"It takes a master storyteller to turn a thirty-second conversation in the Deep Space Nine episode 'The Way of the Warrior' into a novel with this much scope, imagination and detail. Keith DeCandido has been delighting Star Trek readers with his writing since he burst onto the scene with Diplomatic Implausibility in 2001, but with The Art of the Impossible, he has really outdone himself."
---Jacqueline Bundy, The Book Padd, Trek Nation
"Few writers can really get into the minds of an alien race and bring readers closer to understanding their nature, especially when it comes to an established race in the Star Trek canon as rich and diverse as the Klingons and the Cardassians. Yet Keith R.A. DeCandido has done it again, and done it well."Collectively entitled The Lost Era, this book series chronicles the adventures of known characters and the unfolding of some of the historical events established during this period. Novels focus on the Excelsior, the Enterprise-B, the Enterprise-C, and the latter-day adventures of several original series characters as well as early adventures in the lives of TNG/DS9/VOY-era characters.
---Bill Williams, "Keith R.A. DeCandido Reveals The Art of the Impossible, Latest Novel in Lost Era Series," TrekWeb.com
"DeCandido's fresh, uncluttered narrative style and firm understanding of the characters make this a thoroughly entertaining addition to the series."The books break down as follows:
---Tom Holt, TV Zone #172
2298: The Sundered by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels. This novel features Captain Hikaru Sulu, Commander Pavel Chekov, Ensign Tuvok, Lieutenant Akaar, Dr. Chapel, Commander Rand, and the U.S.S. Excelsior (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) in a story involving the Tholians (ST's "The Tholian Web") and a strange secret from Earth's past. Andy & Mike also wrote TNG: Section 31: Rogue and DS9: Mission: Gamma Book 3: Cathedral.
2311: Serpents Among the Ruins by David R. George III. This novel showcases Captain John Harriman, Commander Demora Sulu, and U.S.S. Enterprise-B (Star Trek Generations) as well as the Tomed Incident with the Romulans (TNG's "The Neutral Zone"). David coauthored DS9: The 34th Rule with Armin Shimerman and wrote DS9: Mission: Gamma Book 1: Twilight.
"As a work of Trek fiction, The Art of the Impossible is unsurpassed; as a political thriller, it's a taut, complex tale that never loses sight of the details, developing its characters with sure, authoritative strokes across the book's eighteen year setting. A true gem, and another feather in DeCandido's already well-plumaged cap."2328-2346: The Art of the Impossible by Keith R.A. DeCandido. A sprawling political epic that chronicles the eighteen-year Betreka Nebula Incident (DS9's "The Way of the Warrior") between the Klingons and Cardassians. Many familiar faces will be present, among them Curzon Dax, Elias Vaughn, Ian Troi, General Worf, Chancellor K'mpec, Enabran Tain, and many many others. If you're reading this web site, you should already know what else I've done...
---Killian Melloy, wigglefish.com
"The Art of the Impossible is the most ambitious of the three books in the series so far, tying together over eighteen years of history into a single story. And in this, it succeeds brilliantly and compellingly."2336: Well of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick. This novel features Captain Rachel Garrett and the U.S.S. Enterprise-C (TNG's "Yesterday's Enterprise") dealing with a Cardassian archaeological dig and intrigue between two Alpha Quadrant pirate races. This is Ilsa's first full-length Trek story after penning "A Ribbon for Rosie" and "Shadows, in the Dark" in the second and fourth volumes of Strange New Worlds and "Alice, on the Edge of Night" for New Frontier: No Limits.
2355-2357: Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte. This novel follows both Kyle Riker and his estranged son William Riker, the former in the aftermath of the Tholian conflict that left him badly injured (TNG's "The Icarus Factor"), the latter during his time at the Academy and on his first assignment to the Pegasus (TNG's "The Pegasus"). Jeff, the editor of WildStorm's recent Star Trek comics, is the author of SCE #13: No Surrender.
2360: Catalyst of Sorrows by Margaret Wander Bonanno. A novel of intrigue involving a Romulan agent, Admiral Uhura of Starfleet Intelligence, and characters from TNG, DS9, and Voyager. Margaret returns to Trek novel writing for the first time in over a decade, having written the fan-favorites ST: Dwellers in the Crucible and ST: Strangers from the Sky.
"KRAD has turned out some of Star Trek's best ever books in his short time writing for Pocket, but here he excels himself even more than ever before. ... a taut, tense, and deeply political novel. ... There is absolutely no drag here at all, and every new character is given exceptional amounts of development, all adding to the air of epic sweep in the novel's pages. ... [a] jewel among Star Trek books."Like 2001's Section 31 series, The Lost Era books are standalone novels--giving readers the option to read as many or as few of the stories as they choose, in any order, while at the same time collectively offering an historical tapestry of this largely unknown period of Star Trek history. The books have proven wildly popular, and one -- Serpents Among the Ruins -- made the New York Times best-seller list. So check them out....
---Daniel Berry, BookTrek
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