before the army does. In 2386 Captain Picard comes across the Eizand home system. He’s unaware they’ve had any contact with Earth, but Commander Taurik has been given information on a need-to-know basis by Admiral Akaar.

It’s about secret groups pursuing conflicting interests, the search for the truth, and war and peace.

Gary Seven, an agent of the Aegis, was introduced in the Original Series episode “Assignment: Earth.”

Both storylines are interesting, and the story is told with a philosophical outlook.

The previous novel in the story of the 24th century is Star Trek: DS9 — The Long Mirage. I also previously reviewed Ward’s Star Trek: TNG — Headlong Flight.

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