James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogent; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer.
But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path.
Vonda N. McIntyre
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Every saga, as the tag line for another series' first episode goes, has a beginning, and the same could be said for the crew of the Federation starship USS Enterprise. When we first saw them on TV in the fall of 1966, the starship Enterprise, Capt. James T. Kirk commanding, was already well into its five-year mission. The officers and crew had already been through several assignments and worked well as a team....and the exploits of Capt. Kirk and his starship were already reaching near-legendary status in the Federation. But how did Kirk, one of the youngest men ever to attain the rank of Captain, become skipper of the already legendary starship? How did the crew come together to become the finest crew in Starfleet? Vonda McIntyre (The Entropy Effect, the novelizations for Star Trek II-IV, plus the Star Wars novel The Crystal Star) delves into the unknown beginning of the Star Trek saga in her novel Enterprise: The First Adventure. The novel begins as the newly...
I count this among my favorite TOS novels. It was written back in 1986, during the heyday of Trek novels, before things became so cookie-cutter formularized. This book is thick enough (371 pages) to have multiple well-developed subplots in addition to the main storyline about the change of command from Captain Pike to Captain Kirk. Although some reviewers see this as "rambling," I see it as good writing, where seemingly unrelated threads all come together eventually. (Perhaps my love of mystery novels makes me more tolerant than most when it comes to details that seem "irrelevant" until the end of the book.)
The story features some interesting first-contact aliens, a variety of non-human crewmembers (pay special attention to the "green roommate"), a genetically engineered equiraptor (winged horse), a "perverted" Vulcan who seeks out emotional experiences for thrills, and a renegade Klingon from a minority Klingon culture where...
Few people remember that before this book came out, all Star Trek books were small, episodic paperbacks that you could read in an afternoon. This book was an important step in Trekdom as it is the very first Star Trek book that was written as a full-blown novel of original material. Here, we are introduced to Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, "Bones" McCoy, and all the other Trek favorites when they first meet each other. All is not well aboard ship, and the cameraderie we know and love from these characters is all but absent, initially. They are wary of each other, distracted by duty, obsessed with personal agendas, and so on. We see the crew of the Starship Enterprise as a bunch of individuals rather than the cohesive core of the ship we know from other stories, but it is utterly fascinating to see this crew meld together in crisis, not knowing the long history they will have together. Kirk is the youngest man to captain a starship in the Federation, and some of his...
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