on 12 December 2001
The long awaited conclusion to Peter David's Excalibur trilogy is all that we have come to expect from the author. This story has all the usual elements of fun, romance and that great Peter David humor.
The real strength of this book is David's charcaterisation of Shelby. He forces her to face up to some painful truths and to finally examine her feelings for Mac. At the same time Mac fights for survival and too comes to an underdstanding of his feelings for Shelby.
For me this was a great read however i can't help feeling that ths one was just a little rushed. The Shelby and Mac story works well but the Lefler and Si Cwan story is tacked on to the end and doesnt really seem to fit.
The Excalibur series has been some of David's best work. This book, though not the best is well worth the wait.
on 6 January 2001
With this book, Peter David has proved to be the best Star Trek writer there is. The characters, the dialogue, the universe they inhabit all work together as a well oiled machine. What I particulary enjoyed about this book was fact that Mr David slowed the pace of events, crafting a more subtle, slower story that still gripped your attention. The conclusion of the previous books storylines being held back gave you an appreciation of only being able to be in one place at a time. And, without a doubt, this is Calhoun's story so understandably, the attention is primarily focused on him. The series is the best Star Trek of the moment, far superior to the Voyager tv show, and just keeps getting better. Highly recommended.
on 3 December 2000
Peter David has managed it once again by saving the best to last. This novel the third in a trilogy finally resolves the fate of one Mackenzie calhourn (Utilising my best Captain Kirk impression "Aren't you dead?"), but also deals with the newly promoted captain Shelby, the destruction of the original Excalibur, and throws up intriguing possibilities for the future of the novelised franchise (Which in my opinion surpasses both DS9 and Voyager by far).
Peters David's fluid and humorous writing style allows for a smooth ride, indeed I finished the book in less than 24 hours, and as such demands not to be put down.
The book's only minor flaw (and this is nit-picking) is the tantalising way that the conclusion to the events of the Renaissance novel are ignored until after the main focus of this novel, and are included almost as an afterthought. However this may be down to pockets book decision to release this as the new frontiers first hardcover. An odd decision and one that seemingly was made to ensure that those of us that had diligently followed the first two and simply had to know how it was going to be finished.
But despite this the book remains amongst the best of the series, if not all of Peter David's work and the ending promises much more from this still young and fresh series which is beginning to show the failings of some of it's televised competitors.
on 14 December 2000
This much-awaited conclusion to the trilogy is as enthralling as the other New Frontier books published. The return of Mackenzie Calhoun (it had to be) was well constructed and in line with his character Peter David has created.
Whilst New Frontier readers expected Calhoun to bring action, the introduction of Elizabeth Shelby on her own ship with her own problems was a welcome addition. The only really disappointing part of the book is the way the previous book's cliffhanger was concluded. With the mastery shown by David in creating this series, I expected a much more involving conclusion to this confrontation, not an insert to clear up any questions. For passionate (as I am myself) New Frontier fans this will be a major down point to an otherwise excellent book.