2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quirky, entertaining, but it's just not Star Trek...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Star Trek New Frontier Omnibus (Star Trek) Books 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Hardcover)
This book immediately hits you with its witty, off-the-bat sense of humour. It also contains scenes of violence that are, for Trek, quite shocking. All I can say about this is GREAT STUFF! No more perfect people, no masses of technobabble; a new starship, a new crew, new aliens reaces, gives the fans what they really want to see.
However, there's the usual overload of established characters - I was half expecting to see Captain Kirk wrestling with Gul Dukat for example, and Picard's involvement was completely unnecessary. And the utter lack of technobabble makes it seem as if David hasn't been doing his research.
The new cast members are quirky, interesting and sometimes very funny. They're real, living, breathing people (although most of them get annoying very quickly, particularly the he/she thing) even if David can't get it right with the Vulcans to save his life! Captain Calhoun more than makes up for this though; he immediately establishes himself as the most exciting of all the Trek Captains and the stuff he says will have you laughing out loud! The Si Cwan character is just pointless and irritating.
I think the Ambassador-class Excalibur was underused - not space battles or anything.
Unfortunately the Excalibur 'books' are more like drawn-out short stories, each made up of around 100 or so pages of people mostly standing around complaining. There's almost no action at all, or at least it seemed that way to me. The very short length of the books makes it seem like they are written for children.
So although it's fun while it lasts I don't think I'll be reading it again.