Monday, December 31, 2012

Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory by David MackStar Trek: The Next Generation: 

Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory

by David Mack

BRAZEN HEIST Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew race to find out who has stolen Data’s android brother B-4—and for what sinister purpose. 
A BROKEN PROMISE One desperate father risks all for the son he abandoned forty years ago—but is he ready to pay the price for redemption? 
A DARING MISSION Against overwhelming odds, and with time running out, Commander Worf has only one chance to avert a disaster. But how high a price will he pay for victory?  

It's been a while since I've read new Trek novels (I have a number of favorites I keep in rotation to re-read).  This was fun.

During a drive up to a winter vacation on the shores of Lake Superior, I was reading this Trek novel on my Kindle 3. (No, I wasn't driving)  References in the book to a certain alien race were unfamiliar to me (the Breen, in case you wondered) so I turned on wireless and did some research, all while hurtling down the road. Now if that's not Trek come true, what is?

I've been out of the loop on recent Trek novels - this was a nice jump into one, post Typhon Pact, post TNG movies and such.  I knew enough old-school Trek to follow it all, and as noted, had references at hand to make sense of things that were new to me.  It even prompted me to use my other Kindle (a Fire) to review TNG material for background.

I enjoyed Mack's story - he wove together a lot of Trek story effectively, and mixed the familiar characters  like Geordi, Worf and Picard with a variety of new characters from the (many!) novels I have yet to read.  And, of course, I've already started #2 of this trilogy.