G & T Show Book Report – October 2013
The Fall: the Crimson Shadow
written by Una McCormack
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Release date: September 24th th 2013
Back cover blurb:
Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced either by fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets—put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.
To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet’s personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory,” and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal…
- An excerpt of the book can be found at Amazon via the link above.
- Una McCormack gave a short interview to startrek.com about the book.
- The book has hit the New York Times Bestsellers list
- You can discuss the book on the G&T forums in this thread.
From History’s Shadow, what could have been
On his blog Dayton Ward posted an excerpt from his original proposal for what became From History’s Shadow, when it still was envisioned as a DS9 novel with the name Aliens among us.
First look inside Stellar Catagrophy
The always great 8of5 posted a series of photos of this non-fiction book at thetrekcollective.com giving us first glimpses at the set-up of the book and bits from some of the maps.
eBook exclusives getting release dates
Two of the eBook exclusives I mentioned in last month’s book report have been given release dates by Amazon:
Titan: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller is listed as a February 24, 2014 release
TOS: Shadow of the Machine by Scott Harrison is listed as a October 7, 2014 release.
Home Again confirmed
A mysterious listing on Amazon that was first spotted over half a year ago has finally been verified as true: Una McCormack confirmed in a recent interview with Trek Core that she will be writing a TNG novel due out in December 2014 which currently has the working title Home Again
Next David Mack project
A TrekBBS member found a hint to David Mack’s next project after his entry in the The Fall series and the first Seekers novel on Dave’s website: a novel called Section 31: Disavowed. No additional info are available at the moment.
Final two The Fall covers revealed
During the last month the final two The Fall covers have been revealed in startrek.com articles:
One simple act, and the troubles of the United Federation of Planets have grown darker overnight. The mystery behind the heinous terrorist attack that has rocked the Federation to its core grows ever deeper, and William Riker finds himself beset by rumors and half-truths as the U.S.S. Titan is ordered back to Earth on emergency orders from the admiralty. Soon, Riker finds himself drawn into a game of political intrigue, bearing witness to members of Starfleet being detained—including people he considered friends—pending an investigation at the highest levels. And while Riker tries to navigate the corridors of power, Titan’s tactical officer, Tuvok, is given a series of clandestine orders that lead him into a gray world of secrets, lies, and deniable operations. Who can be trusted when the law falls silent and justice becomes a quest for revenge? For the crew of the U.S.S. Titan, the search for answers will become a battle for every ideal the Federation stands for.
The United Federation of Planets takes the first hopeful steps beyond the uncertainty and tragedy that has overshadowed recent events in the Alpha Quadrant. Even as elements of the Typhon Pact have been implicated in a devastating attack against the Federation, William Riker holds key knowledge of the true criminals—a revelation that could threaten the fragile Federation-Cardassian alliance. Time is running out to apprehend those responsible for the brutal crime.
Questions and concerns also continue to swell around the ambitious Bajoran Ishan Anjar, who has risen through the ranks of the Federation Council while using the recent bloodshed to further a belligerent, hawkish political agenda against the Typhon Pact. Riker must dispatch his closest friend, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth. But as Picard and the Enterprise crew pursue the few remaining clues, Riker must act on growing suspicions that someone within Ishan’s inner circle has been in league with the criminals from the very beginning…
A look ahead
Coming out over the course of the next three months:
Star Trek: The Fall – Book Three: A Ceremony of Losses * David Mack
Star Trek: The Fall – Book Four: The Poisoned Chalice * James Swallow
Star Trek: The Fall – Book Five: Peaceable Kingdoms * Dayton Ward
Final Words a.k.a Shameless plugging
First of all: thanks as always to thetrekcollective.com for being a great resource.
Beyond that I don’t want to plug something that already has been published this month, but rather tease an upcoming article here on http://www.gandtshow.com/. Coming next week a little Special Book Report will be published giving you a little tour through the covers of the German translations of Star Trek novels done by Cross Cult.
As a little teaser here are four recently released cover drafts of upcoming translations:
Spirit Walk duology (Voyager relaunch)
Romulan War duology (Enterprise)
Keep on reading!
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