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Renaissance: Excalibur #2 (Star Trek: New Frontier) [Kindle Edition]

Peter David
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The ship is only a memory, but the drama unfolds....
The U.S.S. Excalibur has been obliterated. Its captain, Mackenzie Calhoun is gone. Now the surviving crew members are dispersed throughout the galaxy, seeking to forge new lives in the wake of the Excalibur's destruction. For Dr. Selar, the ship's former medical officer, that means facing a very personal crisis.
Following the birth of her child, the Vulcan doctor returned to her homeworld, determined to raise the child exclusively in the way of logic. But the child's father, the Hermat Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne, has hir own views regarding their offspring's future, and s/he intends to fight for hir paternal rights, even if it means appealing to the highest authorities of two worlds!
Elsewhere in the Alpha Quadrant, Lieutenant Robin Lefler and her enigmatic mother travel to the pleasure planet Risa where they encounter a genuine Starfleet legend....

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671042394
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (21 Feb. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! 18 Sept. 2000
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I have been reading the New Frontier Series since it's inception and this is one of my favorites! This book continues where Book Nine left off only taking up with the stories on Selar, Burgoyne, Morgan, and Robin. An old Star trek favorite makes a suprise appearence much to the suprise of Robin and her mother and there are some great scenes between Selar and Burgy as thery battle over the future of their child. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A plot with no-one at the helm 18 Nov. 2000
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The only problem of this series is that is about a crew of slight misfits. This works well in most of this series and creates some nice tension between the characters. However, this can only work while it has one character of absolute detrermination and drive to pull them into some kind of a team. This is totally absent in this and the previous book. One book of aimless wandering is fine, but two is just self indulgent prattle.
I am perhaps being a little unfair. It does have some good points and the unexpected return of Scotty is always good to lighten the mood, but it lacks the punch of most of the books of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!!!!!! 21 Oct. 2000
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As a lot of Star Trek fan, i have been waiting for information about the new Star trek series. I can only hope, that NEW FRONTIER was consiedert. I feel it merges both the old and the new. Well Done!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Custody battle over a Vulcan, Mr. Scott drinks, and more! 18 Oct. 2000
By Jayson Olson - Published on
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Book #10, if you will, is a parallel novel to that of #9. That is to say the majority of events that take place here are in the same time frame as the previous novel, but with the other half of the New Frontier cast. What one will not find here is any mention of 2nd Officer Elizabeth Shelby, or major space faring battles. A bit of a let down if you are looking for strange new worlds.....
Like it's sister novel, the original cast of New Frontier is split into smaller original stories, each one revolving around either one or two of these characters. The most dynamic of these stories is a really richly crafted tale of Dr. Selar and Hermat Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne and the fate of their new child. The reader is exposed to both sides of parenthood and how best to raise a child with two different cultures. The baby Xyon, though Vulcan in appearance carries some of the latent qualities of the Hedrmat species and these slowly manifest over time. How Selar deals with these changes is a journey through re-self-discovery. She believes Xyon should be brought up in the Vulcan tradition, but events will soon challenge her first impressions. On the other hand, Burgoyne hirself believes that Xyon should be able to express itself, and what better way than for Burgoyne and Selar to become a family. This struggle leads both back to Vulcan where T'Pau and the Vulcan justice system decides the ultimate fate. Or does it? A great surprise appearance from a well established Trek character makes Selar face her inner most fears. Also a `gay' Vulcan debuts here and it is interesting to see the authors take on sexuality in the Trek Universe, which generally hasn't been touched by other authors.
Robin and her Mother Morgan travel to Risa, the pleasure planet, where they venture on a vacation that they both help will bring them closer together. But once there, both women meet new love interests who have their own Agenda. Is Robin over Si Cwan? This story furthers the development of Morgan. She is no longer the litlle girl that she was portrayed in the previous novels, but comes into her own here. Morgan also displays a new side which even adds more mystery to this character, wanting the reader to desire more about her in future installments. Also a deeper story opens up in which the miracle worker, Scott Montgomery lends his hand to. Scott's charm is still there and he has some humorous tales to tell.
Finally, Si Cwan and Kalinda make a surprise appearance at the end that begins to tie up the cliffhanger that they were involved in book #9. I'm sure all this will come to a head in the hard cover, "Restoration".
Overall this book was much better executed than #9 was, and made much more sense in the larger scope of things in the New Frontier universe.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb doesn't even begin to describe it. 5 Sept. 2000
By Michael Hickerson - Published on
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I have a love/hate relationship with Peter David's book...I love them so much that I can read them in one sitting, but I hate that they have to come to end. Such is the case with the new addition to the New Frontier series--itself the second portion of a trilogy that won't be completed until November (thankfully it's not a year otherwise I'd have to be seriously upset with Pocket Books). The storyline continues to follow the crew after the destruction of the Excaliber. There are only two plotlines going this time around. The first finds Selar and Burgy battling (literally and figuratively) for the future of their son. The other features the mother-daughter team of Robin Lefler and her mother, Morgan. Of the two, the vacation that Robin and Morgan takes seem the more lightweight of the two until the final fifty pages when David pulls the rug out from under the reader (to say too much would, honestly, ruin the fun).
David pays homage to the history of Trek by bringing in old characters from the past and actually making them useful to the story. The characters aren't just there for shock value but actually contribute to the plot. Especially nice is a chance to catch up with David's vision of how Scotty might turn out, trapped in the 24th century, many years after his time.
This is an enjoyable and fun novel to read. The final 50 pages are staggering in that they take some disparaging threads together and serve as the jumping off point for the final leg of the trilogy in which we will hopefully find out the fate of Captain Calhoun (I don't think for an instance he's dead) and what really happened to the Excaliber (we're told how the ship was destroyed here and it's truly a wonderful moment of revelation).
Staggering and superb, this series only gets better and better. And it only makes waiting until November that much harder.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storylines and themes the TV series shy away from 2 Oct. 2000
By John DiBello - Published on
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I've praised Peter David's "Excalibur" series left and right (see also my review of the prequel to this book, "Requiem.") "Renaissance" carries on the same great tradition and in the best of all possible worlds, gives us action, personal growth stories, examinations of alien cultures, guest stars galore, and one heck of a cliffhanger. But it's in his handling of themes that are ignored by the TV series that Peter David excels, making these among the best Trek novels ever.
Free of the restraints of television censors, David is able to examine a much-ignored theme of "Star Trek": sexual relations of the twenty-fourth century. His treatment of these subjects is always tasteful and tactful (although I'm aware that by even mentioning the subject in this review, I'm likely to turn off or even outrage a few potential readers). Much of the novel is taken up with a child-custody battle between Selar and Burgoyne--"Kramer vs. Kramer" in the 24th Century--but with the added twists of ancient Vulcan law and the examination of exactly how a hermaphrodite species treats and understands the concept of children. Add to all this a gay Vulcan, introduced as a very natural and ordinary character with the minimum of fuss. It's nuances and treatments like this that bring the Excalibur universe best into line with Roddenbury's original vision: a time in which those beliefs and lifestyles that caused societal strife today have simply ceased to be a matter for conflict four hundred years from now (which is not to say *all* problems have been solved, or it would be a short and uninteresting book!). It's a love story, it's a personal growth story, and there's even one humdinger of a very-Trekkish action sequence.
Though it's not part of the "official" continuity, this Excalibur novel features not one, not two, but *three* classic Trek guest-stars. It's to David's credit that these guest appearances seem natural and welcome (too often a 'special guest appearance' reads like a ratings stunt or a fan fiction). As always, David's characterization in the Trek universe is second-to-none, and intriguing mysteries about established characters are introduced: *I* personally always thought that Morgan Primus must look like Naomi Judd (well, her daughter *is* played by Ashley Judd!), but Peter David has other ideas who she must look like...and personally, I can't wait to find out the rest. "Renaissance" ends with a classic Trek cliffhanger, but thankfully we won't have to wait a whole summer to find out the ending in "Excalibur: Restoration" out in October.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures of the Excalibur Crew, Part 2 31 Aug. 2000
By D. Bell - Published on
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This book, second of three, chronicles the struggle between Dr. Selar and Burgoyne, the Hermat, over the right to care for their son, Xyon. Selar wants to bring him up on Vulcan as a Vulcan, while Burgoyne just wants to remain a part of his life. Meanwhile, Robin Leffler & her mother, Morgan Primus, have gone to Risa, the pleasure planet, for some rest and relaxation and a chance to spend time together. From the beginning, the reader knows that there's more to Morgan than meets the eye. But just who she is is an excellent question. I read this book in just a couple of hours. It's a fast read and, like its predecessor, very hard to put down! Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Continuation of the Series 30 Aug. 2000
By Philip Kost - Published on
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Book 10 picks up where 9 left off with the continuing saga of the Excalibur crew. This book focuses on Selar, Burgoyne, Robin, and her mother. In addition it continues the story of the Si Cwan story. Also you finaly learn why the Excalibur exploded. There are also a couple of guest appearances in this one as well. I can't wait for the upcoming hard cover as well as the upcoming comic book from Wildstorm press. In case you have not heard about it, it should be out on SEPT 27.
Peter David continues the series that he created with some great books, he shows once again that he will always have a place in the Star Trek universe.
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