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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed Star Trek Vanguard series and its sequel, Star Trek: Seekers. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater. He currently resides in New York City.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416551719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416551713
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID MACK is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the STAR TREK DESTINY and COLD EQUATIONS trilogies. He developed the STAR TREK VANGUARD series with editor Marco Palmieri. His first fantasy novel was the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller THE CALLING.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE), film, and comic books.

Mack's next scheduled works include the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES 50th-anniversary novel LEGACIES, Book II: BEST DEFENSE, and the short stories "Our Possible Pasts," in the anthology 2113: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF RUSH (edited by Kevin J. Anderson), and "Midnight Rider," in the horror-fantasy anthology OUT OF TUNE, Vol. 2 (edited by Jonathan Maberry).

Coming in 2017 from Tor Books will be DARK ARTS, Mack's trilogy of magic-fueled secret-history novels, starting with THE MIDNIGHT FRONT, a World War II-era epic fantasy.

Visit his official website, and follow him on Twitter @DavidAlanMack.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on September 19, 2008
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Gods of Night follows four captains and their crew: Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise, William Riker of the USS Titan, Ezri Dax of the USS Aventine, and Erika Hernandez of the Columbia NX-02. In the year 2381, the Borg have waged war on the Federation. And this time, their goal is not assimilation but annihilation. Meanwhile, the USS Aventine is investigating a centuries-old mystery - the Columbia NX-02 went missing in 2156 and has been discovered, seemingly abandoned on a remote, uninhabited world.

With flashbacks between the various ships, not to mention centuries, readers must pay attention or find themselves easily confused. But to help with the large number of main characters, there is a handy appendix in the back of the book, which lists the different crew members of each ship, as well as their species.

Every story that involves the Borg has been suspenseful and intense, and this one is no exception. Everything that the Federation knows about the Borg is now irrelevant. For reasons unbeknownst to anyone outside the collective, the Borg have changed their entire directive as well as other facets which had at least made them somewhat predictable. And Captain Picard's reaction to the Borg invasion is equally as unpredictable, reminiscent of the movie First Contact. With the main cast of The Next Generation, save Data (see Nemesis), either on the Enterprise or Titan, the crew retains their same great qualities and personalities that made them a personal favorite.

Gods of Night contains everything great about Star Trek - advanced technology, intrigue, drama, relationships, danger, action, mystery, aliens, time travel, and blowing stuff up. Ending in a mild cliffhanger, readers will want to pick up the next, Mere Mortals, as soon as possible. With an exciting story, wonderful characters, and insurmountable odds to overcome, this is a trilogy no Trek fan will want to miss.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James R. McCain, Jr. on October 3, 2008
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When I first heard this trilogy was going to deal with the Federation and the Borg I was disappointed as I am tired of the Borg. I did have faith in David Macks writing though. As usual he has a has a winner on his hands. This is a must buy must read book. This is a book that for me was impossible to put down and I read all 400 plus pages in one sitting. Destiny book one starts a trilogy that will shake up the Trek universe. We get a good look at Ezi Dax as a starship captain in this novel. I like what I have seen, someone who has grown since DS9 and is confident and in command. We also see Picard's, Riker's and Hernandez's crews. The 4 crews in this book are well drawn and the action is continuous. I liked the brief parts of the book dealing with the Klingons deciding to come to the aid of the Federation after a Borg attempt to destroy Kitomer. This story is engaging and the story leaves one with many questions and speculations. I enjoyed the way that Mack weaves the story line of 3 of the crews. My only problem with the book is the ongoing Troi/Riker relationship problems. I have never liked the way this has been portrayed and still dont. That said I think Mack handled it in a reasonable way. I think there is more to this situation than it appears on the surface. Mack has a way of doing that. I do hope it is resolved by the end of the trilogy. I can hardly wait to see how the situation with the Borg resolves.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ML VINE VOICE on March 29, 2009
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I've watched all of the Star Trek shows and movies and am old enough to have seen ST:TOS in first run as a kid, but I've never been real big on Trek novels. I've enjoyed some of the classics, such as SPOCK'S WORLD and FEDERATION, and even read some more recent novels, such as TAKING WING, the first in the Titan series, but I'm no more than a casual reader. This review is aimed at people like me.

You probably already know the outlines of the story: The Borg have for some reason decided attack Federation colonies, annihilating rather than assimilating their populations. Picard's Enterprise and Riker's Titan (yes, he has a command) become caught up both in trying to defend the Federation and in trying to discover why the Borg have changed their goals and how they have managed to slip deep into Federation space. Ezri Dax's Aventine (yes, she has a command, too) is investigating an old mystery that might have some relevance to fighting the Borg: How did the USS Columbia, a contemporary of Capt. Archer's Enterprise, end up wrecked in the Gamma Quadrant, much farther from Earth than it could traveled in two centuries at warp 5? The answers to all of the novel's mysteries apparently involve some heretofore undiscovered aliens who are advanced, shy, pacific, and not perhaps as bright as they think they are.

You might think that bringing together characters from Enterprise (Capt. Hernandez of the Columbia was a colleague and sometime lover of Capt. Archer), The Next Generation (Worf, etc.), Deep Space 9 (Dax), and Voyager (Tuvok) would be loads of fun. It's really not. When put together with a full cast of supporting characters, there are just too many people to keep track of, much less care about.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vincent A. Mazo on April 25, 2009
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I've read easily over a hundred Star Trek novels throughout the years, mostly while during my college years. I continue to read them here and there when I get time. In general, I love the characters and find them a good read, or I wouldn't keep reading.

With this book, I think the overall story is good, but I do have some criticisms. First, there are just too many characters. I ended up caring for none of them really. Some character development would have been nice, but with three crews it's a bit hard to find the time I suppose.

Another criticism was the Riker and Troy story line. Some parts of it had me rolling my eyes. It's not that I don't have sympathy for the characters dilemna, but rather I found his reaction to be out of character and hence unbelievable. Troi's behavior on the other had seemed consistent with her character but equally annoying.

And last, while some of the writing was good, I thought it was a bit inconsistent with some passages seeming amateurish.

These are just my opinions however. No offense to anyone who found it five out of five stars. I will download the preview for the next book in the series to my iphone before deciding whether or not to buy it.

Incidentally, this is the third disappointing Star Trek book I've read in the last two months. Too bad.
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