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  • Trade Paperback, eBook, Digital Audiobook
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 8, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1982113588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1982113582

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Collateral Damage

The past returns to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Consequences are mounting from the downfall of Section 31, the covert organization that has operated without accountability in the shadows for more than two centuries. Throughout the Federation, the rogue group’s agents and leaders have been taken into custody as the sheer scope of its misdeeds has come to light.

As Starfleet Command decides the fate of numerous high-ranking officers caught up in the scandal of a Federation president’s forced removal, Picard must return to Earth to answer for his role in a conspiracy that some are calling treason.

Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise is sent to apprehend pirates who have stolen vital technology from a fragile scientific colony. But acting captain Commander Worf discovers that the pirates’ motives are not what they seem, and that sometimes standing for justice means defying the law….


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Reviewers' Comments

David Mack’s Collateral Damage Promises Drama… and Delivers

“This was the first book all year that I found myself tearing through forty, sixty, even a hundred page(s) at a time. You don’t want to stop reading, and that’s the best compliment I think any author can receive.”

Collateral Damage is a satisfying, engaging cap to fifteen years of Trek’s literary canon.”

Robert Lyons, TrekSphere


Collateral Damage is a typically great book from David Mack, with plenty of action, legal drama, and thoughtful exploration of topical social and moral issues.”


Alex Perry, TrekCore


“The Nausicaans were believable ‘villains’ and their pain just leapt off the pages … [They were] more fleshed out than they ever have been, and [through them] one can feel the pain of losing — well — everything.”

“Actions have consequences. Never is that more apparent [than] in Collateral Damage. … Readers will definitely want to read this book.”

Bonnie Malmat, TrekToday


“David Mack’s latest novel took me by surprise … I had never thought that the Nausicaans would provide anything like the deeply interesting ‘bad guys’ that Mack develops them into in this book.”

“On the supporting characters front, I was surprised to encounter Thadiun Okona, of the poorly received TNG episode “The Outrageous Okona.” I was even more surprised to enjoy the character thoroughly … More than once, I was tempted to think of him as Trek’s Han Solo.”

“The third big surprise was how moved I was by the conclusion … I was impressed with how Mack invoked some aspects of Worf’s personality and biography that are rarely remembered to bring this storyline to a conclusion that brought tears to my eyes multiple times.”

Dénes House,