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Lautlose Waffen

(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,501 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Drei Jahre nach der zerstörerischen letzten Borg-Invasion hat der kalte Krieg gegen den Typhon-Pakt die Sternenflotte fest im Griff. Ihre Ressourcen werden knapp. Ausgerechnet jetzt droht eine gefährliche neue Technologie die Föderation von innen heraus zu zerstören. Captain Jean-Luc Picard und die Enterprise und werden zur Zielscheibe in einem tödlichen Spiel aus Täuschun ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by Cross Cult (first published December 2012)
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This is the second novel in the book event Cold Equations from Star Trek: The Next Generation featuring the return of Data.

OK, why so low rating to this second book in the event? Precisely because my humble expectation was that this novel would present a story tied to the event and not using a "cheap trick" to make it appears as like it. Sorry, but I didn't bite the bait. On the first book, The Persistence of Memory, there is a forced small moment when a ship escapes with some Soong-type android
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good moments, but, overall, this one didn't win me over.

EDIT: This was actually better the second time around!
Jul 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Breen are up to no good and everyone knows it, but what are they actually trying to accomplish? Lots of action here, and Data gets in big trouble while attempting to fulfill a private mission. 3.5 stars
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great action / thriller story after a slowish start.
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm reading this trilogy out of order, not having seen Book I, yet. When I picked up this second of three, I thought I'd glance at it, put it down, and search for Book I. Alas, the writing and the plot grabbed me right away and the appearance of a totally unexpected character (don't let me spoil it for you) searching for an even more unexpected character (no, no, I don't want to spoil it for you) sealed my fate. I finished the book in one day. Excited to find Book III and finish this captivating ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek

The Romulans have a saying, "Never turn your back on a Breen."

Silent Weapons is the sequel to not only the The Persistence of Memory but the Typhon Pact series. David Mack is exceptionally good at spy fiction and this book is one of the better examples of it in the Star Trek setting.

The premise is Data is pursuing the mysterious Flint, the universe's greatest cyberneticist, in hopes of resurrecting his daughter Lal. Along the way, he ends up on Orion and finds himself accused of murder. Simul
Paul Lunger
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book in David Mack's "Cold Equations" trilogy "Silent Weapons" takes us 3 months beyond where we left off in "The Persistence of Memory" & finds the Enterprise on a mission out of Starfleet's way & Data making backroom deals on Orion looking for info on the one person who could help him find his mother. When the Bank of Orion is robbed, Data becomes the prime suspect & the Enterprise is summoned covertly away from their original mission to aid their missing officer. From there we learn o ...more
Patrick Hayes
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
A sequel to The Persistence of Memory that does not require reading of that book to enjoy.

Data is captured on the Orion homeworld for murdering a Starfleet officer. He is innocent, obviously, but why he is being considered suspect number one is what makes this book interesting. Full of politics, but more of the "plans with plans" variety, rather than the boring rote procedures, the Breen, Orion, Gorn, and Romulan all play a part in this book as one of these groups looks to strengthen their posi
Monotony Boy
Generally, I tend to think of these types of books exclusivity as professional fan fiction, and the type of book you pick up at the grocery or dollar store on a whim. While I don't think this is the case in this series, I still wouldn't recommend this for anyone but earnest star trek fans who have at least seen all the movies.

But if any books I have seen in the tng series could breathe new life into the world, this trilogy can.

That being said, we join the Enterprise crew in an adventure that i
Adrian H
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this 0 stars, I think I probably would.

Here's a quote from the book:

The harder Kohl tried not to think about missing the long-awaited championship fútbol match between Pacifica United and Royal Betazed, the more stubbornly rooted his resentment became. "Do you have any idea what I want through to get those tickets? We had sideline seats, Treg. At midfield"
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maurice Jr.
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Christopher Lutz
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Star Trek political thriller.

While a direct continuation of the events of book one, Silent Weapons was very different from the first book and a standalone adventure in many ways. The politics of Trek take center stage as the Breen maneuver and manipulate major powers in the Alpha and Beta quadrants for their own devious ends. Getting such an in depth look at the Breen society was definitely the best part of this novel. The role of the Breen in Deep Space Nine was a minor one and their cult
Scott Williams
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-moving, with a spy thriller vibe, David Mack’s second instalment in the Cold Equations trilogy is very entertaining. I always enjoy spending time with President Bacco. I would have liked more of Data but I sense he will be the focus of book three.

I don’t like the direction that the post-Nemesis novels have taken Dr. Crusher and Picard. I feel like their unresolved, unrequited relationship was more interesting. I don’t like the idea that they’ve had a child and I found Beverly’s story to be
Sean Randall
Oct 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course I could never see the Android attack on mars in Short Treks and the opening of Picard, but the idea of all the Soong-type bodies working to a singular hive-mind dread purpose is just as chilling. it was also fascinating to see more of the galactic politics here, and with a nod to one of the best TNG episodes ever (Cause and Effect, anyone?) This was a fantastic follow-up.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This book should be part of the Typhon pact series.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t really get the plot... but I enjoyed certain parts of the side stories...
F. William Davis
Once you've stomached the big changes of book 1, you're ready to enjoy this fantastic tale. ...more
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons by David Mack Plot:While on a routine research mission, Geordi is contacted by Data who calls for help. He got arrested on Orion for an attempted break-in into their bank, one of the most secure buildings in the galaxy, and murder of an Starfleet Intelligence officer. The evidence, the bank's sensor data indicating a Soong-type android strongly suggests his involvement. And so, the race is on to clear him and uncover what's really go ...more
The last time David Mack penned a Trek trilogy, billions upon billions died (Destiny), the Borg were vanquished, and thousands of readers' minds were blown by the intensity of it all. Now he's at it again with Cold Equations, set in the era of the Typhon Pact. A half-score of the Federation's most chronic enemies have their own confederacy, and the two states have been engaged in a cold war of sorts for the last couple of years, vying for power through covert missions. The Persistence of Memory ...more
Maurice Jr.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, star-trek
After thoroughly enjoying the first book in this series, I dived right into the second because the author did such a great job capturing the experience of being in the Trek world. The world-building and the characters were again amazing in this book - there are so many details that bring everything to life perfectly. The plot however was not as absorbing for me.

There was a lot going on in this book, but it was all sort of a mystery until the very end as the author kept jumping to the actions of
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-d-it
I don't have much to say about this entry. The main story it tells is nicely cohesive and rather compelling, although I have to admit that I'm not terribly fond of the serialization of so many of the books that have come out in what I've come to call the Post-CBS/Paramount Split Era. Some of the earlier books in this ongoing series I didn't pay as close attention to when I was reading them as I could have, and now I find myself occasionally working hard to dredge up some memory of some event in ...more
Shane Amazon
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Mack introduced several different threads in the first installment of Cold Equations, one of them being the genesis for this second book.

After Starfleet was successful in destroying the Borg android factory, a handful of androids were still missing. Now, the Enterprise is called back into action after Starfleet Intelligence arrests Data for the murder of an SI agent. The Enterprise and her crew set out to prove Data innocent and in the process stumble onto a much larger mystery that threa
Carl Bussema
Much like book 1, I felt this was decent to slightly above average, just kinda "meh" overall though. The trilogy holds together as related only in so far as all the stories are about AI and involve Picard's Enterprise. That's about it. Not was I was expecting after the excellent Destiny crossover trilogy from Mack.

I found this book to be a bit lacking in explaining the motivations of some of the bad guys... maybe it would be clearer if I was 100% up to date with the other Typhon Pact novels, or
Cameron James
I’m a big lover of Star Trek books, and a big lover of Star Trek books by David Mack. Mack has an energy and way with his words that keeps me flipping the pages, reading for hours on end. The Cold Equations trilogy, though, has been disappointing so far. I found the first book largely followed a character I dislike and, though Mack did a fine job of it, I had trouble getting into it. By the time I reached the end of that book, I had trouble garnering the enthusiasm I normally hold for a book.

Joseph Masiello
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done David Mack! This novel has it all. Mystery, suspense, action, adventure, sci-fi, intrigue, and Data! Oh yeah, Data is back and in full force in this installment. However this is less a sequel to the events of the previous book as it is a separate, but albeit, awesome story that reintroduces us to Mister Data and how he has grown accustomed to the new body his father bequeathed him.

The complete cast returns and is thrown into all types of situations that challenges the crew of the Enter
Quite an enigma. It's supposed to be the second volume in a trilogy. The first book in the trilogy told an intriguing story that was left partially unresolved, so we anticipate resolution here. The first chapter of this book indeed appears to continue that story, but then it diverts into a side story. This side story continues for the entirety of the book and has nothing to do with the original story. Finally in the epilogue the narrative returns to the story that we actually came for! Very frus ...more
John Carter McKnight
Unlike the first (and I understand, the third) volume in this trilogy, Silent Weapons focuses on Trek headline characters in the books' regular continuity of the cold war with the Typhon Pact. There's a Breen plot in motion, and it may be entangled with a secret summit meeting. Only somebody being in the wrong place at the wrong time starts the plot unwinding...

It's a solid enough story, but when your *characters* more than once describe the plot as excessively convoluted, you're missing the mar
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 36 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), games, and comic books.

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