Book Review: ‘Raise the Dawn’ by David R. George III

January 16, 2023 at 8:45 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Raise the Dawn is the penultimate novel in the Typhon Pact series. It was written by David R. George III and was released in July of 2012. 

While the Typhon Pact series has had everything from fantastic entries to utterly dull ones, this book lands itself somewhere in the middle. There are things that I thought were excellently done in this book, while there were other elements that bored me throughout. 

I’ll begin with what works in the book. When writing a political story, David R. George does a really good job. The Typhon Pact vs. The Federation storyline here was fascinating and I was hooked on every chapter. In some ways, this book paid off several books of development, particularly the last few by David R. George. While I’ve seen many reviewers discuss how this novel is part of a duology with Plagues of Night, I would argue that it’s more of an end to a trilogy, including Rough Beasts of Empire. 

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Book Review: ‘Harm’s Way’ by David Mack

December 20, 2022 at 7:28 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Harm’s Way is the newest novel set in the original oeries era by David Mack. It was released by Simon and Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint in December of 2022. 

David Mack has a long and storied career with Star Trek books. He has written over 30 in his tenure there, making him one of the most widely published authors along with Peter David and Dayton Ward. Along with Peter David, Mack is the one other author I’ve heard many many people call their “Favorite Star Trek Author.” 

And for good reason, because he turns in amazing books!

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Book Review: ‘Plagues of Night’ by David R. George III

December 8, 2022 at 9:20 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Plagues of Night is the fifth novel in the Typhon Pact series. It was written by David R. George III and was published by Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Books in June of 2012. 

The Typhon Pact has been really hit or miss thus far. Some books have been great, while other books have been mediocre or downright bad. David R George has been the primary DS9 writer for Pocket Books before and during the Typhon Pact, and here he proves why he earned that mantel.

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Book Review: ‘Paths of Disharmony’ by Dayton Ward

November 21, 2022 at 7:53 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Paths of Disharmony is the fourth book in the Typhon Pact line of novels from Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster. It was written by Dayton Ward and was released in February 2011. 

The Typhon pact has had some hits and misses. Zero Sum Game was a mediocre novel, while Seize the Fire was very disappointing and Rough Beasts of Empire was partially amazing and partially poorly executed. I have also read some mixed books by Dayton Ward, so I wasn’t particularly excited about this one. However, one of my friends rated this very high on his list, and he and I have had similar thoughts on the Typhon pack novels thus far. So I was intrigued to see what this book was like. 

And I’m so glad I did, because not only is it the best Typhon Pact novel, it’s also one of Dayton Ward’s best novels. 

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Book Review: ‘Rough Beasts of Empire’ by David R. George III

October 17, 2022 at 7:47 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Rough Beasts of Empire Is the third book in the Typhon Pact series. It was written by David R. George III and was released in January 2011. 

I was incredibly nervous going into this book. I have read that this was an incredibly controversial book. You need look no further than the Goodreads ratings or the discussions by prominent Trek literary reviewers to know this book ruffled some feathers. I was especially nervous since I just read the first two book in the Typhon Pact series Zero Sum Game and Seize the Fire, both of which I thought were disappointingly mediocre. 

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Book Review: ‘Second Self’ by Una McCormack

September 20, 2022 at 11:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Picard: Second Self is the newest Star Trek novel in the Picard line of novels published by Gallery Books. It was written by Una McCormack and was released in September of 2022. 

The first thing I’ll say about this book is that it is a long time coming. We have not had a Star Trek novel in almost ten months since Deep Space Nine: Revenant came out last year. As such, there has been such a drought of Trek publishing that fans have been itching for a new release. This book was scheduled for release in May, but due to paper shortages kept getting pushed back to September. As such, this book has an important role in the history of Star Trek publishing.

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Book Review: ‘Seize the Fire’ by Michael A. Martin

September 6, 2022 at 7:20 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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Star Trek: Seize the Fire is the second novel in the Typhon Pact series. It was written by Michael A. Martin and was released in December of 2010. 

After reading this novel, I can kind of see where they are taking this Typhon pact series. It appears that every book will essentially be another book in that ship’s particular line of novels (TNG, Titan, Aventine, DS9, etc), but there is a throughline current here about the threat about the Typhon Pact, although you’d almost be forgiven if you didn’t realize it in this book.

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Book Review: ‘Zero Sum Game’ by David Mack

August 16, 2022 at 6:17 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Zero Sum Game is the first novel in the Typhon Pact line of novels. It was written by David Mack and was released in November of 2010.  

David Mack has turned in several amazing books. His Destiny Trilogy is truly legendary for the scope and sheer audacity. His The Fall novel Ceremony of Losses was one of the best thematic books in Star Trek. His A Time to books and his Legacies book were both really stellar! Unfortunately, this book does not live up to the others.

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Book Review: ‘Before Dishonor’ by Peter David

July 27, 2022 at 6:55 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Before Dishonor is a novel in The Next Generation line of Star Trek novels featuring The Borg. It was written by Peter David and was released in November of 2007. 

Wow! I am shocked at how good this book is. After reading the Destiny trilogy and Greater Than the Sum (both published after this book) I was worried I would feel Borg fatigue. This book is by far the biggest, most epic, and most well written of the bunch. This might go down as one of my favorite Star Trek books ever made!!!

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Book Review: ‘Greater Than the Sum’ by Christopher L. Bennett

July 11, 2022 at 6:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum is a standalone novel written by Christopher L. Bennett and was released in August of 2008. 

What makes this book so interesting is the frame of reference that it has. This book came out after a string of Borg related standalones like Resistance, Death in Winter, Homecoming/Farther Shore, and the ever climactic Before Dishonor. However, it is the prelude to the Destiny Trilogy, the trilogy billed as “The Beginning and the End of the Borg.” This would create a dilemma for Bennett, as his story would need to be really good to stand out in a crowded field. Thankfully, Bennett was up to the task, for this is an excellent book. 

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