Continuing after the Typhon Pact series…
Next up is the David Mack Cold Equations trilogy. It’s another solid Mack attack that resurrects Data to the franchise. Oddly enough, the first two books are closely tied together, while the third is a completely different story.
The Fall was a five book loose mini-series about a new, belligerent and suspicious, Federation president. Revelation and Dust is another David George DS9 book that was not to my style but it does feature a major line-changing event. Crimson Shadow by Una McCormick is basically a Garak novel, and while it lacks for action, her dialogue for Garak is absolutely brilliant. Ceremony of Losses is by David Mack so you know it’s the best in the series. It features a pivotal moment for Bashir and for the planet Andor. Even with a ‘smaller’ story, Mack continues to elevate the material. Poisoned Chalice is mostly a Titan book, a series I haven’t read much of, but is still important to the larger story. Peaceable Kingdoms by Dayton Ward was a decent ending to the storyline.
Takedown by John Jackson Miller is an excellent standalone adventure full of great action and mystery. It’s also a bit of a crossover featuring the Enterprise, the Titan, and the Aventine. This was a lot of fun and one of the best Trek Lit books not written by David Mack!
Section 31 Disavowed by David Mack continues the Bashir / Section 31 storyline and also features an adventure into the Mirror Universe. I haven’t read the previous books about the Mirror saga but I was able to play catch up well enough. A solid adventure teeing up a grand finale with 31.
The Prey Trilogy by John Jackson Miller was another epic adventure with great characters and storylines. It’s a great sequel of sorts to the third and sixth Star Trek movies with a wonderful meditation on Klingon honor and society in addition to being fun and big. Great Worf story!
Section 31 Control is David Mack’s big Section 31 finale. We finally learn the secret origin of 31 and it’s a fascinating bit of backstory. Seeing Bashir and Data team up is a lot of fun. This is a solid ending to the story but I do wish the 31 endgame had been a little bigger and involved more characters. By only starring a handful of characters, the scale felt lessened.
Enigma Tales is another Una McCormick Garak novel. Once again her dialogue for him is absolutely brilliant. I wasn’t terribly invested in the story about Cardassian politics, but her writing was just too clever and interesting to ignore.
Available Light by Dayton Ward is a TNG story following up the Section 31 finale. Unfortunately the 31 material turned out to be a very small subplot. Most of the book is about a standalone alien of the week story that I just couldn’t get into because I was so much interested in the 31 aftermath.
Fortune of War is a Titan story so I was going to skip it, until I saw David Mack wrote it. I’m not familiar with these characters but as always Mack tells an engrossing and thrilling story with cinematic action and brutal, intelligent villains. It’s a real end of the world type scenario! This is how you do a ‘standalone’ story!
Collateral Damage is David Mack’s loose finale to the Trek Lit canon. Not only does it show Picard on trial for his Time to Kill connection to Section 31, it also features a Naussiacan villain plot spinning out of the events of the Destiny Trilogy. It’s not the most epic of stories but it’s a great double epilogue to an entire franchise of storylines.
And with that, I made it to the end! While skipping a ton of side stories. Now I can finally read the Coda Trilogy which is the final, official, end of the Trek Lit continuity. Can’t wait!