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Stone and Anvil (Star Trek: New Frontier) Hardcover – October 28, 2003
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The focus here is on Calhoun, Shelby, Janos, and Kebron; at least, in the present. It is fascinating to see the new (and, in my opinion, improved) Kebron handle the investigation; he draws upon hard-boiled detectives of "old" and adamantly refused to believe that Janos was responsible for the murder of the manipulative, unlamented Gleau. His search takes him in new directions, and it is here where Calhoun ponders his past at Starfleet academy.
Calhoun recalls his savage days, his first meeting with Shelby, his roommate experience. We also see a rather laid-back Jellico (sort of) and finally have a lot of innuendo exposed. This reflection leads to a point when Calhoun finally comes to head with his savage side...and the ultimate reconciliation of savage and civilized soldier. We see a Calhoun who was so certain of himself, yet at the same time vulnerable. The progression of feelings he has for Shelby drives this point across quite well. As does his recollection of meeting Janos for the first time; one has certain expectations of meeting a white-furred creature after coming out of a fight for survival.Read more ›
Peter David writes in the Star Trek universe, several product lines as well as the New Frontier line he created, fantasy novels, and hundreds of comic books for DC and Marvel. His Sir Apropos fantasy novels are well-received, his run on HULK and SUPERGIRL unsurpassed, and movie novelizations of FANTASTIC FOUR and other lead new fans to him all the time.
STONE AND ANVIL is a lightning-paced read with a lot of backstory and deep characterization. Told on two time tracks, the present involving the murder and Mackenzie Calhoun's Starfleet Academy days, the novel ties both up in a blistering climax that proves one can't have been told without the other. For sheer phaser-in-your-face, can't-put-it-down-till-you've-finished-it, the novel is a guilty pleasure. Maybe your life won't be changed as a result, but you'll be glad you spent the few hours it takes to read it.Read more ›
Also in the book is an interleaved account of Mac and Eppy's Academy days, along with the very surprising story of how Mac performed on the Kobyashi Maru test. A link from an incident in the Academy years to the current event provides a satisfying double surprise for the ending.
As is Peter David's style, there is plenty of humor in the book, some of which caused me to laugh or chuckle out loud. His style is always entertaining, never boring, and often humorous. As much as I've enjoyed books following up on the various TV series, the New Frontier books have over the years outshone them to become my very favorite Star Trek books. Kudos, Peter!!
I think this may actually be the first book in this series that can actually stand on its own; granted, we had a bit of a teaser for the beginning at the end of the last book, but that's rehashed at the beginning of this one, and it actually has a full story (TWO full stories, from one way of looking at it) complete with ending. David should do this more often.
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Reading through the series and this one has been my favorite so farPublished 20 months ago by Justin Marshall
Great novel. Love New Frontier. Continuation of the previous book and the story about Calhoun and his experiences. Love this series!Published on March 17, 2014 by The Book Man
Ensign Janos of the starship Excalibur stands accused of murder. No one regrets the passing of the murder victim, a lieutenant assigned to the starship Trident, but both crews... Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by Nina M. Osier
This book is a great mixture of what Star Trek has been, and what it could be. Each one of the main characters has to give up something to serve the greater-good, and also has to... Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by M. Hall
Mackenzie Calhoun and Elizabeth Shelby are now married as the saga of the "New Frontier" continues in this audio book. Read morePublished on October 30, 2006 by BarbaraLyn
This was a great conclusion to the events that transpired at the end of Gods Above. This was probably one of the most enjoyable New Frontier books I've ever read. Read morePublished on January 20, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Beyond the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and the secrets of the Pyramids, the other great mystery of the universe is why exactly I keep reading New Frontier novels. Read morePublished on June 8, 2005 by Sxottlan
Usually, Peter David's books in the New Frontier series are funny, entertaining and a pleasure to read. However, this storyline seems rushed. Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by R. Kestenbaum