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Star Trek: The Original Series: Seasons of Light and Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Martin
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting character piece on McCoy 2 Jun 2014
By Killie
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“Seasons of Light and Darkness” by Michael A. Martin is an Original Series novella which focuses on part of Dr. McCoy’s life before he joined the Enterprise that was mentioned in the TV episode, “Friday's Child”. This period of his life is when he spent time on the planet Capella IV as part of time sent there to look at accessing a highly valued mineral. Whilst there he discovers that the natives have a rather warrior like ideology where people live and die by their own wits and it is wrong to interfere in that with medicine or other sciences. McCoy of course doesn’t appreciate this view point and must try to walk the line between his oath to Starfleet in regards to respecting other cultures and his oaths as a Doctor to try and save lives.

In addition to this main storyline there is also a framing story set in 2285 which focuses on McCoy trying to relate his own experiences to that of Kirk who was suffering from his time as a desk bound Admiral. This was actually one of things I didn’t really get with the novella to be honest. I saw the link between the two points but the story he tells just didn’t feel like something that McCoy would have only finally revealed at that point.

In regards to the Capella part of the story, well it was fun to follow and I found the titbits about Capellan culture rather interesting to follow. In addition McCoy felt in character and I appreciated that this novella was being used as a character piece rather than just trying to be a short version of standard Star Trek novels. Although I do have to say that whilst I did enjoy reading it I am not sure if really revealed anything new about the character.

Overall, this is a okay novella that acts an interesting character piece on McCoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING INSIGHT ... 7 May 2014
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After the reader is gifted with a tribute toa classic scene from star trek history in the prologue, the book gets down to business. The story revolves around Leonard McCoy's first assignment since joining Starfleet, where just about every Federation law, rule, section and sub-section is either completely broken, ignored and obliterated into nothingness. :-)

Landing on an obscure planet in order to negotiate with its inhabitants for access to a highly valued mineral, McCoy and the rest of the away team is attacked by an indigeneous animal and he is feared dead. The group of Star Fleet personnel is met by natives who take the party back to home base, where they and the reader soon learn how primitive this world really is.

McCoy is the hero of this tale (or is it medicine itself?) but the reader is hit by a storm of values and missives with every page turn and chapter. Characterisation on both sides of the story is sell done. Humour appears in tiny amount to bookend the tale.

As for the ending, and the book's ultimate message? That is for you to discover. So go on, launch your kindle into cyberspace to explore strange new worlds, new civilsations and boldly go where you have not been before. Just like on TV. But not on the Enterprise.

Four stars for this solid effort.

BFN Greggorio!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seasons of Light and Darkness 22 Aug 2014
By Molly Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
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A good short tale about Dr. McCoy and his early experiences on Capella Four that helped shape his unwavering convictions as a doctor and as a man, which leads him to insist that Admiral James T. Kirk recover his captaincy of the Enterprise just prior to the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath
Of Kahn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this novella 26 Aug 2014
By Enigmatized - Published on Amazon.com
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Well here I go again writing a quick review of a book. I really enjoyed this novella. It Might have been a tiny bit over priced but what isn't these days. This country has gone nuts with prices.... so I sit here at home and read. Dr. McCoy was such a wonderful character thx to DeForest Kelly!! This book is very entertaining and can be read in an evening before bed. Last word on my review here.... I always get knocked down because I don't give you all "intelligent" reviews. Oh well.. sorry. Bottom line, 4/5 stars for a nice read and a good try by the author!
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3.0 out of 5 stars save your money 13 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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At best this book is ok. I probably would not recommend purchasing this book. Slow read and even slower plot.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story from Dr. McCoy's early years with Starfleet 21 Nov 2014
By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Remember the scene near the beginning of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" where Admiral Kirk is mildly depressed and Dr. McCoy encourages him to get back his command of the Enterprise? That scene is recounted at the beginning of this engaging little story, where it gets McCoy thinking of an emotional crisis of his own way back when.

The bulk of this novella (probably about a hundred pages long if it ever appeared in print form) describes an early adventure of McCoy's on the remote planet of Capella IV, where McCoy and his medical colleagues study and interact with a primitive humanoid species, with the aim of trying to secure permission from the tribe's leaders for the Federation to mine a needed ore from the planet. The Prime Directive, politics, and a "needs of the many versus the needs of the few" situation all conspire to create a personal and professional crisis for McCoy, which he recounts to Mr. Spock years later after his meeting with the depressed Kirk.

As I said, this is an engaging little story, with interesting details about the alien race, decent banter and interactions among the Starfleet personnel, and even some saucy humor involving the alien race's mating rituals. The story's conclusion depends a little on being familiar with how things eventually worked out for Kirk in "Star Trek II", but I suspect that 99 percent of the people who purchase this story will already be up to speed on that.

In the end, Michael A. Martin has written a crisp, entertaining novella that is true to the characters we know, and well worth the modest price being asked.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING INSIGHT ... 7 May 2014
By Greggorio! - Published on Amazon.com
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After the reader is gifted with a tribute to a classic scene from star trek history in the prologue, the book gets down to business. The story revolves around Leonard McCoy's first assignment since joining Starfleet, where just about every Federation law, rule, section and sub-section is either completely broken, ignored or obliterated into nothingness. *grins*

Landing on an obscure planet in order to negotiate with its inhabitants for access to a highly valued mineral, McCoy and the rest of the away team are attacked by an indigeneous animal and McCoy is feared dead. The group of Star Fleet personnel is met by natives who take the party back to home base, where they and the reader soon learn how primitive this world really is.

McCoy is the hero of this tale (or is it medicine itself?) but the reader is also hit by a storm of values and missives with every chapter. Characterisation on both sides of the story is sell done. Humour appears in tiny amounts to bookend the tale.

As for the ending, and the book's ultimate message? That is for you to discover.

So go on, launch your kindle into cyberspace to explore strange new worlds, new civilsations and boldly go where you have not been before. Just like on TV. But this time you are not voyaging into unexplored regions on the Enterprise.

Four stars for this solid effort.

BFN Greggorio!!!
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