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Missing in Action (Star Trek: New Frontier) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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5 Feb 2007 Star Trek: New Frontier (Book 17)
Following the dramatic conclusion of AFTER THE FALL the crew of the USS Excalibur are lost in space, somehow thrown headlong into the mysteries and dangers of the distant Andromeda Galaxy -- and no sooner do they arrive than they are caught up in the middle of a genocidal interstellar war. Now Captain Mackenzie Calhoun -- who himself grew up a freedom fighter battling the forces of an aggressive conqueror -- must decide where his true loyalties lie. Should he save an oppressed race from certain destruction? Or ally himself with the violent alien warriors who offer the only hope of getting Excalibur home again...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (5 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743429591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743429597
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A new "Star Trek" novel by Peter David is always a good bet. . . . David has made good use of minor characters from the "Star Trek"(R) universe."-- SF Site

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing No Action 2 Aug 2006
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Peter David's 'Star Trek: New Frontier' series has been going for several years now and I am happy to say is still excellent. Perhaps the series does not have the initial flare and uniqueness it once had, but it's still head and shoulders above other Star Trek novels. David is not scared to mix things up by killing characters or making them act in new and interesting ways, and it is these characteristics that make the new book in the series, 'Missing in Action', better than the sum of its parts.

'MIA' refers to the USS Excalibur, which once again has found itself in trouble under the command of Captain Calhoun. They have ridden a wormhole to a new Universe where our science just does not exist. Meanwhile, in our universe Si Cwan, leader of the Thallion Empire, has rebellion in his midst and this is causing tension with his new wife Robin Lefler. With a giant tentacled race out to conquer our universe can the combination of our favourite characters save us?

As you can tell by this synopsis the different storylines would make this a difficult book to follow if you started the series here. I advice everyone to start the novels from the beginning and read them in order.

However, for fans of the collection this book is more of the same sense of fun and surprise that has come to represent the New Frontier books. Some of the writing is not the best and elements of the story just do not work. But the set pieces are what makes David's books so good. He is not afraid to poke fun at the Star Trek universe, and although you have to suspend your disbelief on occasion as the actions of the characters seem too crazy, these books are a joy to read. With some twists and moments of hilarity 'Missing in Action' shows that Peter David's New Frontier novels are well back on form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Frontier Fan 2 Oct 2006
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Another well written book by peter david, some fantastic scenes (even if the plot is a little bizarre.) If you like romulans, different dimensions and very strange races you'll love it. If not the connections which form between the characters is breath taking and the character developement is excellent. I Found it better than his previous two books. A fantastic book which is absolutely imposible to put down
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I'd expected 14 Jun 2009
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Nothing special. I've been going off New Frontier over the past few books, and this one I didn't even buy until it was in paperback and it's taken probably a couple of years to get around to reading it. Part of that was because I was re-reading the series to remind myself what had happened, but still...

Even when I got this far, I wasn't keen. The previous book in the series, 'After the Fall', didn't impress me, and finding the entire New Frontier universe mangled with in the three year storyline gap preceding 'Fall' with no real explanation led to some confusion.

And another thing... the previous novel in the series ended on a cliff-hanger, with the Starship Excalibur being pulled through a vortex into another realm... so I suspected that this may be irritatingly similar to the previous book I read 'Titan: The Red King'.

In fact, it wasn't as bad as I had imagined, and was a fairly enjoyable romp, although I feel the central part of the New Frontier series - Captain Calhoun and the USS Excalibur = has been watered down too much by spreading the cast around three ships, a starbase and a planet.

Once again, Peter David's knack for failure to put the toys back in the box has presented itself, which is refreshing compared to many Star Trek stories where the tension is somewhat lost by the knowledge that everyone has to survive.

I was disappointed by the ending of this one though. Everything was wrapped up a little too quickly and cleanly at the end, almost as if the author had given up on the story and quickly put together a conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Frontier Rocks! 23 Mar 2006
By Dindy Robinson - Published on
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Peter David is without a doubt the best Star Trek novelist and one of the best Science Fiction writers out there. With his New Frontier series, he has created a captain even more outrageous than Captain Kirk-- Mackenzie Calhoun who, although unconventional, to say the least, is extremely likable. David has peppered the series with minor characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and, unlike other Star Trek writers, is able to have his characters live real lives. They change allegiances, accept promotions, get married, have children, and even die.

In this book, we find Soleta in command of a Romulan intelligence ship, Leffler involved in a Civil War on SiCwan's home world, and the Excalibur trapped inside a strange type of space, unable to escape unless Calhoun can manage to make two sworn enemies work together, while Admiral Shelby defies Star Trek orders to go out and try to rescue her husband.

The characters undergo some major changes in this book- and I don't want to do any spoilers, but I will say that the ending does not leave everything tied up in a neat little package. There are some unexpected twists, and one major death that still leaves me reeling. David has made it pretty clear that this character is dead so I have to believe that he is not going to pull one of the usual Star Trek rabbit tricks out of his hat and tell us in the next book that it was actually a clone that was killed.

This is a great book in a great series by a great author. An easy 5-star read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 13 Feb 2007
By Zeek - Published on
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When I closed the cover of Missing in Action, I said to myself- literally outloud- "Now that's good storytelling."

I've come to expect that with PAD's Star Trek New Frontier series, but MIA is the best one yet.

Slight SPOILERS to follow:

In MIA, Calhoun finds himself and the crew of his ship, The Excalibur, sucked into a distant universe where the laws of physics are not what we are accustomed to. Space is gelatinous rather than a vacuum and the creatures that inhabit it are just as bizarre. While there, he must end a centuries long feud between two warring races- a feud that has wiped out the entirity of the inhabitants of their universe, except for their own races of course.

Back home, Calhoun's wife, Admiral Elizabeth Shelby, must decide whether to defy Star Fleet and go after him or sit back and wait- as she was ordered too. Always a strict adherent to regulations, she's naturally torn, but in the end makes a decision based on her instincts, much like her cowboy husband always does. (Well, instincts and ALOT of whiskey!)

Before she can reach her husband, she finds herself in the middle of a war at it's breaking point on the Planet of Priatia, in the part of space where Calhoun and The Excalibur disappeared.

Old friends, Lt. Commander Robin Lefler and Captain Kat Mueller, join her- and by this time I was reading fast because the action was so intense.

The climax comes together with Calhoun expertly manipulating his way out of a morass of "peace" negotiations between the warring peoples- a peace negotiation that could have been "do this or die" if it had been any other man- and Shelby, Lefler, and Mueller discovering just how connected the planet of Priatia is to Calhoun's disappearance- and vice versa. A big surprise hits at this point and since I've probably spoilered too much as it is- I leave it for you to discover.

The book concludes with a few excellent little denouements- one with an ironic twist reminiscent of the old The Twilight Zone, and the other, a fable-like scene featuring Q, that lets us know where we measure up in the scheme of things.

MIA is a continuation and finale of a story arch advanced in the previous book, After the Fall. Where as it might be helpful to read the books before MIA, it really wouldn't be necessary to enjoy this story.

PAD writes with a sense of humor that makes me laugh out loud like no other author can. I have yet to read his other books, outside of the Star Trek universe, but I will eventually get to them, of that you can be sure of!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "New Frontier" Story in a While 30 July 2006
By Antoine D. Reid - Published on
This was, hands down, perhaps the best New Frontier story since "Cold Wars" or the "Excalibur" series. While the last few books have felt lacking, or playing too much into a comic-book feel, this book comes off as fresh and a real page-turner.

There's a nice balance in this book between plot and focus. Finally, we have a book where we get to see perhaps the leading females have their time in the spotlight while Calhoun's plot doesn't come off as very important. Soleta's ties with the Romulans are explored and is linked to the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. Shelby and Mueller finally get a novel where they are the the focus and the ones who have to save the day and think and act outside the box. Also, Robin Lefler's character gets major development here, making this really a stand-out novel for this series.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was how it was a nice blend of Star Trek yet the character were written in a relaxed manner that "New Frontier" started as. They aren't as stiff or formal as the characters in other series; Here, they come off as very real, to the point where you can almost forget that this is all taking place in the Star Trek universe. My favorite scene is the drinking moment between Shelby, Mueller, and Lefler; here they just speak their minds and it makes you laugh and think and ponder all at once about how great these characters are.

You'll need to have read the previous book, "After the Fall", to completely get some of the changes that have taken the character. Be prepared for a major plot twist and development for more than a few of the characters. If this is the bold new direction being taken with this series, I really am looking forward to what Peter David has planned for the characters and plot. Definitely worth your time and money!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For any other author, awesome; for David, only good. 23 April 2006
By Josh R. - Published on
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Peter David is SO good a writer of Star Trek that this effort, when held up to his others (like "Imzadi" and "Q-Squared"), doesn't quite cut the mustard.

I'm not going to go over how well-developed each and every one of David's characters are, and I'm not going to hit the way he uses humor (very well) in the book.

As a Star Trek novelist with a proven track record, David can do pretty much anything he wants so long as he doesn't break any cardinal rules. His characters curse. They have sex. They do the wrong thing with impunity. But in the end, as normal for Trek, everything comes out okay.

This book, it almost seems too easy. Too formulaic. As if David has developed a specific type of plot for New Frontier and simply plugs in the characters and goes. Perhaps that comes from writing a universe solely developed by and for himself (except for the authors in the short-story collection). Also, there are way too many characters, what with Shelby on the station, Mueller on the Trident, Mac on the Excalibur, Soleta on her ship, and all their various crews, plus the obligatory Captain-vs-new-first-officer dynamic between Mueller and whatshername, the Andorian.

I liked it quite a lot, don't get me wrong. But it's only standard Peter David fare, not the great stuff we've seen from him in the past.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's missing in action? 10 Jan 2007
By R. L. MILLER - Published on
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Why, it's series hero Captain McKenzie Calhoun and his entire ship Excalibur, along with remaining crew members that have been at his side for the whole New Frontier saga. It seems beings from a different universe grabbed one or more of the feared Borg and got hold of their tranwarp conduit technology and sucked Mac & Crew over into their side. Left to figure out what happened to their former skipper and save him are his wife Elizabeth Shelby, now an Admiral after gaining command of her own ship (being less of a maverick than one's husband tends to enhance one's chances at promotion), Kat Mueller (who now commands a ship of her own) and Robin Leffler, whose mother Morgan is now the central processor and personality of Mac's onboard computer (kind of sounds like that ancient Earth human insult game The Dozens; "your mama's the onboard computer".) These three ladies in Mac's life (at one time or another) decide they gotta do something, meet in Admiral Liz's quarters to discuss how many Starfleet rules they're gonna break to fish Mac out of the soup, get totally smashed, then it's off to the rescue. One other vessel that saw Excalibur go down the terlet is a Romulan spy ship commanded by none other than Soleta, formerly the Excalibur's half Vulcan/ half Romulan scence officer. To find out where she figures in, and who Mac's abductors are, you'll have to buy the book.
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