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Stone and Anvil (Star Trek New Frontier) Paperback – 1 Dec 2010

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  • 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)
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"Starburst" Peter David is the best "TREK" novelist around.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining entry in this series. 16 July 2011
By Brent Butler - Published on Amazon.com
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"Stone and Anvil" deals with the aftermath of the murder of Science Officer Gleau, which was discovered at the end of the previous book in the series. Zac Kebron struggles to prove that a friend could not have committed the murder, even as all the evidence is stacked against his goal.

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!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far. 10 Aug. 2005
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best NF yet. 22 Oct. 2003
By Malcolm - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't New Frontier a Movie Series? 3 Mar. 2004
By barbre - Published on Amazon.com
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I have really enjoyed all these books, but this book may be the best yet. The story alternates between Mackenzie and Shelby during their academy days and the investigation of Lt. Gleau's death on the USS Trident.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 Dec. 2014
By Justin Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading through the series and this one has been my favorite so far
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