I don’t know if the solicitation copy release and cover appearing on TrekCentral today was planned or not — but I guess the cat’s out of the bag. My latest novel is a hardcover, is the longest novel I’ve ever written — and is loads of fun!
Star Trek: Picard – Rogue Elements releases in August, and follows Santiago Cabrera‘s freighter captain Cristóbal Rios on an odyssey set years before the CBS All Access show. Here’s the solicitation copy:
“Starfleet was everything for Cristóbal Rios—until one horrible, inexplicable day when it all went wrong. Aimless and adrift, he grasps at a chance for a future as an independent freighter captain in an area betrayed by the Federation, the border region with the former Romulan Empire. His greatest desire: to be left alone.
But solitude isn’t in the cards for the captain of La Sirena, who falls into debt to a roving gang of hoodlums from a planet whose society is based on Prohibition-era Earth. Teamed against his will with Ledger, his conniving overseer, Rios begins an odyssey that brings him into conflict with outlaws and fortune seekers, with power brokers and relic hunters across the stars.
Exotic loves and locales await—as well as dangers galore—and Rios learns the hard way that good crewmembers are hard to find, even when you can create your own. And while his meeting with Jean-Luc Picard is years away, Rios finds himself drawing on the Starfleet legend’s experiences when he discovers a mystery that began on one of the galaxy’s most important days…”
Picard viewers met Rios, whose freighter La Sirena is crewed by his multiple holographic doppelgangers, later in his career; I begin his story earlier. It’s a freewheeling odyssey into the territories made newly lawless following the Romulan disaster. Plus lots of familiar faces!
This was my “lockdown novel,” and I specifically asked both to write about Rios — and also to write a book that would be FUN, something readers could really look forward to and would enjoy. Mission accomplished! We’ll see you in August!
There’s no copy at Amazon yet, but this link appears to be the preorder one. There are more links below — and more to come!