- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Pocket (1 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451623291
- ISBN-13: 978-1451623291
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stone and Anvil (Star Trek New Frontier) Paperback – 1 Dec 2010
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"Starburst" Peter David is the best "TREK" novelist around.
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About the Author
Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original n
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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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Also in the book is an interleaved account of Mac and Eppy's Academy days, along with the very surprising story of how Mac performed on the Kobyashi Maru test. A link from an incident in the Academy years to the current event provides a satisfying double surprise for the ending.
As is Peter David's style, there is plenty of humor in the book, some of which caused me to laugh or chuckle out loud. His style is always entertaining, never boring, and often humorous. As much as I've enjoyed books following up on the various TV series, the New Frontier books have over the years outshone them to become my very favorite Star Trek books. Kudos, Peter!!
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.
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.
The academy days were outstanding, not only do we find out how Mackenzie met Shelby, but we also find out why Jellico dislikes him, and how Calhoun handles the Kobayashi Maru test.
I was hesitant about this novel because I dislike Star Trek "detective" stories. Fortunately, this isn't the case (at least not mainly). Instead the story flows naturally and ends with an ending...not a cliffhanger.
In fact, the only small item that irritated me was a couple of lines said by Ambassador Spock that included a bit too much colloquialism.
This is a excellent novel, and it should be a movie. Better yet, Peter David could revitalize Star Trek series from the Voyager and Enterprise disasters.
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