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The Returned, Part III

(Star Trek: New Frontier #21)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The final installment in a brand-new three-part digital-first Star Trek: New Frontier e-novel from New York Times bestselling author Peter David!

Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur are back, picking up three months after the stunning events depicted in New Frontier: Blind Man’s Bluff. Calhoun's search of Xenex has failed to find any survivors, an
Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published September 7th 2015 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Bobby Underwood
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely the most exciting and action-packed of The Returned trilogy in the Captain Calhoun world, part three takes a dark turn at times, and there are twists no reader could have foreseen. In some respects, this one reads like a writer taking the more outlandish elements of the New Frontier series to their extremes, which another reviewer also noted. That can be a bad thing if you’re a wholehearted devotee of New Frontier. But if that’s put aside — in fact, put this entire trilogy put aside f ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
New Frontier fans will be happy to see the gang back together, and the story features Peter David's usual whimsy and dabbling in darker story ideas. I would have liked to have seen a deeper exploration of some of the issues at the heart of the story, but that is not to be. Still, I don't think you should skip this if you enjoy New Frontier. There are some developments that are important going forward, and I do truly hope that New Frontier continues to go forward.

Full review: http://treklit.blogs
Shane Amazon
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
An attempt to flip the script leaves characters out of sorts.

At the end of Star Trek The Returned Part II, Peter David set the stage for the final battle between the forces he so carefully placed upon the chess board. Now, in Part III, we watch as those opponents square off in a nail-biting fight to the death.

Meckenzie Calhoun, now free from his manic quest for genocide against those whom destroyed his race, is now face-to-face with his new enemy in an even more dangerous quest to prevent them
Amy Softa
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Part two left me wanting more and then I had to wait for approval for this review copy and time passed. And passed some more and finally I had a copy of part three and a window in which to read it. Finally… Started it last week and immediately realized too much time had passed and I had forgotten where the story left off. This is why I write reviews people, so I can remember what the hell is going on in the
I can't tell you the number of times I was thanking the good folks over at NetGalley and Pocket Books for giving me a digital ARC of this e-novella.

Picking up where the second part left off (and with a cliffhanger that had me absolutely flummoxed), the third and final installment in "The Returned" is everything I hoped it would be and then some. I can only hope lots and lots of people buy this and that Pocket will give us more of the New Frontier. And I hope that if we get more that David will
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Spoilers: human nature and story line woefully lacking

Really? Part of the story was good. But, the sexual assault, the "oh, it's okay", the life of the child, cwansi. It's like the story was written, and then the Peter David got to the end, and said, "I have to finish this book in 10 pages." And did. From every aspect of wrapping up the story, emotional, word responses, action, wa sorely lacking. The first 2 were good, this last one, (probably to start a reboot) was sorely missing any normal hum
Dustin D. Kottke
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I almost wish it hadn't returned

I used to love the new frontier series but it seems the author embraces the most absurd elements of the original series and runs wild with them. While I will always love the new frontier it just seems like it needs to be reined in a bit.
Meg Dean
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got an advanced copy of this from Netgalley... It is exactly what I expect from a Peter David, Star Trek book :c)
Eric Cone
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If this was the end for the NEW FRONTIER series, then Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and company, went out in grand TNG style... THE RETURNED was well-worth the wait.
Crystal Bensley
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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David Palazzolo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Andy Luke
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The closer to the great New Frontier series, 20+ eps, not for the casual browser. The Returned Part 3 is not bad, just not good. As you'd expect from P.David it's not lazy, thoughtfully experimental in style. This closer captures a sense of the series. Unfortunately, Peter David wrote himself into a corner five or six books back and The Returned focuses exclusively on seeing to that with the priority of MacKenzie's arc. It does this well, but the ensemble (which made New Frontier special), are r ...more
Judith Paterson
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I always enjoy the New frontier stories but they are totally preposterous in that Mac has more lives than a cat and always comes out on top, what ever the huge odds against him and his crew.
They are all real roller coaster rides full of action and excitement.
Glad to see some of the enigma around Mark McInnery is now explained.
Walt Mccluskey
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The returned part 3

Excellent series and enjoyable to immerse yourself in the tale of fantasy, particularly if you have been a star trek fan of long standing. Characters may be different but easy to accept when mentally tied in to the old tales.
Andrew J Hebert
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always a Fan of the New Frontier Series

Humor, Satire, Adventure... it’s all here. Add Star Trek to the mix and who could ask for anything more? Enjoy
The Bookend Family
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Hail to the King, Baby!”
Star Trek: The Returned Parts I, II and, III
By Peter David
Review by: Brennan Palm

Star Trek: The Returned is probably one of the trekkiest book to have ever trekked. On top of that it’s also a good story. This three part book really surprised me due to the fact that most Star Trek (and Star Wars for that matter) books are over glorified fan service, and hold almost no entertainment value for all but the most diehard fans. These books more or less ditch that format and go
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

A couple of disclosures: This is part three of a three-part series, and while I read/reviewed the first book (see that review here), I did not receive a review copy of the second part.

One of the things I noted in the first book is that it isn't a stand-alone book. The three books must be together for a complete story, and I don't think very highly of books published this way. And of course, if you don't have part of the s
Al Tarancón
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cada regreso de la tripulación de la Excalibur es a la vez una alegría y un temor. La alegría de volver a disfrutar de los personajes creados por Peter David, del humor irreverente y del espíritu de la Star Trek de toda la vida con un toque mas humano y real que las historias originales. Pero también conlleva temor, porque desde hace años cada novela es prácticamente un milagro, tal y como esta el panorama.

Somos muchos los que tenemos cariño a los personajes, pero la verdad es que tras tantos a
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Peter David has long been one of my favorite writers of professional TrekFic – there’s a line he wrote decades ago about human male chest hair being for traction that has stuck with me for decades – so when I saw the last installment of the ebook trilogy in the New Frontier universe on NetGalley earlier this summer, I had to read it.

Very quickly, I realized that my habit of only reading TNG novels meant I had no idea what was going on, so I bought parts I and II of this trilogy and binge-read al
John Purvis
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The Returned Part 3” eBook was published in 2015 (September) and was written by Peter David ( Mr. David has written over 50 novels and many short stories. This novel is the 21st in his ‘Star Trek: New Frontier’ series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in the future of the Star Tr
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I've come to realize in reading Star Trek novels, not all writers are able to capture and bring to life the the qualities of the Star Trek characters and create a vibrant, action packed sci-fi story. A story that keeps you on your toes and makes you feel as if you have come home to the world of Star Trek, whether you are reading the original series or a new book series.

Peter David excels at this and that is why he is one of my favorite Star Trek authors!

With Star Trek: New Frontiers: The Returne
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given an electronic copy of this book by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

In the span of this final book in The Returned three part series, Captain Mackenzie Calhoun loses control, changes his mind, becomes diplomatic, and effectively dooms Earth if he cannot come up with an alternative solution. Take out Calhoun's name and you can put in most of the other Captain's from Starfleet history. This book is mostly true to the Star Trek universe, w
Mark Gardner
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A fight between gods. A genocidal race of super beings that can’t be stopped. The Excalibur against all odds in a race to save our galaxy. These are some of the themes in part three. The romp through sci-fi by Peter Allen David had to end, and the conclusion to “The Returned” was high-octane until the last chapter.

Happenstance endings, or an ending that is brought about not by the ingenuity of the main protagonist, but by some external force is a disappointment. The Excalibur and Calhoon didn’t
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
In the conclusion to the three part novel, Calhoun and his crew are still trapped in the pocket universe, being pursued. Meanwhile, on New Thallon, Robin Lefler, Cwansi and Mark McHenry now discover that they are dealing with Q which means that all bets are off.

I enjoyed this three part novel. I would read another if it came out. He definitely left it open to more books with the shocking ending.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The first two books were great so I was excited for this conclusion. Was totally not what I expected. The final book left me with mixed emotions. Part of me really enjoyed it and the other part me absolutely hated the direction the storyline took. Honestly could have been made into two books instead of three. And the way it ended...if this is the potentially the last book of new frontier...not a good ending.
May 29, 2016 added it
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Laurie Kazmierczak
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this 3 part book set. While there were some twists, the typical solutions were well within the Star Trek traditions. The concept of a pocket universe expanded the villainous aliens.
Plus the interrelationships between this crew was satisfactorily explored. Peter David continues to write superbly.
John Keegan
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned: Part III - The conclusion of the current trilogy of E-books, so things come to a head in a variety of ways, and the stage is set for future hijinks. The story resolves in some interesting ways, as the various threads come together nicely, but once again we are left on a cliffhanger. How certain are we that more is to come...?
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Never a disappointment - Peter David knows his stuff!

I'll admit, I've not followed all the New Frontier Trek stories - I think I need to revisit them. I got signed up for this serialized adventure and it was terrific. His charactes and ideas are well integrated into the 'verse of TNG and beyond.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
It looks like there could be more NF books!
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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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