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Author(s): Peter David
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: New Frontier
Captain's Table #5
Published: 1 October 1998
Pages: 262
Stardate: Unknown (2369 / 2374)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671020781

Captain Calhoun confronts his greatest failure.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket:

There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story... even in Thallonian space.
Six years ago, long before he took command of the starship USS Excalibur, a young Starfleet officer named Mackenzie Calhoun served as first officer aboard the USS Grissom. Then disaster struck, and Calhoun took the blame. A court martial led to his own angry resignation from Starfleet... or so it appeared. At long last Captain Calhoun reveals the true story behind the greatest tragedy of his life.

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FURTHER SUMMARY

Memorable Quotes Edit

QUOTES

Background Information Edit

  • Fifth of six books in The Captain's Table miniseries.
  • This novel's plot was adapted from a previous Peter David story in the second run of DC Comics series of comics.
  • Although the novel indicates the events of the flashback are six years previous, it is probably closer to five years, since Jellico, who was portrayed as an admiral in the novel, was still a captain until at least 2369, when he appeared in TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II".

Characters Edit

Shelby

Shelby in the 2360s. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

Main Edit

Mackenzie Calhoun
Captain of the USS Excalibur, formerly the first officer of the Grissom.
Elizabeth Shelby 
Calhoun's executive officer aboard Excalibur, Shelby had been romatically involved with him before his assignment to Grissom
Norman Kenyon 
Captain of the Grissom
Katerina Mueller 
Executive officer of the Grissom
Edward Jellico

Jellico in 2369. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")

Cray
Edward Jellico 
Starfleet admiral

Others Edit

Alexander the Great
Boyajian
Cap
Edward Smith
Captain of the RMS Titanic
Danteri guard 
A Danteri assigned to guard Stener. This man was knocked unconscious by fourteen-year-old Mackenzie Calhoun, but awoke and attacked with his sword. Calhoun engaged him in a swordfight, and dropped him with a blow to the head, caving his skull. The man thanked the boy for holding his hand as he died.
D'ndai 
In their youth, Mackenzie Calhoun's brother held him back from attacking Danteri guards.
Miles Gloriosus
Mick Gold
Virgil "Gus" Grissom
Byron Kenyon
Marsha Kenyon
Stephanie Kenyon
Meyer
Jean-Luc Picard
Paullina Simons
Stener
Romeo Takahashi
Villers

References Edit

Danteri 
Oppressors of the Xenexians
pok 
Danteri riding animal, bred to be an all-purpose steed.
r'ksha 
Xenexian language term, equivalent to the Earth title captain. Mackenzie Calhoun was made r'ksha of a flier vessel with a crew of fighters as his first command in the Xenexian resistance, which he would eventually take supreme command of.
Xenex 
Homeworld of the Xenexian species. Xenex was freed from Danteri oppression by a resistance army led by young Mackenzie Calhoun. Xenexians closely resemble humans, except for their purple eyes.

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