‘Star Trek: Picard’ Series To Get Book and Comic Book Prequels
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Star Trek: Picard, the upcoming streaming series featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) won’t hit CBS All-Access until 2020, but two prequel projects for the show will be released first!

First up will be a deluxe 3-issue comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing, to be followed up by a novel from Simon & Schuster Gallery Books, both of which will center around events that take place before the beginning of the Star Trek: Picard streaming series.

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Book Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours By David Mack
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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By David Mack
Publisher: Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release date: September 26, 2017

With the premiere of an all-new Star Trek television series this week comes its first tie-in novel, Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, which is set one year before the events of the new show. The book introduces us to Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman who was raised on Vulcan, just as she’s elevated to Acting First Officer of the Starship Shenzhou, serving under Captain Philippa Georgiou.

With orders from Starfleet Command, the U.S.S. Shenzhou is en route to help Sirsa III, where a drilling operation has inadvertently awoken an ancient alien leviathan hidden deep within the planet’s seas that has attacked the Federation colony from below. To assist, the U.S.S. Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike with Lt. Spock as Second Officer, is also on the way to the planet, where they learn that the regional government has not exactly been on the up and up with the Federation. There’s little time before the ancient vessel destroys the planet and then moves on to conquering other worlds, so the crews of both starships must work together quickly to learn enough about their new enemy to eliminate its deadly threat.

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Book Review: Urban Enemies
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Urban Enemies
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Steven Savile, Carrie Vaughn, Caitlin Kittredge
Edited by Joseph Nassise
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Here I am again, late to the party. I could give you a myriad of excuses but at the end of the day, I am still delivering this to you a little later than I should. However — and it is a huge however, mind you — I cannot just let this one pass me by. Urban Enemies was wicked fun. Yeah, I did say wicked fun.

I have always been told there are two sides to every story, as I am sure you have. But in this case, these sides, these stories are just plain dark. Because, my dear reader, some characters are meant to be bad, with no hope of redemption. And for the ones that embrace their darker side, it apparently can be quite exhilarating. Or that is what the writers of these short stories have led me to believe. So, while late I might be, this was definitely worth the wait!

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Book Review: Dead Souls: A Novel By J. Lincoln Fenn
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Dead Souls: A Novel
Paperback | Kindle
By J. Lincoln Fenn
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: September 20, 2016

School shootings, terrorist attacks, mothers who murder their children … this is the Devil’s work. But the Devil has some help on Earth from his selective, yet ever-increasing group of “Dead Souls” — people who have sold their souls and now owe a favor to the lord of the underworld in exchange for having their greatest wish granted.

In J. Lincoln Fenn‘s Dead Souls, Fiona Dunn is one of those Dead Souls.

Before signing away her soul, the young woman had been a successful marketing manager at a high-end backpack company. She had joked that the third level of Hell was reserved for marketers, never suspecting that she’d soon put herself in a position to eventually find out if that’s true.

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Book Review: The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig
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The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon #2)
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Francesca Haig
Gallery Books
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

In the dystopian future, mankind turned his Earth to ash. Once the radiation had dissipated, civilization began to multiply once again. The human body found its Darwinian way to ensure survival. How? Every birth resulted in twins – one, a perfect specimen, better than any humans who had come before. The other had a deformity – some obvious and grotesque, and some hidden. It is now a world of Alphas and Omegas. The perfect Alphas could reproduce (twins, always), and the Omegas were barren. And the biggest catch of them all? If one twin died, so did the other. Their mortality was inexorably tied together. Cass is an Omega psychic who wants to bring down her twin Zach and the Alpha council, before they destroy what’s left of the Omegas and of Earth. Francesca Haig‘s new novel, The Map of Bones, is the 2nd installment of this incredibly unique premise.

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