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Star Trek. New Frontier. Märtyrer

(Star Trek: New Frontier #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Ein neues Schiff ...
Eine neue Mannschaft ...
Eine neue Mission!

Nach dem Fall des alten Thallonianischen Imperiums ist der Planet Zondar von einem Bürgerkrieg bedroht. Die Ankunft der U.S.S. Excalibur wird von der verängstigen Bevölkerung mit Erleichterung und Freude aufgenommen. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, der gerade von der thallonianischen Thronwelt fliehen konnte, wird al
Paperback, 302 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Cross Cult (first published March 1998)
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Space Sector 221-G got even more complicated!


The former Thallonian Empire, now renamed just as Space Sector 221-G is on a very risky political unstability, but...

...the fragile situation got even worse when the religious angle got into the equation of the space sector!

The Thallon world is no more, and when the unthinkable, even almost impossible happened...

...this unprecedented event was seen as a prophecy on the planet Zondar...

...which it won't be
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As much as I love Peter David, this series always feels like Star Trek's weird cousin. The characters aren't great. Calhoun is interesting, but his snark always feels forced. The storylines have too much fantasy elements for my taste. This entry was oddly sexual. In spite of all that, I'm not ready to give up just yet. Si Swan is intriguing and a plot element from the next book has caught my interest. The jury is still out. ...more
David H.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun New Frontier novel, now that they're more settled into a mission routine. I loved most of the humor in here, though I feel like the author's playfulness around Burgoyne's sexual nature either got old or was a bit dated. David does a great job with character interactions, and Lt. Soleta has been consistently one of the low-key funniest characters so far (a Vulcan!).

This definitely is a popcorn series for me.
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thallon is gone. A giant bird hatched out of it and now Excalibur travels around the sector aiding whoever they have to from the fallout in the sector.

The main storyline is that Calhoun finds out that he is the savior of the people of the planet Zondar. When he goes down for a diplomatic mission, he disappears mysteriously.

On the side, Dr. Selar discovers that she is undergoing the Pon Farr. It was delayed because her husband had a heart attack during Pon Farr and died. She asks the captain to
David Palazzolo
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice follow up to the first big adventure, if a little uneven--but that's to be expected given this is essentially the first open ended series of Star Trek novels. Finding the perfect balance between the ongoing and self contained plots may take a volume or two.

And stuff does happen here. There is a resolution in the Selar-Burgoyne-McHenry triangle, a new recurring character Ens. Janos (a Mugato) is introduced, Lefler takes on the side task of being a liaison between Si Cwan and Capt. Calhoun,
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting book, but it felt like too much setup for too little payoff. I'm sure we will run into the Redeemers again, but for their buildup in this book I expected to see more of them in the end. I was mildly annoyed by the Burgoyne 172 storyline. I understand Peter David wanting to do the whole "s/he" "hir" "shir" thing, but it gets old really fast.

Overall, it's a good story, but really predictable. The whole Selar/Pon Farr thing had been stretched out for the first four books so
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Redeemers are a thoroughly nasty, but still interesting race and the crew is still strongly written, with a minimum of sub-plots.
The first half dozen books of this series were the best.
This would have made a good TV series, with it's mix of politics and 'big and cosmic' stories.

Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this next book in the series. It's relatively self contained as far as the plot line is concerned, but nicely continues some of the previous ongoing points. I'm interested to see how this continues in future books. ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter David has always written some good Trek stories, but this one seems forced. The characters are very interesting, and really drive the story. It just seems some of the dialoge is stiff and forced. I'm hoping the next one of this series improves in this area. ...more
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I have enjoyed Peter David's Trek work, but the language in this one just didn't do it for me. It seemed careless. The characters and driving story I've come to expect from him where there, though. ...more
John Kirk
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was the first full length novel (the first story was released in 4 separate books), and it certainly benefits from that.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I really do want to rate this one higher but this book took about 5/8s of the way through to finally get going. I'm pretty sick of reading about the Burgyone and Selar relationship dynamic and really want to get a chance to get to know the characters on the crew who are actually interesting instead of their relationship "drama." When the book decides that it doesn't want to be a soap opera and instead wants to be a Star Trek book then it actually is interesting. Peter David does take the humorou ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still don't know what to make of PAD's New Frontier series. There's a lot more pulp than usual Trek novels. More snark, less utopian optimism, more weird aliens, and more sex. I'm not a prude, but sex doesn't feel right with Trek. Sure, TOS could be pretty horny at times, but this book is utterly RIFE with love triangles and heated trysts. And you better believe PAD fills it with puns about warp core breaches, which I could have done without.

It's a weird soup of styles and genres that has bot
Nabil Hussain
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, enjoyable romp which was fascinating to read

This novel was well written. It was composed in the nice, readable, compelling style that has made Peter David a unique author. The novel was entertaining and a pleasure to read. I would just like to say if Peter could keep including a large number of sci fi elements within future stories. Characterization is just wonderful. Good job, Peter!!
I can't say this worked for me....the characterization of Shelby seems off, and indeed, all of the sexual politics in this book made me somewhat uncomfortable. I had been enjoying the cast of this title and was looking forward to spending more time with them, but I found this very disappointing. ...more
Ty G. Nelson
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow to start but picks up nicely. A little thin in plot but has great character moments. I definitely feel more attached to this crew than before reading it. I'm excited to see what happens to them next. ...more
Frater Xolotl
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it took a bit to get moving, once it did, it was such a quick and enjoyable read.
finishing this book was an exercise in self-loathing.
Shiloh Peacemaker
I love this CREW! I MUST read more! (This was my reading only at work book)
Anthony Emmel
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Definitely 5 stars. After the series picked back up with a full-sized novel, it got better. Definitely. That is all.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent! Loved it!
Derek Moreland
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Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
About 2.5 stars. Not one of David's best! ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek: New Frontier had a bit of growing pains to go through with the first four books. While there were moments of great comedy and great adventure, they were interspersed with unprofessional behavior amongst the crew and inappropriate silliness. New Frontier's fifth installment hammers out some of these problems and makes a more "realistic" (for whatever value that word has in a setting with Apollo running around and logical elves) take on the characters.

The premise of this novel is Capt
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose people usually disregard a one star rating as a rant, however, this book really deserves it. While I enjoyed reading the first 4 books in the series, this one gave me the resolution to never pick up a Peter David book again. While I am curious, and perhaps even feeling obligated to finish the series, I really have no desire to repeat how awful, and angry this novel made me feel.

The book almost entirely consists of sex jokes, sex scenes, and sexual innuendos. While, I am not overly sens
James Haresign
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, space
Continuing Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and The Excalibur's journey into uncharted Thallonian Space, Martyr sees Calhoun being worshipped as a Saviour thanks to the events of the previous novel, and using that status to try and broker a peace between two warring factions. Of course not everything goes to plan.

Martyr's not quite as strong as the opener, but since that was four books into one I'll allow it. I did like how it shifted the focus of the book to some of the other members of the crew that
Sean Randall
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Shane Amazon
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek: Martyr covers a wide range of touchy subjects that humanity has struggled with since the beginning of civilization. Sex and religion are an underlying thread that effect the vast majority of the Excalibur crew and the storyline as a whole. When the CMO begins a journey into Pon Far, a difficult proposal is offered to Captain Calhoun. Meanwhile, a planets population find what they believe is their Savior in McKenzie hoping that he will bring them peace and long life.

I actually give Pet

THE GOOD: This is the first real stand-alone book in the New Frontier series. This is the only Star Trek series I could find that is complete and linear and from the same author.

THE BAD: Even with the rather simple story-lines, what kept me coming back were the character developments. Peter David has a knack for making us care about the characters and see how they react/progress/interact with each other throughout the development of the story.

THE UGLY: It will take a few more books in the series
A little more confusing than I want a Star Trek book to be. This instillation in the series experiments with religion and not-entirely-linear storytelling. Usually I like this, but it wasn't particularly well done here and as a result the should-be-scary religious cult was mostly annoying. Not looking forward to their recurring later, but I certainly expect them to.

Other than that, I kind of liked the Macbeth rescue by Burgoyne 172 as well as hir burgeoning relationship with Doctor Selar.

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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 hum

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“What about his life on Xenex can possibly apply to your situation. Xenexians don't have Pon Farr."

"Granted, Commander. However, they do have their own traditions and customs. One of them is that if a woman of the tribe has become widowed, and she wishes to conceive, thereby fulfilling what is perceived as the woman's role in the tribal order--and please--she put up a hand to forestall exactly what she anticipated Shelby saying--do not spend time telling me that women are capable of fulfilling many more functions besides childbirth. Since you and I have both chosen careers in Starfleet, we can take that to be a given in both our personal philosophies. The point is, if she wishes to conceive, then it is the responsibility of the tribal leader to perform the necessary services. Mackenzie Calhoun was indeed a tribal leader. Therefore I am merely asking him, in a manner of speaking, to fulfill the same obligations."

But he's not on Xenex!" pointed out Shelby.

"True. And I am not on Vulcan. Our specific geographical location, Commander, is irrelevant. We continue to carry out cultures and backgrounds within us, no matter where we are.”
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