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WARPATH review on Tor Dot Com

Today on Tor Dot Com, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro reviews Warpath, my Star Trek: Deep Space Nine post-finale novel published in April 2006.

This review is part of a series, just as the novel was. Alvaro is reviewing the entire run of post-finale Star Trek: DS9 novels, which was started by editor Marco Palmieri in 2001.

Warpath falls somewhere in the middle of the series, and as such, though I am proud of it on its own merits, it would be a hard place to try to jump into the ongoing post-finale DS9 narrative.

Regardless, it is still immensely satisfying to read comments such as these:

Warpath is an intricately-assembled emotional rollercoaster which, despite plenty of quiet character scenes, never lets up on tension. Part military thriller, rip-roaring medieval battle, detective mystery, post-modern Western, and high-tech medical drama, it plays on the strengths of all these sub-genres and fuses them together into a dazzling story that is amply greater than the sum of its parts. The main reason for this success, outside of fastidious and intelligent worldbuilding, is Mack’s prose. He is able to switch effortlessly between scenes of muscular action, measured dialogue, and evocative description.

And there’s plenty more where that came from. Read the full review of Warpath here.

As it happens, all U.S. eBook versions of Warpath (as well as my Vanguard series debut Harbinger) are on sale until the end of May 2020 for just $0.99 each. So get ’em while the getting’s good, my friends.



Star Trek reading at Singularity & Co. – Thursday, May 9

UPDATE: This event was previously posted as being scheduled for Friday. It has been rescheduled for this Thursday, and the text below has been edited to reflect that. So if you’re planning on attending this event, make sure to come by on Thursday — not on Friday.

In honor of the imminent American premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness, the fine folks at are sponsoring a reading of Star Trek fiction (both official and not) at science-fiction-and-fantasy bookstore Singularity & Co. in Brooklyn, NY, on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30pm.

There to read for your amusement will be yours truly, accompanied by Emily Asher-Perrin (, fellow veteran Trek scribe Keith R.A. DeCandido, and former Star Trek fiction senior editor Marco Palmieri (now an editor at Tor).

I’m not sure yet what any of us will be reading; I am torn between something light-hearted, such as my award-winning Zak Kebron short story from the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits, or something in my characteristic style of death and destruction, such as a scene or two from my Star Trek Destiny trilogy.

Check out the Facebook event page for the reading, and if you’re one of our New York City-area fans, be sure to come out and fill a seat at the reading:

Singularity & Co.
18 Bridge St., Ste 1G
Brooklyn, NY  11201
Ph. 347.460.7724

map & directions



In Praise of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Today, the fine folks over at have posted my guest blog article, All For One: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. It’s part of their week-long “Star Trek Movie Marathon” post series, which started on Monday with Dayton Ward‘s paean to Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continued yesterday with Ryan Britt’s essay on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and its impact on the franchise as a whole.

The gist of my article is simple: despite the many criticisms that fans like to heap upon the third film, I think it still deserves to be considered one of the best of the Star Trek films. Watch it again: in spite of its flaws (which I recount in detail), it remains a solid and thoroughly enjoyable film. To quote myself:

“There is so much that is right and awesome about this movie that it will knock your socks off.”

Nuff said. Go check it out, Trek fans!

Star Trek Re-watch: Season Three Wrap-Up

For those of you who have been taking this wild ride with me and Dayton Ward through the third season of the original Star Trek television series, over at the blog, we present our Season Three Wrap-Up.

This is not quite the end of our travels, however. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot’s poem “Little Gidding,” we end by arriving at our beginning and know the place for the first time. Which is a puffed-up way of saying that we’ll be back next week with a special bonus Star Trek Re-watch of the original series pilot, The Cage.”

As usual, please leave all comments on the article, to help me and Dayton stave off our editors’ inevitable question: “Why did we hire you two blockheads in the first place?”

Damned if we know, Hoss.

Egads, another Star Trek Re-watch

The turning of the page brings us once more to Thursday, and that means another foray into Star Trek‘s pulpy past on‘s weekly feature, Star Trek Re-watch. This week, Dayton Ward and I risk madness (and alcohol poisoning) to bring you our recap and analysis of The Way to Eden.”

Space hippies, hamfisted Biblical allegories, annoying catch-phrases, implausible plot twists — yeah, this ep’s got it all, Herbert. Yay, brother, we reach—for the remote, to change the channel.

Come back next week as we get high…in the air…with The Cloud Minders.”

Low marks for “The Mark of Gideon”

I’ve been so busy today checking the digital copyedit on my upcoming Star Trek Vanguard novella “The Stars Look Down” that I nearly forgot to pimp this week’s Star Trek Re-watch column on

Today, the indefatigable Dayton Ward and I give low marks to The Mark of Gideon,” a third-season Star Trek episode that’s all about overpopulation, skewed priorities, and flawed premises.

All I can say is that all of you out there should be very happy that Dayton and I watched this episode, because now you never have to. As always, please leave all comments on the article. It creates the illusion for our editors that our blogging fees aren’t just money down a rat hole.

But wait, there’s more! Leave a comment on this thread by noon on Friday 1/21 EST for a chance to win a copy of Dayton’s new Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel, Paths of Disharmony.


That’s my rhyme. Catch y’all on the bounce next week when Dayton and I figure out whether That Which Survives is also that which sucks.

Whom Gods Destroy, They First Re-watch

Heavens help us, it’s Thursday again, and that can mean only one thing: another installment of TOR.COM‘s infamous Star Trek Re-watch has escaped its cage and gone rampaging around the intertubes. This week’s episode: Whom Gods Destroy.”

So far on our nostalgia tour through Star Trek‘s third season, my cohort Dayton Ward and I have revised our opinions of some episodes that frequently are maligned. This, alas, is not one of those episodes.

Re-watch this one if you like, but we’d advise you to remove any sharp objects from your immediate vicinity before doing so, lest you succumb to an overpowering urge to gouge out your eyeballs and pierce your eardrums.

Meanwhile, catch up on our recaps-and-analyses of third-season Star Trek with this handy index:

  1. Spock’s Brain
  2. The Enterprise Incident
  3. The Paradise Syndrome
  4. And the Children Shall Lead
  5. Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  6. Spectre of the Gun
  7. Day of the Dove
  8. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
  9. The Tholian Web
  10. Plato’s Stepchildren
  11. Wink of an Eye
  12. The Empath
  13. Elaan of Troyius

Please leave some comments on the article—it creates the illusion for our masters at that anyone gives a damn about these weekly blatherings of ours.

Then mark your calendar and rejoin us next week when we re-watch Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” the stale black-and-white cookie of the Star Trek canon!

Peace out.