This came up on the Trek boards recently.
I’m sure a person could read Being Human, the next non-crossover Star Trek: New Frontier novel, without having previously read Cold Wars and What Lay Beyond, but you’d probably miss a few references. Two years ago, you could have read The Quiet Place and Dark Allies without having read Double or Nothing.
Hopefully, this year’s New Frontier novels will be a return to form after
the disappointments of the past two years. The comic last year bordered on
the abysmal, and Restoration represents the series’ nadir. Another round of books as poorly plotted and badly characterized as the Excalibur trilogy could sound New Frontier‘s death knell.