Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (October 30, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1451650728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650723

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Cold Equations, Book I
The Persistence of Memory

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew race to find out who has stolen one of the galaxy’s most important technological achievements — and for what sinister purpose.

One desperate man risks everything for what he abandoned decades ago — but is he ready to pay the price for redemption?

Against overwhelming odds, and with time running out, Commander Worf has only one chance to avert a disaster — but how high a price will he pay for victory?


Reviewers' Comments

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

"…a story of redemption, renewal, and hope…"

"[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."

Robert Lyons, The Trek Lit Report

"The conclusion to The Persistence of Memory is fascinating, compelling, wonderful, and troubling, all at the same time. … Another winner from David Mack. … Exciting, tragic, and wonderfully written."

Dan Gunther, Trek Lit Reviews

"The drama, adventure, suspense, and mystery are intense, and the story flows well despite the complexity. Next Generation fans 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,

"What makes something or someone a sentient being? Do androids dream? What is it about something that makes it fully alive and fully functional as a living soul? These questions have been asked by Star Trek through characters like Data or The Doctor. … David Mack does what all good Trek authors and episodes have done and given us questions to ponder and evaluate."

"This book was a marvelous beginning to what will surely be a landmark in theStar Trek universe. David Mack gives us deep questions wrapped in his hallmark wit and action. I highly recommend this book."

—Matthew Rushing,

"[E]very single page was kicking major ass on every level!"

"[T]here are some 'I am your Father' shockers here, and more twists, turns and backflips in the plot than an hour-long Jackie Chan fight scene…"

"A powerful and bold start that left me both in awe of Mack's ability and ravenously hungry for more!"

Declan Greene, Priority One Podcast

"Mack displays a gift for being able to scale the story to plant the seeds of a galactic crisis in one chapter and realistically depict Picard's newfound family life and a touch of mid-life crisis in the next."

"[W]ell executed and moving … Final score: 4.5 out of 5."

—George Daley,

"[T]his beginning to a new trilogy has the comfortable feeling of familiarity that TNG has built over the last quarter of a century and yet still charges forward with fresh stories and new directions for the franchise."

"Along with the excellent story, which is sprinkled with equal amounts of humor, action and drama, is an underlying feeling of change. Long gone are the days of cookie-cutter stories that wrap things up neatly at the end of the last page."

"Highly recommended!"

—Keith Brown, Reviews for Kicks

"Well, this marks a first for my blog — reviews of Star Trek novels. I've mentioned Star Trek novels in the past, but I've never done an actual review of any of the numerous titles. So, why now? The answer is simple: I really enjoyed the first two books in the three-book series."

"The story was a mix of engaging characters, both familiar and new, and a strong plot that kept me wanting to know what happens next. … David Mack does a stellar (pun intended?) job with book one of the Cold Equations trilogy. Mack writes a story with a fine balance of character-driven interactions and exciting action sequences that leave the reader riding a roller coaster of heart-pounding intensity."

J. A. Lantz, Avid Reading, Constant Writing

"The Persistence of Memory once again showcases David Mack's skills when it comes to characterisations and character development. … [H]is work with Noonien Soong is a truly terrific piece of character development, and as always he shows a great grasp of all the regular characters as well."

"Overall, The Persistence of Memory is among the strongest books of 2012 and a very good start into David Mack's newest trilogy."

Jens Defner,

"[Mack] gathers up the plot points that had been left hanging in plain sight to tell a story that feels, at least in my opinion, absolutely RIGHT. He also cleverly doesn't return things to the status quo at all."

"…another Trek masterpiece by David Mack."

Josh Edelglass, Motion Pictures Comics