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New Frontier (Star Trek: New Frontier) [Kindle Edition]

Peter David
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The ancient Thallonian Empire has collapsed, throwing an entire sector of the galaxy into chaos and unrest. Billions of sentient beings are faced with starvation, warfare, and worse. Faced with a tragedy of interstellar proportions, Starfleet assembles a new, handpicked crew to help where it can and report what it finds.
Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, recommended by Jean-Luc Picard himself, takes command of the U.S.S. Excalibur, which is 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 boldly go where no one has gone before!
This special hardcover edition contains the first thrilling adventure that launched Star Trek into a new frontier. It also contains a pull-out full-color print of all of the characters and a special "minipedia" guide to the people, places, and things that make up the New Frontier universe!

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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

Jerry Oltion is a Star Trek author whose books include the original series Mudd in Your Eye and the sixth volume, Captain Pike's tale, in the Captain's Table series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 21, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DQW9YE
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Note-Perfect Pulp for new Star Trek crew July 11, 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to read! November 27, 1999
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the books, Kindle version lacking March 18, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a new Star Trek series... July 2, 2001
From the man who brought us "Q in Law," and the "Imzadi" books, comes "The New Frontier." Given command of the USS Excalibur, recently repaired, we are introduced to a new crew and a very new captain, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, a Xenexian who led his people to freedom as a young rebel leader.
The only downside to this book (or rather, these books) is that the story of Calhoun's past drags a little in the telling.
Calhoun reads very much as a cowboy, which suits a series set on a new frontier where they are very much the only federation presence, and an ancient and powerful empire is crumbling to dust, and anarchy is the rule of the sector.
Peter David drafts some great characters who cameod on Star Trek The Next Generation, and adds them to his own crew. The familiar faces include Robin Lefler, Dr. Selar, and - best of all - Shelby. Teamed up with a hermaphroditic engineer named Burgoyne (any resemblance to my last name is a total fluke), a strange seemingly-savant navigator named McHenry, a tactical officer who is a walking mountain named Kebron, and a half-romulan, half-vulcan science officer, Soleta, you'll find the Excalibur crew to be as amazing as I did.
These first four mini-books, collected into one volume, charts Calhoun's past, and the first mission of the USS Excalibur into what was once Thallonian space. Calhoun's past is out to kill him, and the growing pains of a new crew definately sets a good pace.
Oh, and did I mention that Calhoun and Shelby were once lovers?
Grab this one - it's a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Stand Alone series in the Star Trek Universe
This collection of four books of Star Trek: New Frontier is a great way to kick off an offshoot series. Read more
Published 8 days ago by J.W. Wartick
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a page-turner that any Star Trek fan can enjoy.
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Ellrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-bustingly hilarious Star Trek adventure fiction
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 more
Published 3 months ago by CT Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a new Star Trek crew.
I always loved Peter David's Star Trek novels, but the Final Frontier novels were great even for him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edward C. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek New Frontier Review
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 more
Published 14 months ago by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, lousy editing
I enjoyed this story a great deal. I've only read a few of the Excalibur tales and was really interested in the back story. That said, the Kindle edition left much to be desired. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melvin K. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 times the fun
Peter David's New Frontier series has kept the fire burning for those of us who love the Trek franchise. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Shane - AFR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story
Great subject, well written, author really understands his subject. Sometimes its difficult for a writer to get into a world that is not their own, but Peter David flows easily... Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense action
I read these books years ago and thoroughly enjoyed reading them again! I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes Star Trek.
Published 19 months ago by Sandra J Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read change from the usual trek series...
I have read star trek novels for several years now and was always hesitant about reading a new series that I had never seen on TV. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Trek Fann
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More About the Author

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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