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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire (Star Trek: The Original Series)

Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire (Star Trek: The Original Series) [Kindle Edition]

David Mack

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One man can shape the future...but at what cost?

"In every revolution, there is one man with a vision."

Captain James T. Kirk of the United Federation of Planets spoke those prophetic words to Commander Spock of the Terran Empire, hoping to inspire change. He could not have imagined the impact his counsel would have.

Armed with a secret weapon of terrifying power and a vision of the alternate universe's noble Federation, Spock seizes control of the Terran Empire and commits it to the greatest gamble in its history: democratic reform.

Rivals within the empire try to stop him; enemies outside unite to destroy it.

Only a few people suspect the shocking truth: Spock is knowingly arranging his empire's downfall. But why? Have the burdens of imperial rule driven him mad? Or is this the coldly logical scheme of a man who realizes that freedom must always be paid for in blood?

Spock alone knows that the fall of the empire will be the catalyst for a political chain reaction -- one that will alter the fate of his universe forever.

Über den Autor

David Mack is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Road of Bones, 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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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: Revised & enlarged (29. Dezember 2009)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very thorough book of the Mirror Universe 9. Januar 2010
Von Adrian - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had expected this book to be like the previous mirror universe books, containing short stories which provide a brief glimpse into the life of the those living at the time. I was pleasantly surprised to find instead a thorough novel of the before mentioned rise of Spock and the demise of the Empire he eventually took over in the aftermath of his encounter with the Kirk of "our" universe.

It is difficult to write about this without giving away a lot of the plot. Let us just say that the ambitions and goals of Spock are bold and influence the events of his region of space for more than a century to come, with a specific outcome in mind. Everything he does happens for specific reasons, and are directed towards that outcome.

It has been a while since I've read a Star Trek book which made me want to keep reading to find out how it eventually ends. If this is the sort of quality tptb can come up with, then I'm looking forwards to more from them. I'd especially like to read about the Mirror Universe even beyond TNG time, to when the Humans and Vulcans eventually throw off the yolk of Klingon and Cardassian tyranny.

Would I recommend this book? If you're a Star Trek fan- definitely yes!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mirror Universe: One Officer's Rise to Power 2. Januar 2010
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As a fan of Star Treks Mirror Universe, it was definitely a no brainer for me to grab a copy of David Macks "The Sorrows of Empire". The novel centers around Commander Spock as he rises through the upper ranks of the Imperial Starfleet **general spoilers follow**

Sorrows is actually an expansion on Macks original Mirror short story that appeared in the "Glass Empires" collection, and it was great to get the full length novel treatment for the original short story.

The novel jumps from year to year to year, and at times this might be a little disorienting for some readers. However, Mack totally keeps you interested with the Mirror Universe political goings on as Spock rises through the ranks. Not many of the Trek authors get a "handle" on the Mirror Universe, and David Mack seems to be one of them!

Many characters inhabit the pages of this book: canon and non-canon characters from the other Trek novels. It was a nice blending, giving the reader a sense of the universe and how the Mirror universe plays out over a period of years with the various officers and civilians jockeying for power, or just trying to survive. I loved the glimpse into the Starfleet cadets as they are put through their paces, and overall the novel offers a lot of little things for the Mirror fan.

Marlena Moreau is brought to life in Macks novel treatement, and that's awesome.

My only complaint (not really) is that a certain favorite main canon character of mine was again knocked off by way of Xenopolycithimia as he was in the original short story; I was kind of hoping Mack would keep him around in the novel treatment.

Good Mirror Universe entry! And, if you are a Spock fan, go for it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Fantastic. 2. Januar 2010
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This is a Mirror Universe book that is as good as I expected a work from David Mack to be. It has strategy, a little science, a couple of twists to keep the read good, and overall "The Sorrows of the Empire" is a good Star Trek read, and very worth the time and money. The book brings out the best in Spock, and does a very good job of meeting all the loose ends from the other MU books. It's a worthy read, and if you are an avid reader of ST books, this is a "don't miss".

I am still looking forward to a mirror universe book that contains "Q", since "Q" would not necessarily change between universes. Anyhow, you'll love this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "To remind me of what I have become" 9. Juni 2010
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Hope you've been keeping up on your ST reading, otherwise, half this book will make NO sense whatsoever.

I loved the author's take on the Mirror Universe in "Glass Empires," and this novel is simply a fleshed-out version of the story in that book of the same name. If you have "Glass Empires," you can safely skip the first 2 chapters. You've read them already. ****SPOILERS AHEAD****

I always did wonder why all the Satos were named "Hoshi." Well, now we know that she had herself cloned. The last clone is the one offed by Saavik (along with four platoons of the Imperial Corps) with the Tantalus Device, which is the one action that solidified Spock's hold on power.

Saavik is different in this book than we knew her; when hit with an agonizer, she fantasizes about killing the one using on her, and the thought makes her happy.

Spock takes the throne with the best of intentions; however, within a little more than a decade, he's become the very thing he tried to destroy: a genocidal tyrant. A monster worse than Hitler or Stalin.

The one and only Trill symbiont to survive him is Dax. CURZON Dax reminds Spock of another Earth tyrant who was eventually assassinated for his actions, then asks Spock why Spock chose to keep Dax alive.

"Your life is the whisper in my ear."

He tells Marlena what he's done, and she asks him why. His answer is this:

"To remind me of what I have become."

Enjoy. ;-)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Fall of the Terran Empire 12. Januar 2010
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After returning from a mirror universe, where Earth and Starfleet is ruled by a peaceful democracy, Spock makes a decision to change his universe. Formulating a plan, along with the help of Kirk's former consort and a secret weapon, Spock wants to overthrow the current tyrannical Empire and pave the way for democracy.

The story of Spock's rise to power is told over the course of almost 30 years. The mirror universe Spock is similar to the original in that he is just as logical and brilliant, plotting out a seemingly-impossible dream that won't come to fruition until years later. But this Spock is also brutal, willing to kill to justify a free society for future generations. For him, the "needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or one" and plenty suffer for his ideals. Unfortunately, he seems to feel little remorse for all of the atrocities that are done in his name. He literally becomes the thing he hates most. It's certainly an interesting take on a parallel Spock -one we barely have a glimpse of in the original series show.

Mack has done a wonderful job of showing us an expanded Mirror Universe, where Starfleet is a harsh and feared military regime and Earth is governed by a cruel Empress. It's a gripping story, full of suspense, danger and intrigue. A surprisingly quick read, I finished it all in one afternoon. You may not agree with everything that Spock does, but it will certainly make you think about how he rationalizes that the ends justify the means. Is he a brave idealist? Or a single-minded murderer that should have found a less costly way of paving the way for freedom? The challenge that is set forth is certainly compelling.
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