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Gebranntes Kind

(Star Trek: The Captain's Table #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Es gibt eine Bar, die sich „The Captain’s Table“ nennt. Dort können sich diejenigen, die mächtige Schiffe jedweder Form und Ära kommandiert haben, treffen, um sich zu entspannen und ein oder zwei Drinks mit anderen ihres Schlags zu genießen. Manchmal kann es zu einer Schlägerei kommen, aber das bleibt alles mehr oder weniger in der Familie. Wichtig ist nur, dass die erste ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 10th 2011 by Amigo Grafik (first published October 1998)
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This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read!


This book is positioned in a solid 5th place, in my very personal top list of Star Trek novels that I have read, and I still can't imagine something able to make it to lose its high position.

Sadly, it's very likely that a lot of Trekkers and sci-fi fans haven't read it.

Since it's part of the event The Captain's Table (a book event where Star Trek Captains go to a certain kinda-mystical b
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
One of the best of the New Frontier stories so far, and a great Star Trek story over all. Fills in the details of Calhoun’s backstory that they’ve been hinting at in the other books. Parts are similar to TOS “The Doomsday Machine” which is an all-time great episode.

A heads up - the kindle version of this is terribly edited. You may want to try and find the paperback instead.

Minor spoiler:

I think I’ve decided that my favorite Star Trek stories are the ones about time loops and mutinies and this
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, 100-books
How unobservant am I? I realized 72 pages into the fifth book in the Captain’s Table series that each cover has a picture of the author of that book. Does that look like I imagine Captain Calhoun? No, but that is a pretty good rendering of Peter David in the background. I double checked this hypothesis with Dujonian's Hoard and that’s Michael Jan Friedman hovering in the back. I don’t know what the other authors look like, but you can pick out people in the other covers who look like they might ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a much darker tone than the preceding ones in the New Frontier series. Rather than a flavor of quirky humor and enthralling action, this book is instead infused with anguish and foreboding. Captain Calhoun here tells the story of what he perceives as his biggest failure, a time when he was caught up in a heartbreaking series of events. His wounds and regrets are still raw years later. But David handles this more brutal tone fearlessly, and presents an honest look at a complex unspo ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best of the "Captain's Table" that I've read so far, this one didn't play around too much between the tale told by the captain vs a separate tale centered around the bar and the telling of the first. Also it helps that this captain doesn't exist as an actor on TV or film, so when you have his POV you don't have an established interpretation and seasons worth of material playing in your head looking for consistency. Finally, Peter David simply can write well for this kind of no frills ...more
Scott Miller
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it's no surprise I enjoyed this--Peter David just gets better and better with each New Frontier novel--I am surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I don't generally enjoy the fantastical sort of stories that sometimes happen in Star Trek books or series, especially any that occur on a holodeck, and the Captain's Table concept fits with those. However, Mackenzie's re-telling of the story of his first time killing and his time on the Grissom was the focus of this, so the setting wasn' ...more
Markus Korpela
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be damned, if this just wasn't one of the best Star Trek books I've ever read. Loved the dark tone of it, and just loved how these books (and later series) keep shattering that over-optimistic utopia, that Gene Roddenberry envisioned. Make no mistake, I consider Roddenberry genius, and love TOS, but let's be honest. UFP and it's people would never be perfect. There would be grief and suffering. Just like in this book.

Best of New Frontier so far. And then, unto the next one.
David H.
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating read. It's basically a flashback to when Captain Mackenzie Calhoun was a Commander under the beloved Captain Kenyon of the USS Grissom, though it has an interesting frame story of a magical bar that only captains can get into (hence the series name of The Captain's Table). I'm only reading this for its Star Trek: New Frontier connection, so I didn't bother with the earlier Captain's Table books (which feature Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway, naturally).

Structurally, we ge
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
This is how you use the Captain's Table to its best potential. It's a rarely interrupted narrative, unless Calhoun went off on a rabbit trail which he sometimes did, and a good story to boot told from the Captain's perspective and stuck to his end, and his interpretation, of the events. It helps that Calhoun is a creation of the author but this didn't fall into the usual pit that the New Frontier series often did which was getting mixed up in the stupidity of the nonsense on board the Excalibur ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As I've found with David's writing previously (context: I am reading my way through the Star Trek litverse chronologically, and as yet have only read his material from the 90s) there is a lot of clever storytelling and good character development here tempered with unfortunate bits of unchallenged casual misogyny etc from the supposed protagonist. I can only hope this is a habit he eventually grows out of. Those brief bits aside, this book is an entertaining ride and tells a story that had only y ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think this is my favorite, so far, of Peter David's New Frontier series. This one features MacKenzie Calhoune's Starfleet career before the USS Excalibur. It's quite a bit different than the regular New Frontier series and it's written as a very page-turning thriller. Don't be put off that it's a part of The Captain's Table series. It is indeed a stand-alone. The Captain's Table series of books are linked only thematically. ...more
Sean Randall
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, yes. This was super. Peter David’s always treated the Trek universe with his trademark irreverence, and Calhoun positively blazed here. The voice is naturally as authentic as it comes, and the whole story just works so well, it’s hard to stop for breath. Without doubt, the best entry of this saga.
Darin Miller
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Just excellent.
Beverly Fuqua
Entertaining story, lots of action, sword fights and phasers. Pretty good for what it is.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, good back story about Calhoun.
Not the best of New Frontier novels, but decent anyway. It tells of the backstory of Calhoun, by focusing on his time on the USS Grissom.
David Palazzolo
Easily the most introspective of all the New Frontier books so far, this 7th entry also suffers from the most problems--not all of which could be anticipated by Peter David at the time of writing. The book's main failures stem in part from the fact that it ran a little long and is somewhat inconsistent with the set up presented in Fire On High. Also, as bad as things got, I don't think what happened could inspire such internal angst in Mackenzie Calhoun, particularly when one considers all of Ma ...more
Chris McCown
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
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I really liked this book. Yes, the constant hinting about the horrible thing that happened on the Grissom in M'k'n'z's secret past was somewhat intriguing/annoying, but this is just about the best answer that question could get.

Because yeah, sometimes bad things happen. Everyone has a breaking point. Knowing that and not being horribly disillusioned by it are two different things. I like Mackenzie Calhoun a lot, and this is a great piece of backstory that really fleshes out his character.
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
I'm not familiar with McKenzie Calhoun but I enjoyed his story. Kind of brutal in places (that's not the reason I liked it:-). I've been sucked in to all the Star Trek penned by Peter David, so far.

Calhoun quoted Kirk a lot and seemed to try to emulate him but in a no conscience sort of way. He was a rogue, but not a likeable one, in my humble opinion. I'll have to read more about him. Maybe I'll change my opinion of him.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
3.5 stars. Peter David is one of my favorite Star Trek writers. This was a good adventure story. The "Captain's Table" concept, however is really kinda dumb and forced throughout the whole series.

This was my first Mackenzie Calhoun book, but I'd be willing to read more of the adventures of Captain Calhoun and the starship Excalibur.

Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The title is a mouthful, but Peter David comes through with this first-person tale told by Captain Mackenzie Calhoun. The Captain’s table format gives both David and his character an opportunity to tell a very personal story. I found it entertaining. You can find PAD among the crowd of the cover art.

Published in mass-market paperback by Pocket Books.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. If you are curious about Captain Calhoun and his past, then read this one. It tells the tale of his eatly strfleet days and how he had to go against his captain's orders. Really great!!! ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
having read about 30 some star trek book, this is the only one I would actully say was good
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
Excellent, like all of the New Frontier installments I've read. Peter David always brings an excitement to Trek novels that a lot of the authors can't manage. ...more
Shannon Appelcline
The best New Frontier book of the first several (though it didn't appear in that series). Great characterization and backstory of Mac. ...more
Ben Kidd
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
One of the greatest Star Trek Novels ever written... Probably not great if you are not a Star Trek fan but the themes are still great.
One of the better entries in this series - a little less humourous, a lot more more heart-rending. It's one of the saddest books in the Star Trek universe. ...more
Elizabeth Tai
3.5 stars. Started out slow but was really heartbreakingly good in the end. Calhoun's much alluded tragedy which made him leave Starfleet was fitting and also well done. ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Peter David ("PAD") truly understands Star Trek. Once again he blows up our notions of canon by just creating his own canon within the franchise, but this isn't just some "deep space franchise." It's unique and you can see the influence of comic books and Douglas Adams in these works too. Once Burned made me want to read the next book in the Captain's Table series and to delve more into in the New Frontier series. Feels like peeling away the layers of an onion each time I read one of these beca ...more
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aka David Peters

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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