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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours Paperback – September 26, 2017
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About the Author
David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City.
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It delivers something I hadn't expected to see in a Trek novel for years: a meeting between series lead Michael Burnham-the human woman raised by Ambassador Sarek and his human wife, Amanda, on Vulcan and educated among Vulcans-and her adoptive brother, Mr. Spock. Author David Mack also provides insight into Captain Philippa Georgiou, making us understand both how and why she commanded the respect of her crew aboard the USS Shenzhou, and in the process makes us grieve her death in the episode "The Battle of the Binary Stars" all the more.
"Desperate Hours" begins on an unpromising note, as a crew of drillers on the distant colony world Sirsa III accidentally awakens the Juggernaut, a massive, bug-like ancient alien vessel which promptly wreaks planet-threatening havoc. At this point, Mack's novel seemed like the print version of any number of cheesy, sleazy Z-minus grade movies which pass for science fiction on cable channels allegedly dedicated to the genre.
Fortunately, "Hours" kicks into warp speed once both the Shenzhou and her larger, newer cousin-the Enterprise, commanded by Christopher Pike-arrive at Sirsa III to resolve the situation. Mack compares and contrasts the command styles of Pike and Georgiou, even giving us a Kirk vs. Picard by proxy battle. Good soldier Pike's determined to obey orders to stop the Juggernaut by destroying the colony, which Starfleet's declared expendable. But Georgiou's equally determined to halt the threat without violence and bloodshed-so much so that she places her ship in the Enterprise's way.
Eventually, Burnham and Spock infiltrate the Juggernaut to disable it after the former's incurred her captain's wrath-and endangered her own promotion to acting first officer-by opening unauthorized back channel communications with her adoptive brother. It's here that "Hours" really shines, as Mack uses the situation to compare and contrast their experiences being raised by Sarek and Amanda at different times, and have Spock and Burnham learn from each other as the Juggernaut tests them through a series of trials. In the process, Sarek and Amanda, though not physically present, become characters just as important to his story as those who are on the scene.
Mack also furnishes insight into the personality and the outlook of Lt. Saru, the other "Discovery" regular present, through effective scenes with Pike's first officer, Commander Una (aka "Number One") as they work together to solve the mystery of the Juggernaut's presence on Sirsa III.
It's not just characterization Mack excels at, but also details. He writes with his ears; we hear the voices of Jeffrey Hunter's Pike, Leonard Nimoy's Spock and Majel Barrett's Number One as well as those of the "Discovery" regulars throughout. He also reconciles expertly differences between the visual continuities of "Discovery" and "The Cage," the Original Series pilot film that introduced the Enterprise characters.
"Desperate Hours" recovers splendidly from a bumpy start to both add depth to the "Discovery" characters and weave both the Shenzhou-and by extension, "Discovery" itself-into the fabric of Trek continuity. It deserves shelf space in every Trek fan's library.
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Author: David Mack
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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