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  • Series: Star Trek
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Road of BonesStar Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses, the Cold Equations trilogy, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy—Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. His first original novel, the supernatural thriller The Calling, debuted in July 2009 to critical acclaim. In addition to novels, Mack’s diverse writing credits span several media, including television, film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He currently resides in New York City.

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

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and live theater.

His latest published novels include the best-selling A CEREMONY OF LOSSES; book one of STAR TREK: SEEKERS, a new original series; and the STAR TREK spy-thriller SECTION 31: DISAVOWED. His novelette "And Hell Rode With Her" is included in the new anthology APOLLO'S DAUGHTERS, available from Silence in the Library Publishing.

Upcoming projects by David Mack include THE MIDNIGHT FRONT, a World War II-era fantasy adventure, and a pair of new STAR TREK novels.

Mack resides in New York City with his wife, Kara. Visit his official web site, http://www.davidmack.pro/ and follow him on Twitter @davidalanmack.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cam T. on February 18, 2007
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Many Trekkers are familiar with the Mirror Universe, which was first glimpsed on the classic Star Trek episode, "Mirror, Mirror", in which Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty were beamed into a parallel universe, which was like an evil twin of their own. Humans in this universe were barbaric, evil, serving the Terran Empire, instead of the Federation. This universe's Spock also sported a goatee, giving him a very different look from the regular Spock. Kirk and his team managed to escape back to their own universe, though Kirk urged Spock to work for change in the Mirror Universe. Spock claimed he would "consider it." - Now we finally see what Spock 'considered doing'.

Over 25 years later, Trekkers saw a return to the Mirror Universe on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when a malfunctioning runabout entered the wormhole and sent Major Kira and Dr. Bashir into the Mirror Universe. Kira met her alter ego, who can charitably be described as a homicidal, bisexual, emotionally unstable, nymphomaniac. She also learned that the Terran Empire had fallen to the rise of the Klingon/Cardassian Alliance, which had enslaved all humans, turning them into laborers. The Mirror Universe became a story-telling staple on DS9, right through the 7th season. In this book, we see what became of the Mirror Universe's Jean-Luc Picard.

But at the beginning of the book, back in the glory days of the Empire, set after the events seen on Star Trek: Enterprise's 2-part episode "In a Mirror, Darkly." This 2-parter had a unique position of being both a prequel, and a sequel - a prequel to TOS's "Mirror, Mirror", and a sequel to TOS's "The Tholian Web", in which the U.S.S. Defiant, same kind of ship as Kirk's Enterprise, disappeared into unknown regions.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthias Russell on December 7, 2011
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In a word- wow. Though I'm a huge Trek fan, I've never cared much for the Mirror Universe, seeing it largely as a means of seeing dark Trek antiheros. "Rise Like Lions" completely changed my perception of what that universe represents and is capable of. Here we see dark reflections who are dark by nurture rather than nature fighting, not because they are violent psychopaths, but because it is the world they must survive in. What is more, they are trying to change this world and themselves to reflect the ideals of the Trek philosophy that attracts its fans.

Rise Like Lions is rich with cameos from the various series and books but doesn't become drivel fanboy literature that makes up for poor story with a plethora of familiar faces like books with lots of name dropping often do. What is more, with these many characters the reader doesn't just see heroes and villains acting contrary to how he knows them but finds an inspirational tale with rich character development full, tyrants being overthrown, and individuals committing to paradigm shifts.

Of course, being a David Mack novel, there is a lot of action. The action scenes are fast paced, compelling, and are punctuated with nice twists which keep the pace of the book moving and make it difficult to put down.

An interesting contrast can be seen between "Rise Like Lions" and "Romulan War: To Brave the Storm." Both are war stories with a lot of time to cover and filled with stories in need of wrap ups. Whereas Romulan War suffered do to this with missing action scenes and lost opportunities to provide meaningful character development, Rise Like Lions was satisfying, rich in story, and didn't leave me feeling like I missed out on any of the significant events in the time it covered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Richardson on December 3, 2011
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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions gives an in depth look at the star trek mirror universe. The setting is a favorite parallel universe where characters have different histories and futures. The Federation never existed and the current leaders of the universe are a coalition of Cardassian and Klingons called the Alliance. Its the Star Trek you love with the added spice of novelty. David Mac does a superb job in Rise like Lions. This is the best Star Trek book since the Destiny series. It properly matches the decorum of star trek but fundamentally changes the mirror universe. This kind of massive technological, character and society developments are what is needed in main line Star Trek novels. There are very few dull moments following Memory Omega a super advanced secret society created by emperor Spock and the Cardassian and Klingon empires. Much of the characterization is told from the mirror universe's Jean-Luc Picard, Mac Calhoun and Miles O'Brien with many new characters from the mirror universe. If the book has any flaws its that its gruesome in some small parts which are easily skimmed. All in all a great read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on March 8, 2007
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I've been looking forward to reading this two-part book series since it was first announced. The first volume includes stories that cover Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. For the most part, I wasn't let down. The authors of this book really seemed to not only offer wonderful stories that covers Trek's interesting 'Mirror Universe' but they also offer something new and fresh, things that were not present in the episodes, creating a sort of definitive history of the Mirror Universe.

For me, the first two stories, Enterprise's 'Age of the Empress' and Star Trek's 'Sorrows of the Empire', were great. These stories compliment one another, continuing where respective episodes of the shows ended. The Enterprise story was so well written that I could easily get into the story and visualize the characters and see this playing out in the television series. The only part that let me down about the story was the last page that ends with a minor cliffhanger. Is this going to be followed up in another book in the future? If not, what was the point of it? It ends the story on a note that I hope gets addressed in the second volume of stories. If not, it's puzzling and awkward and weakens the story.

'Sorrows of the Empire' picks up where 'Mirror, Mirror' left off and follows the rise and fall of Emperor Spock from the Star Trek series through the era of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country. This is by far a must read. It was worthy of being its own stand-alone novel, epic, moving, well written.
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