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The Quiet Place (Star Trek New Frontier, No 7) Mass Market Paperback – 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067102079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671020798
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2 x 10.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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There are, basically, three ways to write a book that ends with "to be continued": One is to simply have a basic plotline that is larger than will fit in the page allotment for the book, and to stop before you're done. That was the method Peter David used in the first four books of this series; and I don't care for that method.
My preferred method is to have a complete story within the scope of each book, while various subplots from one book carry over into, and perhaps become the major focus of, later books. This is the method used by Peter David in books five and six of the series.
The third method is the one Peter David uses in this book, and while it isn't my preferred method, it is far preferable to the first method: to overshoot the ending of the story by a chapter, thus giving a teaser into the action for the next installment.
As with all of the books in this series, (and indeed, almost all Star Trek books by Peter David), this book has fascinating character development, a lively plot, and a good mix of drama and humor.
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As is usual with this series, Peter David's writing is very strong. This is an intriguing and enthralling story, which like most, if not all of Peter David's stories, is a page turner that is very hard to put down. The premise: The Quiet Place, most of all, is the realization of Si Cwan's quest to find his sister. Previous New Frontier novels have established that Zoran, Si Cwan's childhood friend, turned traitor, had kidnapped and hidden his sister Kalinda. The Quiet Place begins with Kalinda, who doesn't know who she actually is, living on a backwater planet name Montos, going by the name of Riella. She's living with Malia, whom Riella (Kalinda), believes to be her mother. There are some very interesting scenes here.
We also meet Xyon who is an adventurous young man, who in his first chapter, is in a very dire situation. He's about to be put to death. As you read about Xyon, you almost get the impression you're reading about Captain Calhoun. We're then introduced to the Dogs of War. Only Peter David can convincingly create this warrior race of genetically engineered dogs and write them into a story so well. Throw in the Redeemers and what we have here is not only one of the best New Frontier novels written, this one falls into the category of one of the best Star Trek books ever written. As is usual with this wonderful series, it ends with the big bold To Be Continued..... This was of course preceded by a shocking discovery. Thank you very much to Peter David for this excellent addition to the New Frontier Series.
MINOR SPOILER - One note of interest, in past New Frontier novels, Peter David fairly well detailed the Redeemers as far as skin color, facial features and general demeanor. If I remember correctly, he had not talked much about their height.
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Although it is eventually brought to light, the start of this book happens far from the Starship Excalibur, and deals with characters who you think, originally, have nothing to do with the ship on the New Frontier.
There are two characters, Xyon and Riella, who are somewhat interesting, and who take up a major portion of this book. It is unfortunate, however, that you don't really find out who these people are until a good portion of the book has gone by.
When it does touch on the characters we've grown to love on the USS Excalibur, "The Quiet Place" is very much about Si Cwan, the enigmatic Thallonian who survived the fall of the Thallonian Empire, and Captain Calhoun. Shelby gets a bit of the stage as well, mostly in relation to Calhoun.
Once I was aboard the Excalibur, I was happy again, but too much of this story was the "set-up" for the rest of it, and I was bored enough that I put it down quite often at the beginning. Still, the ending redeems it, the new plot wrinkles are definitely good ones, and with patience, the book pays off.
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Peter David's 7th attempt at his own created Star Trek series is both very good and dissapointing at the same time.
What makes this a great book, is that the story is truly that of Star Trek lore: New species, new civilations, places where man has not been before. There is also wonderful chracter development, an introduction to a few new characters (handled expertly), and some reminders of a few past characters. This book did have a plot and made a great journey towards its end.
And as always the humor between Si Cwan and Kebron is always fun, as is the new wit of chracter 'Xyon'.
The bad: Well, if you're looking for all your dangling plot lines from the previous 6 books, they aren't addressed here. This book really centers on two chracters who aren't in the previous 6, or even in Star Fleet. If you want to see Capt. Calhoun, the Excalibur and her crew, you're not gonna find it here.
Also, though there was some action spots, for those that are used to that big climatic Starfleet or ship face off with blasters firing away, this book is a bit shy on that typ eof action.
However this is an excellent read that reminds me more or less of those individual 'filler' episodes you see once in a while....a refreshing change, but still longing for the whole crew.
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