Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man's Bluff
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Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man's Bluff (Star Trek: New Frontier #18)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  177 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Captain MacKenzie Calhoun has faced incredible odds before, but nothing he has ever experienced could prepare him for the simultaneous threats from two of the most destructive forces he’s ever encountered. The first is the D’myurj—a mysterious and powerful alien race bent on either the complete domination of humanity or its destruction . . . a...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published 2011)
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Since the first installment of Peter David's New Frontier series debuted over a decade ago, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun has been the center of the series and stories. Other characters have had their moments and novels to shine, but the New Frontier universe has always and probably will always revolve around Calhoun.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise to fans that the latest installment in the series, "Blind Man's Bluff," centers firmly on threats to Calhoun in multiple fronts. As Calhoun tries to f...more
Neil Campbell
As a Voyager fan, I got to revisit characters 7 of 9 and the Doctor. I also enjoyed meeting the new characters of this story as well. My primary interest in this story was the subtrafuge and thriller atmosphere. The battles were short yet intense and therefore did not distract from the underlying themes. I appreciated the use of 7 and the Doctor to convey the sentements of beings once considered by many to be less than alive. This comes into play when discussing the rhetoric concerning Morgan Pr...more
Oh, how I loved these books! And I still have a lot of affection for them, given how quickly I pre-ordered this one! My emotional attachment isn't quite the same and I don't find them as funny--not sure if that's me or the book--but I enjoyed it! Will probably read this series as long as it exists . . . or, well, as long as Peter David is writing it.
***Dave Hill
May 10, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans; Peter David fans; Voyager fans; New Frontier fans
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In keeping with the previous volume, Treason , this is a book of plots and paranoia, of battles and betrayals, of vengeance and counter-vengeance, of the meaning of power and of life, and ... all sorts of other good stuff.

We also end up losing yet another long-time cast member (or perhaps two, and a third is comatose). Given the past several novels, one might almost think David were trying to wrap things up, Hamlet-style. In some ways, this book even provides a nice book-case to the story of Mac...more
Essentially, the cast of New Frontier gather to decide what's to be done about their increasingly controlling artificial intelligence. It's a perfectly well written book, with the witty banter people have come to expect from David. And in additional to the Usual Suspects, David also proves himself adept at handling established characters (if there was any doubt), as a few familiar faces from the Voyager crew make an appearance. My problem with the book is that, despite the significance of a thre...more
John Kirk
This was quite a bleak story, with allies turning to enemies. It certainly held my attention, but it doesn't really have many of the aspects that first appealed to me about the series and I was disappointed at how some of the characters have turned out. I haven't read the Destiny books yet, so I was a bit confused by some of the character developments that have happened "off-page". Still, even when PAD's not at his best, his stories are still worth reading.

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The beginning of this book starts with Calhoun on Xenex back as a freedom fighter against the Brethren. Going back in time a bit, the pieces unfold on how he got there.

Morgan Primus is getting out of control and Calhoun knows it. At the beginning of the book, we see things start to go in motion for some kind of plot against Calhoun. When the plot is executed, Calhoun is summoned to Xenex and then is left there. Morgan makes it look like he beamed back up so the crew has no idea he's down there a...more
David Caldwell
I am a fan of Star Trek in all of its incarnations.I usually prefer the TV shows over the books.So I was not that familiar with the New Frontiers storyline.The series(or at least this book)is set after Voyager has returned from the Delta Quadrant.The only characters I was familiar with was Seven of Nine (but she has has all Borg implants removed by this book) and The Doctor (he has a mobile emitter which allows to move freely).

Captain MacKenzie Calhoun comes from a race of warriors and has never...more
David Palazzolo
Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man's Bluff by Peter David is the 18th novel in the New Frontier series proper and the 28th chapter in what I like to refer as to Star Trek: The Prime Time Soap. Sadly, from what I have gathered from across various sources, it appears that Blind Man's Bluff may be the final novel to this series. But I am going to hold onto hope and declare that this novel is merely the third season finale as there is quite a lot left unresolved for a true ending to the series (If y...more
Sean Randall
"'You'd rather not.' 'No.' 'Well then, I am now ordering you to tell me.' 'Then I'm afraid we're at an impasse, Admiral.'"

The opening chapter of this book is one of the best things I've read in ages. You do have to know about the world for it to make sense, but for one coming to the New Frontier after a hiatus of twenty months without any recap it is a phenomenal read.

"He had kept his arm extended and away from him so that he didn't chance landing on his own sword, since that would certainly be...more
I love Peter David's work, but felt a little let down with this latest installment. I feel as though this novel would have benefited from a more rigorous editorial process. The continuity issues could have been avoided completely with only a few very minor changes, and the other issues are minor enough to be overlooked. I feel bad giving Blind Man's Bluff a low score, but the high expectations I have for Peter David's work force me to be more critical of this latest effort.

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So far I'm just really not feeling it, which is a shame because I really loved the New Frontier books for a long time. But I think they've been going downhill for a while now, and while I'll finish this one to give it it's fair shot it certainly won't be a high priority.

Update: Okay, I slogged through a couple more chapters and still just can't get into the book. I'm going to have to abandon this one. It's sad because I loved where this particular series started out but I think it has just lost...more
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I've never been a fan of "alien of the week, more powerful than the last one," so this one didn't really sing for me. It was well-written, and the plot was tight. Just the characters that did not engage me.
Sadly, I think this series has lost most of its steam. I *loved* the earlier books. They're among my favorite Star Trek books. The latest installment wasn't as funny, and I felt the voices from the 'canon' characters were off.
Note to Self: Rage-rant in a few days when you wont spoil things.

Suffice to say ... it was a reasonable Star Trek book, but I don't think the NF books have been the same for quite some time.
I wish they'd make Peter David's New Frontier books into a TV series. It would probably be the best of all the Star Trek series (or not live up to my expectations). Can't wait for the next one.
Kevin O'connor
GREAT BOOK !!!! Peter David is Still the Man!!! I just hope he continues this Series.
Peter David, continues to impress. Now I, again, am left waiting for the next sequel.
A great read in the continuation of Captain MacKenzie Calhoun's story.
Good book - shame the series has been rather left hanging.
Kirsty Gray
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Not as funny as some of his others.
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Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often jokingly describes his occupation as "Writer of Stuff". David is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real world issues with humor and references to popular culture. He also uses metafiction frequently, usually to humo...more
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