Hearts and Minds

hearts-and-minds-coverStar Trek: The Next Generation

2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost…

2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history…

An all-new adventure from the shadows of future history!


So, what began as a standalone Star Trek: The Next Generation tale morphed as I was working out the various kinks in the outline. At some point, I decided that I could tie this story to my earlier novels, From History’s Shadow and Elusive Salvation, and revisit some things set up in those books. Doing that with Captain Picard and his crew, instead of Captain Kirk and company, also allowed me to change up the “formula” established in the other books, with Kirk and the company involving themselves in various shenanigans on 20th century Earth.

The result? Hearts and Minds. Boom.

Will I be revisiting this weird little series-within-the-series thing I’ve got going here? I honestly don’t know. I haven’t given any thought to where the story might go, particularly on Earth, but I learned a long time ago to never say, “Never.”

The book is now available at bookstores everywhere. If you’re still one of those folks who loves going to an actual store for your reading material, I humbly suggest patronizing your local independent bookseller. For me, that’s Reader’s World in bee-yootiful Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

If that sort of thing isn’t feasible for whatever reason, then of course we have other options:

Mass-Market Paperback, Kindle e-Book, or Audible Audio Edition from Amazon.com
Mass-Market Paperback or Nook e-Book from Barnes and Noble
Mass-Market Paperback, ePub format e-Book, or Digital Audiobook from Books-A-Million

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this blog entry also will serve as our book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

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About Dayton Ward

Freelance word pusher. Husband. Dad. Trekkie. Rush fan (the band). Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Observer/derider of human behavior. I know where my towel is.
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