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Finstere Verbündete

(Star Trek: New Frontier #8)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Vor vielen Jahren zerstörte eine als die Schwarze Masse bekannte bizarre Lebensform ein gesamtes Sonnensystem im damaligen Thallonianischen Imperium. Nun ist sie wieder da und hat es auf Tulan IV abgesehen, die Heimatwelt der Erlöser. Angesichts der drohenden Vernichtung sieht sich der Höchste Gebieter der Erlöser gezwungen, eine überraschende
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2013 by Cross Cult (first published November 1999)
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An unholy alliance!

This is the 8th novel in the “Star Trek: New Frontier” book series.


The mission of mercy of the USS Excalibur in the space sector 221-G continues!

Since the fall of the Thallonian Empire, the sector has been like an open party for the Redeemers in their zealot forced conversion of planets to the faith of Xant, their god.

Even when the Thallonian Empire was at its best point, they tried to avoid to make conflicts with the Redeemers, since those have a mighty fleet
Peter Wilson
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fiction
another good one from peter david, this should be on tv, its that good of course i no doubt will continue with this range
David H.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following after The Quiet Place, this continues a plot involving the Redeemers, which seems to be temporarily resolved by the conclusion of this book. However, the final page, holy crap. I was planning on pausing my readthrough of this series for a bit, but that's going to be tougher to do with that ending. I have no idea what they're going to do in the next story arc.

I got some more fun Lt. Soleta in this book, but not as much as I would've liked. I continue to love the humor, but definitely ge
Michael T Bradley
A lot more with the Redeemers, and another seemingly insurmountable baddie in the form of a ... dark ... nebulae thing.

The Redeemers is an example of PAD being too clever by far, I think. YES, they make sense and are ... like, there's a narrative rightness about them, but they're not very interesting to read. I always find myself either rolling my eyes or gritting my teeth.

The stuff with Si Cwan's sister & Mackenzie's offspring is decently interesting, but the end of the book is seven shades of
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
I just couldn't get into this one. I think I am finding that I am getting a little sick of the DRAMA onboard the Excalibur and wish there was a little bit more going on story-wise. The Black Mass and the solution were interesting enough and I liked the history of that, I just wish there was a little more to it. ...more
Ty G. Nelson
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really strong effort here. Has all the great character moments and action to be expected from this series. Awesome cliffhanger! After the minor disappointment of the previous book, it's safe to say this series is back on track. ...more
Derek Moreland
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fun to read between the lines of this series, puzzling out David's various comic book inspirations. To wit: in this novel, a Venom symbiote capable of devouring a planet is threatening Darksied's homeworld. :) ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Another excellent adventure for the Excalibur crew with an explosive ending!
Takiyah Dudley
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good continuation with a Hell of an ending.
C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Allies is another great book in the Star Trek: New Frontier series. I've mentioned this is my favorite series in the Star Trek novelverse and it's up there with my favorite series of books all round. The books are funny, adventurous, entertaining, moving, serious, and ridiculous all in one. The premise of the books is the U.S.S Excalibur, led by eccentric military genius Mackenzie Calhoun, and populated by a band of misfits has been sent into the former Thallonian Empire on a mission of pe ...more
David Palazzolo
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Frontier book 8: Dark Allies (which is actually the 11th chapter of the series by my count) is the sort of book I was hoping The Quiet Place would turn out to be with the action and soap opera finely balanced and with resolutions that help set the stage for future interactions.

Kallinda and Xyon's entrance into the community of the USS Excalibur throws everyone for a loop. Si Kwan takes an instant dislike to Xyon, feeling that an intergalactic rogue (even if he is the Captain's son) is not g
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Redeemers are a slightly obsessed race. They worship a god called Xant and go around their corner of the galaxy "converting" planets to their cause. Those who are not converted are destroyed. But today, they have a problem.

A large black terror known simply as "The Black Mass" is heading toward their homeworld. Si Cwan has seen it before and watched it take out a planet and a sun when he was a boy. After it feeds, it sleeps for a variable amount of time before it comes out to feed again.

The O
'Nathan Burgoine
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Furthering the introduction of some very important characters who join on (for lack of a better term) with the USS Excalibur's crew, book eight in Peter David's "New Frontier" series has a bit of a hard time in its telling (it gets awkward in places), but has an absolutely unfair cliffhanger ending that'll leave you waiting for more.

As always, it's the slight humour blended with the sharp characterizations that make the series worth reading. The inclusion of Si Cwan's sister and Calhoun's son
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Peter David was starting to lose control of this series as too many weak story threads and PAD's need to have everyone be funny overpower the story.
The Redeemers are unpleasant and evil, but interesting, but the soap opera aspects and a weak ending hurt this book.
I think I only lasted another book or two before PAD drove me away.
Shame, as it's a great idea and full of cool characters, but needed an editor that would make PAD tone it down.

Sean Randall
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You're not fine. You look like an elephant sat on your face."

Things with the redeemers boil to a head in typical style, and nobody can deny that the characters are so alive that it's hard to imagine them sitting quietly in the pages of a book. Cwan's combat is powerful, Calhoun's right-hook is true and we finally get an insight into the Vulcan birthing process.
Thomas DuCharme
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all the previous New Frontiers, I loved this one. The characters are lovable, the dialogue witty, the action fast-paced. I think if there'd been an adaptation of this series after Voyager, it might've saved Star Trek from falling into obscurity for several years. ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrek
Bad ending...
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Very good installment in a very good series. Love the last page and it's ballsy cliffhanger. ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Funny, focused on more crew members again. Great reading, expcept the very end.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scif-fi
Ending was super abrupt.
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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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