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Fire on High (Star Trek: New Frontier) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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6 April 1998 Star Trek: New Frontier (Book 6)
Lieutenant Robin Lefler's mother died in a shuttle explosion ten years ago. So is the woman being held prisoner in Thallonian space really her? If it is, what is her connection to the mysterious woman holding a weapon that could doom entire worlds? With the lives of billions at stake, Robin Lefler, Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur must find the answers before time runs out for them and for the struggling remnants of the once-great Thallonian Empire.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671020374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671020378
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 8 Jun 2013
By brian p
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part of a continuing saga of the space ship excaliber.
be careful these stories can become addictive as each book, which is a complete story within itself, leads into the following
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3.0 out of 5 stars Calling Morgan Lefler... 13 May 2000
By A Customer
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As in, where did she come from, and more importantly, when will she disappear again. TNG did well with the parents of Worf, Troi, and Riker... in that they are only around in small doses ... but at the end of the book the 'Excalibur' seems to be stuck with Mrs. Lefler for the duration. As Wesley Crusher said in 'The Offspring' (TNG 3) "Parents! ".
Okay, so the main storyline... the weapon of mass destruction... was quite good, but Lefler's Mommy really irritated me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. It made me happy. 31 Mar 1998
By Lance Wm Karutz - Published on
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For those of you who have not yet tried the "New Frontiers" series, I highly recommend it. Peter David is the master of combining wit, characterization and a true Trekker's knowledge of Star Trek errata into entertaining tales of Gene Roddenberry's legendary universe.
This latest volume of the "Star Trek: New Frontiers" series is a solid, if not spectacular, part of this latest addition to the Star Trek firmament. Continuing the story of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur directly following the events of the rest of the volumes in the series, the book does little to advance any sense of characterization or general plot. But considering how well Peter David has written each character up to this point, this is quite acceptable. The pace is quick, the Captain makes Jim Kirk look like a by-the-book desk jockey, and the inter-species romance is... interesting to say the least.

If nothing else, the offer for the Captain Calhoun action figure should make this book a worthwhile purchase.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far. 1 May 2003
By James Yanni - Published on
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Peter David is an excellent author, the best Star Trek author I've found. He is one of the few who can tell a dramatic, action-packed story without losing his sense of humor, as was done in some of the best episodes in the original Star Trek series ("Trouble With Tribbles", "A Piece of the Action", "Shore Leave") and has only rarely been seen since. I've enjoyed this series so far, and the characters in it (which is, perhaps, the most important thing in a book or a series). But there are a couple of caveats for those considering the series:
First is the one that actually bothers me a bit: I don't really care for the fact that the storyline continues from one book to the next; granted, the last two books in the series have been better about this than the first four, in that they have legitimately been complete stories in and of themselves. But I find that I prefer stand-alone stories for the most part. If you don't share this preference, you may find this a strength rather than a weakness.
Second is the caveat that does NOT bother me, but might well bother some people: while he never becomes EXTREMELY graphic, certainly never tasteless, Peter David's characters have always been a bit more obviously sexually active than we usually see in Star Trek; not that there was ever any doubt about Kirk, but even in his case, it was generally just hinted at, and that was even more true in "Next Generation". Granted, "DS9" and "Voyager" went a little farther in that direction, (remember the opening scene of "What You Leave Behind", the final episode of DS9, with Bashir and Ezre Dax naked in bed together?) but the constraints of network television still kept things a bit more restrained than David feels any inclination to. Certainly, most Star Trek novels follow the precedent set in the shows, and are much more circumscribed about showing what their characters do behind closed doors than he is. I enjoy this, but it does mean that people who do NOT enjoy this sort of thing can be unpleasantly surprised to see so much sexuality in a place that they wouldn't ordinarily expect it.
As to this book specifically, I found the story to be the best of the series so far. But really, I can't recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the previous books, so my recommendation is simply: start with Book One (House of Cards); if you like it, keep reading. If you don't, you've no need to read this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indepth character development 1 July 1998
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In a refreshing story, the crew of the USS Excalibur is examined more in depth. Though there is an overall peril storyline, it is shadowed by the day to day issues/interactions of the crewmates aboard.
When it is not the topic of romance, we see many of the second string characters develop as well. Its nice to see that the inhabitants of the 24th century have the same day to day dealings we do, and that everybody on the ship has an important role in one way or another.
Think of it as Melrose Place in space. There a quite a few romantic plotlines with numerous twists that are highly entertaining and funny. There is great chapter in which the female Vulcan, Soleta plays an unwilling ships counseler a la Deanna Troi. Crew members want to ask her for advice on the topic of love, and being Vulcan.., well you can imagine the dry logic she expresses and finally subcumbs to frustration. Very funny.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek New Frontier No 6 Fire on High 23 Nov 2002
By K. Wyatt - Published on
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One of the great things about this series, in my opinion, is that the author Peter David is not hindered by the guidelines that apply to the stand alone books or for that matter the miniseries that seem to be popping up every couple of months. I've noticed that other reviewers have complained about the sex scenes in the books. Oh well, it adds some flavor and character to the series. Part of Gene Roddenberry's ethos about Star Trek was that he didn't want too much interplay between the main characters like this; the current producers have stuck with that as well. With one exception, Deep Space Nine. Look at how that turned out, DS9 was a wonderful show that showed the darker side of life in the twenty fourth century, and for its last two to three years it was almost serialized in that shows lead from one to another as opposed to the stand alones. That same style is what makes New Frontier what it is, a great series. The continuous building of characters and plot is absolutely great! As you read through these books and then peruse the ones you've read, you can see that the author, while telling the current story, is setting up either the next story directly or indirectly setting up a future story.
In "Fire on High," we have a strange woman who has mysteriously destroyed all life on the planet she's on. There are some wonderful Commander Shelby scenes, ones you wouldn't have figured the character capable of. We meet and more or less welcome to the crew Morgan Lefler, Ensign Lefler's mother. There is the continuing storyline between Selar, Burgoyne 172 and McHenry. A baby "Great Bird of the Galaxy" is growing in the warp core. Everybody seems to be going to the half Romulan, half Vulcan, Soleta for romantic advice, which by itself is very funny. There are a great many more things here that I do not wish to spoil for everybody.
Suffice it to say, Peter David has written another great installment to the New Frontier series, in "Fire on High!"
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The further adventures of the USS Excalibur 6 July 2001
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on
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This series has really come into its own by this book. This time, Lt. Robin Lefler comes to centre stage when her mother - thought dead for ten years - shows up alive and well in the Thallonian Sector.
With some themes that mirror some original-series Star Trek, and some good character development on the parts of Dr. Selar, Chief Burgoyne, the enigmatic Si Cwan, and Commander Shelby, this book definately kicks the "New Frontier" series into high gear.
Peter David has done some wonderful crafting here, especially given that he only had a few moments of screen time for three of the characters he has taken from the Next Generation series. Once again, he proves that well-written characters are the real power behind the Star Trek universe, and "New Frontier" has definately earned its place therein.
You will not be disappointed by this series.
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