Sunday 10 August 2008

New Destiny blurbs

David mack has added new blurbs for the first two books of his Destiny trilogy to his website, they are as follows (UPDATE: The third blurb is also there now):

Book I: Gods of Night
Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy's greatest scourge returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation — and this time its goal is nothing less than total annihilation.

Elsewhere, deep in the Gamma Quadrant, an ancient mystery is solved. One of Earth's first generation of starships, lost for centuries, has been found dead and empty on a desolate planet. But its discovery so far from home has raised disturbing questions, and the answers harken back to a struggle for survival that once tested a captain and her crew to the limits of their humanity.

From that terrifying flashpoint begins an apocalyptic odyssey that will reach across time and space to reveal the past, define the future, and show three captains — Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, William Riker of the U.S.S. Titan, and Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine — that some destinies are inescapable.

Book II: Mere Mortals
On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective's route to the Alpha Quadrant.

Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar — survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the structure of space and time, creating a loop of inevitability and consigning another captain and crew to a purgatory from which they could never escape.

Now the supremely advanced Caeliar will brook no further intrusion upon their isolation, or against the sanctity of their Great Work. … For the small, finite lives of mere mortals carry little weight in the calculations of gods.

But even gods may come to understand that they underestimate humans at their peril.

Book III: Lost Souls
The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal — and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suffered.

For Captain William Riker, that choice has already been made. Haunted by the memories of those he was forced to leave behind, he must jeopardize all that he has left in a desperate bid to save the Federation.

For Captain Ezri Dax, whose impetuous youth is balanced by the wisdom of many lifetimes, the choice is a simple one: there is no going back — only forward to whatever future awaits them.

But for those who, millennia ago, had no choice … this is the hour of their final, inescapable destiny.

Mack's site also supplies the title for his Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows short story, due next year: "For Want of a Nail".

Thanks to Koperinkus on the TrekBBS for pointing out the blurbs.


reversed polarities said...

I must admit I'm looking forward to reading this series. Mack's previous efforts have left me blown away every time. Hopefully, some people will be left alive at the end.

8of5 said...

I'm really looking forward to it, and I too have enjoyed everything I've read by Mack to date. Though I'm quite scared by the implied hugeness of Destiny after reading this statement a little while ago: "...a wide-spread fallout that will leave only 11 starships behind", eep!

Anonymous said...

Actually, Mack pointed out that the "11 starships" remark was hyperbole on the part of Margaret Clark, who answered that question. Most of the reports from that panel then noted it as solid fact.

BTW, the blurb for Lost Souls is also now up at Mack's site

8of5 said...

Well I'm glad to here that! Just eleven ships left seemed an insane level of destruction.

Bernard said...

It can't come out soon enough!

Jonathan Polk said...

I've not been a big fan of most of Mack's work, finding it often derivative and have been aggravated by the perpetual use of homages to crappy old television shows. I've also hated the Post-Nemesis TNG fiction, finding almost nothing to like about Greater that the Sum.

That said, I really think I want to read Destiny, maybe to help me make my decision on whether to continue reading the fiction at all.

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