Many years ago, a bizarre alien lifeform known as the Black Mass consumed and destroyed an entire solar system in what was then the Thallonian Empire. Now the Black Mass has returned and its target is Tulan IV, homeworld of the fearsome Redeemers. Faced with near-certain destruction, the Overlord of the Redeemers is forced to turn to an unlikely ally: Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the Starship Excalibur. Busy coping with the return of his rebellious son, Calhoun is none too eager to come to the aid of his despotic enemy; but when innocent lives are at stake he has no choice but to confront the implacable Black Mass. But how can one solitary Starship hope to turn back a force capable of consuming entire suns?
For readers new to the New Frontier series and for fans of Peter David’s original creation, the charismatic, complex and volatile Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, the first eight books in the New Frontier series are here collected into one magnificent omnibus volume. From rescuing refugees from the Thallonian Empire to battling the unstoppable Black Mass, the adventures of Captain Calhoun and his crew will have both collectors and first-time fans on the edge of their seats.
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. Burgoyne 172:The chief engineer of the Excalibur, with the decisiveness of Calhoun, the strength of Shelby, and the gender of both. Burgoyne is a Hermat, and when s/he sets his/her sights on you, s/he isn’t an easy…person…to refuse. As the Thallonian Empire succumbs to violence and insurrection, the U.S.S. Excalibur prepares to launch on her humanitarian mission of mercy. But her departure is destined to be a memorable one, as Calhoun contends with an unexpected stowaway, a stormy relationship with his crew, and — light-years away — frightened refugees aboard a dying ship.
Ever since the fall of the Thallonian Empire, Si Cwan has been searching for his younger sister, the only other survivor of the royal family. Now it seems his quest may be nearing its end. On the planet Montos a mysterious young woman, her past shrouded in secrecy, finds herself pursued both by the fanatical Redeemers and a vicious race of feral predators known only as the Dogs of War. All are after information regarding the true nature and location of the Quiet Place, a mystical realm celebrated in myth and legend. Is Riella indeed Si Cwan’s long-lost sister? Before he can learn the truth, he and his companions — Mackenzie Calhoun, the scarred, alien captain recommended by Jean-Luc Picard; Commander Shelby, ambitious first officer and Calhoun’s fomer lover; Dr Selar, the Vulcan physician formerly assigned to the Enterprise; Ops officer Robin Lefler, and the rest of the Excalibur’s crew — must brave the unchecked savagery of the Dogs of War — and enter the terrifying heart of the Quiet Place.
Lieutenant Robin Lefler’s mother died in a shuttle explosion ten years ago. So is the woman being held prisoner in Thallonian space really her? If it is, what is her connection to the mysterious woman holding a weapon that could doom entire worlds? With the lives of billions at stake, Robin Lefler, Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur must find the answers before time runs out for them and for the struggling remnants of the once-great Thallonian Empire.
An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg. In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg. Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for their culture. They will not be denied. They must not be stopped. The old rules and assumptions regarding how the Collective should act have been dismissed. Now the Borg kill first, assimilate later. When the Enterprise manages to thwart them once again, the Borg turn inward. The dark places that even the drones never realized existed are turned outward against the enemy they have never been able to defeat. What is revealed is the thing that no one believed the Borg could do.
Peter David’s unforgettable novels of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the Starship Excalibur remain one of Star Trek’s most popular book series among fans. Now, David takes the New Frontier universe in a bold new direction that will at once shock, thrill, and delight longtime and brand-new readers of this acclaimed series. Three years have passed since the events depicted in the novel Stone and Anvil, and for the past and present crew members of the U.S.S. Excalibur, life has taken many surprising twists and turns. Captain Elizabeth Shelby has been promoted to admiral and heads Space Station. Bravo…while her former ship, the U.S.S. Trident, has a new captain. Soleta has left Starfleet to embrace the perils of exploring her Romulan heritage. The powerful Zak Kebron serves as the Excalibur ‘s counselor and head of security. And Mackenzie Calhoun? Well, Mackenzie Calhoun’s still who he is. As Si Cwan, prime minister of the New Thallonian Protectorate, prepares to marry off his sister Kalinda in a politically advantageous pairing that will strengthen his newly restored empire, the bride-to-be is abducted just before the wedding in a calamitous event that threatens to destabilize the entire sector — especially since Kalinda’s abductor is someone all too familiar. As the Excalibur, the Trident, and the entire Thallonian fleet attempt to bring order to their sector of space, none could ever suspect that a mysterious alien force may also be playing a part in Kalinda’s disappearance — and that the entire galaxy may soon face a long-forgotten enemy.
Imzadi: to the people of the planet Betazed, including Counselor Deanna Troi of the Starship Enterprise, it means "e;beloved"e; and denotes that which can never be truly broken. Yet to whom does Deanna’s heart truly belong? Commander William Riker was the first Deanna called Imzadi. Long before they served together on board the Enterprise, they shared a tempestuous love affair back on Betazed. And even now, many years later, Riker will embark on a desperate journey across time and space to save Deanna’s life. But Riker is not the only Starfleet officer to capture Deanna’s heart. Lieutenant Commander Worf, the fierce Klingon warrior, is also drawn to Deanna’s gentle and caring nature. Brought together by fate, he and Deanna share an unexpected passion that tests the bonds between Troi and Riker — even as a deadly Romulan conspiracy threatens them all! Bonus: An Exclusive Interview with the Author This edition includes Imzadi and Imzadi II: Triangle.
Fans of Peter David’s bestselling New Frontier saga have been eagerly awaiting a new adventure featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, Captain Elizabeth Shelby, and the crews of the Starships Excalibur and Trident. Now at last, Calhoun and Shelby return in an exciting page-turner that explores the past of both captains — while simultaneously confronting them with a perilous dilemma in the present. A crewman has been murdered aboard the U.S.S. Trident, and all evidence points to Ensign Janos of the Excalibur. Calhoun is reluctant to accept that Janos, a powerful non-humanoid whom the captain has known and trusted for years, could be a killer and immediately launches an investigation into the crime. But this troubling murder mystery soon escalates into a full-edged diplomatic crisis that threatens to pit Calhoun and Shelby against the entire United Federation of Planets — and the Starship Enterprise. Meanwhile, the turmoil involving Ensign Janos forces Calhoun to recall his own tempestuous past, his rocky relationship with a young Elizabeth Shelby, and a long-ago exploit that may have everything to do with the deadly emergency that now confronts them all! Stone and Anvil is exactly the kind of compelling and original Star Trek adventure that Peter David’s thousands of fans have come to expect from The New Frontier.
Captain Mackenzie Calhoun has often been accused of playing God, but he has never faced off against real gods — until now. As Captain Kirk did before him, Calhoun has encountered beings of unnatural power and abilities verging on godhood, and who claim to be the very individuals who inspired the Greek, Roman, Norse, and, other pantheons from Earth culture. These beings say that all they want is our worship, and in return for it will provide us with a peaceful galaxy-wide paradise of perfect health and endless pleasure. When the Federation, in the person of Captain Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur, refused their offer, the resulting battle left Morgan Primus dead and Lieutenant Mark McHenry, whose own powers over time and space had proved to be substantial, in a limbo beyond death. Now, with a wounded ship and an injured crew, Captain Calhoun, along with Captain Shelby and the crew of the Trident, must face these god-like beings once again, with the fate of galactic civilization at stake.