Book Review: ‘Immortal Coil’ by Jeffrey Lang

January 18, 2022 at 6:47 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Immortal Coil is a Next Generation novel heavily centered around Data, A.I., and lots of Star Trek history. It was written by Jeffrey Lang and was published by Pocket Books in February 2002. 

If you love Data, then this is the book for you. Data takes the lead in this novel as the Enterprise crew must solve a mystery involving Bruce Maddox and an accident that occurs at his laboratory. 

I went into this book expecting a more ethereal, philosophical look into androids and into Data’s history. That seemed to be the pitch of the book from the blurb and also what word of mouth on the book was. Instead, this book is actually a fun episode-sized adventure with an android mystery to it. I wasn’t disappointed in the book, as I find those novels much more enjoyable than the scientific exploration ones, but I did feel that the book had false marketing.

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Book Review: ‘Revenant’ by Alex White

December 29, 2021 at 6:21 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Revenant is a standalone novel by Alex White that takes place during the fourth season of DS9 and was released by Gallery Books in December of 2021.

My short review can be summed up in one sentence: If you like Jadzia Dax, or even just the character of Dax in general, then you’ll LOVE this book.

This was my first foray into a specifically Deep Space Nine book, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was afraid about breaking into books from this series, as DS9 is my least favorite of the Berman series and as a whole didn’t hold my attention. I picked up this book as part of my goal to read every new Star Trek novel and because it was a standalone DS9 story, which seemed like a better place to start than anything in the post-Nemesis continuity.

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Book Review: ‘Oblivion’s Gate’ by David Mack

December 14, 2021 at 7:10 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion’s Gate is the third and final novel in the Coda trilogy, which was written by David Mack and was released in November of 2021. 

Twenty years of Star Trek literature has led to this. Titan, DS9, Voyager, Aventine, Next Generation, Mirror Universe, Section 31, and more have contributed to what we have known as the Lit-Verse or Post-Nemesis line of Star Trek novels. We all knew it was coming to an end in this trilogy, and thus knew to gird our feelings…

…but did we know it would feel like this?

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Book Review: ‘A Time for War, A Time for Peace’ by Keith R.A. DeCandido

November 30, 2021 at 7:11 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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Star Trek: A Time for War, A Time for Peace is the ninth and final novel in the A Time to series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Keith R. A. DeCandido and was released in October 2004.

The A Time to series had a rough couple of books at the beginning. It has some epic moments, but it failed to truly stand out from its predecessors. It made many promises, none of which came close to fruition until the end. The middle books were slightly better, but still missed a certain something. However, the last three books, written by David Mack and Keith DeCandido were absolutely fantastic. This book follows A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal very well.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Heal’ by David Mack

November 16, 2021 at 7:20 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Heal is the eighth novel in the A Time to series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by David Mack and was released in September 2004.

A Time to Heal picks up soon after the events of A Time to Kill, although the stakes are higher in this book than in any of the other books in the series. If something goes wrong here, there could be a galactic war on a scale never seen before in Star Trek. As a result, this book has an edge of tension that makes the reader feel like they just have to finish it. David Mack is very obviously a much better writer than his predecessors of this series, even this early in his career.

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Book Review: ‘Coda: The Ashes of Tomorrow’

November 2, 2021 at 5:19 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Coda: The Ashes of Tomorrow is the second book in the Coda trilogy, written by James Swallow and was released in October of 2021.

James Swallow takes the story baton from Dayton Ward and goes off sprinting and never stops. In this book, he dials the action, intrigue, suspense, character development, and story up to an 11! He truly leaves nothing on the field!

I was slightly disappointed in the scope of Moments Asunder. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a great book and certainly my favorite Dayton Ward book yet, but I thought that Ward made the story just too small for what was promised. However, James Swallow delivers EXACTLY what I wanted from the story. If I had my wish of what Coda would be, this book perfectly encapsulates it.

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“A Time to Kill” by David Mack

October 19, 2021 at 6:21 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Kill is the seventh novel in the A Time to series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by David Mack and was released in August 2004. 

I have been largely critical of the A Time to series thus far. I found that John Vornholt’s books had excellent ideas, but were poorly executed. Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore’s books matched the tone of Star Trek, but were very boring. Robert Greenberger’s books had excellent pacing, but lacked a lot of substance and were entirely too short. Well, for the first time in the series, David Mack has changed the game and has turned in a fabulous novel!

What sets this book apart from its predecessors is it’s execution. All of the books have had some military-political angles that have been interesting, this book puts a laser focus on it. This whole book is a political thriller in the vein of Jack Ryan novels but is set in the Star Trek universe. Mack is able to deftly thread the political thriller and Star Trek feelings well, creating a unique and exciting novel.

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Book Review: ‘Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder’ by Dayton Ward

October 5, 2021 at 6:07 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder is the first book in the Coda series, written by Dayton Ward and was released in September of 2021.

For 20 years, the Star Trek post-Nemesis universe was filled with hundreds of novels, each following an ever expanding continuity featuring characters and ships from Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and more! Many fans (myself included) latched onto these novels and if you asked them about Star Trek they would direct you first to the books, then to the television series. When Star Trek Picard was announced and released, many fans wondered what the state of the books would be. Would they simply reset everything and call it a day on the literary-verse as it was or would the show somehow fit the books? It turns out a third option was open where the books can now have their own chance where they will fit into the new continuity.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Hate’ by Robert Greenberger

September 21, 2021 at 5:44 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Hate is the sixth book in the A Time to series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Robert Greenberger and released in July of 2004.

The first two books in the series by John Vornholt had an interesting premise, but were not executed well. The next two books, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, just seemed bland, almost as if they were filler books in the series where barely anything of consequence happened. Hope was rekindled in the previous book A Time to Love by Robert Greenberger. In this book, Greenberger finally pays off many of the promises that the series has made. 

This book’s plot itself wasn’t particularly strong, as it lacked the energy that some of the previous books in the series had. This might have been one of the most lackluster A-plots of the entire series. I thought that the “cure” was too simple and didn’t have enough difficulty for the crew. As a whole, this was the one plot where I really didn’t care what happened to the people of the planet, even though I really cared in the last book. 

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Love’ by Robert Greenberger

September 7, 2021 at 2:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Love is the fifth book in the A Time to series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by Robert Greenberger and released in May of 2004.

It feels like the previous four books were just set up, and the meat of the A Time to series is just about to take off. This book is significantly better than its predecessors, showing the heights that this series could have achieved. Unfortunately, Greenberger makes some poor choices here as well, keeping it from attaining the highest of scores. 

The best part of this book is the accessibility. This one had the easiest premise and easiest action to follow. I found myself struggling to follow the characters, action, and events of the previous four books at various times. However, I was not lost once in this book. Despite being science fiction, this book felt like it was written to a more general audience, and the science fiction elements were toned down.

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