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Star Trek - New Frontier 1: House of Cards [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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7 July 1997 Star Trek: New Frontier (Book 1)
Sector 221-G: For the whole of Federation history, this large area of space has been controlled by the Thallonians, a cruel, militaristic race of which little is knownexcept that they rule the other races in their sector with vicious iron hand. Now the Thallonian Empire has collapsed and the systems it once ruled are in chaos. Old hatreds are surfacing. Petty tyrants control deadly weapons. World after world is descending into disorder and self-destruction. The Federation must send a starship to help where it can and report what it finds. That ship is the U.S.S. Excalibur, a newly refit Ambassador-class starship commanded by Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and manned by Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star Trek: The Next Generation and some of the most dynamic new characters ever to crew a Federation starship. Join Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur as they explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before!


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 1st edition edition (7 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671013955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671013950
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Star Trek (please) 7 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the way Star Trek should be - James Bond as captain. I promise this: if they do make it into a series it'll be easily the biggest Star Trek series ever and the characters will be the most popular.
Try out these books and discover hat Star Trek doesn't have to be just sci-fi or special effects; it can be the most barn-storming, blockbusting read you'll find.
Paramount, you're sitting on a whole lot of money here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 10 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The perfect introduction to this new annal of the Star Trek universe. Brilliant combinations of Star Treks past and future make this superbly paced and plotted spectacle top class. A suitable tense cliffhanger and sparkling characters (especially Calhoun) make you wish that THIS would be the next Star Trek show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoluty Brilliant!!!!!!!!!! 12 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is the best book I have read I love the series and I am buying the rest noe online at amazon The characters Are trully brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the way star trek should be 21 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
take a load five minute extras from the next generation, a few freaks and a captain with more Kirk than even Kirk had. Mix them altogether in the mind of a mad writer, and BBBBAAAANNNNGGGGGGG. Star trek is back to it's "come in peace, shoot to kill" best. The whole set is exellent. Let's hope they don't mess it up if it ever reaches production.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter David delivers another fast ball down the middle 25 Mar 2002
By Bob Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Star Trek, and you like Peter David, you can't go wrong with this book or the rest of the series. I was hooked on David's writing through his classic "Grey Hulk" series of Marvel Comics. I find his writing stands out from the crowd (though they did bring in some good writers for the original Trek book series).
The New Frontier, Book One, is classically organized, developing the characters in their individual threads and then bringing them together for the new ship through the first four books. There's very nice balance, and the comics, er books, have a little more leeway with asides you don't get in the TV shows or movies. The time and place is set around the time of the Next Generation, with Jean-Luc Picard and even Spock putting in an appearance.
Just to be clear -- this book reads like a comic book, or like a Star Trek episode. It's pure pulp, but pulp of the highest order. One word of warning: this "book" is barely novella length; it takes about an hour to read, and that's if you read the funny parts twice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a superior series of books 28 July 2002
By Picardfan007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Peter David has created his own starship captain with some familiar faces in the crew. My favorite is Shelby from the episode "Best of Both Worlds". She had a relationship with the lead character, Mac. Now she's the first officer. Lots of exciting plot twists and we actually read about Jellio trying to bring them down in scandal....
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of New Frontier Book One: 26 April 2002
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Peter David is, without question, the best author of Star Trek books there is. His "New Frontier" series looks like it will be a very enjoyable, very well-done series.
That being said, book one really wasn't one of his better efforts. (Granted, his "off day" is better than most writers' best, but still...) There are a couple of places where his language is a little clumsy, the first time I've ever seen that in his work, and this book is just a "setting the table" book, that doesn't really go anywhere, just prepares us for the following stories that presumably WILL accomplish something. Worst of all, it lets off on a cliffhanger ending, something that I despise and will almost always dock a book one star for.
However, the characters look fascinating, and as usual, David manages to write a fast-moving plot with no hint of the spoof to it (unlike, say, "How Much For Just The Planet") that nonetheless has a marvellous sense of the tongue in cheek to it. That's what makes David the best: he can tell a dramatic plot while still maintaining a sense of humor.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars David is a good writer but Calhoun is unlikable 5 Mar 2007
By J. SHARP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That's about the gist of my opinion on this series. The action is fun. Some of the dialogue is funny. And I love all the characters (inlcuding old friends Shelby, Lefler, and Selar) except two.

First is the obnoxious, sexually-harassing, pronoun-challenged hermaphrodite Burgoyne. I have no sympathy for s/her or s/him or sh/it or whatever David wants to call them. If Burgoyne is supposed to be a statement about gender or preference having nothing to do with one's abilities, then why is this character defined by obsessive sexuality?

Then there's the main character, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun. From his retroactively manufactured real name to his giant facial scar, he is just too much of a contrived "renegade" to believe. And he is so rough, so abrasive, so bereft of compassion or (most importantly) vision that I find it impossible to believe that Jean Luc Picard went out on a limb to make sure he had command of a starship.

But obviously that's just me. Hopefully, things will improve.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What new frontier? 23 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's explore what this book was about. First: there were a few stories about some of the characters in "New Frontier". Second: half the characters in the book were "old characters". Third: nothing!
The entire story was nothing more than the tragedies of each and every character. There was no mission until the end of volume one (consiquently no exploration of this new frontier). The characters in this storyline hadn't even met yet! It wasn't until volume 2 that this meeting even occurs (and we won't even get into how jumbled that plotless "story" was!).
So, congrats to Peter Davids effort at a new storyline, but a disapointing "4" to this unusually flawed and plot hole filled result. Maybe it will be better in the later volumes. I certainly hope so.
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