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View Poll Results: Rate Silent Weapons.
Outstanding 37 44.05%
Above Average 33 39.29%
Average 11 13.10%
Below Average 2 2.38%
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Old November 17 2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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TNG: Silent Weapons by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)


One month after the well-received debut entry in the Cold Equations trilogy (which resulted in author David Mack's first stint on the New York Times bestseller list), we're back for the second chapter with Silent Weapons.

Official blurb time:

A WAR OF LIES

Three years after the disastrous final Borg Invasion, a bitter cold war against the Typhon Pact has pushed Starfleet’s resources to the breaking point. Now the rise of a dangerous new technology threatens to destroy the Federation from within.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew answer a distress call from an old friend, only to become targets in a deadly game of deception. To protect a vital diplomatic mission, they must find a way to identify the spies hiding in their midst, before it’s too late.

But Worf soon realizes the crew’s every move has been predicted: Someone is using them as pawns. And the closer they get to exposing their enemy, the deeper they spiral into its trap. . .
Sadly, no excerpt yet. It might appear on the Simon & Schuster book page within the next few days.
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Old November 17 2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Oooh. I'll start looking in book stores tomorrow, just in case.
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Old November 17 2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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FYI the official release date is Nov. 27, so it'll be available for e-readers/tablets then.
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Old November 17 2012, 11:38 PM   #4
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Silent-but-deadly Weapons?

I'll get me coat...
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Old November 20 2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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Got it, starting it today.
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Old November 21 2012, 01:49 AM   #6
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I love this cover. It looks like Picard is having his mind blown by a bunch of math problems.
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Old November 21 2012, 01:49 AM   #7
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Wow, this is officially the earliest I've ever gotten a new release. Just picked this up from Coles in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Going to start it as soon as I finish The Hobbit, probably sometime this evening.
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Old November 21 2012, 08:44 PM   #8
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Got to wait until ths first download day....
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Old November 22 2012, 03:44 AM   #9
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Wow. (That was my outstanding.)




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Old November 23 2012, 05:52 AM   #10
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Maybe I should not be waiting for my kindle downloads? You guys get the book so much faster
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Old November 23 2012, 07:07 AM   #11
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Maybe I should not be waiting for my kindle downloads? You guys get the book so much faster
I only recently moved back to Canada from Korea, and I remember the pain of having to wait for the Kobo edition to become available for download while seemingly everyone else on the forum already had their copies! I really do enjoy having the paper copy early now.
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Old November 23 2012, 04:25 PM   #12
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MatthiasRussell wrote: View Post
I love this cover. It looks like Picard is having his mind blown by a bunch of math problems.
I think I had that look while taking my physics exam back in high school, lol!

But seriously I cannot wait for this new novel. I almost regret pre-ordering on my Nook, because I'm mighty tempted to just get the old fashioned paperback if I see it today!
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Old November 24 2012, 01:58 PM   #13
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Three days until digital download
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Old November 25 2012, 03:38 AM   #14
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WOW!!

5 stars out of 5. Outstanding.

Just finished it, about 18 hours after finishing TPoM (about seven of those hours were spent sleeping), about 30 hours after getting both books from Barnes and Noble.

For those who are reading this in an e-mail digest (where spoiler tags don’t work):

MANY MANY MANY SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


Literally cannot think of a single thing I did not like about this novel. Everything worked for me. There were a couple of things I was less crazy about while I was in the middle of the story
but even those elements became completely redeemed by the end of the story.

Worth saying that SW has redeemed key aspects of TPoM, raising my opinion of the latter (mainly by assuring that certain elements of the latter were indeed followed up on in the former).

Just listing off things that were great, off the top of my head, in no particular order and not representing a comprehensive list:


Mack struck a perfect balance between character moments and plot development, between big-picture and small-picture, between politics and action.

In my mind, this novel, on its own, has surpassed Destiny and Raise the Dawn. Silent Weapons is now the high bar against which I will compare subsequent Trek novels.

As I said, 5 stars out of 5. Outstanding.

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Old November 25 2012, 10:07 AM   #15
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Excellent book Mr Mack...as was the first one in the Trilogy. I really enjoyed it. I also like it when book stores in the US make a mistake and have it on the shelf a few days early. Picked it up Friday


Would someone be so kind and show me how to do the spoiler blocking? Is it in the advanced reply?
Nevermind figured it out about spoiler tag:-)


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