Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

  • by David Mack
  • Narrated by Susan Eisenberg
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An all-original novel based upon the explosive new series on CBS All Access!
Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.
She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet's dark, uncharted sea.
As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so, she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life - until now.

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An excellent prequel to the series

When audiences are first introduced to Michael Burnham and Captain Philippa Georgiou in the opening scenes of Star Trek: Discovery, the captain mentions that Burnham has served under her for seven years—implying that there are seven years of stories aboard the Shenzhou before the series even begins. By the time the two-hour premiere of Discovery was over, I was certain I wanted to see more of those stories, get to know Capt. Georgiou better, witness Burnham’s development from cold student of Vulcan to the fascinating character she had become by the time of the Federation/Klingon War. Luckily, I got to begin that exploration only a few days later, as “Desperate Hours” chronicles one such chapter of life aboard the Shenzhou in peacetime.
“Desperate Hours” is an excellent opportunity to spend more time with Georgiou and the crew of the Shenzhou, while also learning much more about Burnham’s connection to Sarek, Amanda, and Spock. Here, in a novel, is the best place to explore that relationship, vs. on the TV series where it would feel like a distraction or a stunt for ratings.
Recommended for any fan of the new series, or of the original—particularly The Cage/Menagerie.
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A new chapter for Trek books

I like that there is a bit more variety in modern Trek audiobooks now. Overall, the novel does a good job at exploring more of the backstory of the characters leading up to the new series. There's no real spoilers here, but some of the material are covered in the episodes that have been released so far. David Mack has done a good job as always and this novel gives us insight into the characters and how the show fits into the overall Canon.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio