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Roll Call: The Crew of the USS ExcaliburDr. Selar: The Excalibur's Vulcan doctor is all business. If you want to know what's wrong with you, she's the one to go to, but not if you're expecting someone to hold your hand. As calm and logical as the rest of her people, Dr. Selar has a secret as shocking to her as it will be to the rest of the crew.Si Cwan: A prince exiled froRoll Call: The Crew of the USS ExcaliburDr. Selar: The Excalibur's Vulcan doctor is all business. If you want to know what's wrong with you, she's the one to go to, but not if you're expecting someone to hold your hand. As calm and logical as the rest of her people, Dr. Selar has a secret as shocking to her as it will be to the rest of the crew.Si Cwan: A prince exiled from the Thallonian empire, he is beloved by some and targeted for death by others. But Si Cwan has his own agenda: a search for the one woman who means the world to him.Zak Kebron: The bronze-skinned Brikar is the security chief of the Excalibur. When he walks, the decks shake, and if he's coming your way, you'd better pray that you're on his good side.Two mysteries vie for the attention of the crew of the Excalibur: Is the hospitality of the people of Nelkar too good to be true? And does a stranded spaceship truly hold the object of Si Cwan's quest... or is it instead an all-too-deadly trap?...

Title : The Two Front War
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ISBN : 9780671013974
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Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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The Two Front War Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-04-14 03:59

    With the hands full of threats!ALONE AGAINST THE WHOLE SECTORCaptain Mackenzie Calhoun, in command of the USS Excalibur, isn't your usual type of Starfleet captain, he isn't Terran, he is from the planet Xenex, where he was known as, M'k'n'zy of Calhoun there, and he liberated his whole homeworld from alien oppression, before he'd become adult......Captain Picard sees something in him, obviously he was an impressive person, being a planetary hero, but beyond his freedom fighter skills, Picard knew that M'k'n'zy would waste his real potential if he'd remain on Xenex, so Picard supported his admission into the Starfleet Academy, where he changed his name into Mackenzie Calhoun to fit better there......and while his early phase of his Starfleet career wasn't a regular one neither......he was getting a second chance taking command of the USS Excalibur.The political turmoil of Space Sector 221-G isn't something for the usual Starfleet captain, so it's good that Mackenzie isn't one......he is facing two threats at once......the USS Excalibur rescued a group of aliens without any world and now he needs to decide if an opportunity for them is really what it seems like......and also an emergency call seems to be what Ambassador Si Cwan was hoping for......the chance of meeting again with his lost sister, Kalinda.However, in the perilous Space Sector 221-g (formerly Thallonian Empire), rarely things are what it seems at first sight.A new frontier, new crew, new threats!!!

  • Lexxi Kitty
    2019-04-15 11:17

    A better more coherent entry in this series - a more complete novel, though it is still obvious that David wrote a 1000 page book and then broke it down into four parts (what with the 'set up' in first book, the second that didn't have much occur but for flying towards then initial events in the 'space in conflict', and then this one here, more complete story but still ended abruptly on a cliffhanger; plus the individual books appear one month apart way back in 1997).There's a good chance that, if the fourth book holds up well (whenever I get around to reading it), the entire four part book might end up being rated higher than the individual parts (as these breaks and cliffhangers really are hard to overcome - I've been taking breaks (reading other things) between 'parts/books' because, hey, there are breaks between the parts).um. Wow, boring review. But what can I say? The spaceship is interrupted in it's rescue mission by being fired upon by another spaceship. Excalibur gets them to stop firing on them long enough to have a conversation. Meanwhile the royal dude who stowed away on Excalibur heads off in a shuttlecraft with a mountain of a man to 'save his sister'. Events and ships might not be what they seem. Then . . . CLIFFHANGER! End.Rating: 4.22May 18 2017

  • Dan Quigley
    2019-04-18 11:01

    What a great book! I liked the first in the series a great deal. The second one was only perhaps 90 percent as good. I expected a slow letdown as the series continued. The third novel sure surprised me. I liked it even better than the first! The humor and dialogue is what really made this novel work for me. As a writer myself – my MFA is in Creative Writing - I sit back in awe at David's uncanny ability to make a scene come alive, and he writes the dialogue I wish I could.This is another short book, 152 pages, broken down into sections that deal with different characters in different settings in three different story lines. The main story line begins with a ship-to-ship combat scene that introduces a treacherous new race: the scavengers of Nelkar. The second story line centers on Si Cwan, a prince exiled from Thallonia, currently on a mission in a Federation shuttle with Kebron, the Excalibur's security chief. They pursue an enemy of Si Cwan that presumably holds a Si Cwan family member hostage. The third and for now less interesting story line deals with the two Vulcan women on the ship, their growing intimacy and their sharing of each other's personal problems. Presumably these problems will become more relevant to the entire crew later in the series.Besides the clever dialogue, the fast pace, and clean story telling, what makes this installment so good is the intense conflict Calhoun finds himself both in dealing with his second in command, the refugees on board his ship, and the Nelkarites. I especially like the moral theme behind the book and its relevance to today's international scene as we (America) try to maintain Calhoun's vision of how best to deal with terrorists, and see that vision contrasted against the current Japanese government saying they will do anything to save their two citizens from ISIS, and all of Europe's many concessions to terrorists in their past. The typical American point of view is that negotiating with a terrorist demonstrates weakness and guarantees the necessity of having to negotiate again further down the road as the problem will certainly recur. We prefer annihilating the terrorist instead in order to put an end to the problem. This policy has had mixed results so far for we Americans, though I believe we are having to negotiate with terrorists less than Europeans now must. Will the American policy work out better for Calhoun? It's a fascinating question!The third novel ended on such a cliffhanger. I am glad I have the fourth and don't have to wait to begin it!

  • Sean Randall
    2019-04-18 07:13

    "Who am I to judge you?" asks Mackenzie Calhoun, "I am someone who knows what it's like to deal with someone like me."It's all still there - the laughs, the character development, the inexorable rolling on of the plot. This time, of course, things are heating up.naturally, it's all gone wrong and also naturally, it's all gone wrong at once. Kebron and Si Cwan have lost their ship and were the sole occupiers of a second during its complete obliteration which, if it weren't for the very early placement in the series chronology, might just be fatal. Captin Hufmin and his refugees seem to have landed themselves in extraordinarily hot, piranha-laced water, and Captain Mackenzie calhoun, despite his emphatic "They made their free choice, and they die as free beings", cannot surely just let everyone be slaughtered for petty technological advancement?"Are you saying you think I have a pretty face?" "I am saying that, with sufficient intoxication, anyone may seem attractive."In the less combative (but highly emotional) scenes, we have Selar still refusing Chief Engineer Burgoyne's advances. But with both shipboard Vulcan's having ample spuriously scandalous history, things continue to bubble.So: is it the end for Cwan? Is Calhoun heartlessly going to let everyone die (thus ensuring Commander Shelby has to report him and take over his job)? Is Soleta going to keep her heritage a secret? is Selar actually producing increased hormones, and if so, will she allow her control to slip long enough to actually have sex with someone not of her own species? And if any of this happens, what's Admiral Jellico going to have to say about it all? I suppose some of these questions will be answered in the next title, which I am immediately going to pick up. The plot thickens yet again, and although we can easily see this is yet another link in the complex chain of events, it's a more thought-provoking, cliffhanging link than the last. "may the Great Bird of the galaxy," As Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne so graciously opined, "Roost on your planets."

  • Amy at Read What I Like
    2019-04-07 10:51

    Just when I think I might want to take a break from this series Mr. David gives us a huge cliffhanger at the end… I am being won over to his writing style though. He does cliffhangers really well, even from chapter to chapter. He knows how to build suspense and write good action sequences. I’m still happy that the familiar TV characters remain in reference instead of in action. I just don’t agree with how he portrays them, in this series at least. He did write one of the more famous Trek books Imzadi. That one is set on the Enterprise and features Troy and Riker, I’m almost hesitant to try it after the first book in this series.This book is played out on two fronts, like the title eludes to, and follows a divided crew that walks into two traps. The trap that Si Cwan is left off at would have had me more worried than I am, one of the perks of having read a later book first. The trap Calhoun is left at has me scrambling to write this review and dive into the fourth book! We are getting to see an interesting side to his character as this drama unfolds.There was some Vulcan bonding in this book that was quite interesting. I like both of these characters, Dr. Selar and Soleta and enjoyed the time spent with this in this book. I missed some of the tension between Dr. Selar and Burgoyne 172 and hope that the story returns to these two soon.Over all it is a good read, not something I am terribly excited for, but entertaining nevertheless. I’ve already been looking out for used books I don’t have in the series so I suppose that is a good sign. I am going to finish up the fourth book, to see what happens next after the cliffhanger ending, but after that I am going to be returning to the end of the series as I approved for an ARC of the next The Returned serial release. After that I may move on for a bit until I can get my hands on book #5.

  • Dianah
    2019-04-26 03:08

    This is the crew bonding book in the series. Soleta and Selar learn each others secrets while Cwan and Zak have to team up against Cwan's arch enemy. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two books, but there was a moment in the book where I was actually surprised by what happened. Well, I was surprised with "how" something happened. The "what" had been foreshadowed to the point of annoyance. That surprise allows this book to maintain the 5-star rating. Now to see if book #4 will maintain the momentum and keep the first complete story in New Frontier series in the 5-star range.

  • Phillip
    2019-04-24 04:14

    This is the third book in the series and it has me doubting whether I should continue with New Frontier. All the wisecracking and killing ... this seems Star Wars than Star Trek. Not many of the Excalibur officers seem to hold their Starfleet bearing, and the captain is the most un-Starfleet of all. I'm going to see how book four is, but just not impressed with the quality of New Frontier right now.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-04-15 11:09

    Another quick one in the Captain Calhoun/New Frontier series. There's a lot of action in these, and they're very episodic. One would think they'd be better as TV episodes than novellas. I guess it's cheaper to write shorter books for the e-book market than try to reboot a franchise. Pity. These books take less time to read than a normal Star Trek episode. They aren't bad, as Peter David is one of the best Star Trek writers out there, but they could use this concept for so much more...

  • Mandy
    2019-04-21 10:06

    The potential to be a very good book is definitely there with this one, but it's a bit too dependent on its being part of a series. It picks up in the middle of something, and ends there too. If I were to really enjoy this book I'd have to be reading the entire series, and I don't much care for books like that. While I prefer to read a series in order, I don't think such a thing should be integral to a book's cohesion or comprehensibility.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-26 09:06

    I like the way Si Cwan and Zak Kebron really hit their stride as a duo here. I freaking loved the way Zak lies straight faced about his past to get Si Cwan to identify him. Much as I love Vulcans I feel like the Selar plot is taking too long with its heavy focus on Pon Farr. Pon Farr should be used sparingly, not as a defining character trait.

  • Eric
    2019-04-12 03:21

    Series is getting better as it goes on. Love the way the storyline carries over from book to book instead of the author trying to rush to get to the climax of each plot. It's just like watching the old TV series. Characters grow very nicely learning new traits every new book. Real fun.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-25 11:13


  • Johnny
    2019-04-14 10:09

    Things really rev up at this point in the story. It's a gritty captain and a more dangerous/vulgar look at StarFleet than I've seen in other novels. Enjoying the series.

  • Karlen
    2019-03-31 07:07

    Another quick, fun read for fans of Star Trek. Looking forward to the last book as I'm enjoying the characters.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-05 02:54

    I'm moving on to book 4! I wish they could have made this into a series.

  • Jarrod
    2019-04-06 03:00

    Love the Series... Even if Selar has issues.

  • Paul
    2019-04-18 06:07

    I like this Calhoun guy; Great ending.. ("Kill them all and bring it on" to paraphrase) Looking forward to the next one.

  • K
    2019-04-18 08:56


  • Aarøn VE
    2019-03-30 05:09

    So far probably the funniest of the first three. Si Cwan and Zak Kebron are freaking great.

  • Travis
    2019-04-05 04:08

    This series gets better as the cast is in place and things start to happen. Nice mix of new characters and Trek history.Would have made a good TV series.

  • Apostolos
    2019-04-05 05:09

    pretty good

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2019-04-11 06:19

    Things start happening; generally good with increasingly interesting characters.

  • Benjamin Plume
    2019-04-25 09:06

    Vintage Peter David.

  • rk 7
    2019-03-27 11:02

    Selar is such a compelling as is the entire cast, so thoroughly well done and enjoyable.

  • David Palazzolo
    2019-04-12 08:19

    see vol 4 of this series.

  • Michael Holloway
    2019-04-19 05:51

    Oh dear. Somehow David has found a way to make his characters even more stereotypical, and the plot astoundingly obvious.

  • Brian Lewis
    2019-04-24 08:57

    Another in the series of interesting story line and almost totally unlikable crew members.