Into the Void (Star Trek: New Frontier, #2)
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Into the Void (Star Trek: New Frontier #2)

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Roll Call: The Crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur:
Captain Mackenzie Calhoun: An unorthodox, decisive young captain who loves his crew and his ship, and loves testing their limits even more.

Commander Shelby: A woman of strong opinions and strong values, Shelby never hesitated to tell her captains when she thought they were wrong, and Mackenzie Calhoun won't be any exception.

Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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As much as I enjoyed the first book and couldn't wait to see how the cliffhanger would be resolved I was immediately struck with hesitation when I saw the cover of book #2. Shelby. On my list of least favorite Star Trek characters Shelby is very close to the top. I convinced myself there was some hope. Firstly, I had no choice if I was going to find out what happened to one of my favorite characters in House of Cards who was caught in the cliffhanger. Secondly, Peter David has previously turned...more
Better than the first one! Calhoun is more tolerable, thanks largely in part to the relationship between him and Commander Shelby, now that the cast is assembled we're getting to see some of our more minor characters shine, and the mission is starting to become interesting. I'm torn on the subject of Burgoyne, though--while the double-gendered pronouns drive me up the wall...I like the character well enough. In fact, God help me, I can't seem to stop picturing John Barrowman in the role! ;-)
3.5 Stars - and I'm just not rating it higher because it's just a quick, light read, exactly what it should be but not 4 stars. I found the first one a bit more intriguing. However, it appears that the first four books make a whole so they should all be considered together. The New Frontier series is a great ST read and should be picked up by any Trek lover missing the TV shows.
Star Trek: The Freak Show continues! There are sci-fi quickies that you can finish in a weekend, and then there are these things that you can finish in a sitting with a bowl a cereal. It's pretty light reading because it's entirely constructed of predictable tropes. Granted, these are tropes you never see in Trek, but tropes nonetheless. Also, this is, at most, two chapters in the middle of a larger book, but for some reason, the publisher decided to package them individually, not unlike snack f...more
Sean Randall
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In (Very) Short:

+ easy, breezy read
+ new adventure, new crew, new problem and hence no entangling with existing story lines
+ divers group of characters and aliens esp. those not common to the occasional Star Trek viewer
+ multiple perspectives from different crew members
- it's the length of a novella rather than a novel and thus only deals with individual parts of the overall story line

My Opinion:

Just like the first book, House of Cards, this story is quite short and crisp. Maybe even a little sh...more
Jamie Mccay
I read it as part of the New Frontier 4 book collection. Like the first book, I loved it, there is humour, drama and suspense. This will appeal to star trek virgins and old school trekkies alike! I can't wait to read book three.
Upon seeing the character of Shelby on the cover, I nearly stopped reading the series. I disliked every second of her presence on TNG. But as soon as I started this book, I gobbled it up hungrily. The new characters get more and more nuanced and compelling, and even Shelby is quite tolerable (or, at times, exasperated enough by the other characters that it's worth watching her rage). The political situation in sector 221-G grows ever more complex, and Captain Calhoun grapples with the difference...more
To be continued? I see what's going on here... I am tempted to buy the next book in the series, but I'm beginning to have a problem with this series -- there are a lot if people who want to "Star Wars" "Star Trek." They want Starfleet personnel breaking rules, making wisecracks, thumbing their noses at authority. But that's not "Star Trek" -- that's not how 24th century Starfleet graduates act. Even on DS9, the Starfleet crew lives the values of the Federation. If its not for you, then don't sti...more
I'm digging the redemption of Shelby. She was an annoying character for five minutes on TNG, so I like that David has fleshed her out and given her real character here. I also like that Soleta has been slightly toned down, is a little more Vulcan than Romulan, and seems to be finding her groove. I imagine an encounter with Ambassador Spock would have just that affect on an impressionable young half-Vulcan.

So far, the story is progressing nicely and I'm liking it.
This is a brilliant concept, introducing relatively new characters into a familiar franchise but in their own section of the universe. It’s a self-contained entity so there is no disparity between the show and the books like with some of the other adaptions from TV shows and in this case you get internal perspectives of the characters. In short well written (and often times TV adaption books are not) with fun characters I look forward to hearing more from!
A great idea, but this mini-book format makes for a choppy story, as it's basically a big book, the 'pilot episode' for a brand new Trek series, chopped into four smaller books. The two middle ones feel like mostly set up, so don't stand on their own very well.

I do like the new crew, but the format bugged me.
Rich Meyer
The second of Peter David's New Frontier novels continues the story of Captain MacKenzie Calhoun, and does so with David's particular style of good characterization and action. A lot of new and old characters are brought together and this reads like a proper Star Trek episode.
Jonathan Moss
Now that we're dealing only with the principle characters of the Excalibur, things take a better turn.

I'm enjoying where the series is going, but I also feel that there is too much going on for just four very short novellas to cover.

These books are fun and I can't wait to keep reading them.
I was hesitant about accepting Shelby, but Peter David has done a good job with her character, and in crafting the other characters as well.
Shannon Appelcline
Continues to be setup, and not as strong as the first book because we're no longer getting flashbacks, but nonetheless, good writing.
Definetely more of that ST flavor though I think the third book is where the series really takes off.
Benjamin Plume
Good continuation of Calhoun and company.
David Palazzolo
See vol. 4 of this series.
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