Friday, October 16, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: DS9: Devil in the Sky

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #11
Devil in the Sky
by Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt


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Hortas… IN SPAAAACE!!!

In the classic Trek episode “The Devil in the Dark,” we are introduced to the Horta: a strange, non-humanoid being whose fearsome aspect belies a gentle creature, only interested in protecting her many vulnerable young. However, while peaceful, the Horta is capable of great destruction thanks to its silicon-based physiology and its ability to spew highly concentrated, deadly acid. So what do you think might happen when twenty young Horta are suddenly released into the sealed environment of a space station?

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the Deep Space Nine novel Devil in the Sky by Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt. We talk about the origin of the novel, the premise, Jake and Nog’s role in the crisis, the characterizations of the DS9 crew, Kira’s rescue mission, the solution to the Horta problem, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.







Previous episode: TNG: Warped by Mike McMahan
Next episode: Voyager: To Lose the Earth by Kirsten Beyer


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Release Day! The Long-Awaited To Lose the Earth by Kirsten Beyer!

 Star Trek: Voyager
To Lose the Earth
by Kirsten Beyer


Finally! After a number of long delays, the final book in the Star Trek: Voyager relaunch saga by Kirsten Beyer is upon us!

Star Trek: Voyager: To Lose the Earth continues the adventures of the U.S.S. Voyager, returned to the Delta Quadrant with the Full Circle Fleet. The crew investigates the apparent loss of the U.S.S. Galen, as well as the mystery of Species 001.

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






Publisher's description:
The long-awaited follow-up to Voyager: Architects of Infinity from the New York Times bestselling author and cocreator of Star Trek: Picard!
As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.

Purchase Star Trek: Voyager: To Lose the Earth:

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Next Release: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway

Friday, October 2, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: TNG: Warped!

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Warped!
An Engaging Guide to the Unaired 8th Season
by Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan


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Mike McMahan: you may know him as the creator of Star Trek: Lower Decks. But in 2015, before the idea of Lower Decks had made its way to the ear of CBS, he created an episode guide for the little-known, never talked-about 8th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. All 26 episodes were covered, including the one where Riker’s pajamas attempt to kill him, and the one where Barclay can’t seem to survive a bet between Q and fellow Continuum member “California Steve.”

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss TNG: Warped! An Engaging Guide to the Unaired 8th Season by Mike McMahan. We talk about the origins of the book, the format, the artwork, some of our favorite plots and moments from the various episodes, the book’s link to Lower Decks, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.


Positively Trek 45: Book Club: TNG: Warped by Mike McMahan





Previous episode: TNG: Q-in-Law by Peter David

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Comic Review: Too Long a Sacrifice #2

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Too Long a Sacrifice #2
Writers: by Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Artist: Greg Scott

Release date: August 19th 2020

Previous issue: Too Long a Sacrifice #1
Next issue: Too Long a Sacrifice #3


Purchase (Kindle & Comixology):
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Publisher's description:

With the murderer still on the loose, the inhabitants of Deep Space Nine are starting to divide into factions, made even worse when the Ferengi government gets involved. To make matters worse, conflict between Constable Odo and the Federation’s handpicked criminal investigator threatens to derail the investigation itself! The DS9 murder mystery continues in this new space noir from David and Scott Tipton (STAR TREK: MIRROR BROKEN, STAR TREK: THE Q CONFLICT) and Greg Scott (GOTHAM CENTRAL, THE X-FILES)!

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Too Long a Sacrifice #2, or click play on the embedded video below!



Final thoughts:

While the story feels like it is lacking forward momentum at times, the plot is fascinating enough to hold my interest to see where this is all heading. Looking forward to getting some answers as to the connections between some of the events of this story in issues three and four!


Next Comic:

Star Trek: Hell's Mirror

Friday, September 18, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: Q-in-Law

 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Q-in-Law

By Peter David

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Very few adversaries are capable of bringing the great Captain Jean-Luc Picard to his knees, and now two of them are coming together to make his life miserable. Lwaxana Troi, ambassador from Betazed and mother of Counselor Deanna Troi, has become enamoured with the extradimensional entity known only as “Q,” and life aboard the Enterprise may never be the same again.

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the classic TNG novel Q-in-Law by veteran Trek author Peter David. We talk about Lwaxana Troi, the historic meeting between her and Q, Lwaxana’s relationship with her daughter Deanna, a sub-plot involving Wesley Crusher, lessons in love for Q, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.



Positively Trek 40: Book Club: Q-in-Law by Peter David





 


Previous episode: Hell's Mirror (Comic)
Next episode: TNG: Warped by Mike McMahan

Friday, September 4, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: Hell's Mirror

 Star Trek
Hell's Mirror


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In the infamous “Mirror Universe,” Khan Noonien Singh has been awoken. However, contrary to his Prime Universe counterpart, this Khan wishes to spread the ideals of peace and democracy across a fractured and violent galaxy. Can he lead a rebellion to overthrow the evil Terran Empire with the help of his closest advisor, Spock?

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by guest host Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss the new one-shot comic from IDW, Hell’s Mirror. We talk about Khan’s goals, Mirror-Kirk’s history, Khan’s “Satori” superweapon, and the role that Spock plays in Khan’s plans.



Positively Trek 35: Book Club: Hell's Mirror
With Guest Host Brandon Shea-Mutala




 


Previous episode: More Beautiful Than Death with David Mack
Next episode: TNG #18: Q-in-Law by Peter David

Friday, August 21, 2020

Positively Trek Book Club: More Beautiful than Death

Star Trek (Kelvin Timeline)
More Beautiful than Death
Special guest: author David Mack!

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Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are assigned to escort Ambassador Sarek to the planet Akiron, a world rich in dilithium deposits. However, upon arrival, they discover the people of Akiron under attack by strange creatures, described by their victims as “demons.” It is now up to Kirk, guided by a mysterious Kathikar mystic, to save the people of Akiron from these sinister “wights.” Meanwhile, Sarek’s Vulcan aide, L’Nel, has a diabolical plan in place for Spock--a plan that will result in his death!

In this episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined by author David Mack to discuss his Kelvin Timeline novel, More Beautiful than Death. We talk about the long road this book took to publication, how David wrote the characters of the Kelvin Timeline, Sarek’s role in the story, how Kirk’s beliefs inform his character, and the Spock/L’Nel subplot. We also talk about David Mack’s role as a consultant on Lower Decks and Prodigy, and wrap up with what he is working on now and where he can be found online.


Positively Trek 30: Book Club: More Beautiful than Death
Exclusive interview with author David Mack!






Previous episode: Strangers From the Sky with Margaret Wander Bonanno
Next episode: Star Trek: Hell's Mirror

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Release Day! More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack

Star Trek (Kelvin Timeline)
More Beautiful Than Death
by David Mack

Where would we be without our regular fix of Star Trek fiction? Today sees the release of a new novel, ten years in the making: More Beautiful Than Death by New York Times' bestselling author David Mack!

Set in the "Kelvin Timeline" of the last three feature films, this novel features the alternate crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk. Their mission: to escort Spock's father, Sarek, on a diplomatic mission to a planet seemingly under siege by horrific demons!

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




Publisher's description:
An original novel based on the thrilling new Star Trek movies!

Based on the “Kelvin Universe” movie saga!

Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons,” Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt.

Purchase Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death:

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Previous Release: Discovery: Die Standing

Friday, August 7, 2020

New Podcast! Positively Trek Book Club: Strangers From the Sky

Star Trek
Strangers From the Sky
Special guest: author Margaret Wander Bonanno!

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In the history of the Federation, the story of first contact between Humans and Vulcans is well-known: Earth astronauts came to the rescue of a Vulcan ship, stranded in our system’s asteroid belt. The rest is, as they say, history. But what if the official story is not how it actually happened? What if first contact with the Vulcans actually came many years earlier? And what if Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise were instrumental in that event happening the way it did?

In this, the first episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined by author Margaret Wander Bonanno to talk about her renowned and much-celebrated novel, Strangers From the Sky. We discuss how Margaret became a fan and an author of Trek books, how this story came about, how it stands up in the face of the canon that has moved on in the years since it was published, the characters that populate the story, and how its legacy has affected Trek Lit in the years since.


Positively Trek Book Club: Strangers From the Sky
Exclusive Interview with author Margaret Wander Bonanno






Next episode: More Beautiful than Death by David Mack

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Comic Review: Year Five #13

Star Trek: Year Five #13
Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Release date: August 5th 2020

Previous issue: Year Five #12
Next issue: Year Five #14


Purchase:
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Publisher's description:

The Enterprise and her crew finally make it back to Federation space, but the Federation they find isn’t quite the same as the one they had left behind. Meanwhile, Aegis and Gary Seven’s grand design continues to take shape—and the consequences will be staggering. The final voyages of the original Enterprise crew continue in this episode from showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (GREEN ARROW, NIGHTWING)!

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Star Trek: Year Five #13, or click play on the embedded video below!



Final thoughts:

The start of a new story arc, in which the Enterprise crew returns to Federation space to find their peaceful society showing cracks at the edges. A fascinating concept, and very much in line with the current trend of Star Trek storytelling in recent years. I'm very much looking forward to seeing where this story ultimately goes. Highly recommend!


Next Comic:

Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #2

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Literary Treks 308: Maybe Stop Biting and Kidnapping Counselors

Star Trek: Titan
Over a Torrent Sea
by Christopher L. Bennett

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In the aftermath of the devastating events of the Destiny trilogy, the Starship Titan is once again assigned to deep space exploration beyond the farthest borders of the Federation. Investigating an oceanic world of abundant and mysterious life, the crew unwittingly causes distress to the ecosystem and to the lives of the inhabitants of the world, nicknamed Droplet. Now, Captain Riker and Ensign Lavena, cut off from the rest of the crew, must convince their captors of their sincere desire to help the people of Droplet before the damage becomes irreparable.

In their final episode as hosts of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the Star Trek: Titan novel Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L. Bennett. They talk about Titan's new mission, the Squales of Droplet, Ensign Aili Lavena and her past, a difficult maternal situation for Deanna Troi, the unintended consequences of the crew's decisions, atonement for past mistakes, and wrap up with their final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan review the first issue in IDW's new Deep Space Nine miniseries, Too Long a Sacrifice.


Literary Treks 308: Maybe Stop Biting and Kidnapping Counselors
Titan: Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L. Bennett







Previous episode: Literary Treks 307: Twisted Like a Bag of Bread
Next episode: Stay Tuned for Book Coverage on Positively Trek!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Literary Treks 307: Twisted Like a Bag of Bread

Star Trek: Discovery
Die Standing
Exclusive Interview with John Jackson Miller!

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Philippa Georgiou, former Emperor of the Terran Empire in the Mirror Universe, has found herself in our universe and under the watchful eye of Section 31. Believing that she has knowledge and skills useful to the organization, she is recruited to take on a mission into a mysterious region of space known as the Troika. However, she has her own agenda. Will Georgiou make good on her desire to rebuild all she has lost in our universe?

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are joined once again by New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller to talk about his most recent Discovery novel, Die Standing. We talk about Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius, Section 31, a familiar face from The Original Series, a Trill gymnast named Emony Dax, a vampiric cloud creature, the mysterious Troika and the three species that comprise it, and wrap up with what John is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, Dan and Bruce review issue #12 of Star Trek: Year Five, and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere.


Literary Treks 307: Twisted Like a Bag of Bread
Discovery: Die Standing - Exclusive interview with John Jackson Miller!





Previous episode: Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere
Next episode: Literary Treks 308: Maybe Stop Biting and Kidnapping Counselors

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Comic Review: Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Too Long a Sacrifice #1
Writers: by Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Artist: Greg Scott
Release date: July 15th 2020

Next issue: Too Long a Sacrifice #2


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Publisher's description:

Death casts its shadow as Constable Odo searches for truth amid a web of treachery and lies. Everyone on the Promanade has a motive for this murder, be it vengeance, justice... or old-fashioned greed. Legendary Star Trek scribes Scott Tipton and David Tipton team with noir artist Greg Scott for the first Deep Space Nine comic book series in a decade!

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Too Long a Sacrifice #1, or click play on the embedded video below!



Final thoughts:

An interesting start to the miniseries, with a focus on how the characters respond to a horrific crime commited on the station. Odo is the primary focus, and his investigation of an explosion on the promenade leads to some interesting revelations. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for this story!


Next Comic:

Star Trek: Year Five #13

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Release Day! Discovery: Die Standing

Star Trek: Discovery
Die Standing
by John Jackson Miller

A new day, a new Star Trek novel! Today sees the official release of Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing by New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller!

Chronicling the adventures of mirror-universe Philippa Georgiou after her crossover into our universe, Die Standing tells the story of her adapting to life in the prime universe and her efforts to rebuilt all that she has lost.

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




Publisher's description:
An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series!

No one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.

But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew?

Purchase Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing:

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Next Release: Kelvin Timeline: More Beautiful Than Death

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere

Star Trek: The Original Series
Agents of Influence
Exclusive Interview with Dayton Ward!

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When the extraction of undercover agents from the Klingon Empire goes disastrously wrong, it's up to Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to come to the rescue. The U.S.S. Endeavour, crashed on the surface of an asteroid, must hold out against Klingon reprisal and Orion attacks long enough to ensure they deliver their valuable passengers safely back to Federation space.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther are joined once again by author Dayton Ward to discuss his newest Original Series novel, Agents of Influence. We talk about the undercover agents at the center of this story, the U.S.S. Endeavour and her crew, the Klingon/Orion alliance, an unorthodox "ground assault" on a starship, Klingons and Humans coming to an understanding, a spy among Starfleet's ranks, and wrap up with what Dayton is working on now and where he can be found online.

At the top of the show, Bruce and Dan talk about their decision to move on from Literary Treks and where they will be continuing the Star Trek book and comics discussion in the future. We also respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for the previous episode, Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes.


Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere
The Original Series: Agents of Influence - Exclusive interview with author Dayton Ward!





Previous episode: Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes
Next episode: Literary Treks 307: Twisted Like a Bag of Bread

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes

Star Trek: Voyager
String Theory, Book 3
Evolution
by Heather Jarman

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After incalculable losses, the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager continues to battle against the forces of "Phoebe Janeway" and her army of exiles, determined to re-enter Exosia. The effects of the conflict among the Nacene threaten to spill beyond the boundaries of the Monorhan system. The very underpinning of the universe threatens to unravel thanks to the actions of the exiled Nacene, and only Voyager stands in their way! 

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson discuss the third and final book in the String Theory trilogy: Evolution by Heather Jarman. We talk about Tom & Harry's adventure in the Q Continuum, The Doctor's mission to Ocampa's past, the final showdown on Voyager, Janeway's absence in this novel, the plot elements that set us up for Voyager's future, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we judge the upcoming More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack by its cover, review issue #11 of Star Trek: Year Five, and respond to feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 304: Vulcans Do Not Cry.


Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes
Voyager: String Theory, Book 3: Evolution by Heather Jarman





Previous episode: Literary Treks 304: Vulcans Do Not Cry
Next episode: Literary Treks 306: There's Shag Carpet on This Ship Somewhere

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Release Day! Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward

Star Trek: The Original Series
Agents of Influence
by Dayton Ward

The latest novel adventure from Star Trek: The Original Series officially hits shelves today: Dayton Ward's Agents of Influence is now on sale in bookstores and online shops everywhere!

Set during the classic five-year mission, Agents of Influence chronicles an undercover operation in the Klingon Empire. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise must undertake a risky rescue of an undercover agent, and preserve the tenuous peace between the Empire and the Federation.

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




Publisher's description:
An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward set during the original Five-Year Mission!

For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus.

After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries.

Purchase Star Trek: The Original Series: Agents of Influence:

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


Next Release: Discovery: Die Standing

Monday, June 8, 2020

Literary Treks 304: Vulcans Do Not Cry

Star Trek: Voyager
String Theory, Book II
Fusion
by Kirsten Beyer

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

As Voyager continues her exploration of the Monorhan star system, they encounter a vast array orbiting a black hole. Tuvok, having been compelled to board the array, has come under the influence of a mysterious alien lifeform. Meanwhile, a powerful being in the guise of Captain Janeway's sister, Phoebe, carries out her sinister agenda aboard Voyager.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther discuss the second book in the String Theory trilogy, Fusion by Kirsten Beyer. We talk about Tuvok's journey, the mysterious array, the fourteenth tribe of Monorha and their role in the events unfolding, Phoebe Janeway, and the cliffhanger ending, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.

At the top of the show, we discuss the results of a recent poll in our Goodreads group, review the classic DS9 comic Blood & Honor written by Mark Lenard, and respond to listener feedback from The Babel Conference for Literary Treks 303: A Pair of Legs in Sickbay.


Literary Treks 304: Vulcans Do Not Cry
Voyager: String Theory, Book II: Fusion by Kirsten Beyer





Previous episode: Literary Treks 303: A Pair of Legs in Sickbay
Next episode: Literary Treks 305: The Nacene Scenes

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dead Endless

Star Trek: Discovery
Dead Endless by Dave Galanter
Release date: December 17th 2019
Read December 1st 2019


Previous book (Discovery): The Enterprise War
Next book (Discovery): Die Standing


Purchase Dead Endless:
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Publisher's description:
The U.S.S. Discovery’s specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?

My thoughts:

Click here to watch my video review of Dead Endless, or click play on the embedded video below!



Final thoughts:

Dead Endless is a moving story about characters I love. The story is not what it initially appears to be, but eventually reveals itself to be much more poignant that it would seem at first glance. Dave Galanter is one of my favorite Trek authors, and his writing does not disappoint here. In fact, Dead Endless was my pick for top Star Trek novel of 2019, and it is well-deserved.

More about Dead Endless:



Also by Dave Galanter:

Next time on Trek Lit Reviews:

My next review will be for the conclusion of the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy: Lost Souls by David Mack.