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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Lady Amanda is currently in stasis.", 3 Mar 2008
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Titan continue their series of novels based on Classic Star Trek with #12: The Vulcan Academy Murders by Jean Lorrah.
Due to publishing order differences between the US and the UK this book, is actually her first novel and not second as the numbers indicate. In order to get the back story in the proper order her books go in the sequence #12: The Vulcan Academy Murders and then #7: The I.D.I.C. Epidemic.
In the series chronology, this adventure sits between the episodes Journey To Babel and A Private Little War and implies that there was the passage of a few months between these episodes.
The Enterprise is damaged after a battle with the Klingons and one of Kirk's crew is critically injured. McCoy is unable to help him but Spock reveals that and experimental surgery at the Vulcan Science Academy may be able to help him.
When they arrive at Vulcan they meet with the project leaders; Sorel and a human named Daniel Corrigan. They are using an experimental stasis treatment for critically injured patients and while the process has a high success rate, it also leave the patient extraordinarily vulnerable while in the stasis field.
Tensions are increased when Spock is informed that his mother is currently undergoing the treatment, as is Sorel's wife T'Zan. Shortly after the crew's arrival, a series of malfunctions and two deaths shake the Vulcan Science Academy to the core.
Kirk, along with Spock, McCoy and Sarek attempt to uncover what is going on. Why is someone trying to discredit the project? Does someone have a personal vendetta against Sorel or Corrigan? What thread connects the deaths and who is intelligent enough to reprogram the safety systems of the Vulcan computers?
The story proceeds with a good pace, taking time to explore Vulcan and the people. Lorrah's love for Spock and family are clear and the interplay between father and son is very well done. McCoy meets Geoffrey M'Benga for the first time and the dynamic between them is very good, especially as they both try to help when more `accidents' endanger lives at the Academy hospital. It all wraps up with a satisfactory conclusion and a very Classic Trek epilogue. All in all, The Vulcan Academy Murders is a very good book and the adventure continues in #7: The I.D.I.C. Epidemic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab., 24 Aug 2010
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Having read many Star trek novels over the years my favorites tend to be stories relating to Spock's family and Vulcan. This one doesn't disappoint, the pace is quick and keeps you turning pages. I was hooked from cover to cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's worse than that; he's dead, Jim!, 16 Jun 2013
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If you like TOS and are intrigued by Vulcan, and don't mind a whodunnit where it's quite obvious early on who actually did the dunning, this is a nice read for a lazy summer day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great view of life on Vulcan, 1 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Vulcan Academy Murders (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Kindle Edition)
I read this as a paperback many years ago and enjoyed it the, and I enjoyed it still when I read it as a Kindle book recently, despite a few grammatical errors and the occasional missing word.
Murder on Vulcan is unheard of, but when a prominent scientist is killed whilst in Stasis, concern for Spock's mother and a member of the Enterprise crew who are also in stasis at the same hospital recovering from illness and injury become the top priority for Kirk, Spock and Dr. McCoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 8 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Vulcan Academy Murders (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Kindle Edition)
A little different from the usual "Alien encounters" and all the better for it. It did not really matter that I guessed "who dunnit" pretty quickly, the story held my attention all the way through with interesting background details of both Kirk and the Vulcans. Definitely worth a download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read story, 25 Jun 2013
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One of the best Star Trek novels I have read. You really get a feel for Spock and his Father and pleased that their relationship improves. The description of Vulcan when Jim goes walk about is very interesting and fills a lot of gaps. Thank you Jean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Star Trek Book, 11 May 2004
I love the original series and especially Spock, so I am biased in favour, I know. I read this book years ago when at school and saw it on Amazon and thought I'd re-read it. It is set on Vulcan and the story is compelling, but I guessed the ending last time and I think most will. It does not detract from seeing Spock at home, with the Vulcan lifestyle, outlook and his father to deal with.
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