Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions Mass Market Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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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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This novel draws upon the works in the Mirror Universe genre that have preceded it. A fan with an extensive knowledge of the main series franchises should enjoy this novel, without necessarily reading its forebears, as the plot summarises events and situations from those storylines amongst its exposition. The book centres now on the internal collapse of the Klingon-Cardassian Union, whilst remaining a robust threat in terms of tactical placement and materiel to be a significant force against which the Terran Rebellion must join forces with the newly seceded Bajorans, the remnant of the Romulan Empire, Captain Calhoun of the New Frontier series and his piratical fleet and the secret society of Memory Omega; a cult established by Terran Emperor Spock to establish a civilisation akin to The Federation. Together, under the reluctant leadership of one-time tomb raider archaeologist, Picard, the Mirror Universe is poised to change its very nature and resemble even more closely its original forebear
Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire
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It completes the story of the rebellion against the Klingon/Cardassian alliance. It is also to some extent the sequel to the same author's novel "The Sorrows of Empire" which tells the story of the Mirror Universe version of Commander Spock.
You can follow the history of the Mirror Universe from "Mirror, Mirror" to the conclusion of the rebellion by reading the following four novels:
1) "Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire (Star Trek: The Original Series)" by David Mack
2) "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fearful Symmetry" by Olicia Woods
3) "The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)" by Olivia Woods
4) This book, "Rise Like Lions" by David Mack.
This is a clever and well-written book which imagines how various characters and events from "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Full Journey [DVD]," "Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Full Journey [DVD]" and "Star Trek Voyager: The Complete Collection [DVD]" might pan out in the mirror universe.
I can recommend this story.
There's a hint towards the mirror universe Dominion at the end of the book, so I'm hoping the sequel will be better.
At times surprising the story sweeps you along to the next crossroads in the Mirror Universe saga.
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If you enjoyed Mack's Destiny trilogy, you can rest easy that his magnificent storytelling is running full-steam. He juggles a long list of characters and groups, but you never feel like he's short-changing any of them. Plenty of lesser characters even get their own arcs in the book, like Kes, Troi, Ezri, and Keiko. The plot moves quickly and unpredictably, but each new development makes complete sense.
One thing Mack doesn't do is to use the Mirror Universe as an excuse to have familiar characters chewing the scenery as evil versions of their prime universe counterparts. This is a big problem with the DS9 episodes especially, where you got the feeling the writers just wanted to give the actors something fun to do.
But really, the best part about this book is that it's a story of humanity earning the paradise that's taken for granted in prime universe Star Trek stories. Star Trek has always been about hope that mankind can overcome its selfishness and prejudices, but we've never really gotten the journey, just the endpoint. By the end of Rise Like Lions, you really get the feeling that paradise is earned through self-sacrifice and the courage to be better than what we are.
The pace of the novel is good, without any dull moments. The action keeps shifting from the Klingon Empire to the Cardassian Union, from the Badlands to the great beyond. And the cliffhanger is very intriguing and I am looking forward to seeing how the series will continue.
Nevertheless, after The Sorrows of Empire I must say I had my expectations for this book set higher and I felt a bit disappointed by it.
The events kicked off my TOS universe Kirk encouraging Spock to do the "logical" thing.
That exhortation leads to a cascade of events beautifully imagined by multiple authors including Mack in Glass Empires and extended and concluded here by Mack.
I won't spoil this series for readers of this review, suffice it to say that lovers of the Star Trek universe will find these books fascinating, engaging, occasionally disturbing and sad. Mack weaves together multiple story lines simultaneously in a deft manner.
Recommended for all Star Trek fans.
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