Star Trek
The New Frontier
Stone and Anvil

Author: Peter David
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 9618 3
Available 01 November 2004

A crewman has been murdered aboard the USS Trident, and all evidence points to ensign Janos of the Excalibur. Calhoun is reluctant to accept that Janos, a powerful non-humaniod 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...

Peter David's much loved New Frontier series continues with his latest work Stone and Anvil. I don't know what it is about this series, but they have been pretty well received since the first edition hit the shelves back in 1997. Following the exploits of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the USS Excalibur, The New Frontier series is a worthy addition to the Trek franchise.

This latest release sees ensign Janos forcing 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. Well written, well plotted, it's just a shame that the Enterprise has to be wheeled in to provide some sort of hook to get none New Frontier readers to purchase this book.

It's great to have David back in the command chair to help guide Calhoun and the rest of the crew of the Excalibur through uncharted Trek territory. Fans of his earlier work will not be disappointed.

Pete Boomer

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