Stone and Anvil Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by barbre
Ok so we have new frontier a good take on the Star Trek universe. Funny characters good plot lines and fairly easy to read. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Jon Torch Adams
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Bill Williams
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?Published on 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. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by B. Everett
I bought this book due to the cd containing ebook versions of other NF stories. I have never read and NF and that this would be a great deal. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003
While I did enjoy this book quite a bit, as I always do enjoy Peter David stories, I do have one complaint. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
Let me admit up front that I'm guilty of owning every New Frontier book except Double Time, so I may be a tad biased. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Amy
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