Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Body Electric: Book Three (Star Trek Next Generation: Cold Equations) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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About the Author
David Mack is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the USA Today best-seller A Time to Heal and its companion volume, A Time to Kill. Mack's other novels include Star Trek: DS9: Warpath, Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger, Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wildfire, and numerous eBooks and short stories. Mack also cowrote two episodes of Star Trek: DS9, "Starship Down" and "It's Only a Paper Moon."
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The parallel plots (neither seem to be more prominent than the other) work well in parallel, but the situation the Enterprise is thrust into is reminiscent of some of the old Trek novels of the nineties and doesn't seem in keeping with the more recent, and more realistic, approached to cross-series continuity in the novels. The level of danger is so extreme that it becomes impossible to expect anything but success for the characters, removing any tension from this side of the story. It's like a game of peril one-upmanship gone too far.
The other half is stronger in premise but feels weakened by a lack of attention and limited action. As a work of science fiction it has a good basis, and there are lots of new characters who explore the available possibility space in a number of interesting ways, but as characters they aren't explored in any real depth and the situation in which we find them doesn't seem consistent with how they are presented.
Until the final quarter, the narrative progresses slowly and I did not feel compelled to read on in any great rush, even taking several days in the middle to read something else. Overall I thought this was a weak conclusion for a Mack book which are usually some of the best in the series.
In fact its better than good.
My favourite Trek writer has a way of describing things to give the impression of 'Bigger'.
Bigger everything. The galaxy, the federation, the crew. Even down to using hundreds of the ships crew to brain-storm a puzzle. Described as a form of multi-level parallel processing.
You are always given the impression that the Enterprise requires more than seven people on the bridge to keep it running. And that the federation is more than just one admiral who pops up on a viewscreen for some exposition.
Nice touches like that keep me buying.
Plot in a nutshell; Wesley encounters the Machine (a giant space killing thing that sucks in and destroys entire star systems), his fellow Travellers decide that it is above their pay-grade and bravely run like hell, so Wesley goes to seek help from... you guessed it, the crew of the good ship Enterprise, another ship of androids throws a spanner or two in the works, Picard and the crew come up with an 11th hour plan that inevitably saves the day and indeed the whole galaxy. Oh, and Data (if anyone actually still cares at this point) is still searching for the scientist who can help revive Lal who is conveniently on the android ship.
Don't ask me how he did it, but David Mack has actually managed to make Wesley Crusher tolerable in this book. I still don't like the character (Mack's good but he's not a miracle worker), but he doesn't annoy the hell out me the way in did in the past.Read more ›
I just want to pick up on an reviewer that said that "too many star trek books where the whole galaxy is affected by the outcome of these individual stories and think the franchise could do with the same well written stories on a smaller scale" I strongly disagree with this. Whilst there is a place for stand alone books in the TOS series, a lot of writers and work have gone into the universe going all the way back to A Time To Be Born The universe we have now spans across all of the series and characters such as the crew of the di vinchi and president bacco , the crew of the Titan and soo many more. I really would not want someone to press the reset button as i have spent years invested in the universe. I would much prefer the series titles be dropped and all the books will just be called star trek.
Pick this up now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Need more of the happenings of Lal and here path to return ing to her father and the series worldPublished on 25 May 2014 by G. M. Evans
Great book another classic from mack make sure to read the other books in the series as well they are aslso pretty goodPublished on 5 May 2014 by Mike
I think that the best thing would have been to just do two books rather than three. This book was ok but nothing brilliantPublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Jamie
Great trilogy, it has everything Data's return and preparation for Picards retirement or if as I suspect with the star trek series THE FALL the idea of Picard maybe becoming... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed reading this series of books. Couldn't put it down sometimes =)
I would recommend to anyone who wants Data to come back into the Star Trek Series after his... Read more
Fantastic read the culmination in the cold equations series which also beautifully sets up the next series of novels coming in August.Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by Jamie Flint
Having read all three cold equations books the third one proved to be a let down. A strange back story of a relationship with a chen and then Wesley solves a problem all the other... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by tommc
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