The Returned Part II by Peter David

The Returned, Part II

 

Book #19.2 in the Star Trek: New Frontier series: Published 8/3/15

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

The second 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, and now he is bound and determined to track down the race that killed them—the D’myurj and their associates, the Brethren—and exact vengeance upon them. His search will take the Excalibur crew into a pocket universe, where he discovers not only the homeworld of the D’myurj, but another race that shares Calhoun’s determination to obliterate his opponents. But is this new race truly an ally…or an even greater threat?

My Review:

Disclaimer time this was going to be a three star read right up until that very last word in the last chapter and bam mind-blow and cliff-hanger agony at the same instant.  There were some issues I had with the book and the second half left me wanting a bit, but man that last word changed everything!

We are now following the crew around this pocket universe and now that I’m a bit more familiar with the characters in this series I must say Calhoun feels off to me.  Granted I’m still missing most of the books in the series, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the Calhoun I just left in book four becomes the one I find here.  He just seems a little unhinged, but then again he did just deal with the extermination of his species…

I was a bit more into the Lefler/McHenry story line than I was watching Calhoun seek to sate his blood-lust.  Their plot was juicy and fun to follow.  There was another thread on Thallon, not NEW Thallon…, that I didn’t quite get until the end.  It was a series of flashbacks about the Cwan line of rulers and their God called the Awesome.  Quite frankly I just didn’t make sense and I wish the author had given me a bigger clue that these were flashbacks so I had paid better attention.

Not having read book 18 or earlier titles I was interesting to learn a bit more about the D’myurj in this part. I still don’t get why they destroyed Xenexian, but I am starting to agree with Calhoun and want to see them wiped out.  The other ‘villain’ in this story, the Dayan, could have been handled a bit better.  I agree with some of the other reviewers and they just felt off.

Over all still enjoying the mini-series inside a series.  Still feel a little left out as I’ve not read much of the earlier books, but I’m working on catching up.  I have put in a request for the last part and hope I’m approved because with one word Mr. David has captured my undivided attention!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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