Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Release Day! Legacies, Book 1: Captain to Captain

Star Trek: Legacies
Book 1 of 3
Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

New this month, and already finding its way to bookstores everywhere, it's the first book in a new 50th anniversary trilogy: Legacies: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox!

Check out the cover art and back-cover blurb below, as well as links to order Captain to Captain from Amazon!

Publisher's description:
An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

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Next Release: Deep Space Nine: Rules of Accusation

Monday, June 20, 2016

Live By the Code

Star Trek: Enterprise
Rise of the Federation
Live By the Code by Christopher L. Bennett
Release date: March 29th 2016
Read April 6th 2016

Previous book (Enterprise): Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic

Next book (Enterprise):

Mass-market paperback: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
E-book (Kindle): Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

Spoilers ahead for Live By the Code!

Publisher's description:
The “fifth season” saga of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series continues with this action-packed original novel!

Admiral Jonathan Archer has barely settled in as Starfleet Chief of Staff when new crises demand his attention. The Starfleet task force commanded by Captain Malcolm Reed continues its fight against the deadly Ware technology, but one of the task force ships is captured, its Andorian crew imprisoned by an interstellar Partnership that depends on the Ware for its prosperity. Worse, the Partnership has allied with a renegade Klingon faction, providing it with Ware drone fleets to mount an insurrection against the Klingon Empire. Archer sends Captain T’Pol and Endeavour to assist Reed in his efforts to free the captured officers. But he must also keep his eye on the Klingon border, for factions within the Empire blame Starfleet for provoking the Ware threat and seek to take revenge. Even the skill and dedication of the captains under Archer’s command may not be enough to prevent the outbreak of the Federation’s first war!

My thoughts:

Ever since the Rise of the Federation series started back in 2013 with A Choice of Futures, I have been a fan. Christopher L. Bennett has managed to craft an expansive story from the many threads left unexplored from the early days of the Federation. The first three novels have allowed us a glimpse into this fascinating period of Trek history and the stories have not failed to entertain. Live By the Code is no exception.

The novel, like its predecessors, juggles a myriad of storylines, and I feel like a lesser author would not have been able to keep it all straight and coherent like Bennett is able. We have a lot going on here: Reed and the Pioneer are joined by T'Pol and the crew of the Endeavour in their attempts to defeat the Ware, Klingon internal politics come to bear against the young Federation, and Archer and Phlox deal with racist attitudes on Denobula and Antara.

Live By the Code does something that I really wish the series Enterprise had done more of. In this book, we see the fallout of a cavalier attitude towards exploration and interference in extraterrestrial cultures. In an attempt to liberate planets from the influence of the Ware, the officers of Starfleet must come to terms with the fact that they may have left these worlds in worse shape than when they found them. Bennett is unafraid to confront this idea head-on, while with a few exceptions, the television series tended to shy away from the idea that humanity might cause some mayhem out among the stars. However, in order for the Prime Directive to evolve into what we see in later series, there must be some inciting events that lead to its adoption.

Racial tensions between the Denobulans and the Antarans play a critical role in Live By the Code.

I also really enjoyed the story surrounding Phlox's daughter's marriage to an Antaran. The Antarans have had a very troubled history with the Denobulans, as outlined in the Enterprise episode "The Breach." The marriage ignites tensions in a Denobulan hate group, of which Phlox's son Mettus has become a member. This storyline feels very relevant to a lot of what is happening in the world today. Prejudices and racism are things that must always be fought against, and this idea is very much in keeping with the principles for which Star Trek has traditionally stood.

Final thoughts:

With Live By the Code, it is clear that Christopher L. Bennett has his eye on the big picture. Not only is he continuing the stories of the individual characters we know and love from Enterprise, he is revealing the origins of many things that will shape the future of the Federation in the centuries to follow. I very much look forward to what he has in mind for the next Rise of the Federation adventure.

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Next time on Trek Lit Reviews:

Playing a bit of catch up here! Next review is for Dayton Ward's latest, The Original Series: Elusive Salvation, a sequel to his excellent novel From History's Shadow. Coming soon!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Release Day! DS9: Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang

Already showing up in bookstores and now available for download from e-book retailers, it's this month's newest Star Trek novel release: Deep Space Nine: Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang!

Look below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon.

Publisher's description:
A thrilling original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation / Deep Space Nine!

In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the starship Phoenix ordered the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, killing more than six hundred crew members. Maxwell believed that the Cardassians were arming for a new attack on the Federation, and though history eventually proved he was probably correct, the Federation had no choice but to court martial and incarcerate him.

Almost twenty years have passed, and now Maxwell is a free man, working as a maintenance engineer on the private science station Robert Hooke, home to crackpots, fringe researchers, and, possibly, something much darker and deadlier. Maxwell’s former crewmate, Chief Miles O'Brien, and O'Brien’s colleague, Lieutenant Commander Nog, have come for a visit. Unfortunately, history has proven that whenever O’Brien and Nog leave Deep Space 9 together, unpredictable forces are set into motion…

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Next Release: The Original Series: Legacies, Book 1: Captain to Captain

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cover for Legacies, Book 2 by David Mack!

Hey all! We have a new cover revealed today, this one for the second book in the upcoming Legacies trilogy, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek!

Look below for the cover, back cover blurb, and links to pre-order Best Defense by David Mack!


One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.


A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace summit convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who prefer the two great powers remain at war — and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.


Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but the Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

Pre-order Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense from Amazon:
(Release date: July 26, 2016)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Literary Treks 145: A Skynet Brain-Sucker

Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Live By the Code
by Christopher L. Bennett

In his Rise of the Federation series, Christopher L. Bennett has attempted an ambitious project: telling the story of the early days of the Federation, and showing how we got from there to here (to coin a phrase). Brain-sucking computers, smooth-headed Klingons, and interplanetary bigotry and conflict are just a few of the challenges that the young United Federation of Planets faces during this turbulent time.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Live By the Code. We discuss the interesting series, the greater good, Trip's soul and Section 31, Klingon connections, interference, fanatical racism, a full plate, the problem of dependency, and our ratings.

In our news segment, we discuss the latest comic in the Legacy of Spock series, Ongoing #56.

Literary Treks 145: A Skynet Brain-Sucker
Rise of the Federation: Live By the Code by Christopher L. Bennett

Previous episode: Literary Treks 144: Evil James Bond
Next episode: Literary Treks 146: A Mess of Thompsons

Friday, May 6, 2016

Literary Treks 144: Evil James Bond

Star Trek: Mirror Images

The Mirror Universe: there are many familiar faces there, but the reality is very different from our own. Rather than the kind, benevolent Federation we know and love, Earth is at the center of a vast empire, ruled by dark passions and the desire for conquest. There have been many stories set in this dark reality in the 50 years Star Trek has existed, each featuring familiar characters, but with a barbaric twist.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the comic series Mirror Images. We discuss the fun, characterizations, a focused story, something's missing, more points, how it wraps up, an interesting interlude, and our ratings.

In the news segment, we discuss the news of DRM-free Star Trek books being available.

Literary Treks 144: Evil James Bond
Star Trek: Mirror Images comic from IDW

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Literary Treks 143: Borg Kryptonite

The Return by William Shatner

Shortly after Star Trek: Generations was released, William Shatner pitched a story featuring the return of Captain Kirk to the land of the living. Paramount passed on the story, but undeterred, Shatner sold the idea as a novel. The Return would prove to be a great seller, with many fans wanting to read the story of the resurrection of a Star Trek legend.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about William Shatner's The Return. We discuss bringing back Kirk, maniacal Borg, V'ger and the Borg, an empty grave, Kirk worship, and our ratings.

In the new segment, we discuss the cover and blurb for Force and Motion as well as the penultimate issue of Starfleet Academy and Ongoing #55: The Legacy of Spock.

Literary Treks 143: Borg Kryptonite
The Return by William Shatner

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