Spoilers TTN: Fortune Of War by David Mack Review Thread

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Rate Fortune of War

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  2. Above Average

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  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
  2. Defcon

    Defcon Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 9, 2003

    Fortune of War
    David Mack
    November 28th 2017


    From New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes an original, thrilling novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets, waiting to be awakened and unleashed…

    Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.

    Now a discovery by a Federation cultural research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock's lethal technology.

    All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.

    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.
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  3. Jarvisimo

    Jarvisimo Captain Captain

    Jan 4, 2011
    Possibly David's last Trek novel :eek::eek::eek:[​IMG]:wah:
  4. RonG

    RonG Captain Captain

    Dec 21, 2007
    Fluidic Space
    where did you get that?
    David is expected to concentrate on his original fiction in the next couple of years, but that doesn't mean he wont write any Trek ever again...
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  5. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    On the USS Sovereign
    Waiting for my copy to download...
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  6. Jinn

    Jinn Mistress of the Chaotic Energies Rear Admiral

    Dec 22, 2015
  7. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    I'm looking forward to reading this book.I'm so glad we're getting a new Titan novel at long last.:beer::biggrin::techman:
  8. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    For some background, the best episode to review is TNG’s Season 3 episode “The Survivors” (disc in both the DVD & Blu Ray sets).
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  9. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

    Dec 29, 2008
    In the future's past
    Just got my copy. I've put down DRG3's Mission Gamma book and started in on this instead. Already prefer this one :techman:
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  10. GaryH

    GaryH Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 4, 2015
    Is there a secret trick to get it to download early? Amazon has it for next week.
  11. Brefugee

    Brefugee Living the Irish dream. Admiral

    Oct 12, 2007
    The Republic of Ireland
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  12. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    The e-books aren't available until the release date, but the paperbacks start appearing in stores as early as 2 weeks before the release date.
    The HD version is also available streaming on Netflix and Amazon.
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  13. Enterprise1701

    Enterprise1701 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 24, 2014
    Sol III, Sector 001, 2063 C.E.
    I got mine today from the shelf on Barnes & Noble.
  14. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    On the USS Sovereign
    Got mine today. Will start it after I finish Picard's autobiography
  15. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    I got my book today.I'm looking forward to finally reading this sequel to the TNG episode The Survivors.
  16. dstyer

    dstyer Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 7, 2009
    Battle Creek, MI
    My copy arrived from Amazon today. Really would like to see where this sequel goes, but I'm obligated to finish DS9: Original Sin first.
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  17. Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 22, 2004
    Augusta, GA
    I voted Outstanding. This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel--and I'd missed out on the last few Titan novels! I'll wait for more people to chime in, but it was an incredible read from start to finish with plenty of action.
  18. Ensign_Rowan_McGrath

    Ensign_Rowan_McGrath Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 16, 2017
    Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
    So tell me, what are Alyssa Ogawa, her son Noah Powell and Ranul Keru up to?
  19. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    The Wormhole
    Are not in this novel, nor are they mentioned.
  20. VDCNI

    VDCNI Captain Captain

    May 26, 2009
    London UK
    Odd one this - I definitely enjoyed, and voted above average, it but it's definitely plot/action heavy at the expense of the characters in places.

    Anyway spoilers ahead.

    It is a fantastic action piece, it's one of David Mack's strengths and it delivers it here. It's quite brutal in places and it feels odd that we've now had two novels in a row where characters who usually bend over backwards (further than realistic often) to find a peaceful solution embrace more extreme solutions and aren't particularly interested in negotiation.

    The sheer number of factions introduced at the start is a bit overwhelming but they do the job and make the revelation that the Breen are who we should be worried about more of surprise than it would be otherwise. That said I am getting a bit tired of the Breen at this point - it does feel we've had a lot of books revolving around their attempt to gain an advantage over the Federation so a break would be appreciated.

    None of the other characters, including Brunt and Gaila never really make much of an impression and Brunt in particular feels wasted here.

    Character wise though this isn't a great book for it it's nice to see Vale get a real go as Captain, she's certainly more confrontational than most of the others.

    As for the others Keru gets a boyfriend - I can't remember if that had already happened - and to be honest after the opening scene of him now being happy I was expecting something to go horribly wrong for him in true David Mack style so it was a relief when that didn't happen.

    Other than that Xin and Sarai get most of the attention. I was surprised at who was pulling Sarai's strings, a character who has generally been portrayed as one of the more sane Admirals in the past - no surprise with the last scene though - it was obvious Sarai was going to involve Riker and Vale at some point.

    With Xin I hope is departure at the end is permanent to be honest. One of the best bits of Sight Unseen was the move away from the same character beats they had been struggling with since the start of the series. Xin was the one character who still felt a bit static and I'm fine with seeing him potentially move on.
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