Anyone else getting a "Search for Data" vibe from these covers and book titles? I hope this trilogy does end up leading to the return of Data. He's been sorely missed, and it was a huge mistake to kill him off.
It reminds me of when DC Comics came out with a (really great) comic book series about the Gotham City police detectives, but it wasn't until after Gordon had retired and Bullock quit in disgrace. There were two huge holes in that cast, and I feel the same way about the post-Nemesis TNG books (as great as I think they've been).
As much as I love Data (very very much), I don't think that's the way to go with him. (B-4 or another Soong android, that'd be different.)
Also, David Mack has been pretty clear that the three novels share thematic material and some subplots, but are effectively independent of each other. As such, I don't think the whole trilogy will be leading up to his return.
Which leaves the possibility of him coming back in book one. It's possible, I suppose, but I'm doubtful for two reasons.
1) It would be a major
spoiler, if someone picked up book two or three before reading book one. Casual reader picks up book two, finds out Data's alive, realizes it happened in the last book, says, "Oh well, don't need to read it now, I know what happens."
2) The title of book one is The Persistance of Memory
, and the person on the cover is an image of a young Noonien Soong from Data's dream in Birthright, Part 1. I don't want to get into story ideas, but those don't seem to point to a resurrection to me...