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New Frontier (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
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 ›
The story focuses on the crew of the USS Excalibur, an Ambassador class starship (the same class as the Enterprise-C). As such it is far from the latest or greatest ship in Starfleet. The ship is crewed by a mix of original characters and a few returning from minor roles in the TV series.
The star of the book is easily Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, an original character whose origins and command style differ sharply from any other captains in the series. In his youth Calhoun was from a primitive planet that had been conquered by an alien empire. He rose up and became the leader of a rebellion that freed his planet and then fueled by a vision joined Starfleet. He is impulsive and rough around the edges, willing to go toe to toe with anyone that challenges him. Honestly his character is a breath of fresh air when compared to the overly smug and stuffy characters who usually appear in Star Trek.
The story begins with the collapse of the Thallonian Empire. With the region plunging into chaos the Federation decides to send the USS Excalibur in to gather information and provide humanitarian assistance. In this first round of exploring they come across treachery and political intrigue as the Danteri, a member world of the Federation, starts trying to gain influence over the region.
Overall this compilation book has its ups and downs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are on this page you are probably a fan of the Star Trek universe. If you are again on this page you are probably like me waiting for the new Star Trek show that will be... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Zachary T
One of the worst "series" I have ever listened to. The reader makes most characters sound mentally challenged. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert r.
The New Frontier series is an excellent addition to the Star Trek universe. This omnibus (the first four original NF books together in one volume) introduces us to a whole new host... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roger
The ending of book 4 was a bit disappointing, but it was great overall.Published 9 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 19 months ago by Mr. Biceps
love this compellation of novels and reread it all the time.Published 21 months ago by countersniper82
This collection of four books of Star Trek: New Frontier is a great way to kick off an offshoot series. Read morePublished 22 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 on July 4, 2014 by Dan & Karen
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