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LIVE BY THE CODE cover and blurb released!

And the news keeps coming. StarTrek.com has just posted the covers and blurbs for my Star Trek: Enterprise — Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code and Dayton Ward’s Star Trek: TOS — Elusive Salvation. You can check out Dayton’s book over at the link, but here’s the LBTC cover and info:

Live by the Code cover

Admiral Jonathan Archer has barely settled in as Starfleet Chief of Staff when new crises demand his attention. The Starfleet task force commanded by Captain Malcolm Reed continues its fight against the deadly Ware technology, but one of the task force ships is captured, its Andorian crew imprisoned by an interstellar Partnership that depends on the Ware for its prosperity. Worse, the Partnership has allied with a renegade Klingon faction, providing it with Ware drone fleets to mount an insurrection against the Klingon Empire. Archer sends Captain T’Pol and Endeavour to assist Reed in his efforts to free the captured officers. But he must also keep his eye on the Klingon border, for factions within the Empire blame Starfleet for provoking the Ware threat and seek to take revenge. Even the skill and dedication of the captains under Archer’s command may not be enough to prevent the outbreak of the Federation’s first war.

Artist Doug Drexler consulted me about the cover some months ago, and we picked out a scene from the novel that would make for a good cover. This is the scene we discussed, although I didn’t expect the image would be this close-up. But I’m glad to have a cover emphasizing one of Starfleet’s Andorian ships, as a companion to the Tower of Babel cover showcasing Endeavour and Pioneer. The emphasis is very appropriate for this novel, for reasons that will become apparent.

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  1. November 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I enjoyed reading about the Ware technology in “Uncertain Logic” (I don’t recall the episode of ENT it was from, but I skipped the entire third season), so I’ll look forward to finding out what happens next. “Uncertain Logic” was the first ENT novel I’d read, and you did a great job balancing exposition with action so I felt like I knew all I needed to. I also really liked the Orion subplot — will it be an ongoing aspect?

    That Andorian ship has a Battlestar Galactica vibe, imo. Was that intentional?

    Congratulations – beautiful cover for what sounds like a great book.

    • November 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      “Dead Stop” was the fourth episode of season 2, actually.

      Thanks for your comment about exposition — I always try to do it in a way that helps a book stand on its own, yet not feel like it drags the story to a halt to give an episode recap.

      I do intend to return to the Orions in the future, though after featuring them heavily in books 1 & 2, I wanted to shift gears for the next pair of books.

      The Kumari-class Andorian battlecruiser was designed by John Eaves, and apparently he was influenced by the Galactica as well as by WWII seaplanes.

      • November 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        Season 2? Oh, I must have seen it then… I am one of those who didn’t enjoy ENT until season 4 (I came back when I heard the fourth season was going closer to TOS), but I do plan to rewatch it one of these days and try to appreciate it more.

        Thanks for the link to the info on Eaves’ design for the ship!

  2. November 26, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Season 3 was when Enterprise actually started to develop, so you picked a bad one to skip!

    Impressive cover, I look forward to reading it whenever it comes out.

    • November 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

      I’ve heard that from several people, Matt – it’s something I’ll have to rectify sooner rather than later!

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