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The Persistence of Memory (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,416 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
A BRAZEN HEIST Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew race to find out who has stolen Data’s android brother B-4—and for what sinister purpose.

A BROKEN PROMISE One desperate father risks all for the son he abandoned forty years ago—but is he ready to pay the price for redemption?

A DARING MISSION Against overwhelming odds, and with time running out, Commander Worf
Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Pocket Books
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This is the epic tale about the return of one of the dearest characters in Star Trek universe... Data.

I don't consider that a spoiler since it's like saying that people wouldn't know that Spock returns in Searh for Spock or Kirk on The Return. These kind of returns is something just too big, too great, as people wouldn't know.

Even, the very decision of reading this trilogy is very likely to be based on the knowledge that Data returns.

Honestly, since it was a trilogy, I expected the formal retur
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story! Very excited to see where the series goes.
Alex Templeton
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
It has been literally a decade since I read a Star Trek novel, and apparently a lot has changed in the non-canon TNG universe. SPOILERS! The Borg have disappeared (hmmm), Picard and Crusher are married (ok), they have a child (WHAT?!), and Worf has a new lady love (how does one move on from Jadzia Dax? Dude!). This book is a sequel, of sorts, to the last one I read, "Immortal Coil", which was really Data-centric (Data being my all-time favorite character). I picked this one up because it is a se ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Why the hell was a third of this about noonien fucking soong???? Do i actually give a shit about that creepy narcissistic asshole? no, not really. Also, i love how the author pulled the classic 'i'm gonna kill the only woman who actually got more than two lines in the whole book because she's a main character's love interest'. Yes, because that's a plotline i haven't read/watched a THOUSAND times. I'm only giving it three stars because he brought data back.
I mean, how much more self-absorbed can
C.T. Phipps
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Does an android have a soul?

This question was asked on February 13, 1989 when "The Measure of a Man" premiered on Fox, Channel 11 as watched my yours truly at the tender age of nine. The question is an easy enough one to answer when the robots are indistinguishable from humans, less so when they're more machine-like. If there is a God and he is good, I wouldn't imagine him to deny such a thing to intelligent machines just because they were made by his children than him. However, Star Trek is i
Joseph Masiello
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There be spoilers ahead!

First: As a Star Trek novel this book excels whole heartedly. Reading this story was like watching an episode of The Next Generation play out in explicit detail in my mind. This is why I love reading. Fans of the series that do not read the novels have no idea what they are missing out on.

Second: David Mack is an excellent author. I did not encounter a single chapter that felt like it ran on or did not hold my attention. I also enjoyed the fact that some of the chapters w
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, star-trek
This book managed to capture the world of Star Trek along with strong science fiction writing. The story feels like a proper Star Trek adventure but it's not just about the characters because this book delivers a lot of detail when it comes to the technical aspects and the realities of the future. I think that's the author's strength - how he manages to bring so much detail to make this book such a strong Star Trek novel. I was so impressed by how immersive this was.

This book delves into the bac
Matt Randall
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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David Monroe
Persistence of Memory is the first of a new trilogy by David Mack. It takes place 4 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. No, that's not Data on the cover, it's actually his father, Doctor Noonian Soong. We find out that like his mentor, Ira Graves, Soong had plans to subvert death. He moved his mind into his newest and most advanced android. The book is full of Soong type android appearances: Juliana O'Donnell, B-4, Lore, and Lal. If, like me, this hits your cybernetic trek sweet-spot, ...more
John Carter McKnight
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
This book is getting terrific reviews here and on Amazon, and I have to differ. I've tried three times to push past the halfway point, and I just can't.

Yes, it's well-written. However, it's almost entirely the first-person narration of a very minor guest character from TNG, Data's creator, Professor Soong.

Here, Soong has transferred his mind into an android body, is clinically paranoid, and stalking his ex-wife. That's the story. If for some reason this is interesting to you, go for it. If howe
Jon Davidenas
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only the second Star Trek book that I have read and for some reason, I always really enjoy them. Perhaps it's my deep rooted passion for Star Trek, or maybe it's that I've picked good books. Either way, this book was a joy to read and had several neat things that you never could or would have seen in the show. I plan on finishing this trilogy some day.
Christopher Lutz
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Xhafer Husen
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
oh boy another shoe-horned (despite literally spending the entire book to set it up it still felt this way) deus ex machina ending in a star trek book say whaaaaaaaaaaaa

at least it sets up an interesting change for a character rather than just return to the status quo, and I have two more books in the trilogy to finish up before I get judgmental about it.
Paul Eaton
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like descriptive writing you will love this but I think it should have been called a tale of two Soongs.
Nice to see the outcome of all of the family
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack Star Trek: TNG hasn't been on my reading list for quite some time, actually since David Mack's "Destiny"-trilogy, but when I saw the cover of this first part of his new trilogy, celebrating the 25th anniversary of TNG, I knew I had to pick it up.
Dr Soong's androids which were stored at the Daystrom Institute on Galor IV are stolen. The Enterprise, already en route to Galor IV because B-4 was on the verg
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Shawn Fisher
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is in three parts, with the first part following the daring heist of Soong type androids, including B4 and Lal, from a high security Starfleet facility. The Enterprise arrives to investigate, and Worf's away team corners an android who is a dead ringer for Data or Lore. The inevitable 'Who are you?' question leads to part two.

Part two takes up the majority of the book. It's a recalling of events from Noonien Soong's POV. After the events depicted in the TNG episode 'Brothers', Noonien
Rebecca  Porter
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jon De
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, I am joyful and sad to have finished another Star Trek novel especially including TNG characters. I have a never ending love for TNG characters, their souls remain true in my heart. I have grown to always enjoy any work of DavidMack's; however, his writing in this novel has seemed to drop a few levels. I am not sure if it is my bias, which i will discuss, or he has grown a little lazy writing Star Trek novels. The book starts somewhat intriguing and ends intriguing, but the the middle, mos ...more
Maurice Jr.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Kyle  Tresnan
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Even though I really, really hate Star Trek: Nemesis, I've always wondered about what happens (even non-canonically) after it. I saw this book was a dollar on the Amazon Kindle Store. I looked it up on Goodreads, and someone had filed it in a list called "Star Trek Books That Actually Don't Suck."

I said "We'll see about that!" and dropped a dollar on The Persistence of Memory.

Now I'm done, and imagine my surprise. It actually didn't suck.

The book is split into three parts. In Part 1, the Enterpr
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book since I bought all three *Cold Equations* books as Kindle Daily Deals months ago, could not recall the synopsis and had no back cover to peruse. When I quickly discerned I'd be reading the "Let's bring back Data!" story, I hesitated continuing. I was not a fervid fan of the character and came to loathe him as his popularity and screentime increased. I could take no satisfaction in his death in *Nemesis* because that movie was awful and rather pointless ...more
Shane Amazon
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Explosions rock the Daystrom Institute as a group of brazen thieves steal B-4, Lal, parts to Lore, and three other failed androids. Called to the planet, the Enterprise begins to investigate the theft of the androids and quickly discovers a mysterious cloaked ship exiting the system followed by an even more mysterious private vessel following in its wake. As the story progresses the reader follows the tale of a once dead scientist as his genius is used to save his sons. In the end sacrifices are ...more
Cameron James
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This was certainly an interesting book, but I didn’t find it all that captivating.

The book starts off well enough, with the brazen heist, as the back cover describes, that includes the theft of B-4, as well as other Soong-type androids (including Lore and Lal). This leads to a planet-wide search and then a chase through the stars. They follow a small ship following a large ship. It’s presumed the large ship is of the people who stole the androids, and the smaller ship is of someone else wanting
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May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Important people tend to come back from the dead in Star Trek. First it was Spock, then Kirk (in two timelines!), then Janeway, and now the latest...only a surprise to seven year olds...Data! The trend is annoying, so I was hesitant to pick this book up.

But this was written by David Mack, who is by far the best Star Trek author today. He wrote a story that does more than bring Data back to life - he fills in details about Data's creator, Noonien Soong, and raises the stakes in the cold war betwe
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Lunger
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The opener to the Star Trek: TNG 25th anniversary trilogy, David Mack's "The Persistence of Memory" is a decent opener to what should be an intriguing trilogy. The story begins with a heist of B-4 from the lab of Dr. Bruce Maddox at the annex to the Daystrom Institute. It then leads on a chase where we discover that Dr. Noonien Soong is in fact behind the theft & details his whereabouts since his "death" in "Brothers". Throw in tie-ins to "Decent", "Inheritance" & more use of the Breen & ...more
Carl Bussema
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for someone to revisit what happens to B-4 with the transfer of Data's memories ever since Star Trek: Nemesis finished. Finally, David Mack, who also wrote the excellent Star Trek: Destiny crossover trilogy (Book 1: Gods of Night), is tackling it in these novels.

I like how the book used flashbacks to Dr. Soong's creation of the 3 androids, and a little bit of explanation of what made them different; this was sorely lacking in the movie, and is also used a plot device (B-4's mat
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, and comic books.

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