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Podcast review of Silent Weapons

silentweapons_coverAnother month brings another terrific critical discussion of my work over at the site’s Ten Forward Book Club. This month, regular book club host Sina is joined by Delta Quadrant Podcast host Melissa to review and talk about Silent Weapons, the second book in my recent Cold Equations trilogy.

Once again, it’s an in-depth and very astute analysis of what does and doesn’t work in the novel. As with their review of The Persistence of Memory, it’s interesting to see how Melissa reacts to many of the book’s elements, as she has not read much of recent Star Trek fiction. The contrast of her viewpoint with Sina’s is especially interesting.

Give it a listen, leave them some comments on their Forum, and tell them Mack sent ya.


New reviews of my work

destiny_omniThough it has been several months since the publication of my Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy Cold Equations (September–December 2012) and will be months until my next novel hits shelves (Star Trek: The Fall, Book III — A Ceremony of Losses, in November 2013), a spate of new reviews of my work have hit the Internet this week.

Over at the United Federation of Charles on, reviewer Charles Phipps shares his in-depth reactions to all three volumes of the Star Trek Destiny trilogy. I’ve been pleased to see how thoroughly he enjoyed the trilogy, and that many of his favorite parts as a reader were my favorites as the author.

A couple of great excerpts. First, from his review of Gods of Night:

“David Mack does a wonderful job with twists in this plot. When there’s conflict with Erika Hernandez and her crew about the new aliens, I was sympathetic to both sides. However, I squarely came down on the side of those who wanted to escape the Caeliar’s planet at all costs–and against those who disagreed. Seeing how this situation turned out was one of the few times I was genuinely stunned as a reader.”

And this snippet is from his review of Mere Mortals:

“Erika Hernandez is a complicated character as she’s able to bond with the Caeliar in a way her crew can’t and this occasionally makes her an unsympathetic character. Erika Hernandez might have decided to stay with the Caeliar of her own free will but the others hate them for holding them indefinitely, despite there being no malice. Erika, herself, starts to comprehend this only after her crew begins dying off. Watching her rediscover her humanity at the end was genuinely heartwarming.”

Read Charles’ full reviews on his blog:

Star Trek Destiny, Book I: Gods of Night

Star Trek Destiny, Book II: Mere Mortals

Star Trek Destiny, Book III: Lost Souls

persistenceOn the audio podcast front, my friends Michael and Sina at The Ten Forward Book Club on —ably abetted by fellow podcaster Melissa— dig into a detailed discussion of Star Trek: Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory. It’s a spirited discussion, with Melissa coming to the book cold, not having read any of my previous work, nor any of the recent Star Trek fiction. It’s interesting to see how she reacts to a Star Trek universe and characters who are very different than what she remembers and expects, and noting which make sense to her and which don’t.

As always, Sina, Michael, and their guest Melissa are incisive and insightful commentators, and their discussion of the book’s story, themes, philosophies, and characters is lively and spot-on. They present some superb literary review and criticism, and I encourage everyone to settle in and listen to this podcast, because it is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.

You can find The Ten Forward Book Club’s podcast review of The Persistence of Memory here.


More talk of Destiny

Here we are, more than four years after the initial release of my Star Trek Destiny trilogy, and it still seems to be inspiring in-depth critical conversations between fans of Star Trek literature. As one might imagine, it feels gratifying to know that something I wrote continues to generate fresh interest.

This time around, the conversation is going on at The G & T Show‘s new spinoff podcast, The Celestial Temple Book Club.

FAIR WARNING: This podcast roundtable discussion of the Destiny trilogy is uncensored (NSFW and NSFK) and chock full of spoilers. Wade into this verbal scrum at your own risk.


A Literary Trek into “Divided We Fall”

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones of the Literary Treks podcast on delve into one of my earliest contributions to the Star Trek universe — Divided We Fall, the four-issue Deep Space Nine / The Next Generation crossover comic-book miniseries I co-wrote in 2001 with John J. Ordover.

Overall, their comments regarding the writing are very positive, and it’s fun to hear such an in-depth discussion of something I wrote more than a decade ago.

Their conversation about the miniseries starts 31 minutes into the episode. Give it a listen.



I Can’t Please Everyone

Robert Lyons at The Trek Lit Report has finally posted his review of The Body Electric, the final volume in my bestselling Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy Cold Equations … and aside from the prologue and the epilogue, he really didn’t like it.

Of the prologue and epilogue, he wrote:

“As we enter into the prologue of The Body Electric, Mack is once again on course for a true KO of a story. His recounting, in retrospect, of the death of Lal, from her point of view, is nothing short of breathtaking. His epilogue, which serves to fill in further detail concerning Lal, is equally moving. These two elements of the book are some of the most meaningful prose ever penned surrounding android life in the Star Trek universe.”


Unfortunately, the rest of the book disappointed him greatly:

“The Body Electric suffers from an incomprehensible ‘enemy’, a pedantic man-child, and a misidentified android, and leaves a very empty, hollow feeling in the stomach upon completion. Mack’s development of Data 2.0 goes too far opposite of all we came to know about Data in the collective TNG experience of him, and leaves me very fearful for the future direction of this beloved member of the Next Generation family.”

Ah, well. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Robert, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the book, and I hope my next novel, A Ceremony of Losses (November 2013), is more to your liking.

The Ten Forward podcast talks Destiny

I just want to give a friendly tip o’ the hat to hosts Michael and Sina at‘s Ten Forward Book Club podcast, and their guest Matt Rushing (from‘s Literary Treks). They’ve served up three in-depth, well-considered, and truly insightful discussions about each book in my Star Trek Destiny trilogy.  Follow these links to download or stream each show:

Destiny, Book I: Gods of Night

Destiny, Book II: Mere Mortals

Destiny, Book III: Lost Souls

If you’re curious about the trilogy and don’t mind spoilers, or just want to hear a good literary criticism roundtable, check out their show. It’s good stuff.


More praise for Silent Weapons

As we hurtle through the month of December and close in on the release date for The Body Electric, the final book in my new Cold Equations trilogy, new reviews for book two, Silent Weapons, continue to appear. Here are quotes from a couple of my favorite write-ups:

Matthew Rushing at says:

Silent Weapons has the impressive action that readers expect from a David Mack book. He mirrors this perfectly with character moments that continuously push the Next Generation crew into new and interesting places, all while providing the shake-ups he is know for. I cannot recommend this book more highly.”

Meanwhile, Angela Shuch at opines:

“There is no shortage of excitement and mystery in this action-paced sequel. Star Trek fans won’t want to miss this this incredible new trilogy. … Silent Weapons is impossible to put down and is completely engaging and left me ready for the next installment. Star Trek novels don’t get much better than this.”

So, there you have it, gentle readers. Be no longer ambivalent or noncommittal — make haste to thine nearest book-mongers and purchase copies for thine selves and thine loved ones!