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Star Trek: Captain's Glory

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Needed a little more Sci-Fi

    Needed a little more Sci-Fi, but it was okay overall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    Captains Predictable

    In the latest Shatner-'authored' Star Trek novel (he does have help on these things, even if you have to check out the fine print to establish that fact) Enterprise Captains Kirk and Picard are once again thrown together on an improbable adventure where they have to save the day. For those who have not been following this Trek novel series, it is very obvious that Mr. Shatner deeply regrets having agreed to have his flagship character killed off in the first Next Generation movie (something he¿s actually admitted in several interviews). To remedy that odd lapse of judgment, Shatner has used his run of Trek novels to not only resurrect Kirk, but to bring him eighty or so years into the future, to the time of Picard, Riker, Data and the rest of the TNG crew. After all, Shatner must have mused, if Spock, McCoy and even Scottie found a way to survive all those years and pop up semi-regularly in the television and novel TNG story lines, why shouldn¿t Kirk? The original installments of this revisionist history had Kirk and Picard playing the part of wary allies, each confident of his own strengths and aware of the other¿s weaknesses. Mercifully, both Kirk¿s chest thumping and Picard¿s over-intellectualization of every possible situation were kept to something of a minimum. If the reader was willing to suspend his disbelief of the ¿facts¿ that landed Kirk in this situation, the stories and characterizations were tolerable. But in this latest installment, Shatner goes too far with the new Kirk-Picard buddy-buddy routine, and has the two characters essentially mimicking the relationship Kirk and Spock had formed over decades of service together. It is too pat, too full of bon homme and nifty hand offs, and (finally) too darned artificial for anyone but the most saccharine of readers. Fortunately, the book¿s story line is far more interesting than the silly portrayal of the new relationship between the two Captains Courageous. After wading through a few completely unbelievable opening chapters, the readers learns that this is essentially a mystery, and we follow Kirk¿s investigation of a multiple murder (a device that conveniently gets rid of Picard half way through the action and allows Shatner¿er Kirk, to hog center stage and all the daring-do) at a very isolated archeological site. Everybody had a motive. Everybody has a secret. Everybody is a suspect. Not bad. Meanwhile, added to this basically enjoyable story is a fairly pointless flashback into the earliest days of Kirk¿s command of the Enterprise. There are constant hints that a great lesson was learned from these long-ago events, but somehow, we never quite learn what that lesson was. The reader, will, however, get quite a tickle out of the founding days of the Kirk-Spock relationship as presented in the flashback. It is the original Trek at its best, offers insights into Kirk¿s development and gives Shatner an opportunity to wink at his own character. In the end, events turn out predictably enough: Kirk saves Picard, together they save the day, and even Spock and McCoy turn up for a cameo appearance, during which they trade completely gratuitous barbs more worthy of The Three Stooges than they are of these legends of the Federation. As the action closes, Picard is once again conveniently ¿off stage,¿ as Kirk, Larry and Curly set off to build a bonfire and roast ¿marsh melons.¿ Ominously, however, the story doesn¿t quite end there. An Epilogue sets the stage for what will probably be Shatner¿s next Trek trilogy. The set up is quite good, (why do I have the feeling that Shatner¿s co-authors, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, had more to do with this than Shatner did?), the bad guys are truly menacing in their capabilities, and the prospects are clearly not good for the Federation. Can¿t wait for the next one¿even if it does mean seeing Kirk and Picard trying to once again emulate a Hope-Crosby ¿Road¿ picture. Ah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    A good read

    This book was written in the typical writing style of Shatner, which made it enjoyable, if not quite as good as some of his other works. The story moves along at a respectable pace. The only thing bad about it was that there really was not much 'Star Trek' in it. This was more of a good mystery novel. It was in the Star Trek universe, but that is about it. Also, there were no other major characters, I agree the book did center on Kirk and Picard the entire time. So, it depends on what you want out of the book when you read it, hardcore Star Trek, or a decent mystery story.

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