The Returned Part Three by Peter David

The Returned, Part I

Book # 19.3 in the Star Trek:New Frontier series: Published 9/7/15: 149 Pages

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

Author’s Site

Book Sysnopsis:

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, 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:

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 series I follow.  Once I had refreshed my memory I was all What-the-Hell over the direction the author took this last part of the story.  I going to confess,  I wasn’t a fan of how this mini-series ended.

Alright mini-spoiler, but mostly for part two not this one.  Q popped up at the end of the second story and while I love Q, I should have realized that this had the potential to lead to some serious plot twists.  Q’s story line was mainly linked to the Lefler/McHenry plot thread.  This part of the story turned quite strange and quickly turned me off.  It is the moment when the story jumped the shark and left me wishing Q had never even entered the plot at all.  Calhoun had his own out-of-character moment, but that was limited to a few pages in the beginning of the book.  Then there is this whole out of the blue inappropriate and awkward scene between Calhoun and Soleta that was setting up some issues for future books if David decides he wants to continue the series.

Quite frankly after reading this story I’m not sure I want to continue on at all or even go back and catch up with the earlier books (I left off at book 4).  This story was all over the place and pretty unbelievable at times.  Now Trek can be pretty tongue in cheek at times, but this was over the top.  My biggest pet peeve was the convenient character popping back in at just the right spot and time to save the day.  Once or even twice is alright, but it happen far too often in this story.  I struggled with this part and almost set it down several times.  If it wasn’t so short I probably would have.  The book just felt like the author didn’t give a damn.  Like he had lost interest in these characters and their world, but felt obliged to finish the story.

I’m not done with Trek Fiction, but I might be done with this author’s contributions for a while.  This book just felt rushed and was a bit too off the wall for my taste.  I’m not sorry I read it, but I turned me off of the series a bit.

My Rating: 2 Stars


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