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Stone and Anvil Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743533283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743533287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 195 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,490,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
The quality of the New Frontier has gone back on the upswing in this latest novel. The plot is well crafted, and two fold. One, in the present, is the ongoing investigative story of Zak Kebron's murder investigation of who might be behind Lieutenant Commander Gleau. With solid characterization of both M'Ress and Arex, and more from Kat Meuller (a character I'm really starting to enjoy), this half of the plot has a good pace and a very interesting unfolding story to it.

The B-plot is in the past, and tells the story of Mackenzie Calhoun meeting Elizabeth Shelby and what exactly happened between them the first time they met, fell in love - and how they fell out of it, and how all of that might just very well play a significant role in the murder investigation that will take place years later.

Done well, and with a bit of a reprieve from the over-the-top humour that has been getting so out of hand lately, this 'episode' in the New Frontier has restored a bit of my faith in where David is taking these characters.

What I can say I didn't approve of is the formatting in hardcover - if I didn't have an employee discount at the bookstore where I work, I wouldn't have bought it. And, judging from the feedback of the various trek fans who've passed comments about the book so far, they're not buying it in hardcover, they'll wait for paperback. I'm not sure why Trek is going to hardcover so often lately, but it is not appreciated.

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Format: Hardcover
Peter David has done it once again. We waited two years for the conclusion of the Beings saga, and we were all very relieved not to have to wait so long to see the resolution of Gleau's murder. I'll get the prose praise out of the way; David writes with a flourish, an edge-of-your seat pace that is somewhat rare in this selective genre. His character development is second-to-none, and it is easy to believe that he cares for each one of them. There are a few tongue-in-cheek references peppered throughout the book; I had to laugh when Picard comments that he would never be able to run a school for gifted youngsters.
The focus here is on Calhoun, Shelby, Janos, and Kebron; at least, in the present. It is fascinating to see the new (and, in my opinion, improved) Kebron handle the investigation; he draws upon hard-boiled detectives of "old" and adamantly refused to believe that Janos was responsible for the murder of the manipulative, unlamented Gleau. His search takes him in new directions, and it is here where Calhoun ponders his past at Starfleet academy.
Calhoun recalls his savage days, his first meeting with Shelby, his roommate experience. We also see a rather laid-back Jellico (sort of) and finally have a lot of innuendo exposed. This reflection leads to a point when Calhoun finally comes to head with his savage side...and the ultimate reconciliation of savage and civilized soldier. We see a Calhoun who was so certain of himself, yet at the same time vulnerable. The progression of feelings he has for Shelby drives this point across quite well. As does his recollection of meeting Janos for the first time; one has certain expectations of meeting a white-furred creature after coming out of a fight for survival.
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