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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“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: ‘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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Book Review: ‘A Time to Harvest’ by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

August 10, 2021 at 5:21 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Harvest is the fourth book in the A Time to Series, produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, and released in May of 2004.

This book is a significant step up for Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. I thought their previous book A Time to Sow was incredibly dull and boring. This book started out that way, and I was worried it would have the same issues. However, the second half of this book was amazing, and thus elevated the whole story for me. 

This book really doesn’t have much of a singular focus like the previous novels have. Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard probably have the most viewpoint chapters in the book, but certainly every main character had enough viewpoint chapters to make the book feel balanced. This book felt like a longer version of a Next Generation episode than the previous books had.

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Book Review: ‘A Time to Sow’ by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

July 27, 2021 at 8:07 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to Sow is the third book in the “A Time to” series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, and was written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and released in April of 2004.

When the “A Time to” Series was launched, there were certain promises made. This series is meant to bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis. And yet all of the reveals and development that was promised has yet to even become present three books in. 

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Book Review: ‘A Time to be Born’ by John Vornholt

June 23, 2021 at 5:13 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: A Time to be Born is the first book in the “A Time to” series, published by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster and was written by John Vornholt and released in February of 2004.

Media tie-In books can be hit or miss, depending on which franchise and time period you are reading. Star Trek is no exception. I’ve found that most of the Star Trek books written post-Nemesis are significantly better than their counterparts written while the movies and television series are running. This book is in kind of a precarious situation as it straddles the difference between the two eras, at least in the feel and length of the story.

What needs to be established first and foremost is that this is book one in a nine book series spanning the timeframe between the events of Insurrection and Nemesis.  This book does not provide all of the answers, nor is it meant to. This book serves as a glimpse as to what the rest of the series will do – pit the Next Generation crew against a difficult galaxy spanning task, and begin to bridge the gap in an unknown portion of Star Trek literature.

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