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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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650747
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Book three of the Cold Equations trilogy by David Mack, author of the amazing Destiny trilogy and two brilliant novels already this time, is something of a disappointment. A grave threat to the galaxy and beyond is discovered by Wesley Crusher, and the Enterprise is the only ship that could possibly save the day. Meanwhile one former crew member is hunting for the one man who can bring his daughter back to life.

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.
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This is a three book series.
Its good.
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.
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Excellent stuff, I like these books as my connection to TNG is maintained through them. It is comforting to know there are talented writers out there who can take me on a journey again with Star Trek.
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So, we now reach the conclusion of David Mack's trilogy with 'The Body Electric'. Now, I won't lie; I did not have high expectations of this book (read my reviews of the previous two books and you'll see why) and when I realised we were going to be dealing with Wesley Crusher (by far my least favourite Star Trek character ever) I could feel the bar lowering. But, I persevered (Dad always taught me 'you don't know you don't like something unless you try it') and got the book. When the first words of Chapter 1 were "Wesley Crusher...", there was a very loud voice in my head screaming at me to run and never look back; but with Dad's words echoing in my ears, I shrugged off the little devil on my shoulder and read on... and I am very glad I did.
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.
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Loved it, great trilogy of books. Great ending and individual story lines linked. Story progressed easily throughout this book and found it very difficult to put down. Took me less than 2 weeks to read these series of books so I would highly recommend them to all.
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Whilst I agree this is not the best trilogy we have seen and it is no Destiny ... It is far better then the reviews below. I do agree that i was not a fan of bringing data back ( for that reason i was not a fan of bringing Janeway back ) It was done for a reason and the data we have now is not the data that died at the end of nemesis. Pick this up and you can read far worse.

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.
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