Spoilers TP: Zero Sum Game by David Mack Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by JD, Oct 21, 2010.

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How would you rate Zero Sum Game?

  1. Outstanding

    41 vote(s)
    22.8%
  2. Above Average

    83 vote(s)
    46.1%
  3. Average

    46 vote(s)
    25.6%
  4. Below Average

    8 vote(s)
    4.4%
  5. Poor

    2 vote(s)
    1.1%
  1. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Cool. Thanks, lvsxy808. :)
     
  2. BobtheGunslinge

    BobtheGunslinge Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Is Rough Beasts necessary to understand Plagues of Night or Raise the Dawn? I tried to read that immediately following Zero Sum Game and could only make it to page zzzzzzzzzzz. Also, how are the other DRG3 books paced? It seems like his name appears on a lot of the books at the center of the Typhon Pact and Fall series...
     
  3. Thrawn

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    He definitely writes slow, but it's worth the buildup. He meticulously constructs narratives that pay off in the most perfect ways... the lead in takes forever, but by the end I'm always glad I invested the time. You should definitely read Rough Beasts first.
     
  4. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Forgive me for asking if this has been answered somewhere else, but having read both Seekers 3 and this book so closely together, the name Taryl just jumps out at me.

    Is the Taryl from the Seekers series the same Taryl from Zero Sum Game? I know it's unlikely, but both are Orion females with similar hairstyles and from the same author. Maybe the ZSG Taryl is a descendant of the Seekers Taryl or they're the same character but brought into the 24th century in the same manner M'Ress was brought to the New Frontier series.

    Has David Mack ever said one way or another in some previous interview or thread?
     
  5. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Not the same character. Think of it as being like guys named "Joe."
     
  6. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Got it. Thanks for responding, David!
     
  7. stardream

    stardream Commodore Commodore

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    Since sitting around waiting for the next Voyager novel is boring I have decided to take the plunge and read the Typhon Pact Series. Made my way through Destiny,A Singular Destiny and Losing the Peace. Enjoyed all of them. I really like this whole shake up of the Star Trek Universe.

    So on to Zero Sum Game. Haven't read anything with Bashir in it for a long time. :)
     
  8. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Be advised that ZSG kicks off what has become an ongoing Bashir narrative that includes (or is closely connected to) the following titles (which should be read in the order of publication, as follows):

    Section 31:
    Abyss

    David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang

    Mirror Universe:
    Rise Like Lions

    David Mack
    (Bashir isn't in this book, but its story sets up Disavowed)

    Typhon Pact:
    Zero Sum Game

    David Mack

    Cold Equations, Book II:
    Silent Weapons

    David Mack
    (Bashir isn't in this book, but its story sets up Disavowed)

    The Fall:
    A Ceremony of Losses

    David Mack

    Section 31:
    Disavowed

    David Mack

    With any luck, I will soon have news concerning my planned sequel to Disavowed, Section 31: Control.
     
  9. stardream

    stardream Commodore Commodore

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    Thank you! Looking forward to all of them. Good thing I'm a fast reader.
     
  10. stardream

    stardream Commodore Commodore

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    Finished it. That was a pretty easy read. The story had a nice flow to it. It was interesting to read more about the Breen.

    Poor Julian. Will he ever find true love?
     
  11. Sci

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    Keep a-readin'. :devil: