Having become an increasingly frequent reader of Star Trek novels in the past couple of years, I’ve observed that the books seem to be getting better by orders of magnitude. Sure, the series has a stable of good writers, but so have other media tie-in series and they have suffered deplorably. Not so with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight. This one kept my attention rapt through the entire book, and not for just a few reasons. First, there are the characterizations and dialog that Mr. Ward has captured as spot-on. From Data to Captain Riker (yes, you read that correctly), it felt very much as if I were watching a two-part episode right from the series.