Star Trek: New Frontier: Gods Above Paperback – 11 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Peter David is a prolific New York Times bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media--television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books--and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
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I wouldn't say this was the best book of the series, but it was still an extremely easy and enjoyable read. Anyone who enjoys Peter David's style of writing will enjoy the in-jokes, humorous conversations and daft situations sprinkled throughout the story, and anyone who has come to know the crew of the Excalibur will be pleased to see them reunited in another adventure.
Now I've been brought back up to speed I can't wait to tackle the latest installments in this series!
Last time I commented on New Frontier, I pointed out that there was absolutely no way either Morgan or McHenry were genuinely dead, because the series would never do any big character changes. Well, in a classic "Be careful what you wish for" scenario, boy was I wrong. While predictably there's a happy ending (ish) for all involved, the crew sees one major departure, one character remains but in a drastically different state than before and another is frankly a totally new personality. I loved Kebron because of his monosyllabic, brunt ways, and his new chatty, polite self just isn't right. So I'm iffy about one of the changes (although I suppose it had to be done in the name of realism - having half a dozen superheroes onboard would pretty much limit any further adventures of the ship), and I hate the other two.
However, while it really did stretch its credibility a little too far, I enjoyed this more than several of New Frontier's previous offerings. It wraps up the mysteries of what to me is 'saga 4' of New Frontier - exactly what that Gateways nonsense was about (although more detail would have been appreciated in that regard), Moke and of course, the situation that arose in 'Being Human' - rather nicely, though I'm not quite sure I like the implication that the last year or so was a result of divine intervention. It's a worthwhile read, resolving the issues of the lacklustre 'Being Human', but I'm not so desperate for more installments in the series thanks to the character changes. They're not quite going to be the same.
The other reason I'm rather reserved about the next book is that it looks to be a "Who shot Mr. Burns" type affair. I have to admit I find the development of the M'Ress/Gleau angle interesting, because other Gleau is supposed to be the bad guy, you're never quite sure. It could very well be just M'Ress' imagination. Oh well, I'll just have to buy the next book to find out ...
When you make your characters fight gods, it becomes very difficult to end it well without making those very same gods mortal, in some way. Which takes away from the original premise. This is what happened in this book.
Its not a bad book. But, when you consider who wrote it and what saga it chronicles, it fails to make the grade.
I can't say much else without spoiling the story but once again Peter David's writing had me laughing aloud -I've learned by now not to read these books in a public space!- and feeling empathy for the characters who have become as 'real' as any Star Trek TV series character. It's only two months until the release of the next book but this reminder of how excellent the New Frontier series is will make the wait seem like another two years...
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This is one of those books that leaves me satisfied (really deeply), but also wanting immediately to jump into the next book. I'm not going to give you the plot summary. This novel has a lot of Soleta, a lot of Kebron, a lot of McHenry (for obvious reasons) and a lot of Calhoun and Shelby. So if you're hungry for more about those characters this novel will not disappoint.
In "Being Human," Peter David ("PAD") really opened up the story as a two-starship story, i.e. Trident and Excalibur. I have to admit that I was skeptical whether that could work; it was already complex enough with characters going in different directions. Again, PAD exceeded expectations in these two novels. It really works.
In this book, Mac gets a chance to face off against godlike beings and take them down, just as Jim Kirk had to do so many times.
Recommended. However, this is a series to read from the first, or you'll be lost.
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