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Sector 221-G: For the whole of Federation history, this large area of space has been controlled by the Thallonians, a cruel, militaristic race of which little is knownexcept that they rule the other races in their sector with vicious iron hand. Now the Thallonian Empire has collapsed and the systems it once ruled are in chaos. Old hatreds are surfacing. Petty tyrants control deadly weapons. World after world is descending into disorder and self-destruction. The Federation must send a starship to help where it can and report what it finds. That ship is the U.S.S. Excalibur, a newly refit Ambassador-class starship commanded by Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and manned by Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star Trek: The Next Generation and some of the most dynamic new characters ever to crew a Federation starship. Join Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur as they explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before!

About the Author

Peter David is a prolific New York Times bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media—television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books—and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children. 

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  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 21, 2002)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2002
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DQW9YE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin. David is also well known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.He lives in New York.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Peter David has done a wonderful job of creating a new crew in an already well defined universe. The characters are well developed and the story line is progresses smoothly.
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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Carpenter on July 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you like Star Trek, and you like Peter David, you can't go wrong with the first four books of "The New Frontier", his introduction to Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the rest of the crew of the Excalibur. I was hooked on David's writing through his classic "Grey Hulk" series of Marvel Comics. I find his prose and wit stands out from the crowd (though they did bring in some good writers for the original Trek book series).
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Norman Modrovsky on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Peter David did an great job writing this book. This book is highly recommended. After reading it I went back out and bought #5 & #6 for now. I'm not a big reader when it comes to books. So it might take me a while to read a book. I read this one in 3 days. Just couldn't put it down. Captain Calhoun is one of the great Captain's in star Fleet. Read it you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By distracts on May 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite Star Trek books so I bought it for the kindle so I didn't have to lug the bulky hardcover around. Unfortunately, in the later books (three and four) it is occasionally missing lines of text, causing dialogue to appear to skip from one character to another midsentence, etc. The print version does not have these flaws. I found them incredibly distracting and had I not known that they aren't there in the print version of the book, it would doubtlessly have negatively impacted my view of the book as a whole. Instead it has just negatively impacted my view of whoever converted this for kindle. It's not TOO distracting, so far it's no more than maybe five lines missing, but it's distracting enough so that I knocked a star off.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CascadePD on March 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had latched on to this series when the books were initially released in the 1990's. After reading the first four books, I was hooked. Peter David is a fantastic Star Trek author and rarely does he miss the mark. This series is a home run!

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Black VINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
House of Cards

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.
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