The release of The Midnight Front, the first book in my new Dark Arts series from Tor Books, is still a few months away, but the folks at Kirkus Reviews have already weighed in with the first early trade review of my new opus.
“Mack’s novel is … propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII…”
“A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a ‘chosen one’ hero arc among the dogs of war.”
Not too shabby!
The Midnight Front will be released on January 30, 2018, in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and digital audio formats. You can pre-order a copy in the format of your choice from your favorite retailer now.
Over the last few weeks I’ve granted a number of interviews concerning the writing process and inspirations behind my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours. In case you’ve missed my myriad social media posts about each one, here’s a quick roundup of all of them to date (though more are soon forthcoming):
October 8, 2017:Literary Treks (Audio)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours
October 2, 2017:TrekLand (Video)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours
September 28, 2017: TrekCore Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours
After a very long process of development, writing, and editing, I am thrilled to announce that publication day has at long last arrived for my new novel, Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours.
The first reviews are in, and they are laudatory, indeed. Dénes House at TrekMovie.comhad this to say about the book:
“Mack has crafted an absolutely thrilling novel that had me turning the pages furiously to find out what happened next … .”
“I was stunned at the amount of insight the novel gives into the characters of Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Saru, but also by the excellent treatment of some old Trek favorites, as well. … It’s a great sci-fi book in general, and an outstanding Trek novel in particular. Well worth the purchase for any fan of the franchise.”
“…exciting and emotionally resonant…”
“I give this book my highest recommendation.”
Not too shabby, eh?
The book is available now in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It’s also available today in a German translated edition from the fine folks at Cross Cult Romane.
Grab your copy today, and be sure to order a few extras — it makes a lovely gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!
Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.
And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.
We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.
The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.
Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.
The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.
Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.
Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.
We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.
Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.
How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.
If you’ve been waiting for the cover reveal of my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War, here it is! (Updated on September 16, 2017, with the corrected cover.)
The novel comes out in mass market paperback and eBook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. You can pre-order your copy now directly from the publisher or from your favorite retailer, using the links on my site’s page forFortune of War.
Need more info? Here’s the book’s back-cover copy:
Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets,
waiting to be awakened and unleashed….
Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.
Now a discovery by a Federation cultural-research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black-market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock’s lethal technology.
All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.
FORTUNE OF WAR
A VOYAGE OF THE STARSHIP TITAN
BY NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAVID MACK
If you’re a fan of Will Riker and the valiant crew of the Starship Titan, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!
If you’ll be at the sold-out GenCon 50 show this week, here is where to find me at the Writers’ Symposium, which is taking place in the Westin Hotel, across the Skywalk from the Indiana Convention Center.
Thursday — August 17
1pm – Story Craft: Ending the Story Right [Caucus]
2pm – Worldbuilding: Creating a Universe [Capital 1]
7pm – D&D with the Authors: “Night at the Forbidden Library” [Chambers]
Here it is, the front and back covers of my upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours! (Click on the thumbnails to see higher-resolution images.)
I am very excited about the release of this book because I think it is the most Star Trek-y story I’ve written for a Star Trek novel in a long time.
Based on a premise requested by Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller and guided into being by my extremely talented and insightful friend, fellow New York Times bestselling author and Discovery staff writer Kirsten Beyer, Desperate Hours is a story about confronting one’s past, learning to forgive, and solving problems through science and cooperation rather than through force or politics.
As revealed at last week’s Star Trek Las Vegas convention, the events of Desperate Hours take place on May 11–12, 2255, one year before the events of Discovery’s two-part pilot, and roughly one year after the Enterprise’s first mission to Talos IV (Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Cage”). It will delve into the relationships and rivalries that led to and define Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham’s service aboard the Starship Shenzhou, and it will also force her to confront her complicated past on Vulcan.
It might also feature some characters and starships with which longtime Star Trek fans might be passingly familiar. <wink>
Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours is available now for pre-order from the publisher as well as a variety of online retailers, in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It is scheduled for publication on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, just two days after the series’ premiere on CBS and the CBS All Access streaming service.