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Star Trek Spectre Hardcover – 5 May 1998


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (5 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671008781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671008789
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the most disapointing movies was Generations. The idea of bringing Kirk and Picard together had the potential to be the best Trek movie. Generations fell short.
Shatner to the rescue! His books, which take place after Generations are all wonderfull, and Spectre is no exception. This is how Picard and Kirk were meant to be together--and now, not only them, but other famous characters as well.
Any Trek fan will love this book, and not be able to put it down. If only they made Shatner's books into movies . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 1999
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I don't get the chance to read that often, however, I have been reading the Star Trek books that Shatner has written as they came out and eagerly anticipating the next. This one, Spectre, I was not able to pick up till last week and it was well worth the wait. There was a constant pace in the book that kept you turning pages. I like way he molds the Star Trek history consistantly together and refers back to episodes and movies from all 4 of the Star Trek series. It is true what someone had commented about,(the use of the TNG crew was little in the book) but that was how it fell in place. I don't think it was intentional,(to pull in those fans), it was smartly written. Fortunatly with my delay in buying this book I have the luxuary of going out this weekend and buying the next book. Dark Victory is going to have to be really good to top Spectre. The best book written so far in the Shatner series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2001
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William Shatner is back as Captain Kirk and how wonderful it is to see the man who knows him best write about him. I loved this novel not only does it continue the mirror universe saga but it also gives an insight to Kirk that the sreenwriters never gave - a sinister side which appears when it is clear he will do anything to save his one true love Teilani. Shatner excellently balances the just Kirk on a just mission with his counterpart the evil Tiberius who is it seems is everything Kirk is not or is he? A love story crossed with a deep conspiracy story all upon the vast galaxy. Kirks conscience has never been tested so much bring on the final part!!!!!...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2005
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THE STORY:
During the Dominion War the Enterprise discovers a ship that appears to be the long-lost USS Voyager. Elsewhere, however, the resurrected James T. Kirk discovers that people from the Mirror Universe have been infiltrating the Federation.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is a great Star Trek story, written by the man who knows Kirk best. It cleverly blends elements of all four Star Trek series (let's just ignore 'Enterprise'), be it the brief scenes on DS9, the apparent return of Voyager or the adventures of the Enterprise-E crew. My favourite moment, however, is where Kirk (resurrected by the Borg and the Romulans), Doctor McCoy (still alive, but mostly bionic), Spock (also still alive) and Scotty (trapped in a transporter for decades and freed in TNG) are all aboard the same Runabout, showing the whippersnappers how it's done. I grew up on the Original Series and the movies, so spending time with Kirk and the gang is like being with old friends. It's also great to read about the Mirror doubles of familiar characters, Picard's being the best (although there's an amusing scene where the Mirror Janeway comes-on to Kirk).
WHAT'S BAD:
There's a cliff-hanger ending, with the promise of more excitement to come. Sadly, however, the two sequels ('Dark Victory' and 'Preserver') are pretty awful, meaning that the great promise of this book is never really delivered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1999
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I've always enjoyed the Star Trek movies and the series but I didn't read the books until,"The Return". I've also read,"Avenger" and now,"Spectre" and I've really enjoyed reading them. I like seeing Capt.Kirk back in action with his old friends and the TNG crew and the slick way the movies and old episodes are tied in to the books. I liked this book because of the old episode tie in where Capt. Kirk's good intentions didn't get good results and he has to see and deal with what has happened because of it. I look forward to the next book and hope Mr. Shatner keeps Capt. Kirk alive and in action for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the best I have read. Shatner portrays Kirk in a different light and has scratched away the surface to reveal that he may be a hero, Kirk is only mortal( even though he died and came back to life). He has managed to combine all four generations. DS9 appears in book 2 Dark Victory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 1999
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Well, not better than the Return, for sure. It seems since Avenger, these books have gone downward as if Shatner's not sure what to do ith his Kirk persona. The love interest on this alien world is very stupid; given the way he describes it, you'd think it was Tony Randall and his wife. It's pleasant to read the call backs to the original TV series but he ignores the loss of Kirk's son and Carol Marcus altogether, which would have been better for Kirk's personal trials. Picard was a potted plant in this book, and the E-II crew served as a marketing tool to bring in the New Generation crowd. These happenstance team-ups in the middle of the universe are getting insulting. I think we can have a Kirk adventure without Picard & Co. just happening to be there...again. (How small is the ST universe, anyway?) At least he didnt have Kirk & Picard fighting...again. I did marvel at Kirk's ways of getting out of messes and bought into most of his soultions. But I was extremely annoyed at the last minute saves that were ridiculous, and the muttled ease by which things happen....I guess that's to appeal to those who hate to think. Again, good read, but not worth the cost of hardcover.
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