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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form, 6 Dec 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by Peter David, 26 Aug 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Trekkie fan, 17 July 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost back to the best in the series, 30 Dec 2003
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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Stone and Anvil (Star Trek: New Frontier) by Peter David (Paperback - 15 Oct 2010)
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