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Stone and Anvil (New frontier) Hardcover – 17 Nov 2003


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Hardcover Ed edition (17 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743429575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743429573
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,568,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dreamwatch [Peter David] effortlessly makes the most of his own characters while developing some from small-screen "Trek."

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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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On the Trident, Captain Elizabeth Shelby shook her head in disbelief as she and her husband, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, walked down the corridor leading to the turbolift. Read the first page
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've loved the New Frontier books since they started. The first four book series was wonderful, especially its finale, and the following six books (including the Captain's Table and Double Helix installments) were just fantastic. Then, at the end of Book 8, 'Dark Allies', Peter David blew the Excalibur up. The following trilogy I rather disliked, since the strength of the New Frontier characters lies when they are together, rather than dispersed and interacting with other, new, characters. And at the end of 'Restoration' the series changes again, with there now being two ships and a whole host of new characters to meet on the second ship.
Maybe I just don't like change, but I much preferred it when Calhoun and Shelby were together on the same ship. Their meetings always seemed contrived throughout the Gateways story and the following two books, 'Being Human' and 'Gods Above'. But with 'Stone and Anvil' Peter David has rediscovered the elements which made me love New Frontier in the first place: the humour, tremendous characters (though I do miss McHenry and the old Kebron!) and wonderfully silly plot. I was rather dreading the 'Calhoun at the Academy' storyline but was pleasantly surprised. All in all, if Peter David sticks to this level of storytelling, I will be buying New Frontier books for many years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berry on 26 Aug 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When you love the characters of Star Trek New Frontier and simply are in love with the lively, actionpacked and realistic writing of Peter David, then this book cannot be missing in your collection! Peter takes you with him through Thallonian space and helps you discover the facts behind a brutal murder, while on the other hand, he reacquaints you with the young Mackenzie Calhoun and Elizabeth Shelby. He tells the tale of their young love, the early missions and how it relates to this day. It was very exciting and I have read it in a heartbeat...

Peter David tells his tales like you are there, standing next to the characters on the planet or on the bridge, laughing, loving and crying with them. You want to know what happens each time you turn a page and keep on reading.
I couldn't put it away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. E. Edwards on 17 July 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Great to find this book - we have all the previous titles in The New Frontier series but could not get the next ones from any bookshop. Someone suggested trying Amazon and there they were! Simple to order and arrived very quickly. Excellent service all round!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
After the slightly disappointing (for Peter David) last New Frontier book, Stone and Anvil was back to (almost) his best. The use of alternating past stories of Mackenzie Calhoun's Starfleet days, and the present stories, worked well. There were some amusing nods to other stories, such as Calhoun's first day at the Academy which mirrors Worf's story, something Peter David first wrote about in the Young Adult novel Worf's First Adventure. This was the story which also introduced us to Soleta, Zak Kebron and Mark McHenry, so it's well worth looking up. With McHenry gone, Kebron changed and Soleta becoming less Vulcan by the day (I have suspicions that this story will become prominent soon), this story comes full circle. It was nice to see Picard and the crew of the Enterprise again. Sad to see Janus go though.
There is a sense that Peter David is wrapping up all his ongoing plotlines, perhaps with the intention of taking the series in a new direction. There is only Morgan Lefler's story to really finish.
The story really deserved 4 1/2 stars but I erred on the side of caution as it wasen't quite the series best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
History, murder, and revelations 5 Nov 2003
By Jason C. Garza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter David has done it once again. We waited two years for the conclusion of the Beings saga, and we were all very relieved not to have to wait so long to see the resolution of Gleau's murder. I'll get the prose praise out of the way; David writes with a flourish, an edge-of-your seat pace that is somewhat rare in this selective genre. His character development is second-to-none, and it is easy to believe that he cares for each one of them. There are a few tongue-in-cheek references peppered throughout the book; I had to laugh when Picard comments that he would never be able to run a school for gifted youngsters.
The focus here is on Calhoun, Shelby, Janos, and Kebron; at least, in the present. It is fascinating to see the new (and, in my opinion, improved) Kebron handle the investigation; he draws upon hard-boiled detectives of "old" and adamantly refused to believe that Janos was responsible for the murder of the manipulative, unlamented Gleau. His search takes him in new directions, and it is here where Calhoun ponders his past at Starfleet academy.
Calhoun recalls his savage days, his first meeting with Shelby, his roommate experience. We also see a rather laid-back Jellico (sort of) and finally have a lot of innuendo exposed. This reflection leads to a point when Calhoun finally comes to head with his savage side...and the ultimate reconciliation of savage and civilized soldier. We see a Calhoun who was so certain of himself, yet at the same time vulnerable. The progression of feelings he has for Shelby drives this point across quite well. As does his recollection of meeting Janos for the first time; one has certain expectations of meeting a white-furred creature after coming out of a fight for survival. The first encounter is both humorous and bittersweet; Calhoun and Shelby are still cadets, and they both realize that they have encoutered new life and it is their duty to ensure his survival.
Those hoping for a resolution or a glimpse of the Tholian/Danteri negotiations will be disappointed; the only time we glimpse Spock is when he melds with Janos. Si Cwan and Kalinda are likewise out of the picture, and for the last section of the novel, so is the "Trident." But that is understood and even appreciated; this is meant to be a focus on Calhoun and Janos. Yes, the murder happened on the "Trident," but when Calhoun absconds with Janos, it quickly becomes a Starfleet matter. The Selevians have petitioned the Federation to have Janos extradited in order to execute him.
This conflict leads to the action; "Enterprise" arrives on-scene to force Calhoun's hand, but he is convinced the Selevians are manipulating the Federation, and both ships face-off with a Selevian warship waiting in the wings, all vying for one thing: Ensign Janos.
Thankfully, "Stone and Anvil" does not end with a cliffhanger, but it will still leave you wanting more. Yes, there are unanswered questions, but not the big one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Hero Born 10 Aug 2005
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mackenzie Calhoun isn't Starfleet's typical captain, nor did he spring from a pampered background. On his homeworld, he was a warlord at age 20, a man who led an almost conquered people to rebellion and eventual victory with cunning and courage. In STONE AND ANVIL, Peter David takes the readers on a whirlwind trip that exposes Calhoun's beginnings, his four years at Starfleet Academy, and his captaincy. After a crewman aboard his wife's ship is killed by another crewman, Calhoun shoulders the harsh burden of finding out what truly happened. That trail leads back to secrets about his homeworld, his own past, and a change in his present and future. Janos, an incredible creature and now one with a human intelligence and Starfleet training, hangs in the balance, his life forfeit if he truly is the murderer everyone believes him to be.

Peter David writes in the Star Trek universe, several product lines as well as the New Frontier line he created, fantasy novels, and hundreds of comic books for DC and Marvel. His Sir Apropos fantasy novels are well-received, his run on HULK and SUPERGIRL unsurpassed, and movie novelizations of FANTASTIC FOUR and other lead new fans to him all the time.

STONE AND ANVIL is a lightning-paced read with a lot of backstory and deep characterization. Told on two time tracks, the present involving the murder and Mackenzie Calhoun's Starfleet Academy days, the novel ties both up in a blistering climax that proves one can't have been told without the other. For sheer phaser-in-your-face, can't-put-it-down-till-you've-finished-it, the novel is a guilty pleasure. Maybe your life won't be changed as a result, but you'll be glad you spent the few hours it takes to read it.

Although the book is a great read on its own, chances are that only true Star Trek fans and space opera buffs will want to pick it up. There's no cutting-edge SF here or introduction of scientific thinking, but it's a good one to blast through over a weekend or on a plane flight.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The best NF yet. 22 Oct 2003
By Malcolm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The New Frontier series is far and away the best Star Trek novel series, even including the recent (and excellent) DS9 relaunch and Lost Era series. As simply as possible, this novel is why. Never before in Star Trek has there been a series that so consistently created characters of depth, realism, and interest. Period.
When you add on to that the fact that the characters are also the most colorful bunch of people to ever grace the Star Trek universe, and that the plots are of a particular type of ingenious wackiness that is entirely surprising and yet completely believable, you find...well, this. I was surprised roughly twice per chapter, I never once felt that any scene was anything short of completely realistic, and, overall, I haven't felt this engrossed in a Star Trek book in a long time.
The previous NF book, Gods Above, was up with the greatest the series had previously offered. This rose above them all.
Excellent job, Peter David, and may the rest of the series continue this way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rushed and a disappointment 30 Dec 2004
By R. Kestenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Usually, Peter David's books in the New Frontier series are funny, entertaining and a pleasure to read. However, this storyline seems rushed. In previous books, Janos is introduced as a Mugato. Now, we are expected to forget anything we have read about Janos as a new background is written about him that seems, even in the Star Trek realm, hard to digest. I won't give away the details, but, this book is a disappointment, unusual considering the breadth of David's writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best of the series so far. 10 Aug 2005
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
There were flaws, to be sure. I never have cared for the character of Shelby, and I still don't (although there was a scene in which she was absolutely marvellous, an indication that David's actually allowing the character to grow) and the ending was more of a downer than I expect out of Peter David. But in general, the "main" plot was interesting enough, though by itself might not have quite made it to four stars. But the flashback scenes to Calhoun's days at Starfleet Academy were marvellous, even if I still don't understand what he's EVER seen in Shelby, or what she sees in him, given how little she respects everything that he's about. That relationship has always struck me as just too artificial, something OBVIOUSLY forced by the author for cheap plot conflict, rather than something that grew out of the characters naturally.

I think this may actually be the first book in this series that can actually stand on its own; granted, we had a bit of a teaser for the beginning at the end of the last book, but that's rehashed at the beginning of this one, and it actually has a full story (TWO full stories, from one way of looking at it) complete with ending. David should do this more often.
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