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Blind Man's Bluff (Star Trek: New Frontier, No. 18) (No. 17) Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Peter David's creation only seems to get better with each one and I'm interested in seeing where things are headed after this. Without giving anything away, Blind Man's Bluff seems more focused on character development than anything else, though it does clear the way of one major plot point and set up the next big issue to deal with.
What I enjoyed most was how David's typical, backhanded sarcasm that's normally the bread and butter of his characters wasn't quite as evident in this book (though I did laugh at the nod to CBS' How I Met Your Mother. Peter David's typical wry writing style handled the thoughts and emotions of the characters quite nicely. I'm looking forward to see what happens to Mueller in the future, along with Tonia Tobias (though I'm getting a McHenry vibe there)
I polished Blind Man's Bluff off in one sitting. It would have helped me tremendously if I'd re-read the previous New Frontier tale before launching into this one and that's one reason why I'd like to see these come out more frequently. That being said, I'm willing to wait for a quality read and Peter David certainly delivered that in Blind Man's Bluff.
Don't miss this one. If this latest New Frontier is any indication of what is to come, we have much to look forward too.
I enjoyed following the original characters who I've come to love and likewise appreciated the development of Seven and the Doctor. However, as much as I enjoyed the book, I don't hold the story in as high esteem as others because Calhoun is separated from his crew for most of the tale so you miss the interaction and creativity that comes from the whole crew working together. Still, the Excalibur dialog is thought-provoking and comical per David's quality story-telling style. One major point of disfavor for me was how poorly this book seemed to fit in with the rest of the 24th century Trek series, whose continuity and editorial controls I've come to enjoy. I don't know exactly where this story falls into the timeline but it does come after the Destiny trilogy when Jellico should no longer be an admiral and Seven is an extremely emotionally distraught state, if not in the Delta Quadrant with the doctor. Though these three characters were well written and contributed much to the story, I kept thinking they didn't belong there and wondered if the author was aware of the background development of Jellico, Seven, and the Doctor to this point in Trek literature.
Peter David has commented that he has no contract in hand for further installations of the New Frontier series. I hope this will change soon as this series always, ALWAYS, is of high quality. I have enjoyed every one of them, and Blind Man's Bluff is no exception.Read more ›
This novel deals definitively with both these issues, but the ending is one that is shattering for our hero MacKenzie.
There is a nice inclusion of Seven of Nine and The Doctor here too. The Doctor was quite good, and if this was a tv show, I can imagine the actor would have found this a "meaty role". Seven, however, turned out to be a tad too soft towards the end, and her style of speaking a bit inconsistent. Still, good to see both these characters.
I read from Matthias Russell's review that Peter David's contract has not been renewed. I hope it is renewed, as this series is one of the few which is enjoyable, consistent and good fun to read. I find the TNG novels and it's offshoots- DS9, Voyager, Typhon Pact, are all very hit and miss, (more often miss).
Should you read Blind Man's Bluff? If you have read the other books in this series, definitely yes!
If not- go and read the first book right now! You'll enjoy a quirky version of Star Trek.
Captain Calhoun has come a long way from the new captain we saw in the first New Frontier book. He's still much the same confident, take-charge man. But circumstances change and force him to change too. The book reminds me of the DS9 series - very dark, but not in a pointless way. Instead, the darkness is riveting, and it provides an interesting lens for us to view favorite characters, warts and all.
No spoilers in this review. Instead, a recommendation: read it.
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I absolutely LOVE Peter David's writing style of dramatic humor (a word I came up with). I began reading the New Frontier books when they first came out, not expecting much but he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Booklover
Awesome second book! Looking forward to the third installment!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr David continues to develop this great series with his usual touch allowing the reader to go on great journey. Awesome job!Published 10 months ago by Ulises Duran
Unfortunately although I was charged for this book and paid for it the only part of it I received was a page which looked as though it was probably the front cover, but I have not... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J.C. Barr
MORE MORE MORE!! I could read Peter David Star Trek books until I die and be happy as hell. This is the Star Trek I love, it's funny, dramatic, sci fi and no lens flares. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Revilla
The unique Peter David style, keeping one hanging and hopeful but blind as to where the turns of the plot might take you. It's GREAT.Published 15 months ago by Marshall G. Snedaker
Another solid story with his requisite sarcasm that gives you a chuckle at least once per chapter. Looking forward to the next installment.Published 18 months ago by chris witzany