Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack

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 has only one chance to avert a disaster. But how high a price will he pay for victory?

The Enterprise is first on the scene to discover B-4 and all the remaining Soong-type androids missing. But with no clues as to who would or could pull off the heist, Picard and his crew must scour the planet and block the ships from leaving. Suddenly, a face that looks remarkably like Data and B-4 shows up on a scan. But it can’t be either of them. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler (given the synopsis on the back of the book) that Soong is back. As they say, no one stays dead forever in Star Trek.

Over half of the book is Soong’s story these past years since he’s been assumed dead, till it catches up to the present. The drama, adventure, suspense, and mystery are intense, and the story flows well despite the complexity. Next Generation fans will be very happy with the direction this series takes. You also don’t need to be up-to-date in the books or have to remember what happened over 20 years ago in the show, as this is an inclusive trilogy and Mack does a great job of giving recaps when needed. And I think it’s accurate to say this was my favorite Star Trek novel in years. This is the first in a new trilogy, all written by David Mack. And I have high expectations for the next.