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Good science and an intelligent McCoy
on 27 April 2016
Definitely one of the best Classic Star Trek books. A bit plus for me is that the scientists actually sound like real scientists and do research that makes sense. Even linguistics is treated seriously. The result is to make the planetary survey far more interesting and believable.
A planet with three intelligent races, all interesting and original, is visited by the Enterprise. They have orders to see if the natives wish to join the Federation, but interpreting the language is difficult owing to different concepts. When Kirk makes McCoy take the helm to force him to take a break from madly studying alien biology, he has no idea that he is about to vanish and leave McCoy in charge and having to deal with everything from Klingons to Orion Pirates.
With the help of the Enterprise crew and his own knowledge of various subjects, Bones does his best to make intelligent decisions.
A must-read for McCoy fans - I love the relationship of grudging mutual respect that develops between him and the Klingon commander and also the McCoy/Spock banter which is a delight in itself