Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books / Star Trek (March 28, 2017)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501151705

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Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost.

The discovery of a 200-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves might end up triggering its destruction.

Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.


Reviewers' Comments

“a compulsive, immersive read”

“The pace is indeed relentless, offering a story that relies heavily on plot and yet does not feel deprived of characterization … [T]he novel poses several thought-provoking questions, not least the one about our increasing reliance on technology, and the dangers inherent in the propensity to entrust vital issues to the impersonal judgement of machines, which in the long run might turn into surrendering our choices to the cold logic of algorithms in which there is no room for ethics or principles.”

“You will not close this book with the usual satisfaction of knowing that every piece of the puzzle has found its rightful place … [T]his might turn out to be the best, most believable and most emotionally satisfying Star Trek novel you have read so far.”

Space & Sorcery

“This latest Star Trek novel is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. … Mack has developed an impressive story line of intrigue and suspense. My favorite Kirk quote certainly fits here: ‘I take it the odds are against us; and the situation is grim.’ I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling novel with a surprising finale.”

Angela Schuch,

“Mack wrote Bashir so well that I could hear Alexander Siddig’s voice in my head as I read, and the same was true for the many other familiar characters that take part in the narrative in surprising ways.”

Control is a fast-paced, high-stakes, plot-driven book that explores questions that Star Trek needs to deal with. It dives into these issues in interesting ways, and rewards careful attention to the ethical discussions within. … [It is] a thinking reader’s action thriller that holds your attention from the first page to the last.”

Dénes House,

“[A] masterful spy thriller in the vein of Three Days of the Condor…”

“ ‘Heartbreaking’ might be the word best to describe Control’s epilogue.”

Rich Schepis, TrekCore

“[Control] is an incredibly fast paced story that is so Orwellian in nature that it can be quite disturbing…”

“[T]he action starts with the opening pages and moves at a breakneck pace to the end with almost no time to catch one’s breath between scenes.”

“I give this book my highest recommendations and can honestly say that it is one of the best Star Trek books I have ever read.”

Jim Arrowood

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