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The Search for Spock (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Aug 1984

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; paperback / softback edition (2 Aug. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586064427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586064429
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eilidh on 9 Mar. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Star Trek is my passion and I am buying all the stuff I can lay my hands on. Spock is my favourite character - loved the movie, and I love the book adaptations of movies's great
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Search delves where few novelizations have delved before 1 Feb. 2014
By James Blakley - Published on
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As a Trekkie--or a Trekker (to use the more politically-correct term)--I love just about all of the older versions of the Star Trek series. But my favorite movie (at least from The Old Series) is "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock." Not only did I enjoy the way the script flipped the moral concept of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (which was the theme of the previous entry "The Wrath of Khan"), but I thought the Star Trek universe itself was expanded. There were 2 new classes of starships introduced ("The Excelsior" and "The Grissom"); new alien races popped up; the Klingons were brutal villains; and more about Vulcan and its rituals was explored towards the end. And more of "The Enterprise" crew were given classic lines or scenes. Though the plot still centered around Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, everybody else played pivotal roles (from the captain of "The Excelsior" to a backwards-speaking alien).

While all these things made "The Search For Spock" my favorite movie, there was still a bit lacking (in terms of total character and plot development). That's where Vonda Mcintyre's novelization of the movie kicks in and makes "The Search For Spock" even more appealing and dare it be said "fascinating."

Mcintyre's novelization delves into the complex depths of a love affair between seemingly cold Vulcan-Romulan science officer Saavik and Captain Kirk's son (and co-Genesis Device creator) David Marcus. Mr. Scott's grief over losing his nephew in "The Wrath of Khan" is also fleshed out; as is Sulu's career move towards a higher rank in Star Fleet. And leaving no stone unturned, the glossed-over relationship between the Klingon heavy Kruge and ill-fated spy Valkris is revealed. Mcintyre gives each character and scene from the movie greater detail and humanity. She even adds Dr. Carol Marcus to the plot (where in the movie, there is no mention of the fate of the Genesis Device's chief architect).

It's too bad that Mcintyre wasn't tapped to lend her talents for character development to the original "Search For Spock" movie. If she had, there would be a real argument for making it one of the all-time great sci-fi flicks. But the novelization stands as one of the best of The Old Series literary takes.
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Beginning scenes a great extra 12 Aug. 2002
By Tim Dowling - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vonda McIntyre's added scenes in the beginning of this book were absolutely wonderful. The romance between Lieutenant Saavik and David Marcus, the wake for Spock, and the story about how Captain Sulu is originally supposed to command the Excelsior all bring together the story in a much better way than the movie did. Overall, an excellent book that all should read!
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Fun reading for a Trekkie 15 Nov. 2014
By drbob - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The novel follows the movie closely. Fun reading for a Trekkie!
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buyer very pleased! 25 July 2014
By Hilde H. Helseth - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Arrived safely, buyer very pleased!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Inflated and flawed 4 Oct. 2012
By Michael - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you've seen the movie, you already know the biggest plot problem is the way the Genesis planet operates. What happens to Spock makes no -- forgive me -- logical sense. The author doesn't tidy up the gaping plot holes very much. She just puts a little more meat on the bones of story that already has skeletal flaws. Huge chunks of the novel were so close to word for word recitations of the movie's dialogue, they might as well have reprinted the actual script and sold that.

And call me a stickler but I do wish these writers would study a bit more Star Trek cannon and the technical details rights. The Kirk's Enterprise is NOT a Constellation class starship. It's a Constitution class. Kruge's ship is a Bird of Prey not a "fighter". Getting the details right is not too much to ask in a book you could have written in a couple of weeks.
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