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The First Word on Silent Weapons

The first full-length review of Silent Weapons, the second book in my Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th-anniversary trilogy Cold Equations, has just been posted by Dan Gunther at Trek Lit Reviews. (Be advised that his review for Silent Weapons contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the trilogy’s New York Times bestselling first volume, The Persistence of Memory.)

Here is a small teaser of Dan’s remarks about Silent Weapons:

“As much as I enjoyed The Persistence of Memory, I feel that this installment is even better. The characterizations are dead-on, the stakes are high, and the drama feels truly real.”

“As it stands, the first two books of the Cold Equations trilogy are, for me, the bar against which TrekLit novels should be measured. … I can’t wait for the final book, The Body Electric.”

Beware of spoilers, and read the rest of Dan Gunther’s in-depth review here.

The Good-News Round-Up

Today I’m excited to bring you two pieces of good news. First, my latest novel, The Persistence of Memory, has garnered another very favorable review from Matthew Rushing at (Before you click the link to read Matthew’s review, be advised that it contains MAJOR SPOILERS.)

In even bigger news, my friend Bryan Anderson, whose Iraq War memoir No Turning Back I co-authored, has just won a Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Human Interest Programming” as the host of the documentary special Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson.

Congratulations, Bryan!



More good vibes for The Persistence of Memory

Two more recent reviews of my novel Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory continue its critical hot streak:

“The drama, adventure, suspense, and mystery are intense, and the story flows well despite the complexity. Next Generationfans will be very happy with the direction this series takes.””[T]his was my favorite Star Trek novel in years.”

— Angela Schuch,

“Wow. No, really — wow.”

“Every fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation will want to read this book. … Overall grade: A

— Patrick Hayes,


As Adam Sandler might say, “Not too shabby.”


First review of The Persistence of Memory

Robert Lyons of The Trek Lit Report has just posted his spoiler-free review of The Persistence of Memory, and I am pleased to say that he has been generous in his praise. A few choice quotes from his review:

“David Mack … [is] your go-to guy when you want something explosive, unpredictable, and engaging.”

“[The Persistence of Memory] is an outstanding story that needed to be told … and that will once again change the course of Star Trek literature — boldly in some ways, subtly in others — in a way that is absolutely satisfying. It is, at this point, the best Star Trek story I have read in 2012.”

Here’s hoping a majority of the book’s readers share Robert’s abiding appreciation for it.

New 5-star review for Storming Heaven

Sorry I’ve been lax on the blog front lately; I’ve been trying to make my deadline on the Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations trilogy. Someday soon I hope to have cover art to share … but today is not that day.

I’ve come slouching out of the shadows this evening to share these excerpts from a new review of Star Trek Vanguard: Storming Heaven by John Keegan on Critical Myth-Interpretations

“[Storming Heaven] unspools at a blistering pace … This was dark, gritty Trek at its best.”

“The pace is relentless. … The result is a book that you don’t want to put down, because there’s no telling what might come next. Even the climax of the series, in the final third of the book, seems to escalate at frightening speed.”

“For those who may have been sitting on the fence, waiting to see if it would have a good enough ending to justify giving the series a shot, rest assured: this is one Star Trek saga that does not disappoint.”

John also shared his review over on GoodReads, where he gave Storming Heaven 5/5 stars. Thanks, John!

Storming Heaven hits its marks!

Reviews have started to appear for Storming Heaven, my recently published finale to the Star Trek Vanguard saga, and so far they’ve been quite complimentary, indeed!

Dan Gunther at TrekLit Reviews had this to say:

“Conclusions are always a difficult thing to manage. … It is this seeming impossibility to craft a completely satisfying ending that has left me completely in awe of what David Mack has managed to accomplish. In Storming Heaven, we have a story that is the perfect finish to the wonderful ride that Vanguard has been.”

“Amazing, amazing story. David Mack has managed the almost impossible. He has crafted a conclusion to an amazing series that is on par and in some ways even exceeds the quality of the build-up. Highly emotional ending to a series that has brought me great joy to read over the past couple of years.”

“Final score for Storming Heaven: 10/10. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Not too shabby, right?

Also weighing in is Paul Simpson (full disclosure, he’s a friend of mine) with this review at Sci-Fi Bulletin:

“Mack has been nicknamed ‘the Angel of Death’ for his ability to kill off large swaths of his characters…. Here he’s perhaps more restrained than some might have expected. Not everyone dies. Not everyone who should die, dies. Some people who deserve better get dealt a bad hand. Others even get what, anywhere else, might be considered a hackneyed happy ending — but in the context of the Vanguard saga is tinged with a sadness of the memories of what has led the characters to this point.”

“Utterly fucking brilliant. 10/10

So, if you were waiting for someone else to taste-test this morsel of original-series-flavored goodness, there you go.

Reviews for Rise Like Lions

In case you’ve been on the fence about picking up a copy of my most recently released novel, Star Trek Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions, have a gander at what some reviewers have been saying about the book:

A veritable feast of Star Trek storytelling that effortlessly draws together the wide array of the Next Generation and beyond…”


“David Mack has spun a nicely-crafted tale that leaves nothing hanging.”

“The pace is good. The action is written well, in a way that I had no trouble following what was going on at any given point in the battle sequences. And there’s just enough humor mixed in to keep everything real.”

“Buy it. You’ll like it.”


“With this novel, David Mack has cemented the legitimacy of a new series focusing on “the other side”. This isn’t just Spock with a beard or Kira in leather anymore. This novel has built a foundation for new stories and new perspectives on characters new and old.”

“Best Trek novel of the year? Without a doubt. The cliffhanger alone is worth the price of admission, but the whole novel is a fantastic experience.”


“If you’re going to publish a Star Trek book that features a major resolution to an ongoing storyline spanning centuries, from the first ever Mirror Universe TV episode up to recent novels set in this troubled alternate, then you need the right author to tell the story — and David Mack delivers, in spades.”

“This is a fabulous, no-holds-barred action adventure, combining many disparate plot threads into one coherent enjoyable whole — with a few surprise twists and cliffhangers for more stories included, to boot. Glorious!”

— John Freeman, Star Trek Magazine

If that doesn’t make you just want to run right out and buy a copy … well, then you’re like most people. But if you’re a Star Trek fan who’s itching for some epic adventure in the “mirror” version of Gene Roddenberry’s universe, you might give this book a try.