Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New cover reveal! TNG: Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward

New cover revealed for the next TNG adventure by Dayton Ward! I'm really looking forward to this one, as it is a follow-up to two of my favorite Ward adventures, From History's Shadow and Elusive Salvation! Check out the cover art and back cover blurb for the upcoming Hearts and Minds!

Publisher's Description:

An electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe.

2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost...

2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Literary Treks 182: Tough Noogies

Star Trek: Countdown: Volume One

When the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek film hit theaters in 2009, audiences were left with a lot of questions: who is this Nero guy? Why does he have a super-powerful mining ship? And what exactly happened before he and Spock travelled to the 23rd century via black hole? Thankfully, those questions and more were answered if you were fortunate enough to read some well-timed IDW Star Trek comics!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther talk about the four-issue comic miniseries Countdown. We discuss each of the issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and conclude with our ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about upcoming comics for May, a special preview of issue number one of Mirror Broken, and an exciting sale on Star Trek comics at Comixology!

Literary Treks 182: Tough Noogies
Countdown, Volume One

Previous episode: Literary Treks 181: Mas Marko? Mas Polo!
Next episode: Literary Treks 183: DS9: The Long Mirage

Friday, March 17, 2017

Headlong Flight

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward
Release date: January 31st 2017
Read February 7th 2017

Previous book (The Next Generation): Prey, Book 3: The Hall of Heroes

Next book (The Next Generation): Hearts and Minds

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Spoilers ahead for Headlong Flight!

Publisher's description:
An exhilarating thriller from bestselling author Dayton Ward set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, following Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew as they explore the previously uncharted and dangerous Odyssean Pass.

Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice….

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Headlong Flight, or click play on the embedded video below!

Final thoughts:

This novel ended up being a bit of a surprise hit for me. I was prepared for a pretty standard, run-of-the-mill TNG adventure, but this novel turned out to be one of my favorite Dayton Ward books ever. The action was tightly plotted, the situations the characters found themselves in were fresh and interesting, and the inclusion of alternate realities gave the story just the little extra it needed without feeling like it was fan service or gimmicky.

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I'm afraid I've falled behind in my schedule once again! Hoping to have a review for the "Shatnerverse" novel Avenger up soon. In the meantime, live long and prosper!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Literary Treks 181: Mas Marko? Mas Polo!

Deep Space Nine #2: The Siege by Peter David

In 1993, a new Star Trek series hit the airwaves: Deep Space Nine, a darker, grittier Trek set aboard a space station. Like every new Star Trek series, a line of original novels was produced by Pocket Books, and the first book in that series would be penned by none other than Trek literary legend, Peter David.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and special guest Brandon Shea-Mutala discuss the first original Deep Space Nine novel, The Siege. We talk about the links to season one of DS9, how well Peter David captures the voices of the characters, the violence of the story, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.

In the news segment, we share our thoughts on the new comics Boldly Go issue 5, and Stranger Worlds issue 3.

Literary Treks 181: Mas Marko? Mas Polo!
Deep Space Nine #2: The Siege by Peter

Previous episode: Literary Treks 180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep
Next episode: Literary Treks 182: Tough Noogies

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Release Day! DS9: The Long Mirage

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Long Mirage by David R. George III

Once again, the newest Star Trek novel has already been showing up in stores prior to the official release date, and once again, it is not at *my* local bookstore, even though the release date is upon us!

So frustrating!

Regardless, the newest Deep Space Nine novel by David R. George III, The Long Mirage, is now available at bookstores and online e-book retailers everywhere (except here, as I mentioned, but I digress).

Check out below for the cover art, back cover blurb, and links to purchase from Amazon! And look for my review of The Long Mirage, coming soon!

Publisher's description:
Continuing the post-television Deep Space Nine saga comes this thrilling original novel from New York Times bestselling author David R. George III!

More than two years have passed since the destruction of the original Deep Space 9. In that time, a brand-new, state-of-the-art starbase has replaced it, commanded by Captain Ro Laren, still the crew and residents of the former station continue to experience the repercussions of its loss. For instance: Quark continues his search for Morn, as the Lurian—his best customer and friend—left Bajor without a word and never returned. Quark enlists a private detective to track Morn down, and she claims to be hot on his trail. Yet the barkeep distrusts the woman he hired, and his suspicions skyrocket when she too suddenly vanishes. At the same time, Kira Nerys emerges from a wormhole after being caught inside it when it collapsed two years earlier. She arrives on the new DS9 to discover Altek Dans already there. While inside the Celestial Temple, Kira lived a different life in Bajor’s past, where she fell in love with Altek. So why have the Prophets moved him forward in time…and why have They brought him and Kira together?

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Next Release: Section 31: Control

Friday, February 17, 2017

Literary Treks 180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep

The Next Generation: Headlong Flight
Exclusive interview with author Dayton Ward!

A long term mission of exploration far beyond the boundaries of the Federation has yielded many surprising discoveries, but none more surprising than the crew of the Enterprise-E crossing not only temporal boundaries, but dimensional ones as well. In the latest TNG novel, generations and realities collide as the crew of the Enterprise-E meets the crew of an alternate timeline's Enterprise-D!

In this episode of Literary Treks, Dan Gunther, Bruce Gibson, and Matthew Rushing are joined by renowned Trek author Dayton Ward about his latest Next Generation book, Headlong Flight. We ask him about alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.

In the news segment, we review the latest New Visions issue, #14.

Literary Treks 180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep
Interview with Dayton Ward about TNG: Headlong Flight

Previous episode: Literary Treks 179: Space Cats
Next episode: Literary Treks 181: Mas Marko? Mas Polo!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Literary Treks 179: Space Cats

Exclusive Interview with IDW Comics'
Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson!

As fans, we get our Star Trek fix in many different forms: television, film, novels, and comics. And no comic publisher has been quite so prolific as IDW when it comes to publishing Star Trek stories! Waypoint, Ongoing, Boldly Go, New Visions, and Stranger Worlds are just a few of the titles that IDW publishes on a regular basis.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson welcome Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson from IDW to the show! We ask them about their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and then ask some questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.

In the news segment, we discuss how the delay of Star Trek: Discovery will affect the book and comic release schedule and share our thoughts on the newest issue of the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic.

Literary Treks 179: Space Cats
Exclusive interview with IDW editor Sarah Gaydos and writer Mike Johnson!

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Next episode: Literary Treks 180: Seeing Geordis in My Sleep