Spoilers KEL: More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack Review Thread

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  1. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Vice Admiral Moderator

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    Blurb:
    An original novel based on the thrilling new Star Trek movies!


    Based on the “Kelvin Universe” movie saga!

    Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons,” Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt.

    Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Sarek’s young Vulcan aide L’Nel has a sinister agenda—and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock!

    About the Author:
    David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City.

    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/More-Beautiful-Than-Death/David-Mack/Star-Trek/9781982140625

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    Thanks to @Desert Kris for letting us know that this book is now starting to appear in stores!
     
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  2. MorbidGorn

    MorbidGorn Ensign Newbie

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    Everything David Mack writes is brilliant.
     
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  3. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

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    My copy should download Tuesday.
     
  4. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I'm looking forward to reading this book .It sounds like a really good story with the Vulcans.
     
  5. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Let's not go that far.....
     
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  6. YubYubCommander

    YubYubCommander Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Got my copy last night and started reading it today. REALLY enjoying it so far. There’s an early moment when they first arrive at Akiron that feels right out of one of the new movies. Seems like a brash decision that the movie Kirk would do
     
  7. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

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    It’s interesting how the tag line says that they are based on the NEW movies. I guess they are using NEW to distinguish the different timeline. Really, it’s been 4 years since “Star Trek Beyond” was in theatres. Not exactly “NEW”.
     
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  8. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    They're the newest Star Trek movies we currently have...
     
  9. MorbidGorn

    MorbidGorn Ensign Newbie

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    LOL!
     
  10. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Being a Mack novel, will the body count be excessively high?
     
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  11. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Will people ever stop thinking they sound clever when making this idiotic comment?
     
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  12. thribs

    thribs Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Got it preordered. Nearly finished the previous novel.
     
  13. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

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    Given the death counts in a few of your novels and the way people pigeonhole others when that person has done the same thing a few times. It's safe to assume, no, they won't stop questioning if you have a high death count in a story you have written.
     
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  14. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I preordered this book.
     
  15. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Thank heavens the idiots have you here to speak on their behalf.
     
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  16. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Moderator

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    How about 'Return of the Mack'?
     
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  17. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

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    As I said, pigeonholes.
     
  18. Damian

    Damian Commodore Commodore

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    I always considered David Mack more the action/adventure guy, as opposed to some sort of "Dr. Death". His Star Trek novels typically have a lot of action in them, which I supposed leads to a bit of a higher death count than other novels might.

    And of course the "Destiny" trilogy had a staggering death count--I suppose that's part of it. But that was an epic trilogy, one I couldn't put down.

    But regardless I always enjoy his novels. No matter what when you pick up a David Mack novel you know you are in for an exciting ride.
     
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  19. MorbidGorn

    MorbidGorn Ensign Newbie

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    Agreed. He’s by far my favorite Trek author. Many of the other authors put out great books too, but his are the ones I have the hardest time putting down.
    No clue why people would complain about his style. Besides isn’t space supposed to be dangerous? I want to read a story that holds your attention that additionally has lots of action, not a rom com.
     
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  20. Extrocomp

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    Is L'Nel supposed to be the Kelvin timeline counterpart of T'Prynn's mother L'Nel who was mentioned in Harbinger (also by David Mack)?

    I'm asking because the same L'Nel was already an adult in the 2150s according to the novel Kobayashi Maru, but More Beautiful Than Death describes L'Nel as "young".