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Missing for two hundred millennia, the legendary Iconians have returned, bringing with them the secret of interdimensional teleportation across vast interstellar distances. Awakened once more, their ancient Gateways are rewriting the map of the galaxy, and nowhere more than in the New Frontier®.... A century ago, the imperial Thallonians separated two feuding alien races, Missing for two hundred millennia, the legendary Iconians have returned, bringing with them the secret of interdimensional teleportation across vast interstellar distances. Awakened once more, their ancient Gateways are rewriting the map of the galaxy, and nowhere more than in the New Frontier®.... A century ago, the imperial Thallonians separated two feuding alien races, depositing each of them on a new world safely distant from that of their ancestral enemies. Now, however, the Gateways have made it possible for the long dormant blood feud to begin anew. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the "U.S.S. Excalibur and his partner, Captain Elizabeth Shelby of the "U.S.S. Trident, find themselves fighting a losing battle to keep the horrific violence from escalating, even as they gradually realize the catastrophic danger posed by the Gateways themselves


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Missing for two hundred millennia, the legendary Iconians have returned, bringing with them the secret of interdimensional teleportation across vast interstellar distances. Awakened once more, their ancient Gateways are rewriting the map of the galaxy, and nowhere more than in the New Frontier®.... A century ago, the imperial Thallonians separated two feuding alien races, Missing for two hundred millennia, the legendary Iconians have returned, bringing with them the secret of interdimensional teleportation across vast interstellar distances. Awakened once more, their ancient Gateways are rewriting the map of the galaxy, and nowhere more than in the New Frontier®.... A century ago, the imperial Thallonians separated two feuding alien races, depositing each of them on a new world safely distant from that of their ancestral enemies. Now, however, the Gateways have made it possible for the long dormant blood feud to begin anew. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the "U.S.S. Excalibur and his partner, Captain Elizabeth Shelby of the "U.S.S. Trident, find themselves fighting a losing battle to keep the horrific violence from escalating, even as they gradually realize the catastrophic danger posed by the Gateways themselves

30 review for Cold Wars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Bensley

    Not my favourite New Frontier but still good cause it's Peter David! Not my favourite New Frontier but still good cause it's Peter David!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This was a rather lengthy book, but one that really helped me gain a much better appreciation for the somewhat linked crews of the Excalibur and the Trident as commanded by Captains Calhoun and Shelby respectively. Sure there's still the largest Gateways problem going on, but this book takes a distinctly different approach set against a most unusual conflict. We have two races who lack the ability to travel the stars who were forcibly separated by the Thallonians for their own good. But when both This was a rather lengthy book, but one that really helped me gain a much better appreciation for the somewhat linked crews of the Excalibur and the Trident as commanded by Captains Calhoun and Shelby respectively. Sure there's still the largest Gateways problem going on, but this book takes a distinctly different approach set against a most unusual conflict. We have two races who lack the ability to travel the stars who were forcibly separated by the Thallonians for their own good. But when both sides gain access to Gateway technology from supposed Iconians, it allows them to finally take action against one another after decades of separation. And the two ships are dispatched to the two worlds to determine what's going on and to determine where the Gateways are. Peter David does have a bit of a flair for the dramatic when it comes to these big plot points and he really had some big ideas for this book. The mirrored Iconians, as it were, was rather central to the final resolution although for the most part did feel like a side-plot kept on the sidelines. The core story was really more about these two plant-bound races more than even the Federation's efforts to intervene in this conflict. And I particularly liked his decision to bring in some Star Trek: The Animated Series characters in the form of a time-displaced Arex and M'ress. More than just an amusing cameo, M'ress character arc is a rather complicated one that really shows the severe impact of being thrown into a future time period without the chance to return home. Great stuff right before we get to the grand finale of this rather convoluted crossover event.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    Peter David is my favorite writer in the realm of Star Trek Lit. New Frontier is a top-notch series. Captain MacKenzie Calhoon is the charming lead character. He's basically a violet-eyed Conan the Barbarian as a Starfleet officer and yes, he does use a sword. While I profess deep love for this series, I'd have to say this one might be the weakest entry. It's still a 5-star book. Peter David is my favorite writer in the realm of Star Trek Lit. New Frontier is a top-notch series. Captain MacKenzie Calhoon is the charming lead character. He's basically a violet-eyed Conan the Barbarian as a Starfleet officer and yes, he does use a sword. While I profess deep love for this series, I'd have to say this one might be the weakest entry. It's still a 5-star book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Palazzolo

    Star Trek: New Frontier: Gateways book 6: Cold Wars is the 15th chapter of what I like to refer to as the Star Trek the prime-time soap. This book is also a part of the Gateways series, in which a long lost race called the Iconians have seemed to reemerge from antiquity to sell their fantastic tech to the highest bidder. Among this tech are the Gateways, a method of travel instantaneously from one point to another. The range and size of these Gateways appear nearly infinite, so this tech poses a Star Trek: New Frontier: Gateways book 6: Cold Wars is the 15th chapter of what I like to refer to as the Star Trek the prime-time soap. This book is also a part of the Gateways series, in which a long lost race called the Iconians have seemed to reemerge from antiquity to sell their fantastic tech to the highest bidder. Among this tech are the Gateways, a method of travel instantaneously from one point to another. The range and size of these Gateways appear nearly infinite, so this tech poses a threat to the delicate balance of the galaxy. Now, as for our heroes, we pick up some time after the Excalibur Trilogy--both the USS Excalibur-A under Capt. Calhoun and the USS Trident under Capt. Shelby have returned to Sector 221-G to continue to explore and give humanitarian aid to those still in need due to the collapse of the Thallonian Empire. Right off the bat, Burgoyne 172 finds himself promoted to First Officer of Excalibur and we are introduced to the unfortunately named Ensign Pheytus (fetus), who is subjected to a running gag on his name. Then both Lt Arex and Lt M'Ress, best known from the Star Trek Animated series, find themselves suddenly thrust forward from the time of Kirk and Spock to the 'present day,' and are assigned to the Trident. Arex handles the time-jump better then M'Ress, who suffers a crisis of confidence. She also runs afoul of Lt Cmdr. Gleau, a Selevian (also called "elves"), who may or may not have psychically coerced M'Ress into bed via a semi-automatic telepathic power referred to as "the Knack". What a dude. There are hints that the problems with the Iconian Gateways may be responsible for sending Arex and M'Ress thru time. The main thrust of the book are the Iconian Gateways, of course. It seems that the Iconians have cone back and are trying to sell their Gateway tech to the highest bidder--but are they really who they seem? In this case, these so-called Iconians are trying to sell their wares to two other races, the Aerons and the Markanians, two races locked in an ancient blood feud. Peter David draws allusions between these two races and their passion for their ancient homeworld and the passion that Christians, Jews and Muslims have for Jerusalem. The ultimate resolution to story is not made clear. The Iconians both are killed without it ever being clear who they were and while one can assume the Gateways confiscated by Shelby and Calhoun, it is never stated. Nor is the state of relations between Aeron and Markania clarified. They were close to some sort of truce, but the climax of the novel interrupted the process. The thing I liked best about the book was the parallel motif David seemed to employ to create interesting moments in the book. For instance the newly promoted Burgoyne and Tsana, the new Zarn of Aeron have a conversation about finding themselves unexpectedly in positions of authority they each neither planned for. Later Tsana and Moke, Calhoun's adopted son would bond a little over each having lost their blood families in a violent manner. There is also a bittersweet scene in which Moke tries to sort of adopt Dr Selar as a mother figure because she's a 'stern mother' with a 'strange son' (Xyon, fathered by Burgoyne), which reminds Moke of his former life before Calhoun. Next we're back to the regular series with book 12: Being Human, which promises to delve into the secret history of Lt McHenry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Villain E

    I read this because I'm reading the New Frontier series, not the Gateways series. So there's probably stuff I'm missing. The premise is that two races of people developed on the same planet and were at war over the holy land. The Thallonians separated them, placing them on different planets with no space flight capability. A hundred years later, the Iconians show up with portable gateway technology and the two races are able to go back to fighting each other. This book establishes the new status q I read this because I'm reading the New Frontier series, not the Gateways series. So there's probably stuff I'm missing. The premise is that two races of people developed on the same planet and were at war over the holy land. The Thallonians separated them, placing them on different planets with no space flight capability. A hundred years later, the Iconians show up with portable gateway technology and the two races are able to go back to fighting each other. This book establishes the new status quo for the New Frontier, with Calhoun and Shelby captaining their own ships, and introduces some new characters. It also brings back M'Ress and Arex Na Eth, chatacters from the animated series who Peter David wrote when he wrote TOS comics. I have a touchpoint for language in speculative fiction. When it's done right, I love it. When it's done wrong, it's a pet peeve. I liked Peter David's sense of humor when I was a teenager, but now I spend the book wondering why these aliens, who are presumably speaking their own languages which are being translated through universal translators, are making puns which only make sense in English? At one point an alien writes something down, logically in his own language, and an alien of a different species is able to read it. The Iconians have portable gateways. They're never physically described. I pictured the frame of the image on the book cover, and what I vaguely remember from the show. But apparently the portable gateway can fit in a case. And that cover! That's the cliffhanger at the end, the final image in the book. Apparently the editors thought that was more interesting than the rest of the book?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The next-to-last installment in the Gateways series of Star Trek books in one of the better novels. Like the rest, it continues the narrative established in the previous books, but unlike the others, it is also the only one, aside from Challenger, that does not have a television series. Also, unlike Challenger, "Star Trek: New Frontier" continues on with additional books. Because "New Frontier" is a book-only installment in the Trek franchise, and also not canon, it is suggested that readers bec The next-to-last installment in the Gateways series of Star Trek books in one of the better novels. Like the rest, it continues the narrative established in the previous books, but unlike the others, it is also the only one, aside from Challenger, that does not have a television series. Also, unlike Challenger, "Star Trek: New Frontier" continues on with additional books. Because "New Frontier" is a book-only installment in the Trek franchise, and also not canon, it is suggested that readers become more familiar with the characters by reading the previous books as "Cold Wars" sits in the middle of this Trek franchise. This not not necessary, but it is needed to better comprehend the dynamics between everyone. Like the other installments in Gateways, this one has its own take on the unfolding crisis. Instead of dealing with collateral damage, "Cold Wars" lives up to the title with both captains working to keep a Cold War from becoming hot. The Iconian twist also becomes more complex with the Petraw not mentioned and the "Iconians" coming from other locations. This opens up a bit of a mystery, if the Petraw aren't behind the gateway technology, and the Iconians are gone, who are the people called Smyt and how did they get a portable gateway? As with all books in the Gateways saga, this one continues in book 7, which is, mercifully, the next installment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I read this book as part of the Gateways series. It was my first New Frontier book and also my first book by Peter David, and I have to say that I really liked it. I was drawn in from the very beginning and it was something about David's writing style that I just fell for. I could only describe it as him writing in such a way that I felt almost as if I was right there in the middle of it all with the characters. The story was an interesting one, and I especially enjoyed reading the parts about th I read this book as part of the Gateways series. It was my first New Frontier book and also my first book by Peter David, and I have to say that I really liked it. I was drawn in from the very beginning and it was something about David's writing style that I just fell for. I could only describe it as him writing in such a way that I felt almost as if I was right there in the middle of it all with the characters. The story was an interesting one, and I especially enjoyed reading the parts about the Aerons and the subplot with M'Ress trying to find her way (it certainly was a nice idea to bring her and Arex in from Star Trek: The Animated Series!). For some reason, though, I felt as if my interest started to fail somewhat towards the end and I can't really say why that was. I guess it was more of a vague feeling. Maybe the political conclusion wasn't what I'd expected or maybe it just dragged on a little bit too long. Who knows. But with this said I still really liked this book and if I would have felt the same way about it in the end as I did in the beginning it most likely would have gotten five stars instead of four.

  8. 5 out of 5

    'Nathan Burgoine

    I bought this because I wanted to read all the books in the New Frontier series by Peter David. And, as far as the various "Gateways" books are concerned, this was a damned good one. All that said, I don't like cliffhangers much, and hate obvious ploys to make me buy more even less: the book doesn't have an ending. Worse, the six Gateways books all were like this - and only ended with short stories in a collected hardcover volume. Ouch. Not a very kind thing to do. Still, I nabbed this, read it, I bought this because I wanted to read all the books in the New Frontier series by Peter David. And, as far as the various "Gateways" books are concerned, this was a damned good one. All that said, I don't like cliffhangers much, and hate obvious ploys to make me buy more even less: the book doesn't have an ending. Worse, the six Gateways books all were like this - and only ended with short stories in a collected hardcover volume. Ouch. Not a very kind thing to do. Still, I nabbed this, read it, enjoyed it well enough, but hey - it's Calhoun and Shelby, married, on alternate ships, very well written.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    From a good period in the New Frontier series, Cold Wars is a nicely-written addition to the Gateways saga. It doesn't necessarily mesh well with the other stories in the series, but then again, that seems to be the hallmark of this particular miniseries. For example, the Petraw, the species behind this quadrant-wide swindle, are nowhere to be found and are not even mentioned. As far as the story itself goes, Peter David has a solid handle on his characters at this point, and Cold Wars comes acr From a good period in the New Frontier series, Cold Wars is a nicely-written addition to the Gateways saga. It doesn't necessarily mesh well with the other stories in the series, but then again, that seems to be the hallmark of this particular miniseries. For example, the Petraw, the species behind this quadrant-wide swindle, are nowhere to be found and are not even mentioned. As far as the story itself goes, Peter David has a solid handle on his characters at this point, and Cold Wars comes across honestly and true to the characters that have been established previously. Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2012/04/c...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I don't recommend reading this book first in the series... Despite being unfamiliar with the surrounding story, many of the characters and locales, the book still brings the Star Trek universe into view. The different authors bring subtle flavoring to each of the story lines which wrap up very neatly in the end. You can't help but rank the protagonists as the story unfolds, but who was really surprised? I rated it 3/5 because there were several spelling and grammatical errors and mostly that alth I don't recommend reading this book first in the series... Despite being unfamiliar with the surrounding story, many of the characters and locales, the book still brings the Star Trek universe into view. The different authors bring subtle flavoring to each of the story lines which wrap up very neatly in the end. You can't help but rank the protagonists as the story unfolds, but who was really surprised? I rated it 3/5 because there were several spelling and grammatical errors and mostly that although I loved the Trek when I was a kid, I'm not digging the rehashing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emilio G

    From a good period in the New Frontier series, Cold Wars is a nicely-written addition to the Gateways saga. It doesn't necessarily mesh well with the other stories in the series, but then again, that seems to be the hallmark of this particular miniseries. For example, the Petraw, the species behind this quadrant-wide swindle, are nowhere to be found and are not even metioned. From a good period in the New Frontier series, Cold Wars is a nicely-written addition to the Gateways saga. It doesn't necessarily mesh well with the other stories in the series, but then again, that seems to be the hallmark of this particular miniseries. For example, the Petraw, the species behind this quadrant-wide swindle, are nowhere to be found and are not even metioned.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Two starships are called to neighbouring planets who have used the Gateways to make war. The crews have to stop the war somehow and get hold of the gateways. The characters are interesting, even though some times the plot is predictable. It ends on a cliffhanger, but unlike the other books in the series the main story line is finished. A good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Loki

    Far from David's best work, but an entertaining enough installment of the New Frontiers franchise, more than a little hobbled by the necessity of serving the big crossover story (and its unresolved conclusion, which is in a short story in another volume entirely). Far from David's best work, but an entertaining enough installment of the New Frontiers franchise, more than a little hobbled by the necessity of serving the big crossover story (and its unresolved conclusion, which is in a short story in another volume entirely).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mirrhya

    Star Trek

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    I'm reading the entire New Frontier series (taking a break right now though). This one was REALLY good though. I'm reading the entire New Frontier series (taking a break right now though). This one was REALLY good though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/10536572 I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/10536572

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    David's writing is good, but to a certain extent the book is too scattered to really love it, with the attention spread against two crews, two alien races, and the strange Iconians. David's writing is good, but to a certain extent the book is too scattered to really love it, with the attention spread against two crews, two alien races, and the strange Iconians.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Uli Kusterer

    If you've read all of New Frontier already, this is a nice way to get another episode. It's Peter David as we like him. If you've read all of New Frontier already, this is a nice way to get another episode. It's Peter David as we like him.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Plume

    Gateways + Peter David + New Frontier = win.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    My least favorite of the gateways series. I read it only because it tied in with the others, and really didn't care for the main character at all. My least favorite of the gateways series. I read it only because it tied in with the others, and really didn't care for the main character at all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris LaFata

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jack Scheer

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mag Charles

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robotmatt

  27. 5 out of 5

    D Scott

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Beckelhimer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sondersted

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sven

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