Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Cold Equations: Silent Weapons: Book Two
by David Mack
I've been reading Trek novels since Blish's days. Time was when I always had the latest one on hand - part of my strategy "have something to read in case I'm abducted by aliens" (see also "have something to read while waiting in the checkout line"). It is a strategy that has served me well.
And with the advent of ereaders and other portable electronics, I'm now able to carry around stacks of books ... the library NEVER closes - come and get me, saucer-folk!
How do you top the resurrection of Mr Data? Well, with adventure, mysteries and conspiracies, of course. The Enterprise gets called on to clear Data of a murder charge and unravel a Breen plot on the Orion homeworld. With fast paced action, and more than a few plot twists, the story moves quickly. The familiar Trek characters, as well as the new ones work well together. I'm still getting used to Picard and Crusher as a couple (and as parents!)
Mack works in details from the Trek canon AND the less-than-canon novels. (He and the many current Trek authors play fair - giving you enough info to move the story along, without spoiling the other books.)
Now I'm on to the concluding volume (Wesley' s back!) - happily it was at the library just when I finished this one.