Posts Tagged ‘Silent Weapons’

Talking about Cold Equations

I recently took part in another recorded interview on‘s podcast program Ten Forward. This time, co-hosts Michael Clark and Sina Alvarado invited me on the show to talk about my New York Times bestselling Star Trek: Cold Equations trilogy, whose three volumes they’ve reviewed over the past few months. (Listen to the spoiler-laden, in-depth critical discussions of Book I: The Persistence of Memory; Book II: Silent Weapons; and Book III: The Body Electric.)

coldequationsAs always when I chat with Michael and Sina, it’s a fun conversation, full of digressions and tangents. We talked about the genesis of the trilogy, one of my original ideas for the trilogy that ended up needing to be abandoned, and my reactions to their show’s previous analyses of the books. In addition, we discuss some of my upcoming projects. Give it a listen and find out why Michael and Sina’s Ten Forward is one of my favorite podcasts.


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.


Cold Equations on the Locus list

Just noticed that the Locus Magazine list of bestsellers for February 2013 has just been posted, and that two spots in the “Media-Related Fiction” segment are occupied by volumes from my Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy Cold Equations.

Book II, Silent Weapons, has snagged the No. 2 spot on this month’s list, while my first New York Times bestseller, Book I: The Persistence of Memory, currently holds the No. 3 spot.

Not too shabby, my friends! Here’s hoping that The Body Electric gets to join them on next month’s list.

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!


Interview on 2012writersALIVE

This afternoon at roughly 2:30pm EDT, I spoke for half and hour with host John Byk of the 2012writersALIVE podcast about my new Cold Equations trilogy, my writing process, and my feelings regarding collaboration. We hung up the phone at 3pm — and half an hour later, the interview was live. That’s some fast turnaround!

Anyway, I had fun chatting with John, so give the interview a listen.

(P.S. — I apologize for the fact that I sound like I’m shouting from the far end of a tunnel. Next time I grant an interview by phone, I’ll use my land line instead of my cell phone.)


Silent Weapons now on sale

We all knew this day was coming: Silent Weapons, the second book in my new Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th-anniversary trilogy Cold Equations, officially releases today on shelves physical and virtual throughout North America. It is available as a mass-market paperback and an eBook (in various formats) from most of the major book retailers.

Here is the novel’s back-cover blurb:

Three years after the disastrous final Borg Invasion, a bitter cold war against the Typhon Pact has pushed Starfleet’s resources to the breaking point. Now the rise of a dangerous new technology threatens to destroy the Federation from within.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew answer a distress call from an old friend, only to become targets in a deadly game of deception. To protect a vital diplomatic mission, they must find a way to identify the spies hiding in their midst, before it’s too late.

But Worf soon realizes the crew’s every move has been predicted: Someone is using them as pawns. And the closer they get to exposing their enemy, the deeper they spiral into its trap….


I’ve been pleased and flattered by the popular and critical reactions to the trilogy’s first book, The Persistence of Memory, and I hope the second book continues to thrill and entertain.

COMING NEXT MONTH: The trilogy’s epic conclusion, The Body Electric, goes on sale on Wednesday, December 26. Celebrate Boxing Day by buying copies for all your domestic servants!


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.