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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,820,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David R. George III has written more than a dozen Star Trek novels, including The Lost Era: One Constant Star, The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, the Typhon Pact novels Raise the Dawn, Plagues of Night, and Rough Beasts of Empire, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins. He also cowrote the television story for the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Prime Factors.” Additionally, David has written nearly twenty articles for Star Trek magazine. His work has appeared on both the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists, and his television episode was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe magazine award. You can chat with David about his writing at Facebook.com/DRGIII. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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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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A Must-read like the 2 first novels of the trilogy. I will have a 4-star rating here, as for the "Crucible: Spock". but not a 5-star as for the "Crucible: McCoy". But the first one on McCoy was so exceptional. Here you feel exactly what you would expect to find in the mind of Kirk: leadership, caring of people but also the mission, challenging himself and others, and very few regrets; very few but those ones are deep and forever. What I liked very much was the story of the end of Kirk career (and life!) re-invented but without changing the original history of the serie. It all fits together with the 2 first novels and that's great. As expected, this last novel is more action-oriented, and that fits the character of Kirk. I would have liked a bit more deepness and the story (the book) is a bit shorter here compared to the 2 frist books, but again: I recommend it to any trekkie, especially if you love TOS.
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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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