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The crew of the Excalibur is not as polished as the crews of the Enterprise, a detail that goes a long way to help the story out. It also helps that by the end of book 4 you are really rooting for these underdogs.
I also enjoyed getting all four books in one edition. To me that helped keep the flow of the storyline going.
I can't wait to read volumes 5&6!
These first books in the ongoing "New Frontier" series are classically organized, developing the characters in their individual threads and then bringing them together on the Excalibur for a unifying adventure in their new territory. There's very nice balance between characters and a breezy pace. The Star Trek comics, er books, have a little more leeway with asides that you don't get in the TV shows or movies. With Peter David writing, the often serious tone is punctuated with comic relief. The time and place is set around the time of the Next Generation, with Jean-Luc Picard and even Spock putting in an appearance.
Just to be clear -- these books read like comic books, or like a Star Trek episode. It's pure pulp, but pulp of the highest order. One word of warning: these "books" are barely novella length; it takes about an hour to read each, and that's if you read the funny parts twice. All in all, just as Star Trek should be.
To start my regular review - first of all, Peter David is a wonderfully witty author who never fails to create memorable characters. I've read some of his other Star Trek books and some of his regular books, as well as some of his comics, and his writing style is clearly recognizable (though subdued here from the outlandish turn it took in the Sir Apropos of Nothing books). Still, if you don't like witty asides served up with whatever drama is happening, you may want to steer clear of this book. I know I find myself chuckling out loud pretty frequently at it.
The novels are set up like most sci-fi spinoff series novels I've read, with each chapter following a different character or plot thread. I hear some people find it disconcerting but it doesn't bother me at all. The characters are, well, pretty awesome. As well as some familiar faces (Picard, Spock, Shelby, Selar, Robin Lefler) from the tv shows, there are new characters and old spinoff characters who add spice.Read more ›
My biggest complaint is that I purchased the series again for the kindle. The kindle version is absolutely riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Dialogue jumps all over the place in parts. Hyphens are placed in the most bizarre spots. The print versions are fine so I know it wasn't bad editing from the beginning. It is distracting at times, not to mention confusing.
Overall, if you can stand a few type-o's here and there, the kindle version is fine. If you can't, get the print version!
In the mid nineteen-nineties, the Star Trek universe was placed in the hands of Peter David to begin a new novel-based series with a new captain, crew, setting, and a multitude of new species. A few had been seen before -- both onscreen, as side-characters -- and in some of David's Trek novels geared towards children (the Starfleet Academy series). In doing so, David created New Frontier, and did not disappoint. At all.
The series opens on Xenex, a desolate desert world, then runs the gamut of worlds from imperial homeworld Thallon (another species created for the novels, as well as Xenex) to Romulus and Vulcan. Many of the characters are introduced in this, the first novel (almost novella-length), eventually ending in a cliffhanger.
Excellent opener to an even more outstanding series.
Into the Void
The second book in a series of four introductory novels within the "New Frontier" series is both character and action-packed, introducing the readers to the Excalibur crew left untouched in the first volume.
Excalibur has launched on her mission to Sector 221-G, and her commanders are hard at work sorting out personnel issues ranging from stowaways to the helmsman. But when a refugee transport loses power, it's Excalibur's job to save the ship -- and the people aboard.
"New Frontier", the first Star Trek series to be centered around non-canon characters, is, in my humble opinion, some of the best Trek fiction on the market. The characters, plots, and characters are all stunningly executed by one of Trek's best authors.Read more ›
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The ending of book 4 was a bit disappointing, but it was great overall.Published 3 months ago by Marcos Frasson Ruiz
I really like this series, but read the newest books first. I wanted to get this first 4 books to see how it began, but I was pretty nervous to do that based on all the reviews... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
love this compellation of novels and reread it all the time.Published 16 months ago by countersniper82
This book is a compilation of the first four books in the New Frontier series (House of Cards, Into the Void, The Two-Front War, and End Game). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard
This collection of four books of Star Trek: New Frontier is a great way to kick off an offshoot series. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J.W. Wartick
New Frontier delivers on the title's promise to take the Star Trek story into new realms, beyond those explored on TV or in the movies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan & Karen
Star Trek: New Frontier is the father of the modern Star Trek Expanded Universe. Much like Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy created the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe, so did... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I always loved Peter David's Star Trek novels, but the Final Frontier novels were great even for him. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Edward C. Morgan
I like this book. The character, Captain Calhoun is an intriging person. He is bold and eager to take on any issue his starship will face. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by James
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