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Cold Wars: Gateways Bk.6 (Star Trek - New Frontier - Gateways) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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5 Nov 2001 Star Trek - New Frontier - Gateways (Book 6)
Scattered throughout the galaxy are Gateways which link star systems across unfathomable distances. The technology that built them has been lost for tens of millennia...but that doesn't mean that it can't be found again. Missing for two hundred millennia, the legendary Iconians have returned, bringing with them the secret of interdimensional teleportatin across vast interstellar distances. Awakened once more, their ancient Gateways are rewriting the map of the galaxy, and nowhere more than in the New Frontier...A century ago, the imperial Thallonians separated two feuding alien races, depositing each of them on a new world safely distant from that of their ancestral enemies. Now, however, the Gateways have made it possible for the long dormant blood feud to begin anew. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the U.S.S. Excalibur and his partner, Captain Elizabeth Shelby of the U.S.S. Trident, find themselves fighting a losing battle to keep the horrific violence from escalating, even as they gradually realise the catastrophic danger posed by the Gateways themselves!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671042424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671042424
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Volume six of the Gateways series stars Peter David's creation, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the starship "Excalibur". Along with his new wife, Elizabeth Shelby, now captain of the "Trident", Calhoun finds himself in the middle of a centuries-long dispute between two non-space-faring peoples who used to inhabit the same world. The Thallonians separated them when they could not be made to talk peace, but now each planet has been provided with a portable Iconian Gateway, which allow instantaneous travel across interstellar distances. The Markanians use theirs to slaughter most of the ruling Aeron family, the Aerons launch a retaliatory raid, and it looks as though the war will escalate once again. Calhoun steps in with his usual cavalier approach to Starfleet protocols, and attempts to stop the bloodshed. The story is well told in David's inimitable style, with several entertaining sub-plots involving the appointment of a new first officer to "Excalibur", two temporally displaced crew trying to catch up on the decades they've lost, and a Bolian Ensign Pheytus, whose name, pronounced "Fetus", provokes much hilarity in Engineering. David has always brought a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek approach to his writing, and this is no exception, bringing a light touch to a story that has its serious side too. And, predictably by now, it ends with captains Calhoun and Shelby passing through a Gateway to face the unknown in the final volume of the series, What Lay Beyond. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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Peter David is a prolific Star Trek author whose novels include Imzadi, Triangle, Q-In-Law, Q-Squared and the New Frontier series, featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, specially created for Pocket Books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Cold Wars' lives up to the high NF standard 1 Oct 2001
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Having not read any of the other books in the "Gateways" series, I was not sure if that would affect my enjoyment of 'Cold Wars'. I didn't. Peter David brings us his usual high standard combining humour and action with great characters. Calhoun and Shelby's starships are assigned to chase down reports of the Iconians selling Gateway devices. The ships are lead to two planets at war with each other, one side having used the gateway to launch an attack on the royal family of the other.
Introducing or rather reintroducing several new characters and fitting them in seamlessly to the NF frontier creates some interesting moments and each Captains' first officer steal the book at moments during their talks with their respective captains.
All in all a good read and highly recommend for Star Trek or Peter David fans alike
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! 8 Oct 2001
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My favourite NF book is still "Once Burned" but this one is also definitely one of the very best!
I could see that "Restoration" was indeed the start of a new exciting chapter in the NF saga. "Cold Wars" shows that having two captains, who are married, on two different ships but sharing the same mission is broadening the possibilities the series offers very much. I was carefully optimistic after "Restoration" but now, all my doubts are gone. NF has never been so complex, so interesting, so full of possibilities before!
The main reason why I love NF so much is the Calhoun/Shelby relationship. Not only did I enjoy it to read about their feelings for each other but that both of them are equal partners who complement each other very well. They are both the main characters of NF, as it should be. But also other characters got excellent character stories. Peter David is concentrating on specific characters, but I think that is a strength of the book. Nevertheless, Cold Wars is definitely an ensemble story, forming a basic after the start of the new chapter in "Restoration".
This books is fun to read, it is exciting, it is touching and it often made me think - also in connection with the recent atrocities in the USA. Well done!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Frontier Ever 23 Sep 2001
By J. McCain - Published on
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Peter Davids latest New Frontier Cold Wars is his best effort to date. This book finds our heros Calhoun and Shelby going to thallonian space to investigate Iconian gateway activity. On the way they get sidetracked to two planets whom have been at war with each other forever and are now using gateway technology to once again start the war back up. Shelby's new ship the Trident is a galaxy class ship. We meet two of her new crew members right off. Arex and M'Ress from TOS anamated have joined the crew after separate temporal incidents. Another new crew member is Lt Cmdr Gleau a Selelvian who is the science officer on Shelby's ship. Calhoun's new 1st officer is someone you will never suspect. The story is fast paced and the book impossible to put down. Character development is great. Selar has some good moments such as when Moke ask her to be his mother. Burgy and Selar have some good moments also. And there is something for the fans of Calhoun and Shelby. Shelby and Mueller have several good scenes one which is very amusing when they discuss Calhoun. This book has a nice polished feel to it that was sadly lacking in the last outing Restoration. I highly recommend this book for all Star Trek fans and especailly for New Frontier fans
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first fully successful "Gateways Book." 14 Oct 2001
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on
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No surprise that the first fully rewarding "Gateways" series book was written by Peter David and used his New Frontier characters. The story itself is self-contained, and you don't need to read all the other books in the Gateways mini-series for it to make sense (something mini-series writing Trek books need to do more often).

Secondly, the characters progress from where we last saw them in the New Frontier novels - Shelby on her own ship, with her own crew. I liked two additions to what I hope is the regular cast: M'ress and Arex - characters you may remember from the cartoon of the original series. Though I did find that some of the "return" characters seemed a little forced - Shelby basically snapped up half the crew from the Grissom from when Calhoun served aboard said ship, the entirety of the USS Triton was well done.

The plot was excellent - self contained, like I said, but also playing around with some interesting philosophical ideas: what is "holy land," what's the point of fighting over it, etc. Peter David is fairly true to characters when these issues arrive - it is the tactical-minded Shelby who can't comprehend the notion of fighting over something called "holy," for example. Add the usual level of witty conversation between characters and crew, and you've got a great book here, folks.

Grab it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. Just read it. 17 Dec 2001
By Diane Bellomo - Published on
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I'm gonna need another bang in the eye for dismissing Peter David's New Frontier world before I read this book. Admittedly, there are holes because I didn't read a few NF installments, but those holes didn't diminish my understanding or enjoyment of this book. A few details missed? Yeah. But in the Big Picture, I was still able to put it all together. The holes just make me want to go back and read the NF books I missed, so how could that be a bad thing?
In this, novel, Peter expertly guides his "irreverently-professional" bunch through a rousing adventure involving both ancient technology and ancient enemies.
Take two vicious enemies and put them on separate planets to keep them away from one another. Introduce technology (those dratted gateways) that enables them to get to each other in the blink of an eye and boom Big Trouble in Thallonian space.
Enter Mac Calhoun on the *Excalibur* and his wife, Elizabeth Shelby, on the *Trident,* charged by Starfleet with keeping the peace.
What follows is "peacekeeping" quite unlike what you might expect from, say, Jean-Luc Picard. Take, for example, this excerpt, written here to give you an idea of the reigning attitude throughout:
"Calhoun was standing in the open area within the desk, and Si Cwan was next to him. The Counselars had made it clear that they would not convene nor speak with him at all unless he stayed in the 'Place of Address,' which was where he was standing at that moment. Calhoun did not particularly want to be in the Place of Address. Just then, he'd have far preferred to be in the Place of Beating the Crap out of the Counselars, had such a location actually existed."
I ask you, can you beat this?
While this novel stands alone just fine, it *ends* with a gateway cliffhanger, same as all the rest of them do, to be taken up in the final novel in this series, "What Lay Beyond."
But for real? Read this puppy. And read all the other Gateway novels while you're at it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trek story 13 Jan 2002
By "ja1864" - Published on
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Like many reviewers have mentioned here before it is a story of two races that hate each other and were separated long ago by the Thallonians. They sent them to two different worlds with no spaceflight technology. Since this is a Gateway series you know they get their hands on it and attack each other. The Excaliber and Trident commanded by Calhouhn and Shelby are sent to solve the Gateway problem and the war between these races.
The story is very typical New Frontier style with interesting twists and attitude. I did noticed the NF gang is mellowing and growing up more except for the engineering crew with that Fetus joke. Thatcould have been cut down a little. Overall I thought the story was great and to me the best of the series tied with the TNG story. The series started so-so, dropped to pretty bad in the 2nd but from that point on was good to excellent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stand alone in this story arc of the New Frontier. 3 Dec 2001
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`Cold Wars', though touted as book 6 of 7 in the Gateway story arc, is a stand alone story in its own right. While events revolving around the sudden appearance of Iconian Gateways through the Trek universe is the catalyst for these 7 books, only a very brief setup description in the first few chapters brings the reader up to speed on what's going on.
In this New Frontier tale taking place in old Thallonian space, we learn that two warring races have been separated from their home planet and dispatched to two separate planets in order to refrain themselves from mutual extinction. These two races that share centuries old hatred for each other are introduced to Gateway technology, allowing them to invade each others planets for the first time since their separation. These scenarios are very action packed and will have the reader turning pages like mad. These skirmishes and their outcomes begin a frenzy and renewed interest in these warring races into wiping each other out. Thus, the UFP sends the Trident and Excalibur to each planet involved to stop a major war from brewing and to also find out who's behind the sudden appearance of the Gateways. It seems that the Gateway's in and of themselves are a threat to the known universe, for their misuse could end up causing irreparable damage to all systems.
Think of the Aerons and Markanians (the two opposing races) as a social commentary of or own history. Substitute either the Hatfield's and McCoy's, Black vs. White, religious belief against religious belief, or whatever, and you have Peter David's message in a nutshell. Mr. David once again does a brilliant job of barely disguising our own problems that have plagued mankind's thinking for years in the guise of a great science fiction story.
In addition to a great stand alone story, the author continues to develop other subplots that continue from previous novels (see: Moke, Dr. Selar, & Kalinda), introduce new ones (see: Burgoyne, Shelby, Mueller) and new characters: M'Ress & Arex (displaced in time from Captain Kirk's era), Ensign Phyetus and others. The author makes each of these characters unique with fascinating stories of their own that make the New Frontier series so entertaining. Mr. David does this in a way that always propels the larger story forward without the feeling of crowding these in for filler material or quick levity. These aren't your regular `red shirts' or menial characters usually downplayed in the television series or other books.
Finally, the climax is full of excitement, and just when you think it is over, Peter David throws in his classic twist and cliffhanger. Great read.
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