Spoilers SKRS #3: Long Shot by David Mack Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Kertrats47, Jul 24, 2015.

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Rate Seekers #3: Long Shot

  1. Outstanding

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    41.2%
  2. Above Average

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  3. Average

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  1. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

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    After Second Nature and Point of Divergence last year, Seekers returns with book 3: Long Shot by David Mack! With it already having shown up in bookstores, I hope nobody minds that I'm posting the review thread.

    Excited for this one! Love Mack's work, and love the Seekers concept.

    Here's the blurb:

     
  2. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I'm over halfway through, and it's a fun read! I really like how Seekers makes you feel like you're watching an episode of a show, it feels very serial, if that makes sense.
     
  3. Klaus

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    ...based on the usual iBook release schedule, I'll be reading mine in about 71 hours. :D
     
  4. Mage

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    Man, that was great. I've said it before, and I'll it again, not a big fan of TOS era novels. Just not my favorite era. Vanguard was the exception, and although Seekers sounded very cool, I thought it could never be as good as Vanguard and make me excited about novels in the TOS era.

    And yes, Seekers 2 was a bit of a letdown after the great first novel if this series, but right now, this new line of novels is a solid 2 out of 3. Fun, exciting, fast paced. Just a great read.
     
  5. Klaus

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    ...I loved it, fast-paced and very funny in places. I really like these characters, it's a very interesting and different dynamic.

    And according to DM on Twitter, the Xanth reference was unintentional lol. :D
     
  6. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    This series is quite enjoyable, more than I thought it would be. I'm not too keen on a string of disconnected adventures as a hook, but Seekers has made the most of it so far, and it's actually almost refreshing. It's like I'm reading extended SCE stories mixed with New Frontier wackiness and TOS-style strange new worlds that are really rather silly - but are presented with flare enough that I don't mind. I'm also enjoying the insights into under-explored species like the Kaferians and the Arkenites (and the multi-species crew of the Sagittarius is appealing in general). I see these as side adventures of a sort, but enjoyable ones.
     
  7. Ronald Held

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    Still waiting for Amazon to ship my copy....
     
  8. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

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    Stopped by my local Barnes & Noble earlier to discover that they haven't put their copies out yet. Ugh.

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  9. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    THOSE BASTARDS!
     
  10. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

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    Indeed. I did manage to read the first thirty pages or so via the B&N online preview and loved the beginning.

    The beginning of the novel reminds me a lot of The Final Frontier, with everyone off having fun on a beautiful planet. I loved the scene with Terrell practicing his drive, as well as the bit with Illuci and Threx--and of course Babitz would object to what they were doing. As soon as I realized she'd climbed through the hatch, I knew she'd be upset about UV exposure.

    Also, I was sort of hoping Illuci's Risa fantasy would actually be about Katherine Stano, if only because she'd hit the roof if she found out about it.
     
  11. John Clark

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    Finished it at lunch time. Thought it was a cracking read and am definitely looking forward to more of the series.
     
  12. Ronald Held

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    Has anyone gotten their shipped copy?
     
  13. Deranged Nasat

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    Yes. Mine was a shipped copy.
     
  14. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I got my copy of Long Shot I can't wait to read this book and find out what Captain Terrell and his crew have been up to since the lfirst 2 Seekers novels came out last yearl.:bolian:
     
  15. Reanok

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    I've read 6 chapters of Long Shot and like the story so far. I liked seeing Captain Terrell and his crew having shore leave on a planet and enjoying relaxing and exploring a new world.:)
     
  16. starri

    starri Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I'm guess I'm spoiled by so many years of serialized, slowly unfolding stories that these episodic takes aren't really my thing any more. Doesn't mean that it still wasn't a great read, because I love these characters so much.

    Particularly the antagonism between Theriault and Dastin.

    I also laughed embarrassing loudly that the "#ThanksObama" joke.
     
  17. Mage

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    I loved the last few years in TrekLit, with plots spreads over novels, and everything interconnecting. Or Vanguard, which really was just a show in itself. And I wasn't to sure about this new episodic aprouch.

    And I'll admit, I do miss that. But the last few novels that were more stand-alone were pretty nice allright. And there are still interconnecting novels being made, so I guess I'm happy with this.
     
  18. Reanok

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    I finished reading Long Shot and voted Outstanding. Another terrific novel by David Mack. I hope the books sell well enough so we'll get more Seekers books in the future!:techman::cool:
     
  19. Kertrats47

    Kertrats47 Commodore Commodore

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    Just posted my review.

    The authors are just going to have to lower their game. I'm getting tired of saying "my favorite Trek novel so far this year"!
     
  20. trampledamage

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    :lol: Nice problem to have :techman: