Book Review: ‘The High Country’ by John Jackson Miller

March 3, 2023 at 9:26 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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Star Trek: The High Country is the first novel in the Strange New Worlds line of books to release from Gallery Books. It was written by John Jackson Miller and it was released in February of 2023. 

John Jackson Miller is no stranger to Star Trek literature, having written seven novels and novella before this. He is also no stranger to the Pike-era crew, as he wrote for them in his novel The Enterprise War. As such, he was the perfect person to lead off the Strange New Worlds line of books at Gallery Books. 

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Book Review: ‘Rogue Elements’ by John Jackson Miller

August 24, 2021 at 5:32 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Picard: Rogue Elements is the third novel in the Picard series. It was written by John Jackson Miller and was released in August 2021.

After nearly 6 years, John Jackson Miller returns with his third hardcover novel…although this time, it is his first hardcover for Star Trek. As such, Miller has made this quite the full story, tapping the full book out over 400 pages, a new longest novel for the illustrious author. 

I had a really difficult time with the Picard series. As such, I was nervous that I wouldn’t like the books involved. However, if the Discovery novels have taught me anything, it is not to judge a book by it’s tie-in property. Earlier this year I read and absolutely loved The Last Best Hope. When it was announced that John Jackson Miller was going to be writing a Picard novel, I knew I had to read it.

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Book Review: ‘The Hall of Heroes’

May 25, 2021 at 4:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Prey: The Hall of Heroes is the third and final book in the epic crossover trilogy by John Jackson Miller, which was released in November of 2016.

John Jackson Miller is the master of promises and payoffs. No matter what the project, you always know what you are getting and you always get what you’re promised. This trilogy promised to be an epic Klingon “opera”, filled with intrigue, action, character development, and more reveals than you can shake a bat’leth at. You get all of that and more in this exciting conclusion.

I remembered the events of this book the least of the trilogy while I was rereading it, and so there were several moments where I was yet again pleasantly surprised. You know that John Jackson Miller does not indiscriminately kill off characters like David Mack, and yet he is still able to add enough suspense to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I certainly was. This book has tons of action, perhaps even more than the first two books do, and it manages to never feel dull or repetitive.

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Book Review: ‘The Jackal’s Trick’

May 11, 2021 at 1:15 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Prey: The Jackal’s Trick is the second book in the epic crossover trilogy by John Jackson Miller, which was released in October of 2016.

Hell’s Heart set a high bar for excellence, and so it is natural that the sequel will struggle to live up to the heights of the original. And yet, The Jackal’s Trick is different enough that it doesn’t suffer from “middle book syndrome”, and in fact has an even better climax! 

What sets this book apart from the first is it’s focus. This whole trilogy is about the Klingons, and the Klingons are obviously still the overall focal point. However, this book focuses the brunt of it’s time with the principal antagonist: Buxtus Cross. Cross is the illusionist we met in the previous book, who works for Korgh and in this book breaks all hell loose. He was such an interesting character, as was his crew. The crew reminded me of the best “rag-tag” crews of various aliens that one would read in any great science fiction story. Cross himself was interesting in that he cared only for the story and for the acting. He didn’t care about the consequences (although money is always nice), and to him seeing how far the deception could go was reward enough. He’s just so unique and fun and yet exactly what this middle book needed.

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Book Review: ‘Hell’s Heart’

April 27, 2021 at 5:49 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek Prey: Hell’s Heart is the first book in the epic crossover trilogy by John Jackson Miller, which was released in September of 2016.

When I picked up this book back in 2017, I hadn’t really read many Star Trek books (possibly none, if memory serves correctly). So picking up an epic crossover trilogy, with characters from multiple series and eras intertwining should have been daunting, but it really wasn’t. Why? Because John Jackson Miller does a fantastic job explaining relevant information to the audience.

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Book Review: ‘Takedown’ by John Jackson Miller

April 13, 2021 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown is a standalone novel featuring the crews of the Titan, Aventine, and Enterprise-E, written by John Jackson Miller, and released in February of 2015. 

I’ll start out by saying that this was the first Star Trek I ever read back in 2017. I had watched some of the shows, but didn’t know where to start in the literature. I’ve been a longtime fan of John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars novels, and I listened to an interview (here on Roqoo Depot of all places) where he discussed how he makes every book he writes introductory. He knows that every book is someone’s first, so he actively tries to give them the relevant information to start. I always admired that and thought I’d jump in. This truly is an excellent place to jump in, and it’s had me hooked on Trek literature ever sense.

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Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller

April 29, 2020 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Greetings, my name is Jonathan Koan. The team here at Roqoo Depot has graciously allowed me to write some book reviews to put on the website. I am extremely thankful to Skuldren and the whole team for allowing me the opportunity.

Since we are now almost 6 years into the publishing process of the canon, I thought it would be prudent to go back and read through all of the adult and YA books released thus far. I’ll be analyzing how the book works on its own as literature, how the characters work, how it ties into the greater Star Wars universe and many other things. At the end of my reviews, I’ll be giving my personal rating on the book.

To start with, I am going to review A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which was released in September of 2014. This book serves as a tie-in prequel to Star Wars Rebels and also serves as the first novel in the Lucasfilm canon. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller…

Podcasts in Review

June 21, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 128 they talk about George’s comments on the Whills, new Star Wars Battlefront II content, Jedi: Fallen Order, then their main topic The Ewok Adventure read-along books. First they talk a little about The Ewok Adventure movies, the continuity of the Ewok universe, and then they listen to the audio for the read-along books. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 129 Dan is joined by guests Din and Taxus as they talk about the characters in Solo, the theme of tribe and family, and whether Han changes. Dan has an audio segment from an event at the Riverfront Museum where he talked about the mythology of Han Solo and his trip to the premier (audio quality for this segment is okay). Dan, Tom and Cory go over the news, George’s comments on the Whills, and SDCC exclusives. Dan talks with his son Jason about The Empire Strikes Back, and Din has a new remix for one of his songs.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Great
Host: Dan
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Around the Web

October 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

  • Tsuneo Sanda has a special art print for sale featuring Rey. Proceeds are going to Support Disaster Areas by Hurricanes and Wildfires.
  • Dave Dorman also has a couple prints for sale, but they are very limited. One is a Star Wars print featuring Rey and BB-8 on Jakku, the other features Pennywise the Clown from the new It. It’s creepy and awesome.

Book News

  • Unbound Worlds has an interview with author John Jackson Miller touching on his Star Wars work for From A Certain Point of View and Canto Bight.
  • Behind the Books posted a cool video that features Erich Schoeneweiss who talks about some of the behind the scenes business with the production of the Star Wars books.

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Canto Bight Cover Reveal and Details

September 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Books, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , has revealed the cover for Star Wars: Canto Bight, and they’ve revealed details on each of the stories in the book. Follow the link for the full scoop.

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