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New Frontier (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by [David, Peter]
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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. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2499 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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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). The story is set around the year 2373, shortly after the events of the movie Star Trek: First Contact. This series focuses on the exploits of a new ship and crew and isn't based on any of the previous TV shows.

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.
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