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Peter David , Joe Morton
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Oct. 1 2003 Star Trek: New Frontier (Book 14)

Fans of Peter David's bestselling New Frontier™ saga have been eagerly awaiting a new adventure featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, Captain Elizabeth Shelby, and the crews of the Starships Excalibur and Trident. At last, Calhoun and Shelby return in an exciting audiobook that explores the past of both captains -- while they simultaneously confront a perilous dilemma in the present.

A crewman has been murdered aboard the U.S.S. Trident, and all evidence points to Ensign Janos of the Excalibur. Calhoun is reluctant to accept that Janos, a powerful non-humanoid whom the captain has known and trusted for years, could be a killer and immediately launches an investigation into the crime. But this troubling murder mystery soon escalates into a full-fledged diplomatic crisis that threatens to pit Calhoun and Shelby against the entire United Federation of Planets -- and the Starship Enterprise™.

Meanwhile, the turmoil involving Ensign Janos forces Calhoun to recall his own tempestuous past, his rocky relationship with a young Elizabeth Shelby, and a long-ago exploit that may have everything to do with the deadly emergency that now confronts them all!

Stone and Anvil is exactly the kind of compelling and original Star Trek® adventure that Peter David's thousands of fans have come to expect from New Frontier.

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Dreamwatch [Peter David] effortlessly makes the most of his own characters while developing some from small-screen "Trek." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter David is a prolific Star Trek author whose novels include IMZADI, TRIANGLE, Q-IN-LAW, Q-SQUARED and the NEW FRONTIER series, featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, specially created for Pocket Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fleshing out of Calhoun June 15 2004
I love Peter David, and especially his spin on the Star Trek universe. All of his plots are fresh, and never the same recycled space opera ideas we've read so many time before. But where Mr. David really shines is in his character development.
After reading only a few of his novels, you feel as if you really know the characters on a personal basis in his corner of the ST universe, and 'Stone & Anvil' is no exception.
The overall theme of the book, which may not be apparent at first is the deeper origin of Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun. Think of this novel as Calhoun: Year One. We get to see Mac's first days in the academy, more on his home planet, how he first met 'Eppie', and how he became the new James T. Kirk of his era.
However, all this back-story feeds into the more crucial, upfront story: the murder of shipmate Gleau as was the cliffhanger in the previous novel. Is Ensign Janos involved? As the murder mystery unravels, as is so with any Peter David novel, all is not what it seems, and there are some very original plot twists that will have ST fans ecstatic at past references.
The only issue I had with this novel, and I can understand the method in which it was used, was that every other chapter bounced between 'Now' & 'Then'. Meaning, chapter one takes place in the present Next Generation timeline, while chapter 2 find a young Calhoun entering Starfleet Academy. And thus for the remaining of the book the reader must shift gears between past and present.
Why this was a hardcover, and not a soft, I don't understand. While a good book, there was no 'earth-shattering' events that are usually reserved for hard covers. And I seemed to have missed any cliffhanger. I guess the next novel will start a new storyline altogether, something that seems out of place for a Peter David ST novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't New Frontier a Movie Series? March 2 2004
By barbre
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stone and Anvil (Star Trek New Frontier) Feb. 13 2004
Ok so we have new frontier a good take on the Star Trek universe. Funny characters good plot lines and fairly easy to read. Peter David does a good job of keeping the book moveing and keeping the charaters fun. Some of the things that the characters say are really funny and I found myself laughing. The story in this book is done in both events of the now and events of the past. The past deals with Captain Calhoun's acadamy days, and they tie so nicely into the main plot line. Also with cameos from Picard and Spock you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid entertainment from a great author Feb. 8 2004
I have greatly enjoyed Peter David's New Frontier series, and this latest entry certainly does not disappoint. It is a mystery story in some regards, so I won't say much about the plot. I will say that hindsight is 20/20; the book makes perfect sense once you're done reading it, but you won't predict everything that is going on.
If you've finished Being Human and Gods Above, you should definitely give this a read. It's got action, suspense, romance, humor, and just about everything else you'd want in a nice 300 page package.
Speaking of packages, this book is actually a great deal. You get the entire series (minus Gods Above and No Limits) for the price of a hardcover book. 17 stories for the price of one? Yup. Can you imagine if other Trek series were put onto CD-ROM? With the proper cooperation from the authors, you could put "Season 8" of DS9 onto a CD-ROM and package it with the first book of "Season 9."
The only downside of Stone and Anvil is that there is no hint as to where the series will go after this. However, knowing Peter David, the next book will be both inventive and shockingly silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter David at his best! Jan. 23 2004
STONE AND ANVIL is more than just the culmination of ongoing storylines in the NEW FRONTIER saga. It's the culmination of what makes a man and a Starfleet officer. And Peter David pulls it off with wit, style, and class. Seldom, if ever, does it get better than this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the reader from new albany Jan. 16 2004
By A Customer
I have not read this book yet. It is only available in hardcover. I am a stay at home mom with children. Hard cover book are out of my price range. When will publishers learn?
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Jan. 16 2004
What else can I say but 'WOW. Peter David has amazed me again-not just with a truly wonderful story, but also with the grace and flair of a true master of his craft. Who else can have Professor X questioning is abilities working with Starfleet cadets. (Want to see how that work, pick up the book and start reading.)
In this novel, we get to follow the mystery of started in the previous book and remember along with Calhoun his adventures at the Academy and the first few years with his wife-to-be Shelby.
Take the time, enjoy this book.
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