Trek Lit Reviews has a review up for Michael Jan Friedman‘s “Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Valiant (Stargazer Prequel)“:
Over the course of his Star Trek writing career, Michael Jan Friedman has been responsible for nearly everything we know about the crew of the U.S.S. Stargazer. While (of course) non-canon, his depictions of the Stargazer crew which began in the TNG novel Reunion have informed my understanding of the pre-Enterprise years of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s Starfleet career. Now that there is an entire series dedicated to the adventures of the U.S.S. Stargazer under Picard’s command, The Valiant could be thought of as book two of that series, following on the heels of the de facto first Stargazer novel, Reunion.
The Valiant takes us to the early days of Picard’s years on the Stargazer, where he serves as the ship’s second officer. While not yet a captain at the start of this novel, The Valiant depicts the circumstances under which he ultimately assumes command.