Spoilers TNG: Armageddon's Arrow by Dayton Ward Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Defcon, May 19, 2015.

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  1. Defcon

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    Blurb:
    It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds...the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Captain Picard is now caught in the middle of this conflict and attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon…which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!

    You can read an excerpt here.
     
  2. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I'm about 50 pages in. To early to judge sofar ofcourse, but one or two little things bugged me a bit.
    It does have the potential to be a nice novel, so we'll see soon, I hope.
     
  3. indianatrekker26

    indianatrekker26 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    i'm still playing catchup with the 24th century Post-Nemesis stuff (currently on Plagues of Night) but just from the sound of this book, i might jump right into it. I know that the post-Nemesis stuff has been politically heavy the last few years,so this is a welcome change of pace, getting out and exploring space again.
     
  4. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    There's an excerpt? When is this out? Ohhh, I've been neglecting my pre-orders. I will remedy this now.

    EDIT: Ordered!
     
  5. DEWLine

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    The book is out at retail outlets in Ottawa. I must also remedy my lack of reading copy situation.
     
  6. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    ^I got mine @the South Keys Chapters yesterday. Not bad so far :)
     
  7. Ronald Held

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    Waiting for my copy to be downloaded...
     
  8. Jarvisimo

    Jarvisimo Captain Captain

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    I definitely feel that something like this is about to happen following that cover...

    [yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR2nXCjvs0s[/yt]
     
  9. Sho

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    (Thanks for covering for me, Defcon. :))
     
  10. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I really interested in getting this book by Dayton ward and the upcoming Seekers novel too.:)
     
  11. Mage

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    Half way in, and it feels like an episode. In a good way. Very typical episode set-up, with a teaser spread over two chapters I believe, then we arrive at witty banter between our heroes. Introduce a problem, then work with, and halfway through.....BOMBSHELL!!!

    I'm a little after said bombshell now, and I'm liking this. Still not final verdict, who knows what happens.
     
  12. Mage

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    Really, really enjoyed this, and a solid Above Average.

    This really felt like a good episode. And I mean that in all the best ways. Chen was at her finest, and she has been one of my favorite LitCharacters. She was still that loveable, quircky young lieutenant that Christopher came up with all those years ago, but so more mature and much more convident of her own abilities and person. Loved it.

    The situation with Taurik and his discovery makes me feel that Dayton has another novel in the back of his head, and I'm curious to see what that might be.

    Speaking of mr. Ward.....

    I loved everything he did for Vanguard with Kevin Dilmore. However, their duology in the A Time To series was only so-so for me, the same thing goes for their Seekers novel. Both of the solo novels I read by him, Paths of Disharmony and Peaceable Kingdoms, left me wanting. They felt muddled and incoherent at times.
    Here, Dayton was on point for me, with good dialogue, witty humor, solid plot with quick and good explanations of what was going on. Everything just flowed for me.

    So yeah, when I first heard of Armageddon's Arrow, I wasn't sure. I wasn't sold on the entire new direction for TrekLit, with more solo novels. But this, this is fun and enjoyable! Keep this up mr. Ward!
     
  13. Marika

    Marika Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    wait.. It has Chen and taurik stuf?????? runs to buy
     
  14. Mage

    Mage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Oh yeah, loads of additional characters. Hafstadt, Cruzen, Konya. All featured quite a lot.
     
  15. Klaus

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    Mine's pre-ordered on iBooks, interesting to see how quickly I get it after midnight... :D
     
  16. Klaus

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    ...or almost an hour before midnight! w00t!
     
  17. indianatrekker26

    indianatrekker26 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    is this an easily accessible novel for those of you who've read it? I've been working through the post-Nemesis stuff. I'm currently on Raise the Dawn. I ask, because this story sounds interesting from the blurb, i'd love to read it now. i was wondering if i could skip ahead? Or would it be better to work through Cold Equations, The Fall, and the other post-Fall books first?
     
  18. Enterprise1701

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    Well I've already spotted a recurring novel error. The historian's note says "early January 2386, approximately seven years after the U.S.S. Enterprise-E's confrontations with the Romulan Praetor Shinzon". It's six years, not seven! Ugh.
     
  19. Elias Vaughn

    Elias Vaughn Captain Captain

    "Approximately"

    It could still be accurate, depending on the month.
     
  20. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    ^Nemesis was in late 2379. Stardate was 56844. So maybe early December?