Book Genre: Science Fiction, TV Spin-off
Book Series: Stand Alone
Links: Author’s Site
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
Star Trek continues its fiftieth anniversary celebration in 2016 with an all-new enovella from New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, set in the popular and blockbuster Original Series era!
The Enterprise-A is transporting a party of diplomats when it picks up a mysterious alien signal emanating from a nearby world. The planet’s dense, impenetrable atmosphere makes it unclear if the beacon is a distress signal, an invitation—or a warning to stay away. Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Chekov are part of a team sent to investigate, but an unexpected catastrophe forces a crash landing. Now the landing party is stranded on a hostile world, unable to communicate with the Enterprise. While Captain Kirk and Saavik race to locate the lost crew, a badly wounded Spock struggles to keep McCoy and the others alive until they can be rescued, even if that means making an unthinkable sacrifice…
While I’m not new to the world of Star Trek fiction I feel as if I am. I’ve mainly read the New Frontier series and have not ventured into the books featuring established characters we all love from the tv show and movies; this might have been my first one. Now Star Trek books are very confusing and intimidating for someone like me to get into. I love Star Trek, I love book series, but I love reading series in order and there is so much cross-over between books and characters that I just don’t know where to start. After trying to research where to begin I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a problem for many looking to break into Trek fiction. Several sites simply give the advice to start anywhere, that most of the books give enough background information to make that story work and if you have any working knowledge of the Trek Universe you will probably be fine. So when I saw this one up for review I put in my request.
I really enjoyed this little novella. It was set on the Enterprise somewhere after the third of fourth movie and featured my favorite trio of Trek characters Kirk, Spock and Bones. The entire crew was there with the exception of Sulu who was already captain of his own ship. The story read much like one of the original Star Trek shows where the crew finds an interesting new world to explore. Everything I loved from the show was found within these pages, even the sacrificial red-shirts.
What made this story for me were the characters. They felt authentic and true to the ones we watched on-screen; there was quick-witted dialog, comradery and chemistry between the characters, all their quirks were present and accounted for. There were no instances where I thought now Spock wouldn’t say that or Bones wouldn’t do that. These characters were the same as the ones I fell for as a child. It was marvelous!
One thing I did find interesting was not so much the book, but how I read the book. When I read something that has been adapted for tv/movies or vice versa I will hear the voice of the actors in my head as I read. When I started to read this book I noticed that I was “hearing” the new actors that have played these characters not the original. So my Spock sounded like Zackary Qunto, Kirk was Chris Pine, and Bones was Karl Urban. I guess that means I have watched the latest moves a time or several dozen… I just found it interesting, even though this book was not set in the alternate time line those movies were based in.
If you are a Trek fan, especially of the original series, then I say give this quick read a go. It will transport you back to a time when you were young sitting in your living room with a bowl of popcorn waiting to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where no man has gone before. LLAP
My Rating: 4 Stars