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Star Trek: Captain's Glory (Star Trek: The Original Series)

Star Trek: Captain's Glory (Star Trek: The Original Series) [Kindle Edition]

William Shatner , Judith Reeves-Stevens
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With the civil war on Romulus averted, Kirk is finally free to seek out the truth behind the death of his oldest and closest friend. Was Spock killed by the shadowy organisation known as the Totality? A generous offer from Starfleet provides him with the starship he needs in order to reach his goal. Their only proviso: that they can call on his help if they need him. But what happened to Spock is not Kirk's only worry: Joseph, his son, is rebelling wildly against the restrictions placed on him as the price of Romulan peace. Is the Totality somehow also linked to Joseph's rage? But before he can find the answers to either troubling question, Kirk receives a call from Admiral Janeway, telling him she needs him to save the Federation. Torn between his mission and his duty, the cause of the Federation must claim him one more time before he can turn his attention either to his friend or to his son.

Pop culture icon William Shatner returns with another breathtaking Star Trek adventure in which both generations must battle an unstoppable enemy for the existence of all life in this galaxy -- and beyond.

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William Shatner is known to millions as the actor who played Captain James T. Kirk throughout the original Star Trek television series and several movies. He is now a bestselling science fiction author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 074345376X
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reprint edition (22 Aug 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boldly gone! 29 July 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
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In the books, Captain Kirk was revived after his apparently fatal encounter in Star Trek Generations. He got married to a Romulan/Klingon woman, and they had a son who is unique in the universe. He's an unofficial operative for Starfleet, working for Admiral Janeway and often butting heads with his friend Jean-Luc Picard.

Captain's Glory looks like being the end of the series that started years and years ago with Ashes of Eden, and anyone coming to it fresh may be a little surprised by all that has happened to James Tiberius in the meantime. In the story he's fighting off an invasion by the Totality, a truly alien species that want to teach the galaxy love. The origin of the Totality is intriguing sci-fi fare, and fits well with the widescreen antics of the Enterprise, with its efforts to tie the bigger science fiction elements to life lessons. This story is about being a father and what happens when your child leaves you. It's about love and what that can mean. It's about what life means to people. That's slightly grandiose, given that it's written in a quick-moving style, but the fact that Shatner and his ghost writers are aiming that high is exciting. And between the three of them, they know their Trek.

I don't think anyone who enjoys Star Trek should be disappointed by this. But if you're coming in fresh, start with Captain's Peril, follow it up with Captain's Blood and then read this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in trilogy 9 May 2013
By Borg109
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This story carrys on from `Capatins Blood` and is about a force bigger and nastier than anything seen before, making the borg look like telly tubbys! The powerful writing in this story will drag you from page one right to the end on a journey that see's Kirk and friends fight to save more than just the day but the entire galaxy. If you have read the previous books in this series you will ahve bought this book without reading this review. If you haven't read the other 2 books, buy them as well. you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some background info for lightweight ST fans... like me! 2 Mar 2009
By Tivor - Published on
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First, a little bit about myself just so you know where I'm coming from. I'm a fairly lightweight ST fan. I've watched all the movies, but I've only watched the various TV series off and on. I can't even claim to have watched all the episodes of TOS and TNG, let alone Voyager or DS9. I've only read one (maybe two) TOS novels in the late-80s, when TNG was just starting out. And given that I barely remember what those novels were about, this book is, for all practical intents and purposes, my first ST novel.

And that brings me to how I came upon this book. Prior to picking up Captain's Glory, I had absolutely no clue what has been going on in ST timeline in terms of novels. So when I saw William Shatner's name on the cover and read the introductory passage on the book's first page at a local bookstore, I was pleasantly surprised to see Kirk speaking with Janeway. I was intrigued to know how Kirk came to be in that era, hence the purchase.

But after only a couple of dozen pages, it became very apparent that Kirk being in post-TNG/Voyager/DS9 era was an established fact, and further that this book was a sequel to a series of previous books.

A quick search on the web revealed that this book is a part of what is unofficially known as "Shatnerverse," which began with the Odyssey (Star Trek) trilogy. Furthermore, I learned that this book was the third and final book of the "Totality" trilogy -- the first two being Captain's Peril (Star Trek) and Captain's Blood (Star Trek).

I considered finding and reading those previous books first, but I decided to just keep on reading this book, as I was already hooked by its story. And now that I'm done, I can say that I've been thoroughly entertained. This is a well-written, fast-paced work of fiction. I very much enjoyed seeing Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Picard, Riker, Janeway, and other familiar faces all working together (and sometimes against each other) to save the universe once again.

If I could start over, I would probably start with the first book of the Totality trilogy, Captain's Peril (Star Trek). Captain's Glory makes several references to past events covered by previous books, and by reading the final book of the trilogy first, I feel I may have irrevocably spoiled myself of the events of the first two books.

Of course, you can simply read this book by itself as I did. The book does a good job of quickly summarizing the past events (with inevitable spoilers), and I can definitely attest that, while knowledge of events in prior books might be desirable, they are certainly not required for getting enjoyment out of this well-written book.

Also, I must note that I do *not* feel spoiled of the events in other Shatnerverse books. On the contrary, I am actually more intrigued by the glimpses and quick references I've gotten from reading this book. In fact, I hope to be able to track down a copy of the Odyssey trilogy books (which unfortunately seemed to have gone out of print), and perhaps check out the Mirror Universe trilogy.

Captain's Glory may not have been the most optimal entry point into the Star Trek novels (or more specifically, "Shatnerverse"), but I can't say I regret it one bit. I look forward to finding and reading other books in this series.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Shatner book. Surprisingly good. 21 Dec 2007
By M. Hall - Published on
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I have read many ST books, however this is my first William Shatner book. I should disclose that I was expecting this book to be about as good as Bill's Christmas albumn.

A pretty good winter-break read, it kept my interest. There are a few brilliant parts to the story, where Picard and Kirk are pitted against one another, and many very interesting places also. If you're a Star Trek fan, I can't see where this book would disappoint anyone. I would recommend this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shatner is showing real growth as a writer. 12 Aug 2008
By James Yanni - Published on
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This book is much better than Shatner's previous books in many ways. I still was a little disappointed with how it ended; a little too much deus ex machina for my taste. Still, it's a very good book; for one thing, Shatner seems to have finally outgrown the tendancy to make Kirk into a demigod; in some of his previous books, it seemed that there was absolutely nothing that Kirk couldn't do, and even when that wasn't the case, he was always showing up Picard, Janeway, and any other Trek character about as thoroughly as a major league ballplayer would show up a minor leaguer. In this book, Picard battles him to a draw in a strategic contest, and given the circumstances, Picard could actually have been said to "win" the draw. Riker was the most level-headed captain of the three of them, and ultimately, Picard pulls Kirk's buns out of the fire. Given all that, I'm willing to accept Janeway being written as a largely irrelevant admiral.

There were a few places in which I felt that Kirk acted out of character, and that combined with the previously mentioned quibbles are why I only rate the book at 4 stars. Still, Shatner has always had good story ideas, and he tells this one better than he's ever done before. His pacing has improved, for one thing. Definitely worth the read.
4.0 out of 5 stars William Shatner along with Judith Reeves-Stevens wrote a great book 7 Feb 2014
By Eric Clay Poole - Published on
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Again got entrapped in another great novel. William Shatner and partners did it again. I thoroughly enjoyed. Cannot wait for the continuing collaborations of writers next go around.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatner's Star Trek saga 11 Nov 2013
By AILEEN M AYDELOTT - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. I am not surprised, having William Shatner as co-author. Who better to write about Star Trek than the man who portrayed Captain Kirk himself.
Is there any where else to go, now having answered the penultimate questions of how life began or where did humans come from? It will be interesting to find out.

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