Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Release Day! Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow

Star Trek: Picard
The Dark Veil
by James Swallow

New Star Trek book day comes again! We have the first new Trek novel of 2021: Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow. Set aboard the U.S.S. Titan and featuring Captain Riker and his crew, The Dark Veil is just the second novel with the Star Trek: Picard banner.

Check out below for the back-cover blurb and links to purchase from Amazon!

Publisher's description:
A thrilling untold adventure based on the acclaimed Star Trek: Picard TV series!
The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. 
Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!

Purchase The Dark Veil:

Hardcover: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
E-book (Kindle): Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk

Next Release: Discovery: Wonderlands


  1. I had no idea this book was coming out. I like James Swallow, but I'm not a fan of Picard or most of the Titan books, honestly. I would assume that there are some new crew members,which intrigues me, but I'll probably wait for you guys to review this one before I decide whether to check it out.

    P.S. I read a "Trek" book a few days ago that was a bit of an oddity. It was called "Sticks and Stones" and was written by Robert Jeschonek. It's not an official Trek book; it's an Enterprise book that was rejected by S&S. Jeschonek, being a neophyte, wrote the entire book without doing a proposal or outline. After he was turned down he filed the names of the characters off and published it anyway.

    Here's the thing though: it's actually not all that bad. It needs some polishing, and some technical advice to flesh out the worldbuilding, but considering it's a novel by a first time author it isn't bad at all.

    I can't help but wonder why it was rejected. Jeschonek offered it in 2003, and even though it's rough around the edges, it was still a better read than its contemporaries like Surak's Soul, What Price Honor, Rosetta, and Last Full Measure. You would think they would have loved to have a book in hand that was only a revision or two away from being ready to publish.

    When you finally run out of new Trek books to read (the horror! the horror!) you might want to check this one out, if only as a curiosity as a "lost" Trek book.

  2. What's with the massive increase in price for this release?

    1. Looks to be in line with what the previous hardcover (The Last Best Hope) was priced at last year. Hardcovers are generally quite a bit more expensive than the paperbacks. It's hard on the pocketbook for sure! I feel that pain.