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Crucible: Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering (Star Trek) Library Binding – 28 Jun 2007

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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435201833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435201835
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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David R. George III is the critically-acclaimed writer of the Star Trek: Voyager episode 'Prime Factors' . His Star Trek books include the DS9 novels The 34th Rule (with Armin Shimerman), Mission Gamma: Twilight and Worlds of Deep Space Nine 3; the original series Crucible books and the Lost Era title Serpents Among the Ruins. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Ogilvie on 9 Jun. 2009
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One of the most enjoyable Star Trek reads I have had in a long time. This is the first Star Trek book I have read by this author, yes that means that I have not read the McCoy or Spock Crucible books that precede it. It works as a standalone story, but I am looking forward to reading the other books in the trilogy.
This author captures Kirk perfectly, the characterisation spot on for me. I confess I am long overdue a re-watch of The Original Series, my view of Kirks character being shaped by his development through the feature films.
As well as writing the character of Kirk effortlessly and expertly, what has set this author apart from other Trek authors for me is as he states in his own words in the forward he does not set out to write merely a satisfying story he wants to surprise the reader. I often think that altered timeline stories possess a certain degree of "play it safe", permitting the author a bit of breathing room in terms of violating canon.
In this book the author weaves a great plot around an inadvertent change to the timeline caused by the events of the film Star Trek-Generations. The nexus and the Guardian of Forever are used intelligently to provide a rollercoaster ride through the events that have shaped Kirk, permitting him to muse on what could have happened if he turned left rather than right etc. This is anything but passé. The plot gathers momentum from page 1, reaching a crescendo over the course of the last hundred pages: I literally could not put it down.
There were some heavyweight science fiction writers that contributed stories to the Original Series, we might just have another one here.

Five stars no hesitations. A lesson to all would be Star Trek writers showing what intelligent, well observed writing can do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 July 2007
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While not as good as the first crucible book, it is better then second & brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the Spock and McCoy "Crucible" novels 17 Nov. 2008
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on
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I like this author, and I really enjoyed the McCoy and the Spock "Crucible" novels. I did not particularly like this novel. A good part of my dislike is based upon its emphasis on events that took place in the "Star Trek Generations" film. I always thought that the whole premise of "Generations" was silly and improbable, and perhaps for this reason I had trouble investing much interest in this story.

Some hard core Star Trek fans will no doubt enjoy this piece, but I found it to be distinctly weaker than the other two Crucible novels, and I had difficulty finishing it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting story. 19 Mar. 2008
By James Yanni - Published on
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Slightly better than its "Crucible: Spock" predecessor, not nearly as good as the "Crucible: McCoy" opener of the trilogy. (Curious that even in a trilogy that consists of three separate stories not interdependant on one another, the middle installment manages to be the weakest.) For those who agree with the common perception that Edith Keeler was truly the love of Kirk's life, this story will doubtless work better than it did for me. But in order to accept that proposition, I would have to accept the cultural myth of "love at first sight" to an extent that I've never been able to manage (see my review of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet.) After all, Kirk had only known her for a very brief time, not long enough to truly form a solid relationship that would constitute real love. Granted, infatuation interrupted can be devastating, and might even leave a weak-willed, impractical person traumatized for life. But Kirk was neither weak-willed nor impractical, and while the guilt feelings for having essentially caused the death of a woman he, at the very least, cared for deeply and greatly respected would certainly have been real and have haunted him for the rest of his life, I refuse to believe that what he had romantically with her was real enough to poison his relationships similarly. Furthermore, to suggest that Kirk's inability to have lasting relationships was a result of the events in "City On The Edge of Forever" is to overlook the fact that his romantic pattern was already established in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "Dagger of the Mind", "Miri", and "The Conscience of the King" before "City on the Edge of Forever" occurred. To say nothing of the fact that it seems to me (although without more research than I'm willing to put into a quick review I can't prove it) that David Marcus was born and Carol Marcus broken up with before that episode. In any case, while Edith Keeler was certainly a fascinating personality, I sincerely doubt that Kirk would have been capable of a lasting relationship with her, even under circumstances that didn't preclude the possibility. He was, as it was frequently established during the series, "married" to his ship, and all other relationships took second place to that. ("Elaan of Troyus", among other episodes.)

So I find the basic premise of this book dubious, if not quite as dubious as that of the "Crucible: Spock" book, and that is why I rate it at less than five stars. Still, it is a well-written and enjoyable story for all of that, and a four-star rating is certainly not a pan.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Crucible: Kirk 5 April 2007
By Mark F. Henderson - Published on
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Out of the three books regarding McCoy, Spock & Kirk, I found the one about Kik the least enjoyable. I was surprised since the other two were outstanding reads. It was still OK and worth the time to read. It's just that the other two were that much better. Still, I'm glad to have in my ST Universe collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An AmazingTrek Trilogy 5 Nov. 2007
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Just finished reading Crucible: Kirk and I have to say that it is very emotional. Actually, I felt like it was an extended version of Star Trek: Generations. At the second part of the book, I felt that there were scenes that would have firt nicely in the movie. Actually, I believe some of what's in the book was actually scenes that were cut from the movie.

Having read all three books, I can now give my opinion on all at once and here's how I break it down:

Crucible: McCoy: This was the best one in the series. I thought it heartwarming, touching and emotional.

Crucible: Spock: Was an okay one but I felt it was a bit weak.

Crucible: Kirk: Not as great as McCoy but still a fun and interesting tale.

I thank David George for writing these novels and allowing me the pleasure of reading something as mesmerizing as this series was.

Thank You Very Much Kind Sir.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek TOS: Crucible Trilogy - Kirk 27 July 2008
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I've read all three books in the Crucible Trilogy in the order that they were written, beginning with McCoy, then Spock, and finally ending with Kirk. The book on Captain Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering was a bittersweet tale of love lost and the hope of finding that lost love again. This book was written to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek the Original Series and has references to various television episodes as well as the Trek films in which Captain Kirk appeared. The common thread that all three books in the Crucible Trilogy has is the TV epsiode: "The City on the Edge of Forever". If you enjoyed that episode, I feel confident that you will enoy reading each one of the Crucible Trilogy books.
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