Spoilers TOS: Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense by David Mack Review Thread

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  1. Defcon

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    Blurb:
    Just in time for the milestone 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, an epic new trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another!

    A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.

    A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.

    An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

    About the Author:
    David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed Star Trek Vanguard series and its sequel, Star Trek: Seekers. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater. He currently resides in New York City.
     
  2. Ronald Held

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    Mine is on order, waiting to be delivered....
     
  3. Leto_II

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    Holy crap, this comes out next week already?? Where did the summer go? Have to double-check my local bookstores, see if they might have copies out early...
     
  4. Defcon

    Defcon Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It was available at Shore Leave as far as I know, so I figured it was time for the review thread.
     
  5. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

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    It was definitely on sale at Shore Leave. Dave and I signed many copies of Books 1 and 2.
     
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  6. E-DUB

    E-DUB Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Can't wait.
     
  7. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Mine arrived from B&N in today's UPS. Even though the other three items in the same order (a political book, a Charles Ives CD, and an Ellen Taaffe Zwillich CD) aren't expected until next week.
     
  8. Dimesdan

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    I have my copy on pre-order for my Kindle.

    You seem surprised that things can be delivered at different times when ordered at the same time.
     
  9. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    No, just surprised that something that (at least theoretically) hasn't been released yet would get here ahead of things that have been out for years.
     
  10. Dsven43

    Dsven43 Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    I loved the first one in the trilogy. Pretty sure will like this one and book 3 too. I just have a small issue. I wish they would withhold the synopsis in trilogies like this until the release date. If you read the synopsis for book 3 ,it kinda spoils some of this book already. Just some nitpicking here. Lol
     
  11. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Hmm. Lots of Easter Eggs. Some of them a bit distracting. "Beggs Hansen"?!?

    Kind of wondering how closely David Mack's Centaurus, is going to fit in with Brad Ferguson's Centaurus of 30 years ago. And how closely David Mack's Joanna McCoy is going to fit in with Brad Ferguson's Joanna McCoy.
     
  12. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I hope to get my copy of this book next week. I can't wait to read David's newest novel!
     
  13. David Mack

    David Mack Writer Commodore

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    Not at all. The use of those elements is an homage, not a sequel.

    As for that Easter egg being "distracting," how many people really know offhand the last name of the actor who played a bit part in two episodes nearly 50 years ago? I'm a Star Trek professional and I had to look it up. I think you're blowing that out of proportion.
     
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  14. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    The name of the actor who played Hansen in both "Court Martial" and "The Menagerie" (funny how both of his appearances were in episodes involving courts martial), Jim "Hagan" Beggs, is unusual enough that it kind of jumped out at me when I first saw it in a cast list (probably in the Ballantine edition of Bjo's Concordance, or maybe even in David Gerrold's The World of Star Trek), and it simply stuck in my mind ever since.
     
  15. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    So far I'm not impressed by the cover Art. It's rather quiet for a Trek novel.
     
  16. Ronald Held

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    Ships next week?
     
  17. indianatrekker26

    indianatrekker26 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I just picked this up at Barnes and Noble today. They had one copy left. I just started it. I'm only a chapter in.
     
  18. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    This is extraordinary: I cast the first vote.

    It missed "Outsanding" simply by having too much of a good thing, too many times. Among other overloads, the beginning was an overload of Easter eggs, and the battle scene was an overload of tension.

    Am I going to find that
    the alternate universe is simply so alien, that those consigned to it end up with their minds "making up" what they're perceiving (like in visits to the "Qontinuum")?
     
  19. Ronald Held

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    Waiting for shipping...
     
  20. Thrawn

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    Is there any reason that the audible narration was linked to the Kindle version for book 1 but doesn't seem to be for book 2?