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View Poll Results: Rate Devil's Bargain.
Outstanding 7 13.46%
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Old February 21 2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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TOS: Devil's Bargain by Tony Daniel Review Thread (Spoilers!)


On to the second of the five consecutive 5YM TOS novels (it's some kind of Five Novel Mission, maybe?) that rule the first half of 2013, Devil's Bargain by Tony Daniel. This one's going to be very interesting I think - always exciting, it's Mr. Daniel's debut work for our favorite franchise (he comes highly recommended by forum regular and of course highly established TOS/Trek scribe Greg Cox, who edited two of his non-Trek novels for Tor), and while the blurb is hesitant to spoil it, we've previously been able to dig up (tee-hee) that it features the return of the fan-favorite Horta.

It's out on February 26th, which makes this review thread uncomfortably late. Very sorry about that, life has been a tad busy of late.

Here's the official blurb by way of a peace offering:

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Omega sector frontier colony Vesbius—a pioneer settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event threatening not only all of the colonists, but biological products that are vital to Starfleet. However, rescue efforts are being thwarted by the colonists themselves, who refuse to abandon Vesbius, claiming that their lives depend upon staying, while giving no reason why. It is after these irrational decisions that First Officer Spock makes a radical suggestion: Perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission. . . .
Sadly no excerpt on the Simon & Schuster page for the book.

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Old February 21 2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Does anyone have their copy?
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Old February 21 2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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I think Therin posted the other day that his local store had gotten their delivery.
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Old February 21 2013, 11:15 PM   #4
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I got mine earlier this week. Was surprised, I ordered it and Allegiance in Exile at the same time and they told me the 26th was the release date, don't expect it earlier than that so that was wrong. Almost a third of the way through. I'll reserve comment until I'm done. And I still like the cover a lot.
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Old February 21 2013, 11:58 PM   #5
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I should have posted earlier that I was waiting for mine to be mailed out.
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Old February 22 2013, 04:04 AM   #6
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I got mine earlier this week. Was surprised, I ordered it and Allegiance in Exile at the same time and they told me the 26th was the release date, don't expect it earlier than that so that was wrong. Almost a third of the way through. I'll reserve comment until I'm done. And I still like the cover a lot.
My understanding is that book release dates don't really have to be adhered to, unless it's a big release like Harry Potter or something. While you shouldn't really expect a book before its release date, it's not uncommon for it to hit shelves within a week prior to release. Although I still haven't seen Devil's Bargain in my area yet.
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Old February 22 2013, 12:22 PM   #7
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Waiting on my kindle edition. Looking forward to a new Trek author to add to the mix.
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Old February 22 2013, 07:54 PM   #8
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Waiting for my book to arrive in the mail.I'm really looking forward to reading this one.I really like the coverart for this book.
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Old February 23 2013, 02:29 AM   #9
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i'm looking forward to this one too. I'm a fan of Daniel's work on Batman.
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Old February 23 2013, 03:47 AM   #10
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i'm looking forward to this one too. I'm a fan of Daniel's work on Batman.
Wrong Tony Daniel. The comic book writer is a different guy.

Trust me, you're not the first person to get them mixed up!
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Old February 23 2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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I was about to suggest maybe he should go by Anthony Daniel, but I suppose that would cause people to confuse him with someone else.
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Old February 23 2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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indianatrekker26 wrote: View Post
i'm looking forward to this one too. I'm a fan of Daniel's work on Batman.
Wrong Tony Daniel. The comic book writer is a different guy.

Trust me, you're not the first person to get them mixed up!
oh wow really? lol I assume this is this Tony Daniel's first star trek work? I always look forward to a new writer coming into trek.
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Old February 23 2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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indianatrekker26 wrote: View Post
Greg Cox wrote: View Post
indianatrekker26 wrote: View Post
i'm looking forward to this one too. I'm a fan of Daniel's work on Batman.
Wrong Tony Daniel. The comic book writer is a different guy.

Trust me, you're not the first person to get them mixed up!
oh wow really? lol I assume this is this Tony Daniel's first star trek work? I always look forward to a new writer coming into trek.
Yes it is his first Star Trek work.

We had a similar mix-up in a previous thread. You can find links to the two Tony Daniel's wikipedia pages in this quote:

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Hopefully Tony Daniel's Trek offering will be better than his Batman work at DC. I'm not a fan of his, but I'll check out the book out of curiosity. Looking forward to Greg's new book though!
Different "Tony Daniel." This isn't the comic book writer who wrote for BATMAN. This is a completely different science fiction writer who just happens to have the same name!

(Sorry for the double post, but I wanted to clear this up right away!)
Tony Daniel, Comic book writer

Tony Daniel, Sci-Fi writer
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Old February 23 2013, 06:35 PM   #14
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Oddly, this is not even the first such case of easily mistaken identity. The Dave Mack who writes Trek novels is a different guy from the Dave Mack who does the KABUKI comic books.
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Old February 23 2013, 06:44 PM   #15
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^IIRC That's why "our" David Mack is credited as David Alan Mack on anything comic related, like his Wolverine: Road of Bones, for which the other David Mack provided cover artwork.
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