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From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours comes an original, thrilling novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

The past returns to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard - a crime he thought long-buried has been exposed, and he must return to Earth to answer for his role in a conspiracy that some call treason. Meanwhile, the USS Enterprise is sent to apprehend pirates who have stolen vital technology from a fragile Federation colony. But acting captain Commander Worf discovers that the pirates’ motives are not what they seem and that sometimes, standing for justice means defying the law....

©2019 David Mack (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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A Great Book to jump back into Star Trek

David Mack is one of the best writers for Star Trek books and this is no different.

I'll admit to being a little skeptical of jumping into an audiobook this far along in the timeline of Star Trek. I was worried that I couldn't understand what was going on and who the main players were now. BUT I was wrong. I did pick up this one because it was Captain Picard centric and I'm looking forward to the new series coming out in January 2020.

A lot of the characters are new but I felt like I got to know them right away. And a quite a few were ones that we had previously seen on The Next Generation (and Voyager). The plot was dependent on earlier books with a focus on Tezwa and the then Federation President but the author gives you enough information to understand the events that are happening and you can then focus on the present moment and what IS actually going on.

The narrator is also excellent - having done quite a few Star Trek books prior - so that made listening comfortable and interesting as he did plenty of modulation with his voice to distinguish between characters.

All in all this was an excellent adventure and I know feel like I can jump back into the Next Generation timeline and enjoy more books in this range as long as Simon & Shuster and Audible continue to offer them!

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My Favorite Star Trek book yet

this is a perfect st book. a great mix of everything that makes star trek great.

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David Mack & Robert Petkoff are great!

I have always enjoyed when Petkoff reads a MackStar Trek book! They did not disappoint in this book. Great way to know more about Picard and his crew.

Very enjoyable story.

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Great story!

Great story...Great narration! My first book with the author and narrator. Keeps you wanting more.

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It was OK but not great.

This was the first time I’ve read a Star Trek fiction book. The story line is akin to an average episode of TNG. Once the story gets going it is enjoyable but it does take time to get there.
The narrator does a really fantastic job. The voicing of the characters is very lively and it really helps make the story “Engaging“ (pun intended)
I may come back to the story at some point but maybe not. It is worth a listen in my opinion.

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不錯

liked: Good plot and an unexpected but satisfying conclusion.

didn't like: apparently in the future morality is replaced by ambiguity. these....humaaans.

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David Mack, always good

This was written by David Mack, in my humble opinion, the best Trek writer alive. It was beautifully read by Robert Petkoff. If you like Picard or TNG, you'll enjoy this book.

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loved it!

this was a great book, best of this series so far! I really liked the ending too. It was well in line of federation standards that seems lost as of late.
more like this please!!(:

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Space Should Have Been the Final Frontier

The space adventure was riveting and poignant. The courtroom drama, not so much. But it was a solid read overall.

The voice acting was great. I love Robert Petkoff!

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engaging

a great continuing of this series of books. I could really see Picard in my minds eye struggle with his actions.

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  • 12-22-19

Wow!! Best ST audio-book I've ever listened to!

This really is a cut above most Star Trek novels. The story is utterly compelling, with amazingly well-drawn and fadcinating characters. You know the author must be something special if they can make Nausicaans seem sympathetic, and world-build them a believable and fascinating culture and back-story. I'm going to go back and find other David Mack ST novels because he's clearly an exceptionally talented author. I'm thinking back to the Garak novel, a Stitch in Time, for the last time I found one so compelling. Narration was excellent, as is always the case with Petkoff.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

collateral Damage

Best book I've read listed to in years 10/10 This is a must read or listen stunning

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  • Pollyanna G
  • 10-20-21

Excellent

This is my favourite of the Star Trek audiobooks so far, and I've listened to many! I'm on my 2nd listening of this one.
David Mack's writing is great, I especially appreciated the character of agent O'Connor, I really enjoyed the injection of some humour into the story via this lovable rogue. I'd love to see him return in future novels. Like his character, several elements of the story focus on 'grey areas' of morality and are a thought provoking break from any 'good vs. evil' over-simplification.
Robert Petkoff does an awesome job as always of the character's voices, his skills are second to none.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

Another Good Novel

Not as good as rest of series, but still good and love listening to series. can't wait for next one.

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  • C. S. Horler
  • 09-21-21

A bit of a detour

Not much focus on primary tng characters, except for the second to last chapter. It's worth a listen, it's not quite the camaraderie I was expecting between the characters - the characters don't come off the pages to fill my brain with a 4d picture.


Not sure what will be my next listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-21

A bit underwhelmed

I am a huge Trek fan and TNG is my favourite Trek, so I was delighted to get the chance of listening to these newer Enterprise-E stories. Unfortunately I wasn't really feeling it and ended up a bit disappointed with this one. I guess if you're looking to recapture some of that 80s and 90s TNG nostalgia then this isn't the book to do it. I really missed the Enterprise-D crew here, and while Picard was the main focus, Worf, La Forge and Dr Crusher were barely featured. That being said, I really enjoyed the narration by Robert Petkoff who was his usual fantastic self!

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  • Stephen L.
  • 03-23-21

David Mack at his best

This is the book that started my near obsession with Star Trek reading, I watched the tv series in the 70s. My son sent me this one as a gift I think it is one of the best reads of all the Star Trek books I’ve read so far.

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  • Nabil Hussain
  • 11-08-20

Brilliant and Spectacular Audiobook!!

The story of this audiobook is fabulous and original. The narrator was wonderful and sublime. His narration were clear, audible and easy to follow. Voices of the characters were done in a superb manner. I really enjoyed this Star Trek audiobook. The story was compelling to listen to and I was engrossed in the drama of this Sci Fi tale. It was well worth the 12 hrs approx duration of this audiobook. Robert Petkoff is an excellent narrator. David Mack is a fantastic Star Trek writer.

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  • Rifley
  • 01-05-20

Good story

Great narration, good story line, quite gripping. if you have read previous books I would definitely recommend this one.

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  • Jason Garrett
  • 11-01-19

This book is Trektastic

My first Trek book in a while and loved it. The characters were well presented.

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  • Ensign Frrranko
  • 08-27-20

Exceptional

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was a satisfying account of the events that follow Picard's trial for alleged crimes... events that we observed across many previous novels. Mack handles the emotions of the people involved expertly and I often felt like I was in the room observing like a fly on the wall.

Typical for me, l enjoyed the Enterprise investigations much more thoroughly than the political aspects. Without leaning into spoilers we catch up with at least two unexpected characters, familiar from TV Trek, and it is quite a lot of fun.

We also explore a species mostly familiar by name and appearance only, a species close to Picard's heart in a very specific sense. We learn much more about them and their home planet.

I loved the book. I only have a single criticism and it relates to the last time we see Aneta Šmrhová. Why David, why? Haha. But otherwise thank you for another sensational story!

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  • PiperoftheMillennium
  • 11-08-19

Good tale

(Spoilers!) I enjoyed this story but I have two issues. The prosecutor was clearly overly emotionally involved and should have been recused. Also, Worf made a blunder that should have gotten him court martialed. If someone steals a mega weapon ASSUME THEY WILL USE IT! Duh!
Asside from that, it was a satisfying conclusion to Picard's Section 31 tale.
Kudos to the reader. Good job.