Monday, June 19, 2017

Release Day! DTI: Shield of the Gods

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations
Shield of the Gods by Christopher L. Bennett
(E-book Exclusive)

For those of you who are willing to read their Star Trek books digitally, Simon & Schuster occasionally throws an exclusive your way, and the most recent one is available for download! Get your copy of the latest adventure for the Department of Temporal Investigations, Shield of the Gods by Christopher L. Bennett. And if you use the links below, you'll be helping out Trek Lit Reviews!

Publisher's description:
An all new Star Trek e-novella featuring the fan-favorite Federation bureau the Department of Temporal Investigations!

The stalwart agents of the Department of Temporal Investigations have tracked down many dangerous artifacts, but now they face a greater, more personal challenge: retrieving a time-travel device stolen from their own vault by a rogue agent of the Aegis, a powerful, secretive group that uses its mastery of time to prevent young civilizations from destroying themselves. Blaming the Aegis itself for a tragedy yet to come, this renegade plans to use the stolen artifact to sabotage its efforts in the past, no matter what the cost to the timeline. Now the DTI’s agents must convince the enigmatic Aegis to work alongside them in order to protect history—but they must also wrestle with the potential consequences of their actions, for preserving the past could doom countless lives in the future!

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Next Release: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Cover Reveal: DS9: Gamma: Original Sin!

Another new cover to reveal, with an extra little surprise! Coming at the end of September is David R. George III's newest novel, Original Sin. Ostensibly under the Deep Space Nine banner, Original Sin also carries the additional series title Gamma, indicating the start of a possible series or mini-series of books dealing with Captain Sisko's mission in the Gamma Quadrant commanding the U.S.S. Robinson. In any case, it's a stunning cover, showcasing the Robinson and some sort of alien-looking objects. Check out the cover art below as well as the back-cover blurb and links to pre-order Original Sin from Amazon!

Publisher's Description:

At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a years-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet’s charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations.

But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship’s crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted—including Sisko’s daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko’s daughter and the rest of the missing?

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Literary Treks 193: Dayton's Treks

The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds
Exclusive interview with author Dayton Ward!

Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien world with a dark link to Earth's past. When the captain and his away team are arrested for crimes supposedly committed by a sinister agency in the 21st century, it's up to them to discover the truth about what happened. Did travellers from Earth cause millions of deaths on a planet hundreds of light-years away?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Dayton Ward to discuss his new novel, Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, Taurik and Admiral Akaar, alt-fact history, Dayton's research methods, Captain Picard's future in Starfleet, ask some questions posed by listeners, and end with Dayton's upcoming projects.

In the news segment, Dayton Ward talks about his upcoming Klingon Travel Guide, reveals that both it and the Vulcan guide will soon be available in e-book format as well, and we discuss the upcoming Star Trek Adventures table-top RPG.

Literary Treks 193: Dayton's Treks
Exclusive interview with Hearts and Minds author Dayton Ward

Previous episode: Literary Treks 192: I'm a Doctor, Not a Captain!
Next episode: Literary Treks 194: TNG #2: Ghost Ship

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Literary Treks 192: I'm a Doctor, Not a Captain!

by Diane Duane

For a ship's surgeon, Dr. McCoy tends to spend an awful lot of time on the bridge of the Enterprise, usually grousing to Captain Kirk about his command decisions. The tables are turned on the good doctor when Kirk decides to leave him in command while visiting an alien world. However, when Captain Kirk disappears, McCoy must remain in command until he is found. Will the doctor find himself in over his head?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the classic Diane Duane novel Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species of the planet Flyspeck, when the story is set, Diane Duane's fascination with starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about Christopher L. Bennett's annotations for his novel The Face of the Unknown and review two comics: Boldly Go #8 and Waypoint #5.

Literary Treks 192: I'm a Doctor, Not a Captain!
Doctor's Orders by Diane Duane

Previous episode: Literary Treks 191: #SuluStache
Next episode: Literary Treks 193: Hearts and Minds with Dayton Ward

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Literary Treks 191: #SuluStache

The Entropy Effect
by Vonda N. McIntyre

When Captain Kirk is killed in a vicious attack, Spock must navigate his way through an impossible time-bending paradox to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened. However, it is not only Captain Kirk's life that hangs in the balance, but the fate of the entire universe!

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the first Pocket Books original Star Trek novel, The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre. We talk about our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

In the news segment, we talk about the Star Trek authors who have been nominated for this year's Scribe awards, judge the cover of the upcoming Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, and review two comics: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #6 and TNG: Mirror Broken #1.

Literary Treks 191: #SuluStache
The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre

Previous episode: Literary Treks 190: As the Q Turns
Next episode: Literary Treks 192: I'm a Doctor, Not a Captain!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Release Day! Dayton Ward captures our Hearts and Minds!

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward

New book day is always a happy time! Today, make sure to get your copy of Dayton Ward's new TNG novel, Hearts and Minds. I've been looking forward to this one, as it has been billed as a sort-of sequel to two of my favorite Trek novels in recent years: From History's Shadow and Elusive Salvation! Promising the same time-twisty adventure of those books, Hearts and Minds has been on my must-have list ever since it was first announced.

Hearts and Minds has already been popping up in bookstores, so you might have already picked it up before today. My local Coles bookstore had it in stock a few days ago, which still doesn't excuse them for not stocking Section 31: Control in any of their stores across Canada (yeah, I'm still bitter...).

Hearts and Minds has been showing up early in bookstores this past week or so!

Check out below for the cover art, back cover blurb, and links to purchase from Amazon! And look for my review of TNG: Hearts and Minds at some point in the near future!

Publisher's description:
An electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe.

2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost...

2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history...

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Previous Release: Section 31: Control

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Literary Treks 190: As the Q Turns

The Next Generation: Q-Squared
by Peter David

During the original five-year mission, Captain Kirk and his crew found themselves at the mercy of a seemingly-omnipotent being: Trelane. Discovering that he was merely an out-of-control child, Trelane was corralled by his parents, members of the Q Continuum. However, he has now returned to exact vengeance on a new generation...

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by special guest Amy Nelson to talk about Peter David's novel Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.

In the news segment, we review Mirror Broken #0, talk about the upcoming Juan Ortiz artbook featuring his TNG works, and rate the cover of the Klingon Empire Travel Guide by Dayton Ward.

Literary Treks 190: As the Q Turns
The Next Generation: Q-Squared by Peter David

Previous episode: Literary Treks 189: Embrace the Worf
Next episode: Literary Treks 191: The Entropy Effect